From left to right: Tamati Coffey MP for Waiariki District, Minister of Health Dr David Clarke, Chairperson of BOP DHB Sally Webb and baby Tūtānekai.
Earlier this month representatives form Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngāti Awa were invited to be part of the Minister of Health Dr David Clark, Local MP Tamati Coffey visit to the Whakatane Hospital as guests of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. A strong representation was evident from other Eastern Bay of Plenty Alliance members including Tūwharetoa Ki Kawerau, Tūhoe and Whakatōhea.
The Minister announced new funding options for the Eastern Bay of Plenty including funding to upgrade current Mental health inpatient units and an increased investment into local community programs.
Of particular note was the announcement to establish a new pregnancy parenting service-(PPS) within the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The PPS program is expected to provide an intensive assertive outreach case coordination service for parents of children aged under three-years-old and pregnant women who are experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs that are poorly connected to health and social services. The service is expected to provide support for up to 100 whānau within the Eastern Bay of Plenty.