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.
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.
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