Pokapū o te Taiwhenua

The Pokapū o te Taiwhenua Network is a virtual network of health and wellbeing community providers, community members, primary care, and specialist care supporting digital health equity and digital inclusion.

I want to..

The four priority digital health offerings are listed below followed by many other offerings in alphabetical order:


Learn about video appointments


Find a health or wellbeing service


Find reliable and trustworthy online health resources


Have subsidised broadband (Skinny Jump) at the house


More options A - Z


Access COVID-19 related health websites


Share Iwi Affiliations with Iwi and the Ministry of Health


Access to a Translator for my Specialist Appointment


Access e-mental health apps and websites approved by Lakes DHB


Access to mental health and wellbeing services in Lakes


Access remote patient monitoring technology (blood pressure, blood oxygen etc)


Be able to Facebook Message while conserving data


Be prepared in the event my whānau need to make health decisions on my behalf


Connect to free Wi-Fi options in my community


Find a GP practice that offers online GP enrolment


Find a GP practice that is enrolling now


Find options for Hapū māmā and pēpi


Find options around dental


Find options for patient advocacy and patient experience


Find options to understand internet strength at an address or on your digital device


Learn about the National Telehealth Service - Healthline


Learn about an augmented device to stay socially connected


Learn what options are available from Ministry of Social Development


Learn about Hato Hone St John Digital Health Offerings


Learn about digital literacy programmes


Register and access my patient portal


Save Ministry of Health Zero Fees Rated Health and Wellbeing Sites to my Digital Device


See what options are available to support Community Health Transport


Seek National Travel Assistance to attend a specialist health appointment


Use the marae digital connectivity video conference unit to Zoom


View videos about Hauora Hemi



Our Team

Video Appointment Facilitation

The Pokapū o te Taiwhenua Network is a team of Facilitators made up of a local workforce who can support you with video appointment facilitation or digital health coaching. The Network is available to clients in the Lakes District Health Board (DHB) region, Murupara and Ruatāhuna.

Where you have a digital device, great internet connection, and supported facilitation, a video appointment could be held in your home or at your local community hub.

The Pokapū o te Taiwhenua Network can support you with:

Video appointment facilitation- This is where you can have your Lakes DHB appointment via a Zoom video appointment. Having a video appointment does not take away your ‘choice’ to have an in-person kanohi ki te kanohi or telephone appointment with your clinician if that is what you prefer, and agreed with your clinician. A Facilitator will support your access to that video appointment, if access to a video appointment is an issue for you.

How does this work?

· With your consent, your Lakes DHB clinician can refer you to our service if a video appointment is appropriate.

· Once a referral is received, our Coordinator will contact you in the first instance to understand what digital health supports would benefit you, then connect you with a Facilitator.

· The Facilitator will contact you to support your upcoming video appointment facilitation.

· You can discuss with the Facilitator the best location to have your video appointment facilitated from. Once the location is confirmed, the Facilitator will support your access to your video appointment.

· You can choose to have your Facilitator remain with you during the appointment as a support person or have them go away and return when the appointment is completed.

· You can also choose to have your family/whānau, or an advocate join your video appointment as a support person(s).

Digital Health Coaching

The Pokapū o te Taiwhenua Network is a team of Facilitators made up of a local workforce who can support you with video appointment facilitation or digital health coaching. The Network is available to clients in the Lakes District Health Board (DHB) region, Murupara and Ruatāhuna.

Where you have a digital device, great internet connection, and supported facilitation, a video appointment could be held in your home or at your local community hub.

The Pokapū o te Taiwhenua Network can support you with:

Digital health coaching- This is where you can receive coaching on the digital health offerings available in Lakes DHB region that can be tailored to you and your whānau.

How does this work?

· With your consent, your Lakes DHB clinician can refer you to our service if digital health coaching is appropriate.

· Once a referral is received, our Coordinator will contact you to discuss your digital health aspirations, understand any barriers, and complete any advocacy support to Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Once the Coordinator understands exactly what our Network needs to do to support you, we will connect you to a Facilitator.

· The Facilitator will make contact with you to schedule the digital health coaching.


Our Story and Dedication

Watch our video here


Our Networks

Staff/Kaimahi

Ani Olson

Sue Westbrook

Iritana Waiariki

Contact us

Phone: 027 348 7749

pokapuotetaiwhenua@lakesdhb.govt.nz

Pamphlet Information and Download: Te Reo / English version

Dedicated to Eru George

"Moe mai ra e te Rangatira"