Taranaki is located on the western side of the North Island of New Zealand. It’s midway between the country’s two main centres Auckland and Wellington. It’s a prosperous region, renowned for its energy and dairying sectors. Economic activity reports consistantly name Taranaki as one of the most buoyant regions in New Zealand.
New Plymouth, the region’s main city, is located on the coast with swimming and surf beaches, an enviable coastal walkway and a vibrant urban feel. Arts, music, surf and garden festivals are regularly held here. Its natural environment – the bush and waterways – are protected and prized.
Tui Ora’s main Maru Wehi site is in Maratahu St, on the western side of New Plymouth. It is close to the city’s hospital and to the central business district.
In Hawera and Waitara, Tui Ora’s offices are also central and highly visible.
Taranaki is a region rich in historical stories and cultural significance. Around its Maunga (mountain) are many sites of interest, both past and present. People in Taranaki take pride in their history, and understand the part it has played in the establishment of New Zealand.
Within Taranaki there are eight iwi: Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Maru, Taranaki, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru.