Vision for the Future

Report for 2013 looking forward 3 – 5 years

  • The Trust’s mission is seen as focusing upon continuing to provide and maintain excellent facilities from which first class health care can be provided including: health promotion, medical, welfare, educational and social functions
  • Anticipating and responding to evolving needs in our growing community and paralleling diversification and specialisation within the Health Team with which it is in close co-operation


To equip and maintain the Community Health Centre at Claris and Te Kotuku Cottage at Port Fitzroy, by fundraising, lobbying and management of the current resources including vehicles.

1. To maintain in best condition the Community Health Centre and Te Kotuku Cottage (also known as ‘the Nurses cottage’) and to upgrade when needed and as funds become available

  • Ensure access to sustainable systems / infrastructure i.e. power, water, sewerage. Current projects; improve heating at Te Kotuku Cottage, review electrical system at the Community Health Centre
  • Maintain all buildings in compliance with statutory requirements and undertake regular planned maintenance. Monthly current works planning e.g. rain pergola to be added to annex room at community end of Claris Health Centre
  • Observe population trends and changes – anticipate expansion of needs

2. To acquire new and improved equipment, furniture and vehicles for the use of resident and visiting health professionals

  • Continue three yearly vehicle upgrades
  • Fundraise for current ‘wish list’: e.g. palliative care pain pump, three section plinth, monitor / defibrillator upgrade for Te Kotuku Cottage, ‘point of care’ laboratory equipment for INR, Trops, d-dimers, an ultrasound machine

3. To beautify the Health Centre environments by landscaping and planting in harmony with planning by council

  • Maintain present landscaping, current works: e.g. addition of some appropriate plantings around building borders, and attention to lawn quality at Claris, continue landscaping of new car park borders
  • Choose local sourced native trees when replacing or enhancing the natural environment


To devote particular attention to health on Great Barrier Island (GBI) and in this regard to take steps to promote, encourage and create good health awareness within the community

  • Lead community role: To provide conduit between GBI community and Health Professionals – communication of evolving health needs
  • Support and encourage health professionals to provide a high quality and safe health care service – refer GBI Health Needs Assessment document.
    • Update vehicles and equipment regularly for their use.
    • Support for health funding initiatives, to ensure appropriate funding for health provision for the community of GBI
  • Support continuity of care by known health professional staff
    • Need for at least 2 permanent General practitioners
    • Need for at least 5 support nurses
    • Encourage allied health services to provide regular clinical support on Island. Current works, seeking to provide on Island clinics for; optometrist services, audiology assessment and physiotherapy practitioners.
  • Communicate with Auckland District Health Board / Ministry of Health / Accident Compensation Corporation in respect of any health concerns on GBI as appropriate to these agencies
  • Communicate with Auckland District Health Board / Ministry of Health / Accident Compensation Corporation in respect of any health concerns on GBI as appropriate to these agencies.


To employ a Community Worker on behalf of the residents of Great Barrier Island: to mobilise resources for local people, to liaise with government departments / ministries as necessary, to disseminate information important to the social, political, economic and cultural needs of the Island Community.

  • Appropriately funded and resourced social service i.e. the Community Worker Project to protect the health and well-being of the GBI Community
    • Lobby funders – Auckland Council, Ministry of Social Development, Lottery Grants, COGS, Aotea Health
  • To ensure good employment practices
    • Appropriate supervision
    • Adhere to legislative / contractual requirements
  • Support for local people to attend public secondary health clinical services in Auckland by assisting with travel arrangements
  • Advocacy and navigation for residents in respect of applications to Ministry of Health, Accident Compensation Corporation, Inland Revenue Department, Corrections Department and the Ministry of Social Development for appropriate financial assistance, explanations of paperwork and secretarial assistance (fax/email/scan/copy) as needed. Services to Work and Income (MSD) in particular as defined by the contractual arrangement in place: to provide verification of documents and a conduit for information from residents to the ministry.
  • Community networking and response: facilitation / arrangement of community meetings, organisation and explanations to the community about funding availability, assistance with applications for such, with a special relationship – as defined by the contractual arrangement – with Auckland Council / Local Board funding opportunities. Responding to requests for information – statistical and analytical – by reference to most up-to-date research – for mainland organisations and agencies particularly Auckland Council

Evaluation of Process

AGM of Health Trust

At each AGM reports are provided from:

  • Health Trust Chairperson – Report to the community on fundraising, building improvements, equipment purchase, trends in health care observed on Island
  • Aotea Health provides a Health Team report which highlights relevant statistical evidence and trends seen through provision of health care. Providing information to the community and encouraging community feedback concerning health needs.
  • Community Worker provides a full annual report in relation to all parts of job description
  • Alternative Practitioners’ report –
  • Community Forum: for feedback, concerns and bouquets to the Trust in respect of the Trust’s stated aims and responsibilities.