Seeing and hearing

3 July 2017


Hauora Tairawhiti Board

Jim with Hauora Tairāwhiti Board members Gavin, Kathy, Meredith, Rehette, Na, Prue, David, Geoff and Josh, during their Gisborne Hospital tour.

I joined the Board this week as they headed out after their meeting in what will become a regular feature over the next Board term of getting out to see and hear more about the organisation they govern.

While the Board members all have experience of health services themselves and for their families, there is a different dynamic when your role is in charting the course for the organisation that funds and provides those services. The first three areas visited were Tui Te Ora, the Emergency Department and Te Whare Awhiora.

The Board has expressed their thanks for the welcoming reception they got at each stage of their visit, with the opportunity to look at what is being provided and to hear what the current issues are. As the photo below shows, opportunity was also taken to experience care first hand.

From feedback I have received from the leaders of the areas visited I know there was value in being able to interact directly with Board members – plenty of information imparted and plenty of questions asked.

The Board equally found value and what I appreciated as Chief Executive was the fresh eyes the Board cast over the physical aspects of the areas and the service aspects. Even in a short time, with knowledge freely given and received, much was made of the opportunity.

I can see that the Board will use the experience in discerning the value of proposals that come to them, applying the information gained more widely than the areas currently visited, adding this to their current knowledge. In future the journeys will be wider afield so if you have a particular interest to host the Board please let me know.

And thanks Natasha, Jaki and Anne for making the visits such a success.

Finally, there is an important announcement to come on Thursday. Look out for it.

Have a good week everyone.