A raw, precious and remote part of New Zealand‘s East Coast, Ngāti Porou is paradise. This coastal land is the first place in the world touched by the sun’s rays each day, a bountiful environment of beauty and spiritual richness in Maori traditions.
Those that are born on the coast are of the coast. A lack of local opportunities and jobs caused one of NZ’s most significant urban drifts leaving the remaining 10,000 strong community forgotten, resulting in the highest level of premature mortality and the worst health outcomes in New Zealand. The lack of population and government support threatened the viability of Ngāti Porou Hauora - the only owned and run Maori hospital in the world.