April 04, 2013
Whānau Ora Day celebration of common sense
Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples wants his government colleagues to get behind the whānau ora model of integrated delivery of services.
The National Urban Māori Authority is holding a Whānau Ora Day tomorrow at Ngā Whare Waatea Mārae in Mangere to celebrate the work it is doing with hundreds of whānau across Tāmaki Makaurau.
Dr Sharples says while the policy has its critics, its approach to strengthening families makes sense.
“Instead of a whole lot of agencies going car after car into a house, the whānau ora team and its navigator go into a whare and looks at what’s appropriate for that group. Its common sense letting the families build themselves, let the community build the families as opposed to government agencies, benefits and things like that,” Pita Sharples says.
Whānau Ora Day at Ngā Whare Waatea runs from 10am to 5pm tomorrow and includes a concert featuring Moana and the Tribe, Che Fu, 2011 Homai Te Pakipaki winner Chad Chambers, and South Auckland hip-hop acts Young Sid, Pieter T, Dei Hamo and special guest Spawnbreezie.
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