December 15, 2014
Flavell sees Whanau Ora progress
Whanau Ora Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is crediting high level pressure from Finance Minister Bill English with growing support for the policy within other government departments.
Former minister Tariana Turia has expressed disappointment many government agencies gave less than wholehearted support to her initiative to take a multi-agencies approach to supporting families.
Mr Flavell says that is starting to change as ministers and chief executives realise they need to show they can work collaboratively if they want money.
"You know if there’s an issue there's got to be an issue with the overall family, the whole whanau, and that's why people are starting to get it now and ministers are starting to say they want to have joint bids for money because that's a part of it, but also that they need to get clarification. In fact just the other day we gave a presentation to one of the committees of cabinet looking at vulnerable children and how Whanau Ora fits and I think the whole perspective about Whanau Ora is starting to change. Slowly, sure, but we’re getting there," he says.
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