Kauika Pūmau


Kauika Pūmau is the name of the main team which has four sub-teams under it. 

Kauika is used to refer to the pod of whales which have connections to the Kaitiaki (Guardians) that brought Takitimu Waka to Aotearoa.  Metaphorically Kauika Pūmau would be Takitimu waka and the Kaitiaki are the sub teams that come under it.

The four teams are:


Tuai Kōpu is a kaupapa Māori programme supporting wāhine hapū and their whanau to achieve their hauora aspirations through the principle of mana motuhake, by coinnecting them with services that can help them achieve those goals. Our Wāhine Hapū wellbeing programme provide navigation and support in a mana enhancing way walking alongside wāhine and her whānau to empower their choices in helping them to identify and navigate their needs.

And much more….

Tuai Kōpu are available to come and speak with groups and workplaces to support greater awareness of maternal wellbeing for all. Please send your enquiries to TuaiKopu@hbdhb.govt.nz or 0800 687 010


Mate Taihā support Tāne Māori suffering with gout by providing support, education and under certain criteria we can assist with GP and Pharmacy visits for diagnosis and medication adjustment. Please chat with our team for more information.

Mate Tāiha are available to come and speak with your groups and workplaces to support greater awareness of managing gout and your wellness. Please send your enquiries to gotgout@hbdhb.govt.nz or 0800 687 010.

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Te Tātari Whēkau is our outreach screening team support Māori whānau to access the National Bowel Screening Programme which is a free programme to help detect bowel cancer. It is being offered every two years to people aged 60 to 74 years who are eligible for publicly funded health care.

Te Tātari Whēkau  are available to come and speak with your groups and workplaces and share this life saving message with you all. Please send your enquiries to admin.kauika@hbdhb.govt.nz or 0800 687 010


Te Wahakura Pēpi supports our community with education and support to new parents and newborn babies to prevent sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). We support the distribution of Wahakura and pēpi pods.

SUDI is a leading cause of preventable death in New Zealand babies. New Zealand has a particular challenge in that the greater proportion of deaths are in the Māori community.

For all enquiries please contact safe.sleep@hbdhb.govt

Safe sleep for P.E.P.E.

Place Eliminate Position Encourage

  • Place baby in their own baby bed in the same room as their parent or caregiver.
  • Eliminate smoking in pregnancy and protect baby with a smokefree whānau, whare and waka.
  • Position baby flat on their back to sleep - face clear of bedding.
  • Encourage and support breastfeeding and gentle handling of baby