December 30, 2019
Tug of war over Whanau Ora putea
The head of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare is missing in action.
Mr Henare secured more funding for the policy after an independent review found it was an effective method of service delivery.
But channelling resources through independent commissioning agencies, which was the structure designed by the Maori Party, he signalled he wants to build capacity within government agencies and also deal directly with iwi and clusters of regional service providers.
Merepeka Raukawa Tait says Whānau Ora needs to be Māori-focused and tikanga-focused, and government agencies don’t have what it takes.
She says rather than encouraging the existing agencies by saying they are doing a great job, he has done the opposite by saying they are not the only ones that can deliver Whānau Ora.
“Oh yes we are. We have been at it for five years. We have got a track record of success. Yes, he is the Minister of Whānau Ora but he is missing in action so no time for him at all,” Mrs Raukawa-Tait says.
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