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Redesigning a ‘locality network’ model of primary health care in Te Tai Tokerau


We're building on our approach to Locality Networks to support the health and wellbeing of our whānau and community. 

We need your feedback on how that should work here in Te Tai Tokerau.

Download our 'Quick Guide' to locality developments, fill out the survey, or scroll down through this page (or jump to one of our quick link sections below) for more information. 



What’s going on?

Earlier this year the Government announced a significant overhaul of the health system in Aotearoa.  This includes changes to the way primary health care is delivered in our communities over the next few years. Those changes will be based on feedback from whānau and communities across the country.

Primary health care is anything that supports your health and wellbeing to treat you if you’re not well, prevent you from being unwell, and keep you well at home or in your community.

It includes things like the care you receive from your family doctor and the team at your general practice, your Māori Health Provider, and your pharmacist. It also includes other things that we know keep us well like looking after our mental health and wellbeing, eating healthy food and living in a warm, dry home, and other community care like nurses who visit you at home, or community physio or rehabilitation services.

Our new model of primary health care will mean the care you receive will be more joined up, and available how, when and where you want it. Most importantly it will be driven by what you need and want, and you will be in charge of decisions about your care. This new way of working is called a ‘locality network’.

What is a locality network?

A locality network is how whānau and our community, and everyone who delivers primary or community health care, will come together to decide how and what they focus on to support the health and wellbeing of their communities. Care in the community will continue to be provided by a range of local primary health care providers, but those providers will form part of a locality network with shared goals.

Each locality network will have a consistent range of core services, but how those services are delivered will be based on the needs and priorities of local communities.

Localities - model - August 2021

Communities, alongside Iwi-Māori Partnership Boards, will be involved in the development of locality plans that set priorities for local health services. These plans will outline how primary and community services will be delivered in the future, and will take account of the broader social and economic factors that drive health needs. It will look a little like this:

Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority in our area will jointly commission the services that the locality network plans ask for, to meet the needs of localities.

Why will locality networks be good for me and my whānau?

Through locality networks, you’ll still have the same relationship with your care services in your community but you’ll also:

How will locality networks support primary health care providers?

Primary health care providers will still deliver the same care to their whānau and communities day-to-day, but will be supported to:

How are we going to create locality networks here in Te Tai Tokerau?

Mahitahi Hauora has been working on developing a ‘locality’ way of delivering primary health care for the last few years here in Te Tai Tokerau. We’ve learnt a lot and want to build on those learnings and community projects already in place to rethink how we do localities as part of the Government changes to primary health care. We’re going to do that in three key steps:

Step one: August/September

Our first step is to ask whānau, our communities, primary health care providers and anyone in Te Tai Tokerau with an interest in health and wellbeing, how they think a locality should work and come together here. We’re going to do that in August and September.

Step two: October

Once we’ve gathered that feedback, we’ll consider it carefully and will use it to create a ‘version one’ Te Tai Tokerau locality model that we will aim to launch and bring together from October. This model will be a starting point, and will have room to grow, evolve and receive further input as the locality networks come together.

Step three: November and beyond

After the new model has launched here in Te Tai Tokerau, that’s when ‘locality networks’ will come together and start building their plans for what they are going to focus on and how they will join-up services and the care whānau and the community receive.


What do we want feedback on?

To get locality networks moving here in Te Tai Tokerau and launch them in October, there are a few things we need feedback on to start us off:

1. Tell us (or show us) what a healthy, thriving community and ‘locality network’ would look like to you? (You can send us a picture or a drawing of what you think too).

2. What would you call a ‘locality network’ that delivers a healthy, thriving community? (We don’t have to call it a ‘locality network’ here in Te Tai Tokerau!)

3. How do we make sure localities deliver what matters to whānau?

4. Following feedback we’re thinking of bringing ‘locality networks’ together into these five areas across Te Tai Tokerau. What do you think, do these regions make sense?

5. Is there any other feedback or thoughts you’d like to share with us about Locality Network developments?

How can you share your feedback?

There are lots of different ways you can share your feedback with us:

Who are we and what is our role in locality developments?

Mahitahi Hauora is Northland’s main primary health entity, and under the current health structure our role is to support primary health care providers (including GPs and Māori Health Providers) to deliver care and to look after the wellbeing of their communities and whānau. To do that we all need to put What Matters to Whānau at the heart of everything we do.

As we all begin to think about what localities will look like and how they will work, our main role is to bring together whānau and the community, primary health care providers and anyone impacted by or who wants to be a part of localities so they can have their say on what the future of health and wellbeing could look like here in Te Tai Tokerau.