Māori Oral Health Providers were established because of concerns about many whanau Māori with untreated dental disease, and experiencing difficulties accessing needed dental care. For this reason, Māori Health Providers established their own dental services to provide better access to dental care.
Māori Oral Health Providers sit under the umbrella of Māori Health Providers, which are indigenous, non-for-profit, Māori owned and governed organisations. As indigenous providers of health who operate under Māori principles of health, providing services that are culturally authentic and responsive to Māori.
Māori Oral Health Providers are integrated practices existing alongside their existing primary care services. We deliver a full range of oral health care services from both fixed and mobile clinics to population groups with high health needs, and in high deprivation areas. Māori Oral Health Providers are unique because they operate a mixed government- funded and private business model, providing a range of oral health services via contracts and subsidised dental care for people on low incomes at little or no cost, while also providing dental services to the public.
Our workforce comprises dentists, dental therapists, dental assistants, oral health promoters and educators, and utilises final year Bachelor of Dentistry students through a community- based outplacement programme. Importantly, we take a life- course approach offering oral health care services to their enrolled population from infancy through 100 years, with a view of supporting good oral health for the whole whānau (family).
Location of Māori Oral Health Providers
Kaitaia Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika www.hauora.net.nz P: 09 408 4024 L: Northland Services: Community Oral Health Service
Kawakawa Ngati Hine Health Trust P: 0800 73 75 73 P: 09 404 1551 Kawakawa P: 09 430 2386 Whangarei L: Northland Services: Community Oral Health Service and Adult Relief of Pain Service
Kirikiriroa Raukura Hauora O Tainui www.raukura.org.nz P: 07 839 5298 L: Hamilton, Northern Waikato, Manurewa Services: Community Oral Health Service and General Dental Services for Adults
Tauranga Te Manu Toroa www.temanutoroa.org.nz P: 07 577 4183 P: 07 574 9830 extn.3 L: Bay of Plenty region Services: Community Oral Health Service and Adult Relief of Pain Service.
Rotorua Tipu Ora Charitable Trust, Community Dental Service www.tipuora.org.nz P: 07 348 9613 L: 16-20 Houkotuku Street, Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010 Services: General Dental Services
Te Matau a Māui Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Oranga Niho Service www.ttoh.iwi.nz P: 06 871 5352 L: Ngāti Kahungunu region Services: Community Oral Health Service and General Dental Service
Porirua Ora Toa www.oratoa.co.nz P: 04-2375925 L: Wellington Service: General Dental Services
Links to Māori Oral Health Providers