Established in 1989 to provide Matua Whangai Services to Iwi, the organisation grew from a small Level 1 Care and Family Support Service to an approved Iwi provider of Social Services and a provider of Health Services through the Ministry of Health and District Health Board.
The need to merge the health policy arm formally known as Te Tohunga Ora Mo Ngati Awa, with the Social Service arm of Te Runanga o Ngati Awa, was recognised by the Iwi and in 1997, Ngati Awa Social and Health Services (NASH) was constituted and mandated to provide all social and health services to Ngati Awa.
Ngati Awa Social and Health Services Trust (NASH) has reverted back to its given name, "Te Tohu O Te Ora O Ngati Awa" received from the kaumatua of Ngati Awa. This is a reflection of the organisations continued drive to provide and reflect a more culturally and spiritually ground service to the Iwi of Ngati Awa.
Today, Te Tohu o Te Ora o Ngati Awa is one of the largest maori health providers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty continuing to develop its social and health initiatives whilst providing a comprehensive and seamless suite of health and social related services, which will benefit both Iwi and the wider community.
© TE RŪNANGA O NGĀTI AWA 2009