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Whanau Tahi buys assets of HSA Global

Monday, August 24, 2015

Whānau Tahi has purchased HSA Global’s Connected Care Management Solution (CCMS), giving the Waipareira subsidiary even more grunt in the IT and health sectors.

Waipareira CEO John Tamihere said the acquisition of CCMS - which delivers to over 120,000 patients – was a sound commercial deal and a major step forward for the west Auckland Urban Maori organisation.

Whānau Tahi, whose Navigator Platform services 300,000 Whānau, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Waipareira.

“We have been working to bring better coordination of services for our people, and this is a major step in that direction,” John said.

“Our vision has always been to build a more integrated and coordinated approach that can disrupt and bring systemic change rather than tinkering around the edges, and this acquisition provides a very good fit in achieving that.”

“Whānau Tahi’s existing relationship with Medtech got us to primary care providers in a very big way as the dominant player there, however, CCMS gets us to the major secondary care provider network - the District Health Boards.

“This also enables the development of this country as a reference site for exporting our Whānau Ora and Integrated Models of Care frameworks and tools to vulnerable communities in international markets.”

Ray Noonan, Whānau Tahi Director who was involved in the origins of Whānau Tahi’s technology, also talked of the impact of the acquisition.

“I have been involved in some very significant businesses in my career, but none with the potential social impact as this. Whānau will enjoy joined up care impacting real outcomes such as life expectancy, self-sufficiency, and productivity, key drivers for my interest in this exciting development.”

Whānau Tahi CEO Steve Keung said buying CCMS was a significant move for both organisations.

“We can now start to realise the potential of Whānau Ora and Integrated Care,” Steve said.

“There’s a significant demand for greater collaboration among service providers combined with patient/Whānau involvement in their own care.

“They are key drivers for a more connected and collaborative health and social sector in New Zealand and also internationally.”

This acquisition brings together the leadership and talent of Whānau Tahi, which has been at the forefront of enabling collaborative impact by service providers and caregivers, with the experience and skillset of HSA.

Matt Hector-Taylor, formerly Director of HSA, will join Whānau Tahi and oversee business and customer development.

“This is a very exciting time for us all. The combination of vision, experience and delivery capability that we each bring to the health and social care sectors is unique and we are fortunate to be a part of this.”

  • Waipareira has been delivering services to the west Auckland community for more than 30 years. For more information go to www.waipareira.com

  • Whānau Tahi is 100% owned by Waipareira. For more information go to whanautahi.com

  • HSA Global has been delivering integrated care to life for customers in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information go to www.hsaglobal.net

Whanau Tahi is filling in the GAP

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Whanau Tahi is making a name for itself at home and abroad.

Earlier this month, Whanau Tahi – the IT systemic developed by Waipareira - was accepted by the University of California’s prestigious GAP programme.  The programme enables MBA students to help ‘worthy’ organisations break into the US market.

Whanau Tahi Director Steve Keung said it was a major step forward for Whanau Tahi and Waipareira.

“Each year the Global Access Program (GAP) sends teams of talented professionals around the world to work with select technology companies,” Steve said.

“These final-year MBA students invest thousands of hours in research with one goal in mind: to find new growth opportunities to take a company to its next level of development.”

But it’s not only in the US where Whanau Tahi is really starting to bite.

Maori and non-Maori Service providers are lining up to see just what the Whanau Tahi system can do.

“Providers have confirmed that Whanau Tahi is the best solution on the market,” said Whanau Tahi Chief Information Officer Daymon Nin.

“The past 12 months has seen a rapid rise in the number of enquires we have received and we are happy to have hosted a number of whanau at the Whanau Centre, as they look to upgrade their IT systems.

A team from Tui Ora, New Plymouth, spent a day last week looking at the Whanau Tahi system and also at Waipareira’s flagship Whanau Centre.

Tōku reo, tōku oho oho

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tōku reo, tōku oho oho – My language, my awakening
(Māori whakatauki/proverb)

Nō Te Tairawhiti ahau
Ki te taha o tōku Pāpā:
Ko Ngāti Kahungunu me Ngāi Tahu ngā Iwi
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ki te taha o tōku Māmā:
Ko Rongowhakaata me Ngāti Porou ngā Iwi
Ko Takitimu te Waka
Ko Valetta Matenga tōku ingoa

Whaea Valetta Matenga, as she is warmly known, is one of the first faces you see when coming to Level 2 of Whānau House. Upon entering reception at the Henderson whare, you’ll be greeted with a smile and a ‘Kia ora’

But it wasn’t always like that, as many of our elders were not allowed to speak the language of our tupuna/ancestors.

Valetta was brought up speaking English. Her kuia, kaumātua and parents all spoke Māori but did not encourage this for Valetta and her siblings.

“We lived in a Pakeha world, and Māori was not part of that world!” says Valetta.

Valetta says she was confronted by a Pakeha colleague a few years ago about her “Māoriness”.

“This Pakeha colleague knew more about Māori than I did, and I felt awful,” Valetta says.

So to rediscover part of her heritage, Valetta in 1990 enrolled in a Te Reo Māori beginner’s course at Manukau Technical Institute.

Since then, she has completed many reo courses at a number of educational institutes including Te Wānanga o Awanuiarangi, Te Wānanga o Raukawa. That was done in between work and whānau commitments.

“I always had the desire to learn our language, but working full-time and bringing a family up, it certainly was no easy feat!” says Valetta.

Earlier this year Valetta with another kaimahi from Te Whānau o Waipareira, completed a Diploma in Te Ara Reo at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

“It was awesome to receive your tohu/certificate on stage at graduation, with some of our other whānau, definitely a proud moment”, says Valetta.

Valetta is encouraging others to learn Te Reo Māori, and takes every opportunity to kōrero/speak at mahi/work. Valetta would like to leave this whakatauki/proverb as her parting comments.

E tipu e rea o ngā rā ō tō Ao
Ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā hei ora mō te tinana
Ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga a ō tipuna Māori, hei tikitiki mō tō māhuna
Ko tō wairua ki te Atua, nāna nei ngā mea katoa.

Grow and branch forth for the days destined to you
Your hands to the tools of the Pakeha for the welfare of your body
Your heart to the treasures of your ancestors as adornments for your brow
Your spirit to God, who made all things.