June 19, 2013
Scrutiny for new services
The paper has been signed and now three far north iwi are looking for better delivery of government services to their people.
Ngāi Takoto, Te Rarawa and Te Aupouri are in Wellington putting the fine print in the Te Hiku social and development accord they struck with ministers earlier in the year.
Hugh Karena from Te Aupouri says the agreements signed this week with agencies like Health, Education and Social Development mean the iwi can identify solutions and get the resources to implement them.
"We really want this to have bite. We want it to be effective. We will be gathering information to develop a Te Hiku well-being report and that will be our baseline of information to measure from that point onwards that what we are doing is actually effecting change," he says.
Mr Karena says as part of the accord there will be annual meetings between Te Hiku iwi leaders and the heads of crown agencies.
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