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.
Helen’s *full* interview
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