LEVIN FAMILY HEALTH - Open 1st August 2023


Gary says... Womens/Wahine Health is a Priority to ensure Longevity in our Times.

Wahine’s Health and Wellbeing in the Horowhenua


Wahine's health is a critical aspect of the overall well-being of a community, and it plays a significant role in shaping the social and economic fabric of a region. Levin Family Health team has a focus on the state of wahine's health in the Horowhenua District, this being a diverse and vibrant region located on New Zealand's North Island. Examining various aspects of wahine's health in this district is essential to identify areas of improvement, address disparities, and ensure that wahine have access to the healthcare services they need to lead healthy lives.

 Demographic Overview:

The Horowhenua District is known for its rich cultural diversity and unique geography, with a mix of urban and rural communities. According to the most recent census data available up to September 2021, the district's population was approximately 34,300, with wahine making up slightly over half of this number. This diverse population includes people from different ethnic backgrounds, including Māori, European, Pacific Island, and Asian communities.

 Healthcare Access:

Access to healthcare is a fundamental aspect of wahine's health. In the Horowhenua District, there are several healthcare facilities, including general practitioners, clinics, and the Horowhenua Health Centre. These facilities provide a range of services, including maternity care, sexual health services, and cancer screenings, to address the unique healthcare needs of wahine.

Levin Family Health, although a new medical centre, has practitioners that have a fundamental affinity to making health access better for wahine of this area and we are very good at taking on the responsibility of showing wahine a safe and supportive journey ahead for them.

 Challenges and Disparities:

Despite the availability of healthcare services, there are several challenges and disparities that need attention:

Maternal Health: Maternal health is a priority concern. While maternal mortality rates in New Zealand are relatively low compared to global standards, efforts should be made to reduce disparities in maternal health outcomes among different ethnic groups, including Māori and Pacific Island communities. Our practitioners will guide wahine to practical and supportive management options.

Mental Health: Wahine's mental health is a growing concern, exacerbated by factors such as stress, family responsibilities, and economic pressures. Initiatives promoting mental health awareness and support are crucial.

Violence Against Wahine: Like many regions, the Horowhenua District is not immune to issues of domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Raising awareness and providing resources for victims is essential to address this problem.

Health Inequalities: There are health disparities related to socio-economic status and ethnicity within the district. Addressing these inequalities should be a priority for healthcare providers and policymakers. Unfortunately, this tree does not always bear good fruit but the aim is to keep focused on the journey.

Access to Family Planning: Ensuring wahine have access to contraception and family planning services is important for reproductive health and family well-being. Our team will direct our wahine to the best supportive access options if needed.

 Community Initiatives:

Several community initiatives and organizations actively work to address these challenges and promote wahine's health in the Horowhenua District. These include support groups for wahine, educational programs, and partnerships between healthcare providers and community organizations.


To improve wahine's health in the Horowhenua District, it is recommended that:

Increase Outreach Programs: Expand outreach programs to reach underserved communities, particularly in rural areas.

Promote Mental Health Services: Increase awareness of available mental health services and provide more resources to support wahine's mental health.

Cultural Competency: Ensure that healthcare providers are culturally competent and sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of wahine in the district.

Preventive Healthcare: Promote preventive healthcare measures such as regular check-ups, cancer screenings, and vaccinations.

Education and Awareness: Continue educational campaigns on wahine's health issues and resources available.


Wahine's health is an integral part of the overall well-being of the Horowhenua District. By addressing the challenges, disparities, and barriers that wahine face in accessing healthcare services and support, the district can empower wahine to lead healthier lives and contribute positively to the community's growth and development. Continued efforts from healthcare providers, community organizations, and policymakers are essential to ensure the best possible outcomes for wahine's health in the Horowhenua District.