who are the national hauora coalition, and where are we from?

Ko wai mātou? No hea mātou?


The National Hauora Coalition (NHC) began operating as a Primary Healthcare Organisation (PHO) in 2011. It was formed when a group of committed Māori service providers decided to pursue a vision focused on the health and wellbeing of their communities. Built on the belief they could achieve more by standing together and working together than by acting alone, the NHC was born.

Since then, we have attracted a clinical network of 57 practice locations, serving an enrolled population of 230,787 (42% of which are high-need populations) across five District Health Boards (as at 1st December 2019).


To build healthier whānau and communities, it takes an unwavering commitment to addressing inequity in health and social outcomes. and drive change at all levels – individual, whānau, hapū, iwi community and New Zealand.

Our responsibilities of Whānau Ora is built around family values and consequently aims at empowering family groups to decide and pursue the best way forward for their health and wellbeing. We understand that the decisions we make today will impact on the lives of generations to come.

Such an undertaking pushes our team to be culturally skilled and innovative.  Along with best-practice primary health care, we must keep identifying cutting-edge technology (Mōhio) for business efficiencies and strength in our general practices.


We are Kaupapa Māori. In our leadership capacity, we will continue to challenge policy makers to better align the New Zealand health system with its Treaty of Waitangi obligations. We believe a radical change is required, certainly one that is grounded in the partnership guaranteed to Māori in the Treaty.

Advocating for social change and keeping the pressure on for equity in the health sector has led us to take a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal. Our claim is centred around the gulf between what the health system currently provides for Māori and what it should deliver.

By driving these changes locally and nationally, and continuing to provide high-quality services, we can shape a better future for whānau.


The NHC is proud to have received the following awards for excellence in our field:

    Te Tohu a te Pirimia –
     Prime Minister’s Award (overall winner)
    Te Tohu mō ngā Hua E Pai Ake Ana – Better Outcomes Award – for our AWHI team, alongside HHI’s, reduce avoidable hospitalisations through warm, dry healthy homes.
    This award celebrate outstanding Public Sector leadership delivering exceptional outcomes for New Zealanders. 
    Tūhono – He kamaka waiora for our Mana Tū team.
    The Tūhono award is given to the team which demonstrates the value of Tūhono (togetherness), by sharing learnings and achievements with colleagues, patients and whānau, to eliminate inequities for Māori populations and improve whānau experiences.
  • Outstanding Support and Customer Service – from Alliance Health Plus 2019 for our Mōhio Team
  • Ko Awatea – Excellence in Health Improvement Awards, 2015