February 18, 2015
Southern Whanau Ora body picks 10 transformers
The South Island Whanau Ora commissioning body has shortlisted 10 initiatives to share $3.1 million in funding.
Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu chair Norm Dewes says they range from helping individuals with mental health difficulties find work, to programmes that help whanau in the earliest and later stages of life.
He says he aim of all the providers is to create transformation for whanau.
They include Southland’s 1000 Days paediatric service, a low cost GP practice in Otago, Canterbury Maori trades training provider He Toki ki te Mahi Charitable Trust and the Kakano Cafe and Cookery School.
Mr Dewes says Maori have generally been locked into an environment that focuses on issues and needs and leaves them few opportunities to reach their full potential.
As well as the 10 organisations to be funded in the first round, Te Putahitanga’s whanau enterprise coaches will work with another 120 applicants to further develop their initiatives.
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