March 14, 2014
Iwi given Whanau Ora chequebook
A group representing all nine South Island iwi has been appointed as the commissioning agency for the region.
Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu will identify the aspirations of whanau and families and investing in new or existing programmes it expects will best deliver progress towards Whanau Ora outcomes in areas such as health, education, and economic development.
Ngai Tahu chair Sir Mark Solomon says he has been pushing for iwi control by such a body since Whanau Ora was launched as a way to create wraparound services for families.
"It’s about delivering wraparound services that empower the whanau to look after themselves, and we're confident we can reach the families, not just ours, but all families in Te Waipounamu," he says.
Te Putahitanga will be governed by a small independent board which is appointed by representatives of each of the iwi on the basis of skills, expertise and commitment to kaupapa Maori.
Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia last week announced the Pasifika Medical Association would run the commissioning agency for Pasifika peoples, Pasifika futures.
The commissioning agency for the North Island is still to be announced.
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