Whanau Ora safe for another three years

  • 31/05/2017
Te Ururoa Flavell (Simon Wong/Newshub)
Te Ururoa Flavell (Simon Wong/Newshub)

The three agencies that run Whānau Ora have had their agreements extended for another three years.

Te Ururoa Flavell, the minister in charge of Whānau Ora, says that gives them certainty and the ability to continue delivering welfare services for Māori.

Te Pou Matakana, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Pasifika Futures, known as commissioning agencies, are non-government organisations that connect whānau to a range of support services.

"With an extra $10 million for Whānau Ora in budget 2017, commissioning agencies will have a confirmed budget for 2017/18 of $73.5 million, and it takes to $110m the amount of new money allocated over the last three years," Mr Flavell said.

Whānau Ora was launched by former Māori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia in 2012.

It had some problems in the beginning but since then evaluation reports have praised its performance.

Last year it helped 10,500 whānau.