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Tamariki Ora Earns Top Award

The outstanding results achieved by Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga staff working to give babies and children a safe and healthy start in life have earned top-level recognition.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Well Child Tamariki Ora programme carried off the award for Commitment to Reducing Inequalities in this year's Hawke's Bay Health Awards, administered by the HB District Health Board.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga was also a co-winner of the Team of the Year award, for its involvement in the Safe Sleep programme.

Tamariki Ora is a programme aimed at children from birth to five years throughout Hastings, Napier and Central Hawke's Bay. It offers packages of integrated health care and monitoring, including in-home immunisations, for tamariki who might not otherwise receive such services.

At the same time it supports whānau and caregivers in helping their tamariki to maintain good health and development, and ensures they are enrolled with a GP for primary healthcare.

During the past year, Tamariki Ora nurses administered immunisations to 400 children, and helped to raise the overall Hawke's Bay immunisation rate for under-2s to 95 percent.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga involvement with the Safe Sleep programme has seen it distribute nearly 100 pēpi pods, which are special boxes made into beds for babies in situations where there is no cot or cradle in which they can sleep safely.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga General Manager Hauora, Patrick Le Geyt, says the Tamariki Ora staff fully deserved these awards.

"Our mothers and children deserve the best we can provide, and this award is recognition of that. I am very proud of our staff and how they work with whānau and other agencies for the betterment of our community."

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