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Maori Affairs Committee strongly endorses Whanau Ora

Maori Affairs Committee strongly endorses Whanau Ora

Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia has welcomed the report from the inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for tamariki Maori as a resounding expression of support for Whanau Ora.

“The committee has universally endorsed the Whanau Ora approach as fundamental in lifting outcomes for tamariki Maori. The first key statement of the report says it all – the wellbeing of tamariki Maori is inextricable from the wellbeing of whanau’.

“What is really pleasing to see, however, is the recognition from so many key stakeholders that a more holistic approach was needed to achieve better outcomes for Maori.

“Whether it be NZEI speaking up for the mana of whanau; the NZ Medical Association recognising the significance of whanau or the NZ Council of Christian Social Services acknowledging that Maori suffer because of disconnection or alienation from whanau and hapu, there is solid evidence throughout the report of the need to consider the role of whanau in the design and implementation of solutions to address the wellbeing of tamariki Maori”.

“The report also brings urgency to the work programme of the Ministerial Committee on Poverty by adding depth to the definition of poverty – income deprivation, capability deprivation, social exclusion and cultural alienation. The select committee urges us to consider the elimination or reduction of poverty as fundamental to wellbeing and must be established alongside policies for wealth creation, achievement and wellbeing”.

“I challenge all my ministerial and parliamentary colleagues to look at this report as the ultimate Christmas present.

If Parliament is truly committed to addressing the disproportionate disadvantage experienced by Maori then the 48 recommendations of this cross-parliamentary report must be taken seriously. I look forward to our collective approach in examining to each issue presented and providing a response which will reflect the ideas encompassed in this report.

I pay tribute to Hon Tau Henare for his leadership throughout the report; the dedicated approach taken by the committee; and the passion and commitment of over 100 individuals, groups and organisations who have worked together on this inquiry.

The last word must reside in the dedication of this report – to our friend and colleague, the late Hon Parekura Horomia. We must honour his legacy in the way in which we respond to the report of this inquiry”.

ENDS

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