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Kawatiri Health

Buller Health Trust

The Buller Health Trust was first set up to purchase the Westport Dental Clinic, which up until 1997 had been privately owned. At the time the owners wished to sell the practice but could not find a buyer and had decided to close.

In 2020 the only independent GP practice in the Buller was set to close, at which point the Trustees of BHT again recognised the importance to the community of retaining an independent GP practice in the district and purchased Coast Medical.

The purpose (mission) of the Buller Health Trust is:

• The preservation of public health and wellbeing within the Buller District.
• To establish, maintain, control, aid or carry on medical and dental clinics for the object of conserving public health or wellbeing of the community or tending to the sick or injured.
• To establish, maintain, control and aid any purpose of public health or wellbeing or improve or develop such public amenities.

The Trust currently provides both dental and medical healthcare services to the Buller District, under the trading name of Kawatiri Health.

Our core values

Comprehensive Services

Kawatiri Health will continue to offer a comprehensive range of medical and dental services.

Collaborative Care

Our new facility promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among our healthcare professionals.

Community Engagement

Kawatiri Health is deeply committed to engaging with the local community.

Kawatiri Health

A New Chapter in Community Care. We are thrilled to introduce Kawatiri Health as a testament to our ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of our community. This new facility reflects our dedication to providing accessible, high-quality care that meets the evolving needs of our patients.

The Trust acknowledges the need to grow and extend our services in order to be sustainable and will continue to explore options to enhance the services currently available.