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Whānau Ora Minister Tariana Turia has told a Māori Affairs Select Committee that she is delighted at the momentum being generated around Whānau Ora.
Mrs Turia told the committee that she had seen the enthusiasm first hand when she spoke at 12 Whānau Ora hui last month for groups interested in delivering Whānau Ora.
“There has been an enthusiastic response from iwi who are responding to their natural interest and responsibility in taking care of their own.
“The feedback I have been receiving is that already groups are collaborating and working together to understand how to best work with a Whānau Ora approach.”
This morning the select committee also heard Te Puni Kōkiri Chief Executive Leith Comer describe the leverage that the Whānau Ora funding would influence across Government; and the potential for the approach to influence multiple appropriations across the sector.
Mrs Turia concluded that she is heartened by the significant interest that Whānau Ora has already attracted in its first few months of implementation.
“Whānau Ora represents a significant investment by a Government which has never been so bold. It is a great sign for the future of whānau.”
For more details on Whānau Ora, visit: http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/working-with-us/programmes-services/whanau-ora/index.html
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