A Labour Government would review the Maori Party's flagship
Whanau Ora policy, Maori Affairs spokeswoman Nanaia Mahuta
Ms Mahuta said she had met social service, youth, justice and
health providers "who are looking at the way in which
services are provided to improve outcomes for whanau".
She also noted that $15 million in extra funding for Whanau
Ora would not be available until next year, after Maori Party
Co-leader and Whanau Ora champion Tariana Turia retired.
"While the minister may feel emotionally attached to her
programme it is important that future commitments under a
Labour Government are based on outcomes achieved and evidence
that underpin the strength based approach in the Whanau Ora
She said Labour Leader David Cunliffe had acknowledged that
Government services could sometimes be delivered better by
Maori for Maori communities and had made a commitment that
Labour was "willing to innovate and move forward on Whanau
"We want whanau to have a warm, dry homes to raise their
children, good paying jobs and the very best opportunities
for our young people", Ms Mahuta said.
"A review of Whanau Ora against this policy context allows a
new opportunity for positive change to occur and we are proud
to champion that new vision."
What is Whanau Ora? Whanau Ora (Well Families) is a
Government welfare policy initiated by the Maori Party. It is
open to everyone, but its focus is on Maori families.
How does it work? Social agencies work with whanau to
help identify and improve problem issues such as poor
housing, health, education and legal problems. They ask the
family to plan a future which moves them from state
dependency to become financially independent and healthy
participants in their community.
How much funding does it receive? Whanau Ora receives
$40 million of government money each year. This year,
responsibility for awarding contracts will be held by three
non-governmental commissioning agencies, to be set up from
within the community sector.
- By Adam Bennett of the New Zealand Herald