Te Pūtahitanga contributing to change

The Chair of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Norm Dewes, welcomes the

recognition from the Productivity Commission thatWhānau Ora holds much

potential to improve Māori wellbeing and mana whakahaere.



“We are pleased that the contribution Te Pūtahitanga is making to

transformative change to build sustainable whānau capability has been

acknowledged by the Commission” said Mr Dewes.



The report describes the distinctive role that Te Pūtahitanga plays in the

Whānau Ora sector, in terms of being owned and driven by the nine iwi of Te




The report notes, “*this arrangement gives iwi a strong ability to hold the

commissioning agency to account, and to link with Te Puni Kōkiri and

Ministers through the Whānau Ora Partnership Group. At the same time, it

allows each iwi to maintain its distinctiveness and adopt an approach that

aligns with its values and aspirations”.*



“Such recognition is important for our whānau in the South” said Mr

Dewes.   “We agree with the Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu submission to the

Productivity Commission that framing situations as problems could have the

effect of undermining the existing strengths of whānau.  Our focus is

uniquely driven around achieving results based on the six Whānau Ora

outcomes, as represented in our ORA index (Opportunity for Realisation of



Here is the link to Helen’s Putahitanga interview on Radio Waatea,

following the positive Productivity Commission Report.


https://secure.zeald.com/uma/play_podcast?podlink=MzI0Njg=  - link to

Helen’s *full* interview


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