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The health and support needs of our communities are changing and we are committed to moving with them.


General Information

Te Whatu Ora Health NZ - MidCentral is committed to well communities. We are taking a locality approach to better understand the priority needs of the different communities that make up our district and place people and families/whānau at the centre of planning decisions.
Plans have been produced for five different localities (TLA areas) across the MidCentral District. The Health and Wellbeing Plans aim to make a positive contribution to the health outcomes of the population by looking at how, within the current resources available, Te Whatu Ora Health NZ - MidCentral and partners can better meet priority health and wellbeing needs within each community. They will be used to make changes necessary to continuously improve our health system, as part of the wider health sector and social services network.
Health and Wellbeing Plans for the Tararua District, the Manawatū District, the Horowhenua District and Ōtaki were release in early 2018 and the Palmerston North Plan was released in 2019.




Action Plans Update 



Completed Plans 



Annual Public Forums

Annual forums are held in each locality to get feedback from the community about current strengths and challenges to health and wellbeing and to give an update to community members on progress in the priority areas from their local Health and Wellbeing Plans.
Although forums provide a good opportunity to provide feedback, MidCentral DHB is open to speaking to people or groups about issues affecting health and wellbeing at any time. Feedback can be provided to Angela Rainham by emailing or can be given through local members of the Health and Wellbeing Groups in Ōtaki, Manawatū and Tararua.


Reducing the impact of boundary issues for Ōtaki and Te Horo residents

In July 2019, leaders from MidCentral and Capital and Coast DHBs came together in Ōtaki to sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding access to health services for residents of Ōtaki and Te Horo.
The MoU outlines the arrangement between the two DHBs, which allows Ōtaki and Te Horo residents to access some health services through Capital and Coast DHB if it is more convenient for them.
Ōtaki Memorandum of Understanding - MDHB and CCDHB.


​Document Format

Most documents are available in Acrobat (PDF) format. Some documents are also available in other formats (doc, xls, html etc.) or as a printed version (hard copy). Please note, due to cost, a different format or printed version may not be available.

To request a different format or printed version, please contact the Te Whatu Ora Health NZ - MidCentral Communications Unit.

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