Te Tumu Waiora

What is Te Tumu Waiora?

Te Tumu Waiora means “to head towards wellness”.

 It is a new team of professionals – Health Improvement Practitioners and Health Coaches – who can work with you to help manage your health by talking over issues, working through blocks and developing goals.

It is a free service for people enrolled in participating general practices. Appointments are up to 30 minutes long and most people get the help they need in a single visit. You may return to learn new skills.


What do the Te Tumu Waiora team members do?

Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP)

Helps you develop skills to make positive behavioural changes for your wellbeing.

Managing stress, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, helping with sleep, alcohol and drug problems.

Supports children, youth and their guardian who may have worries or have behavioural concerns.


Health Coach (HC)

Working with you towards your health and wellbeing goals.

Helping you develop realistic goals.

Encouraging good management of various health issues that you want addressed.

Connecting you to services in the community.


How do I access Te Tumu Waiora?

HIPs and HCs are part of your local general practice team. Call or visit your local practice for a free appointment.

General Practices hosting HIPs and HCs on the West Coast:


Buller Health – ph 03 788 9277

Coast Medical – ph 03 789 5000

Reefton Medical Centre – ph 03 769 7440


Coastal Health – ph 03 768 5942

Te Nikau Health Centre – ph 03 769 9300


Westland Medical Centre – ph 03 755 8180