September 25, 2013
Peters continues anti Whanau Ora crusade
Te Puni Kokiri has spent half a million dollars propping up an overseas software product that is competing with the one used for most Whanau Ora record-keeping.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has spent the week grilling Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia on whether she had given money to help the Iwi Chairs Forum or the National Maori Health Coalition prepare bids for Whanau Ora contracts.
Mrs Turia and the Iwi Chairs denied any such arrangement.
But Mr Peters yesterday produced a letter from Te Puni Kokiri confirming it paid $500,000 to what’s now called the National Hauora Coalition.
The service delivery capability contract was to allow the coalition to test the software it uses to manage people receiving Whanau Ora services.
The coalition has modified a Canadian product, Penelope, for New Zealand conditions.
That puts it in competition with Whanau Tahi Navigator, a system developed by Te Whanau o Waipareira which is now used by some of the largest Whanau Ora providers.
Both groups are vying for a $10 million contract to supply case management software to Whanau Ora providers.
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