December 19, 2013
Politics could spike NUMA bid
A decision on who will run the commissioning agencies for Whanau Ora is expected early in the new year.
Non-government organisations, one in the North Island, one in Te Waipounamu and a Pacific-focused agency will take over the role of saying where whanau ora dollars should be spent.
Minister Tariana Turia says the whanau ora regional leadership groups and governance group are being wound down, with the governance group’s last task being to oversee the request for proposal process for the new commissioning agencies.
Te Puni Kokiri will remain the administering department for Whanau Ora.
Waipareira chief executive John Tamihere says Waipareira has been shortlisted under the umbrella of the National Urban Maori Authority in partnership with international accounting firm Deloitte.
He says it’s a rigorous process.
"I've never seen a request for proposal by a government ever place a blowtorch on a group more than it has us, and so I'm extraordinarily comfortable and confident the National Urban Maori Authority managed out of Waipareira should get the nod. Now the only thing that will tip it up is politics," Mr Tamihere says.
The National Urban Maori Authority is prepared to go to court if it feels it treated unfairly in the process.
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