Changes to the New Zealand Health System

From 1 July this year, the New Zealand health system changed dramatically. The District Health

Boards were disestablished and two new entities Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and Te Aka

Whai Ora - the Maori Health Authority, were established.



The new system divides New Zealand into “localities”, with nine prototypes being implemented at

present. Learnings from these prototypes will influence the developments for the rest of the

country. Horowhenua and Porirua are among the prototypes.


Extensive information on the changes is available from the following websites:

Building the future of health – Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand

Overview of the health system | Ministry of Health NZ

Home / Kāinga | Future of health

Health New Zealand Māori Health Authority
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KHAG will continue to seek the best health outcomes for Kapiti and is working to ensure our

community’s voice is heard as the changes are rolled out.