September 02, 2021
Whanau Ora funding surge to tackle delta
The Government is making another $23 million available to Whānau Ora to respond to COVID-19.
Minister Peeni Henare says the three Whānau Ora commissioning agencies will get an immediate boost of $8.816 million to continue to support hard-to-reach whānau presenting with complex and overlapping needs.
A further $14.2 million will be distributed as information on the impact of the current change in alert levels is received.
He says delta has created new challenges for access to food and essential services and also requires more intensive responses to maintain whānau wellbeing.
The Ministry of Social Development is also earmarking $2 million to partner with iwi responding to critical unmet needs.
Māori Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says the extra support follows talks in the past fortnight with more than 100 iwi leaders, marae chairs, and urban authorities.
He says they are well placed and eager to help improve the uptake of vaccinations in their communities, but they need assistance and resources.
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