Hauora boosts Gisborne economy

Benefits flow to community in more than just finances.

Benefits flow to community in more than just finances.

CELEBRATING: Te Whare Hauora o Te Aitanga a Hauiti charitable trust yesterday celebrated 20 years of operation in Tolaga Bay with a range of activities, displays and entertainment. Joanne Atkins (health promotor), Albie Stewart (Healthy Families NZ manager) and Tim Reedy (engagment co-ordinator) with a topical display on hidden sugar. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Mangatuna School students Maiora Thatcher, Te Awaroa Mihaere, Isis-Cole Sydney and Aaliyah Wakefield make bracelets.
Working up a sweat on exercise machines are Diboy Sidney, 67, Marie Claasen, 72, Bo Puhipuhi, 83, and Maureen Gray 66.

THE economic contribution of Ngati Porou Hauora to the East Coast/Gisborne region is estimated to be worth almost $14 million and the equivalent of 152 full-time jobs, says a report launched this week.

This comes on top of the release of the latest quarterly results from the Ministry of Health measuring the performance of the 36 primary health organisations around the country.

Ngati Porou Hauora is the only provider in the top five group of providers for all priority areas set and measured by the Government.

Research for the report was conducted by BERL, an independent business and economic research consultancy commissioned by Ngati Porou Hauora to explore the wider economic impact and benefits of the iwi health service.

BERL Chief Economist, Dr Ganesh Nana, says the presence of Ngati Porou Hauora in the Gisborne district generated significant economic activity and spending in the local economy.

“This occured through Ngati Porou Hauora expenditure incurred in operating as a health service provider and through their staff spending and saving their income,” he said.

The report found that in 2014, Ngati Porou Hauora directly generated $8.2 million in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for the Gisborne district and created full-time employment for 101 people.

An additional $5.5 million in GDP and 51 full-time jobs were also created by Ngati Porou Hauora through activities which created a “multiplier impact” on the local economy.

Adding to GDP and employment

In total, Ngati Porou Hauora generated $13.7 million in GDP for the region, and employment for 152 Full-Time Equivalents (FTES).

The report also found Ngati Porou Hauora employed about 8 percent of the health sector workforce in the region and generated about 8 percent of the GDP from this sector.

Dr Nana said the scope of analysis did not include the contribution Ngati Porou Hauora made in terms of the health and well-being of whanau, and the flow-on economic benefits from providing access to free health services to remote, rural areas such as the East Coast.

“Although the findings of our report show that Ngati Porou Hauora created a financial benefit of $14 million to the region, if we were to expand on our analysis we would find these numbers are quite conservative.

“For example, if we were to factor in community-oriented outcomes like improved health status and reduced hospitalisation, we could show the direct economic benefits for whanau, employers and taxpayers. There are also travel and time savings created by having Ngati Porou Hauora operate on the Coast. If they weren’t, whanau would have to travel to Gisborne to access health services, which for some would be a three-hour journey.”

More than financial benefits

Dr Nana said benefits outlined in the report should be seen “not just in terms of dollars and cents”.

“Ngati Porou Hauora provides many health benefits for the whanau living in those communities. Without access to those services, this would have an impact on the whole region. A healthy economy needs healthy workers and a healthy community to engage and contribute.”

Ngati Porou Hauora chairman Teepa Wawatai said the findings of the report backs up international research, which shows the pivotal role indigenous health services play in indigenous economic development.

“Particularly in rural and provincial areas, where economic growth is limited.”

There was also international recognition that health as an industry was a major employer and provided pathways into tertiary study that, in turn, had some of the highest levels of return on investment for those students.

“Local industries also benefit, both in terms of having a consumer of supplies and business services and in having locally accessible health services for their employees — of particular relevance to forestry and agricultural businesses, with workers at higher risk of injury on the job.”

Furthermore, there was an important symbolic value to larger institutions and employers, such as NPH, to maintain a positive presence in rural areas that encouraged people to return to live there.

Mr Wawatai said NPH was proud to feature in the top five of a recent Ministry of Health national performance survey. The top-performing areas were increased immunisation, better help for smokers to quit and more heart and diabetes checks.

NPH will report the organisation’s achievements over the past financial year at the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou annual meeting tomorrow at Waiomatatini marae.

THE economic contribution of Ngati Porou Hauora to the East Coast/Gisborne region is estimated to be worth almost $14 million and the equivalent of 152 full-time jobs, says a report launched this week.

This comes on top of the release of the latest quarterly results from the Ministry of Health measuring the performance of the 36 primary health organisations around the country.

Ngati Porou Hauora is the only provider in the top five group of providers for all priority areas set and measured by the Government.

Research for the report was conducted by BERL, an independent business and economic research consultancy commissioned by Ngati Porou Hauora to explore the wider economic impact and benefits of the iwi health service.

BERL Chief Economist, Dr Ganesh Nana, says the presence of Ngati Porou Hauora in the Gisborne district generated significant economic activity and spending in the local economy.

“This occured through Ngati Porou Hauora expenditure incurred in operating as a health service provider and through their staff spending and saving their income,” he said.

The report found that in 2014, Ngati Porou Hauora directly generated $8.2 million in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for the Gisborne district and created full-time employment for 101 people.

An additional $5.5 million in GDP and 51 full-time jobs were also created by Ngati Porou Hauora through activities which created a “multiplier impact” on the local economy.

Adding to GDP and employment

In total, Ngati Porou Hauora generated $13.7 million in GDP for the region, and employment for 152 Full-Time Equivalents (FTES).

The report also found Ngati Porou Hauora employed about 8 percent of the health sector workforce in the region and generated about 8 percent of the GDP from this sector.

Dr Nana said the scope of analysis did not include the contribution Ngati Porou Hauora made in terms of the health and well-being of whanau, and the flow-on economic benefits from providing access to free health services to remote, rural areas such as the East Coast.

“Although the findings of our report show that Ngati Porou Hauora created a financial benefit of $14 million to the region, if we were to expand on our analysis we would find these numbers are quite conservative.

“For example, if we were to factor in community-oriented outcomes like improved health status and reduced hospitalisation, we could show the direct economic benefits for whanau, employers and taxpayers. There are also travel and time savings created by having Ngati Porou Hauora operate on the Coast. If they weren’t, whanau would have to travel to Gisborne to access health services, which for some would be a three-hour journey.”

More than financial benefits

Dr Nana said benefits outlined in the report should be seen “not just in terms of dollars and cents”.

“Ngati Porou Hauora provides many health benefits for the whanau living in those communities. Without access to those services, this would have an impact on the whole region. A healthy economy needs healthy workers and a healthy community to engage and contribute.”

Ngati Porou Hauora chairman Teepa Wawatai said the findings of the report backs up international research, which shows the pivotal role indigenous health services play in indigenous economic development.

“Particularly in rural and provincial areas, where economic growth is limited.”

There was also international recognition that health as an industry was a major employer and provided pathways into tertiary study that, in turn, had some of the highest levels of return on investment for those students.

“Local industries also benefit, both in terms of having a consumer of supplies and business services and in having locally accessible health services for their employees — of particular relevance to forestry and agricultural businesses, with workers at higher risk of injury on the job.”

Furthermore, there was an important symbolic value to larger institutions and employers, such as NPH, to maintain a positive presence in rural areas that encouraged people to return to live there.

Mr Wawatai said NPH was proud to feature in the top five of a recent Ministry of Health national performance survey. The top-performing areas were increased immunisation, better help for smokers to quit and more heart and diabetes checks.

NPH will report the organisation’s achievements over the past financial year at the Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou annual meeting tomorrow at Waiomatatini marae.

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