May 06, 2015
Vision advanced for whanau ora
The chair of the North Island Whanau Ora commissioning agency says work done since Te Pou Matakana took over from Te Puni Kokiri means the scheme is now in a far healthier state.
The Audit Office has criticised the way it could not get a clear description of the aims of the policy from the government agencies involved.
It was also concerned a third of the $136 million that went through the Ministry of Maori Development in the first four years was spent on administration.
Merepeka Raukawa Tait says Te Pou Matakana spend about 20 percent on back office services, including the Whanau Tahi computer system that gives providers real time information about the whanau they are serving.
She says it also has a clear vision.
"Whanau ora should not be complicated. If you are going to support successful whanau futures,you need to know what that will look like and that is, being healthy, well educated, into good training and on to good, secure economic futures and being in an environment that is inclusive and they are contributing to. That is the clear vision of Te Pou Matakana and I do agree with the report that a lot of government agencies and also whanau and some providers were not clear on the vision of Whanau Ora," she says.
In its first nine months Te Pou Matakana has supported 1600 North island whanau and 5600 individuals.
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