2024

April 2024

4 April 2024

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui – 10 April, 9am
  • Flu campaign
  • New features in My Health Record
  • Minister announces new mental health and addiction initiative
  • Kaimahi flu vaccinations available
  • Changes to National Travel Assistance (NTA) scheme
  • Falls prevention is everyone’s business – Ask, Assess, Act
  • Dr Kiki Maoate named chair of Pacific Health Senate
  • Blake Medal Awarded to Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Tauranga Hospital prostate biopsy change better for patients

March 2024

22 March 2024

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui
  • New COVID vaccine available
  • 2024 Voluntary Bonding Scheme is open
  • Increased funding to attract midwives back to the workforce
  • New breast screening mobile clinic
  • New Zealand’s first cardiac ultrasound course launched
  • Blood Service lifts ‘mad cow’ restriction
  • Pharmacists able to offer childhood immunisations
  • World Oral Health Day
  • Accessing healthcare during the Easter public holiday
  • Scholarships and grants

7 March 2024

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • International Women’s Day – 8 March 2024
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recording
  • 2024 Influenza season
  • Call for possible measles contacts to come forward and contact Healthline 
  • Downloadable immunisation resources
  • Attracting midwives back to the workforce
  • MAC report on health reform progress published
  • Access barriers to PET-CT scans removed
  • Changes to COVID-19 information
  • HPV Awareness Day – 4 March 2024
  • Expressions of Interest: Clinical Network Co-Leads
  • Bowel screening campaign success
  • Pacific Opportunities Programme graduation
  • 60 new nurses in Gisborne Hospital

February 2024

22 February 2024

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui 6 March, 9.00am
  • Health response to the Port Hills fire in Canterbury
  • Data breach update
  • Age extension for breast screening
  • Nurse Practitioners Training programme
  • Health Status Report published
  • Participate in designing the Health NZ | Te Whatu Ora website
  • Initiatives to boost the nursing workforce
  • Minister congratulates Pacific healthcare providers
  • Te Hou Ora Whānau Services’ Tūrangawaewae: Creating a korowai for whānau to connect with te Taiao
  • Improving outcomes for kidney transplant patients
  • February is Heart Health awareness month in NZ
  • Aotearoa bike challenge in the month of February
  • Blending primary and secondary care has been a positive model in the south

5 February 2024

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Free RATs available until 30 June 2024
  • One year on from Cyclone Gabrielle
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recording
  • Summer “Go Well” campaign continues
  • $50 million to lift immunisation rates
  • Free Meningococcal B catch up period ends 28 February 2024 
  • MMR vaccines encouraged for travellers
  • World Cancer Day, 4 February 2024
  • Muscular skeletal prototype a success for patients
  • Waitematā leads new clinical trial to prevent pancreatic cancer
  • New year, new honours for our kaimahi
  • Mapu Maia opens in Hawke’s Bay region
  • Wellington Hospital’s innovative rooftop ward

January 2024

30 January 2024 (PDF, 315KB)

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui 30 January, 3.30pm
  • 2024 Stakeholder virtual hui schedule
  • Invitation to attend Te Whatu Ora Board meeting 26 January, 9.30am
  • Inaugural annual report published on 5 December 2023
  • Training in mental health and addiction on the rise
  • Expanded Pharmacist prescribing programme
  • Bowel cancer screening programme celebrates one million returned kits
  • Rural telehealth service off to a good start
  • MidCentral’s first interventional cardiac catheterisation laboratory
  • National Clinical Networks leaders announced

2023

December 2023

19 December 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Government’s 100 Day plan
  • Summer “Go Well” campaign launches
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recording
  • The Aotearoa Immunisation Register (AIR) is live!
  • My Health Record is live!
  • Primary and urgent care funding models under review
  • Changes to ‘mad cow’ blood donation restrictions
  • Bringing infusion services into communities
  • Applications open for Pacific Health Scholarships 2024
  • Applications open for Rangatahi Ora Development Grants
  • Christmas donation for Southland Hospital

November 2023

29 November 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui – 7 December, 9.00-9.45am
  • Register with us for Holidays Act Remediation
  • Aotearoa Immunisation Register (AIR) cuts over on Saturday 2 December 2023
  • New professions and rural communities included in Voluntary Bonding Scheme
  • Extra pay disparity funding for aged residential care and hospice nurses
  • New Health Information and Services website launched 
  • White Ribbon Day – 25 November 2023
  • Ukraine Health Initiative
  • Cervical Screening pop-ups a great success
  • CT Imaging Pathway
  • Ambulance telehealth pilot diverts 3500 low-acuity patients from Emergency Departments
  • Applications open for Futures that Work scholarship

21 November 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui – 9-9.45am, 7 December
  • Movember – changing the face of men’s health
  • New rural clinical telehealth service set to support rural communities across Aotearoa
  • Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Innovation Grant
  • Clinical Performance Metrics report and interview with Dr Richard Sullivan
  • Triennial Maternity Consumer Survey
  • Introducing the Neurobirth Podcast!
  • World Radiography Day
  • World Diabetes Day – 14 November 2023
  • Urgent need for more Meals on Wheels drivers
  • New Taranaki Cancer Centre underway

6 November 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Confirmed AIR cutover date – 25 November 2023
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recording
  • Changes to carer support subsidies boosts access
  • Paid family carers option expands to support more whānau
  • Aged Care Review programme holds successful whānau voices hui
  • Clinical Performance Metrics report
  • F.A.S.T campaign underway
  • Transforming lives with life-saving treatment in Fiji
  • Leadership appointments for National Clinical Networks
  • Changing lives thanks to better breathing
  • North Shore Hospital news
    • Women’s Health Clinic Opening
    • Auxiliary celebrates its 50th anniversary

October 2023

5 October 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recording - 4 October
  • World Meningitis Day today
  • New National Clinical Networks EOIs
  • Aotearoa Immunisation Register (AIR)
  • Tamariki immunisation schedule
  • Helping NGOs with international recruitment
  • Healing Our Spirit Worldwide
  • Waikato Hospital’s ED upgrade
  • NZNO Young Nurse of the Year 2023 - John Fa’ukafa
  • Chief Finance Officer of the Year - Rosalie Percival

19 October 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from the Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Recycling Week 16-22 October
  • Measles case identified in Aotearoa
  • NZ dementia work showcased in the Hague
  • 2023 Foundation100 Fellowship Award - Mr Nishith Patel

September 2023

06 September 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Te Mauri o Rongo | the New Zealand Health Charter
  • Abbe Anderson – simplify to unify webinar
  • Stakeholder virtual hui – 7 September, 12.00pm
  • eLearning – enabling good lives
  • Expanding the use of BioStickers
  • New vaping regulations introduced
  • Gambling harm awareness week 4-10 September
  • New appointment for Pacific Health - Charles Tutagalevao

21 September 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recordings
  • Settlement reached with midwives and maternity care assistants
  • Mental health awareness week 18-24 September
  • Whakatāne Hospital celebrates 100 years
  • New cervical screening test will be a ‘game changer’ in reducing cervical cancer rates
  • Growing our Māori and Pacific workforce
  • Kaupapa Māori suicide prevention services investment
  • New appointment Interim National Chief Nursing Officer - Emma Hickson
  • Applications open for the 2024/25 Harkness Fellowships

August 2023

9 August 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recordings
  • Winter 2023 initiatives updates
  • World Breastfeeding Week 2023, 1-7 August 2023
  • Nelson Marlborough redevelopment
  • Climate Health Champion Aotearoa Awards 2023

25 August 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Work begins on connecting our many datasets
  • Localities update - Horowhenua
  • Stakeholder virtual hui - 7 September, 12.00pm
  • Interim clinical lead appointments
  • Reaching the heart of the Pacific community
  • Streamlined kidney transplant workup programme
  • Child health integrated response pathway programme wins Innovation Award
  • Thank an orderly

July 2023

13 July 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Health Workforce Plan
  • Stakeholder virtual hui recording
  • Nurses Update
  • Paramedics Day – 8 July 2023
  • Localities Update
  • Carer Support Subsidy
  • Hira - Data and Digital programme
  • Immunisation Update
  • Cataract surgery kicks off waitlist action
  • Harkness Fellowship 2024-25 are open for application

26 July 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Reflection on One Year of Localities
  • Healthline Advertising Underway
  • Stakeholder virtual hui - 2 August, 2.30pm
  • Free Cervical Screening Services
  • First steps in transformation of maternity and early years services
  • Pelvic Mesh Service Underway
  • Andrea Colby - 30 years a Cardiac Nurse
  • World Hepatitis Day 28 July 2023
  • Te Aka Whai Ora welcomes new Board Appointments
  • Te Whatu Ora welcomes new Board Chair - Dame Dr Karen Poutasi
  • Hiwa-i-te-rangi Māori Health Leadership Scholarship applications open

June 2023

14 June 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Immunisation Updates
  • Stakeholder Virtual hui - 5 July, 9.00am
  • A Focus on Bowel cancer Screening
  • Colin’s Colonoscopy story
  • Coeliac Awareness Week 12–18 June 2023
  • Te Aka Whai Ora partners with New Zealand Rugby
  • Te Manu Korokī National hui Rangatahi 2023
  • New Kaitaia Short Stay facility official opening
  • Celebrating Pink Shirt Day 2023

28 June 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Announcing the new Te Whatu Ora Board Chair
  • Winter Wellness Update
  • Te Mauri o Rongo | The New Zealand Health Charter
  • Localities Update
  • Upcoming Stakeholder virtual hui – 5 July, 9.00am
  • Whānau, Consumer and Clinician Digital Council hui 
  • Mental Health and Addictions Update
  • Pathways toward health equity via digital innovation
  • Procurement launches for new rural clinical telehealth service
  • Celebrating National Volunteer Week 18-24 June 2023
  • Interview with a Friend of ED - Tim Morice
  • Taranaki Renal Centre – Te Huhi Raupo, wins design award
  • More vaccines now available at pharmacies
  • New Appointment: Nancy Todd - Director, Te Waipounamu

May 2023

16 May 2023

Message from Chief Executives

News & Updates   

  • New Zealand Sign Language Week 8-14 May 2023
  • Anticipating and over coming barriers to communication
  • Winter Preparedness Update
  • $44M Funding boost for primary, community and rural care throughout NZ
  • Mental Health Update
  • Stakeholder Hui Recording 3 May 2023
  • Measles Notification Update
  • International Nurses Day 12 May 2023
  • Innovative trial of drug checking ‘sweat patch’

31 May 2023

News & Updates

  • Message from Chief Executives
  • Samoan Language Week 28 May - 3 June 2023
  • Immunisation Week 29 May - 4 June 2023
  • Go well this winter campaign launched
  • World Multiple Sclerosis Day 30 May 2023
  • Waitaha Midwives protect whānau against Whooping cough
  • Webinar on free health checks for Special Ukraine visa holders
  • World Smokefree Day 31 May 2023
  • Free online abortion training for health practitioners until 1 July 2023
  • Government budget 2023/24 announcement
  • Pay boosts for GP & Community Nurses
  • Stakeholder virtual hui Wednesday 21 June, 9.00am
  • Localities update with Lady Tureiti Moxon
  • Planning for palliative care services
  • Oral Health Promotion Initiative

April 2023

13 April 2023

In this edition:
• Chief Executive Introduction
• Message from Chief Executives Riana Manuel, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori
• Health Authority and Margie Apa, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
• New family care funding changes offer more access to paid carers
Workforce update
• Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Training Programme globally recognised
• Becoming a nurse during COVID
Latest virtual stakeholder hui
Immunisation update
• New childhood immunisation resources now available
• Increasing vaccination rates across the motu
News and updates
• Burwood to become NZ’s first Dementia Friendly accredited hospital
• Groundbreaking cure features on TVNZ
• Meet our new Whānau, Consumer and Clinician Digital Council
• Chat with a Regional Wayfinder – Chiquita Hansen
• New look bowel screening kits available
New Appointments – Te Aka Whai Ora
• Ronald Karaitiana – Director Partnering and Engagement Kahu Taurima | Maternity and Early years

March 2023

10 March 2023

In this edition:
Message from Chief Executives Riana Manuel, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health
Authority and Margie Apa, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
• Cyclone Gabrielle relief efforts from the motu
• International recruitment update
• Aotearoa Immunisation Register launched
• Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine update
• Zero-Data public release
• COVID-19 Awards deadline extension
News and updates
Timaru Hospital’s first maxillofacial surgeries a success
• Nurse educators launch podcast
• New doctors welcomed with pōwhiri
New Appointments – Te Aka Whai Ora
Nadine Gray - Chief Nursing Officer

New Appointments – Te Whatu Ora
Four Regional Team Representatives (Interim appointments)
• Richard Hamilton – Director, Operations Improvement
• Richie Perry - Improvement and Innovation Manager
• Sarah Davey – Innovation and Improvement Lead
• Mary Seddon – Director, Ko Awatea Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau
Stakeholder Hui

27 March 2023

In this edition:
• Message from Chief Executives Riana Manuel, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori
Health Authority and Margie Apa, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
• Mental health responses to severe weather impacts
• Story: Namrata Chand – Anaesthetic technician inspired by Learn and
Earn Programme
• Kahu Taurima seeking te ao Māori solutions
Recruitment update
• Overseas pathways programme
• Kiwi Health jobs campaign update
Immunisation update
• Call for immunisations for tamariki and pregnant māmā
• Flu Vaccination programme launches
Localities update
• Hearing young voices through locality engagement
News and updates
• Launch of Counties Manukau “CAN Do!” Accessibility network
• Manawa mental health app now available
• Christchurch Pride 2023 celebrations
New Appointments – Te Whatu Ora
Interim Board Chair – Naomi Ferguson
Stakeholder Hui – Date and links

February 2023

14 February 2023

In this edition:
• Message from Chief Executives Riana Manuel, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health
Authority and Margie Apa, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
• Response to Pasifika families after flood
• NZ Measles case confirmed
• Workforce taskforce update
• Improving access for transgender and non-binary people
• Pacific Health Scholarships extended
• First draft Localities plans
News and updates
• 500 MPox vaccines delivered in Auckland
• Strengthening primary care services on the West Coast
Stakeholder Hui
• Previous hui dates and links

23 February 2023

In this edition:
• Message from Chief Executives Riana Manuel, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health
Authority and Margie Apa, Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand

News and updates
• Te Toka Tumai introduces a new support pathway
• New dental vans rolled out in Lakes
New Appointments – Te Aka Whai Ora
• Jessica Paul – General Manager, Communications
Stakeholder Hui

 

January 2023

26 January 2023

In this edition:
• Message from Chief Executives Margie Apa, Te Whatu Ora - Health New
Zealand, and Riana Manuel, Te Aka Whai Ora - Māori Health Authority
• Te Whatu Ora Pacific Health Scholarships – Deadline for applications
Recruitment
• International recruitment campaign update
News and updates
• K’aute Village opening
• Funding for te ao Māori solutions
• Invitation - Ngā Wānanga Pae Ora
• Mental health matters - How to recharge this summer
• Drug checking boost keeps New Zealanders safer this summer
• Stakeholder hui on 8 February
Latest Te Whatu Ora appointments
• Chief of Staff - Peter Alsop

2022

December 2022

23 December 2022

  • Message from Chief Executives

New Appointments for Te Aka Whai Ora

  • Kingi Kiriona (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) has been appointed as DCE – Mātauranga Māori.
  • Jade Sewell (Ngāti Maru, Te Arawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Porou) as DCE – Service Development and Relations.
  • Craig Owen appointed as DCE – Governance and Advisory.

Regional Integration Teams (working title)

News and updates

  • Tihei Wairoa Locality focused on helping whānau stay well
  • Muslim mental health scholarships
  • Hato Hone St John increase staff and vehicles

Recruitment

  • New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX) pilot now closed
  • Encouraging ex-nurses to return
  • Immigration

Across the motu

  • Nursing programme graduations
  • Update on Whakatāne hospital’s new treatment facility
  • New leadership programme supports Māori kaimahi to reach for the top
  • Disability awareness campaign at Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley
  • Registered Nurse Prescribing pilot continues
  • Update on Whakatāne hospital’s new treatment facility
  • Pilot to support Upper Hutt and Silverstream health services launched
  • Māori students go behind-the-scenes at Timaru Hospital
  • New specialised playground opens at Nelson hospital

New appointments - Te Aka Whai Ora

  • Egan Bidois - Director Lived Experience, Oranga Hinengaro
  • Dean Rangihuna - Te Kaihapai Principal Advisor Lived Experience, Oranga Hinengaro
  • Donna Thorburn - Team Coordinator, Service Development

New Staff at Te Whatu Ora

  • Regional Director – Northern Region, Hospital and Specialist Services – Mark Sheppard
  • Regional Director – Te Manawa Taki, Hospital and Specialist Services – Chris Lowry
  • Regional Director, Central Region – Hospital and Specialist Services – Russell Simpson
  • Regional Director, Te Waipounamu – Hospital and Specialist Services – Dan Pallister-Coward
  • Interim Leads – Hospital and Specialist Services

New appointments - Te Whatu Ora

  • Andrew Slater - Chief People Officer
  • Karla Bergquist - Lead Specialist for Mental Health Services
  • Murray Patton is the new Clinical Lead - Specialist Mental Health Services

November 2022

11 November 2022

Update from our Chief Executives
Localities Update – Te Tara o Te Whai (Hairaki)
Diabetes Action Month
Disability Specific Care
Funding for Lymphoedema Training
Workforce initiatives
Reducing barriers for Internationally Qualified Nurses (IQNs)
Equitable abortion care and support made available
COVID-19 Antivirals public information campaigns
News from the Regions
New Appointment: Ben Hingston - Director Service Commissioning | Te Aka Whai Ora
Te Whatu Ora Board appointments: Dr Jeff Lowe and Naomi Ferguson
Te Aka Whai Ora Board appointment: Steven McJorrow

 

October 2022

28 October 2022

Updates on our key work programmes across Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority.

14 October 2022

News from our Chief Executives on workforce recruitment and key initiatives, latest updates, and celebrating World Allied Health Professions Day, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

September 2022

15 September 2022

News from our Chief Executives on workforce recruitment and key initiatives, NZ cervical screening awareness month and Mental Health Awareness Week.

August 2022

10 August 2022

News from our Chief Executives on key workforce initiatives, the new Health System public information campaign launch, and World Hepatitis Day - Stick it to Hep C.

July 2022

25 July 2022

Update on key health reform work programmes across Health New Zealand, the Māori Health Authority and the DPMC Health Reform Transition Unit.

1 July 2022

Minister Little marks the start of the health system transformation, Chief Executives' welcome, Introducing the new names in health, Key partners in the new system

June 2022

22 June 2022

Chief Executives' update, Pae Ora Bill becomes law, Appointments to Hauora Māori Advisory Committee, New consumer health forum established, Determining the interim Government Policy Statement, DHB Chairs hand over the waka hoe to incoming Boards.

8 June 2022

Pae Ora Bill passes third reading.

May 2022

26 May 2022

Resetting the health system – Health Minister Andrew Little
Updating on HNZ and MHA structure
Next interim Government Policy Statement webinar
Prototypes begin the task of defining good practice
Public Health Advisory Committee appointees