Whānau Ora navigators investment

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Wai Pounamu has welcomed the significant investment made in today’s Budget, which commits to Whānau Ora navigators working directly with whānau.


“The announcement of $49.8m for Whānau Ora navigators is a significant investment in our most vulnerable families,” said Norm Dewes, Chairperson of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu.


“Up until this point, the entire South Island was allocated just nine navigators. On the basis of land mass alone, from Murihiku to Motueka, the access for our families to services has been severely limited by geographic and economic barriers not of their making”.


“In the South what we lack in terms of economies of scale should not prohibit our families from being able to create plans to address their needs and aspirations.


We are pleased that the Minister has recognised the vital difference navigators can make, in increasing the capacity of whānau to do for themselves, to make their own decisions for their future, to be self-reliant and self-determining” said Mr Dewes.


“Te Putahitanga is determined that Whānau Ora should be driven not by departments or officials, but by whānau themselves” said Mr Dewes.  “This is a bold budget in recognising our collective responsibilities as communities, for looking after our most vulnerable, for making it a priority to have a roof over our heads, a kai on the table, and a future to believe in”.


“Te Putahitanga pays tribute to our whānau who have struggled through adversity to keep the faith of their families that together, they can create a stronger, healthier home for them and their children after them.  We welcome the Navigator investment as a key means of enabling families to identify their strengths, to work across whānau members, to achieve the outcomes that will make a difference in the quality of their lives” said Mr Dewes.