January 21, 2020
Claim challenges state takeover of Whanau Ora
The chair of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says there’s no way government agencies can be as effective as the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait along with Dame Tariana Turia, Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, Lady Tureiti Moxon and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi have filed a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal saying the Crown has breached Te Tiriti o Waitangi by dragging the whānau ora policy back under state delivery.
They’re upset all the extra money for Wh1anau Ora in last year’s Budget was not channelled through the agencies.
She says the Government’s own review showed Whānau Ora outperformed government agencies.
"The Government believes you can develop whanau ora policy and that will be great for whānau. Whānau ora is about Māori aspirations. That is what it is. It's about tino rangatiratanga. And that is what the Government with all their advisors and everything fail to see. That is why we have been so successful. We have Māori involvement from day one," she says.
Merepeka Raukawa Tait says the claimants have no confidence in Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare and he seems missing in action.
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