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Speech: Launch Of A Dialysis Centre In Wairoa : Hon Tariana Turia

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Speech: Launch Of A Dialysis Centre In Wairoa : Hon Tariana Turia

Tena koutou nga mana whenua, nga iwi kainga, Ngati Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Rakaipaaka, Tuhoe Potiki ki Waikaremoana, Ngati Pahuwera; tena koutou katoa. Na koutou te whakaruruhau mo tenei hui.

E te kaumatua, Te Ariki Mei, tena koe.

Your honour the Mayor, Les Probert.

E nga rangatira whakahaere i te hui, tena koutou.

Distinguished guests, the community of Wairoa.

I was so excited to receive the invitation from Mr Gordon Preston, the Chair of the Wairoa Dialysis Society, to join with you all in this very significant event.

It is with particular pleasure that amongst this crowd I know there are many who will directly benefit from this new Dialysis Centre:

the members of the District Health Board and Wairoa District Council who will experience the satisfaction of providing for your community;

senior doctors including local renal specialists and staff who will be integral to the success of the Centre;

the faithful members, supporters and benefactors of the Wairoa Dialysis Society, Marae representatives, local business owners, bank staff, churches and other Wairoa locals who have worked so hard to make this day come to fruition;

and most of all the patients, the whanau, the families who will at long last receive the treatment they need.

You may be aware of the new primary care strategy, Better, Sooner, More Convenient. And I am absolutely confident that you are all committed to the ideals and aspirations of Whanau Ora.

Today is a day which brings these two ideas together.

The Wairoa Dialysis Centre will bring the treatment to where the people live; make it easier to access treatment; empower whanau to be self-managing; and enable patients to undertake their own dialysis treatment in a shared community context.

Medical support will be provided by the local general practice; and additional clinical support will be available from the Hastings Renal Unit.

The Hawkes Bay District Health Board has supplied three haemodialysis machines and made the commitment to support all ongoing maintenance needs, and the ongoing consumables.

And the great beauty of it all is that it is all available here in Wairoa.

But this is about much more than dialysis treatment - as vital and indeed as lifesaving as this is for anyone suffering the impacts of renal failure.

This initiative is about whanaungatanga; it is about an investment in hope; it is about the community opening up its arms and welcoming whanau in. Year in, year out, those who have required dialysis treatment have made the long journey to Hastings Hospital three times a week.

We are talking about a six hour round trip, with another six or so hours of treatment on top; and needing to have whanau support to drive their loved ones on the trip to prevent the danger of driving while fatigued. And last but not least - the whole experience depends on the availability of a reliable vehicle. All of this travel, all of this treatment, all of this cost, leaves people feeling isolated and alone.

Today you are making change happen. You are working as a community to support the needs of the people; in an approach which is flexible, innovative, and responsive.

You are celebrating the willingness of your community to walk alongside whanau; to care for your own, right here at home.

I am really proud - and inspired - by your initiative.

And I know this day has not come without the anguish of lives lost; this day did not come soon enough for Mahu, Luke, Mary Anne and Loni; and all those before them.

Renal failure is not a disease that people recover from, unless there is the possibility of a kidney transplant available. By for most people, they will need dialysis treatment for the rest of their lives.

With this centre, Wairoa has shared a wider vision with its whanau - a vision which is not consumed by the experience of dialysis treatment.

Today, you have chosen a Pathway to Life - a life of wonder, a life of whanau ora, a life where health and wellbeing is core to your future. I am delighted to open this new centre, and to name this Centre : Te Arahia - a Pathway to Life.

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