Whānau Ora Minister encourages collective effort to improve community wellbeing

Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare commended the collective effort of Maori and Pasifika providers to collaborate with families and whanau to improve their health and wellbeing. Whānau Ora is about families and whanau taking leadership and ownership of their wellbeing and future, the minister said at his first meeting with Pasifika leaders and health and social service providers in Auckland on April 16. He added that the Whānau Ora initiative will be reviewed. “This Government has a unique opportunity to work together with communities to achieve ambitious goals that focus on real outcomes for whānau,” Mr Henare said. The review will assess the ability of the Whānau Ora Commissioning model to make sustainable changes in the wellbeing and development potential of whānau. “One major strength of Whānau Ora is being comprehensive, covering most of the major determinants of health such as education, income and housing,” said the Executive Director of the Health Promotion Forum (HPF), Sione Tu’itahi who was at the meeting. “Pacific and Maori are group-oriented, which is the approach of Whānau Ora, tapping into the strengths of the collective to take charge of their wellbeing and future,”  Mr Tu’itahi said. Whānau Ora is an approach that places families/whānau at the centre of service delivery requiring the integration of health, education and social services  It recognises the collective strength and capability of whānau to achieve better outcomes in areas such as health, education, housing, employment and income levels. From left: HPF Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi with the Minister for Whanau Ora Peeni Henare, and Dr Viliami Tutone, a renal physician and Pacific community leader   .