Promising Signs for Whānau Ora

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu welcomes the news that the Government has approved a transfer of $11.38 million per annum of funding for Whānau Ora.

Te Pūtahitanga Chief Executive, Helen Leahy, says this shows an on-going commitment by the Government for Whānau Ora.

“We are encouraged by the vote of faith that Minister Tolley has shown in Whānau Ora today and in particular the momentum we are experiencing throughout Te Waipounamu with Te Pūtahitanga,” says Helen.

Te Pūtahitanga has a mandate from the nine iwi of Te Waipounamu: Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Rangitāne and Ngāti Rarua to invest in building sustainable whānau capability across Te Waipounamu. 

“Our strategic intent is to place our faith in whānau.  We seek to invest in the capacity of whānau to create meaningful change for them and their descendants,” says Helen.

“Because we are proudly whānau-centred, we will take our time to consider how we can use this new funding opportunity to benefit whānau. But we are encouraged by the Minister's positive approach to strategic relationships with iwi,” she says.

“This transfer of funding represents an acknowledgment of the positive results Whānau Ora is having. While the slice of the funding redirected to Te Waipounamu is slim ($1.025m) we are determined to ensure value for money is realized for all of our whānau.”

“On the ground the energy amongst whānau is high and they are feeling empowered by a whānau-centred approach. We are confident that this new funding will build on that growth.”

 “We have seen our whānau-driven initiatives grow from 10 to 50 in one year. And this increase in funding will give us the opportunity to look to further extend our work for the benefit of whānau.”

“Increased funding for Whānau Ora gives us the opportunity to respond to the diverse priorities of whānau which extend right across all sectors – whether that be health, education, justice, conservation – or indeed the wider community – as well as within their own sphere of influence,” says Helen.

For reaction please contact:

  • Norm Dewes, Chairperson General Partner Limited Board, 021 281 7749
  • Dallas Hibbs, He Waka Tapu Trust; 022 043 5397 (Christchurch based Whānau Ora entity for Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu)