March 13, 2020
Whanau ora not on voters’ minds
Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare doesn’t believe the integrated health and social service delivery programme will be a big issue in the election.
Waipareira and Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency chief executive John Tamihere has slammed Government efforts to try out different ways to distribute whānau ora funds.
He has made it a ballot box issue by becoming the Māori Party candidate for Mr Henare’s Tāmaki Makaurau seat.
Mr Henare says in his door-knocking he has found few people have had contact with whānau ora providers.
"The people who have come into our office and the people I have spoken to around the traps, it's those bread and butter issues that constantly come up in conversation and that's about education opportunities, housing which still looms large in Tāmaki Makaurau, health, that seems to be the pressing issues for them," Mr Henare says.
He says the entry of John Tamihere along with the Greens’ Marama Davidson in the line up should make a lively contest in Tāmaki Makaurau.
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