July 05, 2023
$74m to hauora providers for Kahu Taurima a new early years initiative
From Te Whare Paremata
Māori and Pasifika receive over $74 million over the next two years to rollout ‘Kahu Taurima’ a new whānau centred early years support service. The pūtea goes to 40 hauora Māori and five Pacific providers.
The funding announcement was made by Associate Health Minister Willow Jean-Prime at Turuki Health Māngere on Wednesday morning.
Kahu Taurima will drive the creation of whānau centred service delivery through the redesign and integration of maternity and early years services, for tamariki in their first 2000 days from conception to five years old, across Aotearoa.
Kahu Taurima is a joint initiative between Te Aka Whaiora and Te Whatu Ora and is part of the Government’s Te Pae Tata Health reforms introduced last year, says Associate Health Minister Willow-Jean Prime.
“They have been working together to transform our approach to maternity and early years and as a result of that joint work programme and joint priority they’ve identified these as new services.
“As reform goes further, programme partners will be enabled to provide wrap-around support for whānau during antenatal, birthing, postnatal and child development care.” says Associate Minister Prime.
There will also be funded initiatives to improve access to maternal mental health and wellbeing care, including those who experience bereavement, through the development of solutions informed by whānau voice.
“This transformation of services is a key part of the government’s wider health system reforms, which aim to provide accessible and equitable health services for all New Zealanders.