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Whānau Ora conference celebrates successes

13 July 2016

Whānau Ora conference celebrates successes “for, by, and with whānau”

Successes for, by, and with whānau have been celebrated by senior government Ministers, Whānau Ora providers, and whānau service users at Te Pou Matakana's Measuring What Matters conference in Auckland this week.

Te Pou Matakana Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait said, “two years after the first Whānau Ora Conference, this hui has given us an opportunity to acknowledge the growth and successes of Whānau Ora, Te Pou Matakana and the other commissioning agencies, and our provider partners with our people. Emphasis on “with”.

“Since the commissioning agencies were founded in 2014, there has been great growth in the number of Whānau supported, in the wraparound supports available to these Whānau , and how these supports are co-designed with Whānau .”

This year’s conference theme has been delivering, measuring, analysing and communicating social change.

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English addressed the sell-out crowd on Tuesday afternoon, stating his ambition that the state sector catch up with the Whānau Ora commissioning agencies and providers successes in their community and their superior reporting to any government department.

During his speech, Minister English singled out data collection software Whānau Tahi as enviable, expressing his expectation that smarter government agencies will adopt it or something similar in the future.

Maori Party co-leader, and Minister for Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell told the crowd that Whānau Ora has now supported more than 8500 Whānau , helping those Whānau take control of their lives.

He and his co-leader, Marama Fox, continued the theme from Minister English’s speech, affirming their belief that Housing New Zealand and Child Youth And Family services have much to learn from Whānau Ora and how services are designed with Whānau to ensure meaningful success.

Te Pou Matakana's Whānau Ora conference ends today.

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