May 06, 2013
Health hub start of Waipareira plan
The Chief Executive of Te Whānau ō Waipareira says long term planning is essential if Māori are to win a fair share of resources.
The West Auckland social service provider last week launched a 25-year strategic plan and signed agreements with health, education and technology providers.
John Tamihere says a huge state sector has grown up around managing Māori failure, and Māori need to take control of those resources to create success.
He says it took several years and a major property investment to get the district health boards to co-locate some services into the trust’s Whānau House in Henderson, but it provides a foundation for the rest.
“The beauty about health is it’s a hub and it gives us a very good intelligence gathering mechanism on how our people are trading through a range of issues that are based on deprivation, low incomes and poor housing. If you can lift those, you can lift the education of the babies in those houses must obtain because you’re settled the situation. Everything’s interconnected,” John Tamihere says.
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