Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Select Committee hearing on Whānau Ora dispels criticism

Te Ururoa Flavell
MP for Waiariki

February 15, 2012

Select Committee hearing on Whānau Ora dispels recent criticism says Flavell

Maori Party MP for Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell, is challenging the critics of Whānau Ora following this morning’s Māori Affairs Select Committee hearing in which Te Puni Kokiri presented progress on Whānau Ora.

“The evidence provided to the committee showed Whanau Ora has been seen as a significant opportunity for all families involved to respond to the needs of the whanau as a whole,” said Mr Flavell.

“The presentation put a stop to the spurious claims around ‘middleclass welfarism’ and instead gave tangible proof about how the approach is assisting and enabling families to find their own solutions,” he adds

“The evidence also debunks recent claims about ‘brown providers’ and about how Whānau Ora is taking money from other departments.”

“Whanau Ora is premised on delivering better results for families - it's an inclusive approach that seems to be resonating with many cultures.”

"It's a fundamentally different concept than the way some are describing it. Whanau Ora isn't a service - it's about building service capability and whanau engagement, so that whanau can manage their own lives.”

"It's great to see the shift from outputs to outcomes; from talk to action. Let's place some faith in our families; stop treating them as the problem and instead become solution-focused,” ends Mr Flavell.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Bid

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination is taking on an air of inevitability, and that likelihood has been met with elation by some people, and feelings of dread in others. Is the Vermont senator the party’s best hope of motivating and leading an inspirational movement to defeat Donald Trump in November, or would he be the easiest opponent of them all for Trump to stigmatise, isolate and defeat? Is Bernie Sanders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform America, or a once- in-a -generation calamity who is likely to entrench in power the worst President in American history? No pressure, people. More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


NZ Government: 18,400 Children Lifted Out Of Poverty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed new reporting showing the Coalition Government is on track to meet its child poverty targets, with 18,400 children lifted out of poverty as a result of the Families Package... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, ... More>>


Vaping: Government To Regulate Products

No sales to under-18-year-olds No advertising and sponsorship of vaping products and e-cigarettes No vaping or smokeless tobacco in smokefree areas Regulates vaping product safety comprehensively, - including devices, flavours and ingredients Ensure ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals
Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. More>>


UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels