Ranjna Patel EY Finalist 2016 

Nirvana Health Group Director and Pakuranga resident Ranjna Patel is a finalist in the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

The 18 finalists were announced during a special event at the ASB Cube in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter last month. The EY Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the world’s most prestigious business awards.

Ranjna is pictured with fellow entrepreneur Diane Foreman, read more. 



ETHC's Otahuhu clinic stars in TV documentary

East Tamaki Healthcare’s Otahuhu clinic features in TVNZ’s Attitude TV in a documentary called The disease that is killing my family.

The documentary is about Type 2 Diabetes and includes a story about East Tamaki Healthcare patient Ropata Adams-Walker, who visits Otahuhu GP Reshma Thota (pictured) to talk about his health and diabetes risk.

You can watch the full episode on TVNZ’s website, but you’ll need to register first (it’s free) if you don’t already have a login for TVNZ on Demand.





GP Service Relocated

Te Puea Marae GP service has been relocated to the ETHC Mangere Bridge Village Clinic from the 9th of November 2015. ETHC Mangere Bridge Village Clinic 41, Coronation Road. Ph: (09) 2544290. Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm. 


Why age doesn’t matter, featuring Ranjna Patel

Photo: Guy Coombes/Viva

East Tamaki Healthcare founder Ranjna Patel is featured, alongside four other inspirational women, in Viva magazine – a weekly insert in the New Zealand Herald.

Ranjna is fiercely passionate about community, healthcare and people. A third-generation New Zealand-born Indian, in the 70s she founded East Tamaki Healthcare with husband Kantilal Naranji Patel — starting as a small GP clinic in Otara, with Kantilal the doctor and Ranjna the receptionist, cleaner and accountant. Read more



Prime Minister inducts medical innovator & philanthropist into NZ’s Indian Hall of Fame 

Dr Kantilal Patel receives his Hall of Fame award from Prime Minister John Key

Manukau GP, businessman, community stalwart and QSM Dr Kantilal Patel is the latest inductee into the Indian Hall of Fame.

Prime Minister John Key inducted Dr Patel into the hall of fame at Thursday’s award ceremony held in Auckland at the Langham Hotel. The glittering event drew several other high profile politicians: Sam Lotu-Iiga, Jami-Lee Ross, Winston Peters, Phil Goff and David Shearer.

Dr Patel is founding director of Nirvana Health Group, which began as a solo GP practice in Otara in 1977 and is now the largest private, clinician-owned network of general practices in New Zealand. Read more




New clinic for Papatoetoe

The new ETHC Medical Centre in Papatoetoe started operations in the first week of March 2015.

The dynamic team comprising of Dr Kaiwan Driver, Babita Narayan - receptionist and Jyotika Deo - nurse are serving the diverse community in Papatoetoe.

Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Dental services are also available in the same premises.

The clinic is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 133 Kolmar Road, Papatoetoe. Read more

Botany South opens its doors

The new East Tamaki Medical Centre in Botany South started operations in the first week of February 2015.

A brilliant team comprising of Dr Pervin Dalal, working full time and Dr Prabhu Pandey, Dr Thilani Marasinghe and Dr Philip Tane as part time doctors are offering great service to the Botany South residents.

Ranjini Gounder and Veronica Sami are the excellent team of nurse and receptionist at the clinic supporting the doctors. 


Nirvana and Ranjna Patel walk the talk: winners at EEO Awards

Nirvana Health Group won the 2014 NZ Diversity Positive Inclusion Award at the Equal Employment Opportunities.

Trust awards ceremony held at the Langham Hotel, Wednesday 27 August. This award celebrates innovative responses to inclusivity in the workforce.

Also, Nirvana Health Group's Ranjna Patel won the Walk the Talk award - celebrating leaders who exemplify excellence in managing a diverse workforce.
Read more about the awards and Nirvana Health Group's wins at the EEO Trust website.

Kia Aroha College future leaders

ETHC is proud to continue supporting one of its community partners Kia Aroha College. Here are the Year 10 and Year 13 Leadership Award winners


From left, Luti Fifita (Fanau Pasifika) and Ariana Millar (Te Whanau o Tupuranga), Sosefina Vao (Fanau Pasifika), Savili Vai and Rowena Samuels (Te Whanau o Tupuranga)

New clinic for Takanini 

East Tamaki Healthcare patients living in Takanini and surrounds now have access to their GP closer to home.

Takanini Medical Centre started operation in October, but was officially opened on 5 December.

The new building is home to a GP clinic, physiotherapist, dentist and pharmacy with other health-minded tenants to come.

The GP clinic has one receptionist, a clinic manager, a nurse, one GP and another GP-in-training. 

East Tamaki Healthcare director Ranjna Patel says the new clinic was established in response to patient demand.

“We have a lot of patients from the area that are registered with us already and this alleviates the pressure at the other centres,” Mrs Patel says.

The Takanini clinic is a satellite of East Tamaki Healthcare's recently purchased Manurewa clinic.

The Manurewa clinic was formerly owned by Maori health provider Raukura Hauora O Tainui.

To honor the close ties that remain between East Tamaki Healthcare and Raukura Hauora O Tainui several board members and representatives attended the opening ceremony on 5 December.

Raukura deputy board chair Tukuroirangi Morgan spoke at the ceremony, along with East Tamaki Healthcare director Rakesh Patel and Associate Minister of Health Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga - who cut the ribbon with Dr Kantilal Patel (pictured).

The clinic, located at 30 Walters Rd, Takanini is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm. Open Saturdays 8.30am to 12noon. 

STAR treatment for South Auckland patients

People with diabetes, gout, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease will soon be getting STAR treatment in Otara.

This month Health Minister Tony Ryall opened the first Specialist, Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre (STAR Care Centre).

"We envisage STAR Care to be a health innovation that will enable patients with long term conditions to see multiple health care providers in one place and at one time," East Tamaki Healthcare and Nirvana Health Group Director Ranjna Patel says. 

Read more about how STAR Care will improve health literacy and make it easier to visit multiple health professionals. 

Nurse vaccinates entire family

East Tamaki Healthcare's Clinical Services Manager, Nursing and Allied Health, Gillian Davies is jabbing her entire family.

No, she's not wishing them harm, quite the opposite. Rather, she wants to protect them all from pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.

New Zealand experiences an outbreak of whooping cough every three to five years. The latest outbreak began in August 2011 and since then more than 11,200 cases have been reported.

Read more about how Mrs Davies gathered her daughter, son-in-law and his brothers, her husband, her son and son's partner at East Tamaki Healthcare's Bairds Rd clinic in Otara to vaccinate them herself. 


New Government funding helps nurses pursue their dreams 

New graduate nurses June Mau, Esther Allington and Rohan Ratnayake (from left) have landed their dream jobs thanks to new Government funding. They are three of 48 graduate nurses nationwide whose salaries are being funded by the Government to work in high needs communities. Read more about JuneEsther and Rohan.

  Photo: Western Leader

Photo: Western Leader 

Dressing to promote good health

Staff at East Tamaki Healthcare (ETHC) general practices will be donning wigs, wings, hula skirts and decorating clinics in a bid to encourage their patients to take more notice of improving their health.

During April, all ETHC clinics will be taking part in a drive to ensure enrolled patients are having the free health screening to which they are entitled:

•          For children:  vaccinations up-to-date for their age and oral health check
•          For men: diabetes, cardiovascular risk assessment (diabetes and heart checks) and, if eligible, influenza vaccination 

•          For women: diabetes checks, cervical smear, mammogram, cardiovascular risk assessment and influenza vaccination (if eligible)

Read more about the 5,3 and 2 point checks available for ETHC patients during April.


Community Events



Community Events

In October, ETHC's South Auckland practices became members of the reinstated THO PHO, renamed Total Healthcare. ProCare became the "postbox" PHO for West and Central Auckland practices.

In August, we celebrated the 35th anniversary of our beginnings with a range of activties, the main one being a social event and dinner at the Westpac building in Britomart for all staff and numerous ETHC friends and supporters. 


And the 2011 Westpac Auckland South business of the Year Supreme Winner is ..... East Tamaki Healthcare


It was an exciting and wonderful evening for us, as we also won the Excellence in Innovation and Strategy and Excellence in Service Delivery Awards.

Upon receiving the awards, Rakesh Patel paid tribute to his father & ETHC founder Dr Kanti Patel, whose fundamental belief that what is good for the patient is good for the business, has continued to guide the organisation to its success.

Rakesh thanked the judges, particularly last year’s, for their feedback, which was used to help improve the business. He also thanked Westpac that, in 1976, loaned Dr Patel the funds to start the business. Rakesh also thanked the entire team at East Tamaki Healthcare for all their hard work and dedication to the communities we serve. 

The Westpac Auckland South Business Awards is organised annually by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd. It highlights, recognises and celebrates local businesses, their people and their extraordinary achievements in New Zealand business. 

Read more stories:

Manukau Courier- Best In Business

Business to Business- Best Businesses Honoured

Howick and Pakuranga Times- Practice Wins Top Awards

Scoop Business- South Auckland Business Success Celebrated

Scoop Business- Health Sector Comes up Trumps at Business Awards

The Localist- South and East Auckland Business Success


Community Events


Walk the Talk Ranjna Patel.mp4 from EEO Trust on Vimeo.