February 26, 2019
Pressure on mainstream following Whānau Ora report
The head of the North Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency, Merepeka Raukawa Tait, wants to see Governement agencies start to work with Whānau Ora providers to achieve their outcomes.
Te Pou Matakana is launching a campaign today to win public support for Whānau Ora now a government review panel has endorsed the model of integrated service delivery.
Ms Raukawa Tait says it may be too much to expect government agencies to change their ways of operating, and they should just hand over resources to Māori providers.
"Government agencies have to be prepared to collaborate more, to get alongside of Māori service providers, they have to be prepared to co-invest, co-design and possibly co-deliver as well so it's a big ask I know but we are going to be looking at them and I am sure they will be coming us now to say 'what do I have to start doing or more importantly what more could I be doing because many of the agencies are currently funded to do a lot of the work we are doing. They just haven’t stepped up," she says.
Ms Raukawa Tait says a problem for providers is government departments are poaching the Whānau Ora navigators they have trained up to deliver the programmes.
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