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Whanau Ora's future assured

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/05/2017

The three agencies that run Whanau Ora have had their agreements extended for another three years.

Te Ururoa Flavell, the minister in charge of Whanau Ora, says that gives them certainty and the ability to continue delivering welfare services for Maori.

Te Pou Matakana, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Pasifika Futures, known as commissioning agencies, are non-government organisations that connect whanau to a range of support services.

"With an extra $10 million for Whanau Ora in budget 2017, commissioning agencies will have a confirmed budget for 2017/18 of $73.5 million, and it takes to $110m the amount of new money allocated over the last three years," Mr Flavell said.

Whanau Ora was launched by former Maori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia in 2012.

It had some problems in the beginning but since then evaluation reports have praised its performance.

Last year it helped 10,500 whanau.

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