Kōpeopeo is set to come alive tonight, as the Kōpeopeo Street Party takes place.
The free whānau-friendly event includes live entertainment, games and activities, food stalls, and mirimiri, and takes place on King Street between James Street and Goulstone Road from 3pm to 7pm today (Friday, February 10).
Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Chief Executive Dr Chris Tooley invites all Mataatua whānau to attend.
“With the recent addition of our new state-of-the-art Rehua Medical Centre, Kōpeopeo is a vital hub for all Mataatua whānau.
“This Friday, we’re encouraging whānau to join us to see, feel and experience the best of what Kōpeopeo has to offer.
“We want to remind whānau about what hauora, retail, food, personal and hospitality services are available to manaaki their households in Kōpeopeo, including Te Puna Ora o Mataatua.”
The street party formally marks the opening of Rehua Medical, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua’s new medical hub in Kōpeopeo.
Rehua Medical opened its doors late last year offering six consultation rooms, a three-bed nursing triage area and the capacity to enrol at least 10,000 patients.
“Our vision for Rehua Medical is to support both our local medical peers and Mataatua whānau too, by helping to ease the wait times for those wanting to see a GP,” says Dr Chris Tooley.
“We’re currently accepting new enrolments and we also offer walk-in GP Clinics on Mondays and Thursdays.
“Everyone’s welcome at Rehua Medical.”
Another milestone being marked throughout the event is Te Puna Ora o Mataatua’s 30th birthday celebrations.
In its humble beginnings, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua was established in the early nineties by Te Whānau Poutirirangiora a Papa – a collective of iwi across Mataatua rohe.
Representatives included Tūhourangi, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Tapuika, Tūhoe ki Waimana, Ruatoki, Ruatāhuna, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Waitaha, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Manawa, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga.
Initially, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua operated a home base support service, providing whānau with in-home support workers.
Te Tōpūtanga o Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Pou Kaitiaki Fiona Wiremu says throughout the last three decades, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua has since formed a range of new services catering to all ages from pēpi, to rangatahi, pakeke, kaumātua and everyone in between.
“Today, we have established ourselves as a true asset in the Mataatua healthcare sector, providing a range of health services with a whānau ora approach to hauora.
“What started as a humble team of less than 20 staff, has now grown to a strong workforce of more than 500 kaimahi (staff), including care and support workers, working across a range of fixed and mobile sites in Mataatua.
“And while many elements of our mahi have changed, as we develop new models that work for our community, our goal towards quality and accessible health care remains the same.
“We offer inclusive healthcare services, offering whānau (families) a place where they can access high-quality healthcare that is relevant to all aspects of their life.
“As we mark 30 years of supporting our Mataatua whānau, we pay credit to our community and hop to give back through this whānau-friendly event.”
Kōpeopeo Street Party
Location: King Street, Kōpeopeo
Date: Friday, 10th Feb 2023
Time: 3pm to 7pm