January 24, 2020
Ardern meeting chance to clear air over whanau ora
Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare says he’s looking forward to taking part in a meeting between the Prime Minister and five high profile Māori women leaders about the policy.
North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, former minister Dame Tariana Turia, Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi and Lady Tureiti Moxon this week asked the Waitangi Tribunal to investigate the diversion of whānau ora money to government departments.
Mr Henare says there was no such diversion, as the pūtea was held back to fund providers who were not covered by the commissioning agencies, in line with recommendations from the review conducted when he took over the portfolio.
He says next week’s hui will be a chance to explain that.
"This isn’t a crisis meeting. This is about a coming together of minds to support a kaupapa we all believe in so I'm looking forward to the opportunity to catch up with them all and get around the table and do it the old fashioned way by talking face to face instead of through the media," he says.
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