Whānau Ora Summary Report Shows Exponential Gains for Māori and Pasifika Communities

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu welcomes the release of the Whānau Ora Annual Summary Report 2016/17  by Te Puni Kōkiri today detailing the commissioning activities and how Whānau Ora has contributed to gains for whānau.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is one of three agencies established as a Commissioning Agency for Whānau Ora.    

 "Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu uses a unique approach that enables us to meet the needs of thousands of whānau as we work alongside them in the South Island,” says Ms Leahy, Pouārahi of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.

“Significant to the Te Pūtahitanga ethos is the principle of whānau empowerment, which explicitly shifts emphasis away from service provision towards capability development among whānau that will allow whānau to identify and meet their own needs into the future.   The report states:  Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu initiatives give whānau the tools and knowledge they need to build positive futures for themselves and their wider whānau (2018, p11).

 “Our commissioning activities are delivered via five workstreams that interact with each other in a way that creates multiple pathways to access support but also allows whānau to realise their dreams and aspirations as determined by them,” says Leahy.

In 2016/17, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu priorities included:

  •  supporting local-level, whānau-driven initiatives
  •  nurturing emerging and inspiring leadership
  • building social capital
  • building cultural competence and confidence
  • responding to the emergent needs of whānau across all seven outcome areas (pou); and
  • research and evaluation to understand the efficacy of commissioning activities and the value created through commissioning.

The Whānau Ora report will contribute towards the management, development and assessment of Whānau Ora as a unique approach to supporting whānau to meet their needs. The report can be accessed on the Te Puni Kokiri website Whanau Ora Summary Report

Key highlights from the report:

  • As at 30 June 2017, over 12,500 whānau were engaged across the three Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies.
  • Positive outcomes were achieved by whānau engaged in a wide range of areas including health; education and training; employment; cultural capacity; economic and community development.
  • The commissioning model led to improved access to networks of community providers and more innovative and tailored responses to whānau needs and aspirations.
  • The unique approach of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to support whānau across diverse circumstances has proven effective.
  • Research, monitoring and evaluation activities have been carried out to understand how commissioning activities impact whānau and has identified areas for further development.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu FY16/17 Highlights

  • 75 Whānau-developed initiative applications invested in through the Commissioning Pipeline
  • 93 Number of active initiatives
  • 57 Navigators, Navigators-Resilience and Navigators-Tinana supporting whānau in Te Waipounamu achieve their aspirations
  • 780 Whānau engaged with Navigators
  • 200 Whānau assessments completed by navigators after the Kaikōura earthquake
  • 2,971 Hours of Whānau Enterprise Coach time engaging with initiatives and promoting funding rounds (Waves).
  • 80% of social impact initiatives have achieved significant business development milestones
  • 200+ Participants at Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu Annual Symposium

Media Contact:
Ranae Niven, Senior Communications Advisor, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
Mobile: +64 021 728 220  DDI: 03-974-0169
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu,10 Show Place, CHRISTCHURCH, www.teputahitanga.org


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