June 18, 2013
Te Hiku charts development path
Three far north iwi are in Wellington today talking with government agencies about how to address the region’s social and development agencies.
Te Rarawa Chair Haami Piripi says the iwi, which also include Ngāi Takoto and Te Aupouri, signed a social well-being and development accord with the Crown at Waitangi on February 5.
He says it’s an area with some of the highest social needs in the country, but it hasn’t been well served in the past.
"One of the biggest problems we've had is government departments and agencies coming into our area thinking they know what's best for us and tendering out of social services according to the outcomes they have identified and objectives that suit them but my not work for us," Mr Piripi says.
Haami Piripi says the Te Hiku Accord allows the iwi to set the objectives, and the government agencies must then incorporate them into their planning.
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