Manukau Courier : January 18th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, January 18, 2011 0800 ABC KIDS Looking ahead: Manukau Urban Maori Authority chief executive Willie Jackson is keen to set up concerts and social events to spread the Whanau Ora message. Photo: SIMON WATTS Putting whanau first By MELISSA KINEALY WILLIE JACKSON is pulling out all the stops to spread the Whanau Ora word and he's counting on concerts and social events to help him do it.The Manukau Urban Maori Authority chief execu- tive says Maori can't afford to fail when it comes to making the government's contro- versial project work. The authority has joined the National Urban Maori Authority, Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust and Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa to cre- ate a collective provider for Whanau Ora. It's one of 25 groups chosen by the Whanau Ora Govern- ance Group to develop and deliver the family-centred services. A collective was a stronger way to go, Mr Jackson says. We're pleased that we've been supported and funded,'' he says. Whanau Ora is an inclus- ive approach to providing government services to famil- ies across the country. It requires multiple gov- ernment agencies to work with families rather than sep- arately with individual members. Whanau Ora was launched last April and is part of a con- fidence and supply agreement between National and the Maori Party. Money has been taken from existing budgets in health, social development and Maori Affairs to fund social help by the non-government groups under the project. A total of 130 proposals, involving 350 providers from around the country, were submitted to the governance group. Mr Jackson says the collec- tive is clear on how it's going to deliver its programme and is now working with Te Puni Kokiri on when and how it's going to do it. We're talking figures now.'' Mr Jackson hopes the col- lective will have everything in place and be ready to deliver by March. The reality for us is that a lot of the mainstream strategies have not worked for our people.'' He's keen to run Whanau Ora days in south Auckland in March, putting together concerts and social events to spread the message. Experience tells me if you bring them in en masse then you are able to sell the mess- age better,'' Mr Jackson says. Whanau Ora is about try- ing to empower Maori famil- ies and reduce their depen- dence on the state. We've got to be under no illusions here -- all the providers are carrying the hopes of their people,'' he says. Maori can't afford to have failures.'' Call the Manukau Urban Maori Authority on 277-7866 for more information about Whanau Ora.
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