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The Waikato region is known for its natural beauty, rich Māori culture, and agricultural heritage with something to offer visitors of all interests.
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Te Whatu Ora | Waikato
The Waikato District spans over 21,000 square kilometers, has a population of more than 425,000 and employs over 8000 people. It extends from the northern Coromandel region to an area close to Mt Ruapehu in the south and from Raglan on the west coast to Waihi on the east coast.
59% of our population is defined as living in urban areas, and 41% in rural areas. And 23% of our population is Māori (compared to the national average of 16%).
The principal iwi (Māori tribal groups) in the Waikato district are Hauraki, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, and Waikato. Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Whanganui iwi groups also reside within the district, and a significant number of Māori living here affiliate to iwi outside the district.
There are 10 territorial local authorities within Waikato district boundaries – Hamilton City, Hauraki, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, (part of) Ruapehu, South Waikato, Thames-Coromandel, Waikato, Waipa, and Waitomo.
The Waikato Region
Waikato includes New Zealand’s longest river—the Waikato, plus internationally significant wetlands and over 1,000 kilometres of beautiful coastline. In the centre of Waikato is New Zealand's fourth largest city – Hamilton, which prides itself as a centre of education.
The Waikato region is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is bordered by Auckland to the north, Bay of Plenty to the east, Taranaki to the west, and Manawatu-Wanganui to the south. Overall, the Waikato region is a great place to live for its natural beauty, strong community, affordable housing, excellent education opportunities, and job prospects.
Main Hospitals and Health Care Providers
- Waikato Hospital
- Thames Hospital
- Te Kuiti Hospital
- Taumarunui Hospital
- Tokoroa Hospital
- Southern Rural Health
- Continuing Care
- Mental Health and Addictions
- Allied Health
Services and Specialties
Services A to M
|Ahikāroa – Community Housing Support Service|
|Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)|
|Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (CCTVS)|
|Child Development Centre|
|Child Hearing Vision|
|Combined Stroke Service|
|Community Alcohol and Drugs (CADS)|
|Community and Southern Rural Health|
|Community Breastfeeding Support Service|
|Community Equipment & Supplies|
|Community Specialist Nurses|
|Corporate and Performance Support|
|Crisis Assessment and Home Treatment (CAHT)|
|Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)|
|Disability Support Services (DSS) 0 to 65|
|Health of Older People (HOP)|
|Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ICAMHS)|
|Inpatient Mental Health facilities|
|Intellectual Disability Dual Disorder Service (IDDS)|
|Manaaki Raatonga aa Iwi (formerly iRS)|
|Meals on Wheels|
|Mental Health and Addictions|
|Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP)|
Services N to Z
|Newborn Hearing Screening|
|Older Persons, Rehabilitation and Allied Health|
|Patient Blood Management|
|Perinatal Mental Health|
|Population and Public Health|
|Puawai: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service|
|Public Health Advisory and Development (PHAD)|
|Public Health Nurses|
|Southern Rural Health|
|Specialist Eating Disorders (SEDS)|
|Speech Language Therapy|
|START (Supported Transfer Accelerated Rehabilitation Team)|
|Strategy and Funding|
|Suicide Prevention and Postvention|
|Te Puna Oranga|
|Thames Family Health Team|
|Volunteering at Waikato DHB|
|Waikato Regional Diabetes Service|
|Waikato Trauma Service|
For short-term stays
- Busit.co.nz for Hamilton local bus routes, make sure you purchase a Bee card to use these buses
- Intercity Bus for national buses from getting to and from the region
- Te Huia train service
- Ride sharing services Wakarider.co.nz, Uber, Ola are also available as well as various rental vehicle options.
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