Pinnacle gifts Ōwhata Medical Centre to Ngāti Pikiao

04 October 2023

Mapihi Raharui, chair of Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Pikiao Trust and member of the Te Arawa Iwi Māori Partnership Board, and Justin Butcher, CEO of Pinnacle.

On Sunday, 1 October 2023, Pinnacle officially gifted Ōwhata Medical Centre to Ngāti Pikiao.

As reported by The New Zealand Herald, this "extraordinary gifting" of Ōwhata Medical Centre by mainstream not-for-profit primary health organisation, Pinnacle, to Rotorua iwi Ngāti Pikiao "has broken new ground in Aotearoa."

Read the media coverage here.

  • 'Surprise' gifting of Rotorua medical centre to Ngāti Pikiao. Stuff: Pou Tiaki, 6 October.
  • Rotorua: Ōwhata Medical Centre gifted to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao Trust. Rotorua Daily Post, 4 October.

  • Historic gifting of Rotorua Medical Centre to iwi ‘uncharted waters but the right thing to do.’ New Zealand Herald, 3 October 2023.

  • ‘Marvellous generosity’: Ngāti Pikiao proud new owners of Ōwhata Medical Centre. Te Ao Māori News, 2 October.

  • Pinnacle hands Pikiao health practice. Waatea News, 2 October.

  • Pinnacle PHO left buzzing after giving away a practice. NZ Doctor (paywall), 2 October.

  • Ngāti Pikiao Hauora has received an "extraordinary gift", from mainstream not-for-profit primary health organisation, Pinnacle. Aukaha News, 2 October.




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