Te Ao Hou was established in April 2003 as a tribal-based Primary Health Organisation (PHO) deriving its origins, vision and values utilizing a tribal context as its foundation. In a climate of transformation when National came into government in 2009 Te Ao Hou Trust went through a process of disestablishing as a Primary Health Organisation (PHO) when the Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Alliance was formed in late 2010 and adapted into a Whānau Ora network lead organisation. The reconfiguration of primary care was central to the involvement of Te Ao Hou Trust both regionally and nationally with the advent of the Better, Sooner, More Convenient front line services led by the Ministry of Health and the Whānau Ora strategy led by Te Puni Kōkiri and championed by the then Minister for Whānau Ora, Tariana Turia.
A proof of concept Whānau Ora model of service delivery to reorient and integrate existing services and funding streams to deliver BSMC was developed. It was the basis of how Te Ao Hou Trust implemented the Whānau Ora philosophy over the next three years as a Whānau Ora Network Lead within our locality. It reflected our passion and commitment towards the realisation of Whānau Ora for the Eastern Bay of Plenty community.
Te Ao Hou Trust has endured and managed many changes, primarily driven by the political environment and is now firmly established as a community provider within the Ōpōtiki district offering quality services to inspire our whānau and community to flourish..