October 06, 2014
Partners needed to widen Whanau Ora
The chair of the North Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency says innovation and partnerships are the way to get more out of the limited funding available for its work.
Te Pou Matakana has called for expressions of interest from existing or new providers who may have new ideas about tackling social problems.
Merepeka Raukawa Tait says it has $6 million a year over three years for the Collective Impact for Whanau programme.
She says if there are more good ideas than money, it will have to find other ways to fund them.
"Yes, $6 million is not a big amount. It's a start. But there will be co-investors we are going to tap on the shoulder as well, and there are other people, other organisations who have been accepting dollars for years where there have been no positive outcomes for whanau, so we want to tap on their door as well and say start thinking in terms of partnership, co-investment and how we can make a difference," Ms Raukawa Tait says.
Te Pou Matakana will challenge mainstream social service providers and state agencies about the effectiveness of their spending on Maori.
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