Hauraki Primary Health Organisation (HPHO) was formed on 1 July 2003, in response to the government’s call for the establishment of community-based primary health organisations.  The function of the 88 PHOs was to plan, fund and ensure the provision of quality primary care services to meet the needs of the populations which enrolled with the PHOs through their provider partner networks.

HPHO was established with a population of just 7,000 people enrolled through Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki and Whitianga Doctors Surgery. Today, as one of 33 remaining PHOs, HPHO has a population of 150,420 people enrolled through a network of 25 practice partners operating from 35 clinics.

Much of HPHO’s success has come from the stability of governance vision as a kaupapa Maori, Treaty based partnership.  That is to say that HPHO and its general practice partners believe in the ultimate importance of an holistic approach to wellness supported by high-quality accessible primary care services.  A partnership still exists today between the kaupapa Maori concepts of Te Taiao (humans living in harmony with our environment).  This is explained in the adherence to the Te Whare Tapa Wha philosophy exposed by Sir Mason Durie of the hinengaro (mental), tinana (physical), whanau (family) and wairua (spiritual) all needing to be in balance if one is to achieve and maintain wellness.        

The governance balance of Maori and Pakeha, community and clinical and male and female representatives remains one of the hallmarks of HPHO.  The other guiding principle is a commitment to openness and transparency unmatched by any other health organisation in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

Welcome to Hauraki Primary Health Organisation. We invite you to explore our website and contact any of the team at any time to ask any questions you may have.


Naka noa na


Hugh Kininmonth

Chief Executive