Marlborough Primary Health New Zealand
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About us

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Kimi Hauora Wairau, the Marlborough Primary Health Organisation (KHW MPHO) was established in January 2004 to deliver the Government’s Primary Health Care Strategy (pdf).

KHW MPHO's governance trustees are drawn from Primary Health Providers, Iwi and the wider community. As well as contracting General Practitioners to provide primary care, KHW MPHO's is also charged with improving the wider health outcomes for populations in Marlborough who are disproportionately represented in health and demographic deprivation data.

KHW MPHO’s focus has been to undertake the following developments which ensured it can add value and support communities and health care providers to improve Marlborough health outcomes.

  • Governance processes to draw diverse perspectives together to guide policy, strategy and monitor performance.
  • Moving from clinical advice to clinical leadership and governance.
  • Establishing robust infrastructure and systems.
  • Recruiting expert staff.
  • Creating a network of community relationships and networks.

Along with the wider New Zealand health system Kimi Hauora Wairau faces significant challenges including:

  • Population growth, redistribution and ageing
  • Increasing risk and prevalence of long term conditions
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Managing within an affordable funding path
  • Effective utilisation of the available workforce
  • Effective application of technological advances
  • Rising consumer expectations

To meet these challenges KHW MPHO working in partnership with others aims to achieve the following critical outcome measures

  • Healthier communities and environments
  • Equity between groups
  • An integrated whole of system approach
  • Health benefits for individuals and their families and whanau

Our Vision and Mission


To be the leading PHO delivering innovative proactive responsive accessible quality primary health care


To deliver the six key directions of the New Zealand Primary Health Care Strategy to benefit Marlborough people

  • Work with local communities and populations
  • Identify and remove health inequalities
  • Offer access to comprehensive services to improve, maintain and restore people’s health
  • Coordinate care across service areas
  • Develop primary health care workforce
  • Constantly improve quality using good information.

Our Values

People Focussed

Kimi Hauora Wairau supports and values people.

Strive for Excellence

Kimi Hauora Wairau strives for excellence in everything it does.

Demonstrates Leadership

Kimi Hauora Wairau aims to provide leadership and direction.

Displays Integrity

Kimi Hauora Wairau is committed integrity in its processes and people.

Cultural Equality and Understanding

Kimi Hauora Wairau is aware that Marlborough is a culturally diverse community and endeavours to offer appropriate culturally safe practices.

Our Commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi

Kimi Hauora Wairau recognises the status of Maori in our society as expressed under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Kimi Hauora Wairau sustains a common understanding that Iwi are an essential partner in developing and implementing health strategies for Maori.

The emphasis of this relationship will be based on;

  • Partnerships; as the conduit for working with iwi, hapu, whanau and Maori communities to reduce health disparities and improve health status of Maori in Marlborough.
  • Participation; as a channel to involve and or consult with Maori at all levels of the Primary Health care sector which includes planning, development and service delivery to improve Maori health in the Marlborough region.
  • Protection; ensuring that Maori wellbeing is protected and improved as well as safeguarding Maori cultural concepts, values and practices.