Ngapuhi celebrates the opportunity to care for their people

Ngapuhi celebrates the opportunity to care for their people

The Memorandum of Understanding signing today gives us the opportunity to facilitate the return of Ngapuhi tamariki in state care to their whanau, the Chair of Te Runanga-a-Iwi-O-Ngapuhi Raniera (Sonny) Tau says.

“With nearly 500 Ngapuhi tamariki in state care, we have a responsibility to find a pathway for those tamariki to be reunited with their whanau back home here. That is the essence of whanau.

“A formal relationship brings two organisations together with a single objective – to do what’s best for our tamariki.”

The MoU with CYF will be the first with an iwi organization. Mr Tau said it signals a partnership based on finding solutions and providing support to whanau.

“The Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett has made it very clear that she wants iwi taking more responsibility for their whanau. We support that notion and welcome the opportunity to build on that with Government to enrich our Ngapuhi families.”

Two social development goals outlined in the Runanga’s five-year strategic plan are that better life outcomes is an integral part of hapu development and social development is driven by Ngapuhi whanau and hapu.

Mr Tau said the MoU would go some way to realizing those aspirations.

“In Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services we have the largest, most progressive and supportive iwi Maori service provider in the country,” said Mr Tau

“It’s come about through hard work and sheer determination to see our people uplifted, and we’ve managed to do it all largely off our own backs, but working collaboratively with like-minded organisations like CYF.

“We look forward to changing the lives of those of our tamariki who are less fortunate than ourselves and offer this pathway into the future with great optimism.”

Latest Tweets

  • DigitalMaoriRT @ytahana: Me and miss @ha_ra_ta Tai Tokerau girls watching the race from afar - Tamaki Makaurau lol about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @AskAwayNZ: 'Hands up who's voted?!' at our @DesignDem Election Night Special at Massey #MasseyVotes #nzvotes #decision14 #TWVote http:/… about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @SachaMcNeil: Hone ahead by 288 #TeTaiTokekau about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @carol_stirling: @TaylorMooreK @DigitalMaori Obviously Kiwis have no morals whatsoever. about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @GloriaTaumaunu: @HoneHarawiraMP @heenibrown haaahaha ka tika hoki, mā te hōiho o muri te hōiho o mua e wāea #nativeaffairs #kowhiri about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @95bFMNews: Paul Henry prepared to call that @ColinCraigNZ and the Conservatives will not hit 5% #decision14 #vote2014nz #nzelection about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @TaylorMooreK: Crusher leading in Papakura - I am NEVER moving to Papakura - EVER! about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaori@maoritv easily providing the best election 2014 coverage! #Maori about 7 hours ago
  • DigitalMaoriMaori News: Why my vote may not be that important after all. (Gulp!) #maori #indigenous about a day ago
  • DigitalMaorioooo just had a look at the new upcoming #Mailchimp upgrade random bug showed a new tool panel with 2 extra rows - #screenshotfail lol about 5 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @MsMocktavia: mā wai rā, e taurima, i marae i waho nei, mā te tika, mā te pono, me te aroha e about 5 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @PiataAllen: RT @DigitalMaori: Māori in the 21st century, a short film of our collective thoughts by Ngā Tauira Māori… about 6 days ago
  • DigitalMaori@TeamRenaOwen Morena e Rena. We hope you are well. Nice to connect via Twitter. Kia pai too rangi. about 8 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @KTVconsulting: @37signals was introduced by @DigitalMaori to your app. Love it! about 8 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @carol_stirling: Vote for change or you get this! about 9 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriIs #Facebook down for u? It's becoming so common I now no longer think that it is a precursor 4 the #ZombieApocolypse about 11 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @devt: @DigitalMaori ICYMI the details on #equitycrowdfunding for Lee Tamahori's The Patriarch, from producer Robin Scholes… about 11 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriWaiata Maori Music Awards this Friday in Hastings. Tickets still available. Mauri ora! about 11 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriMaori News: Mauri Hauora Walk Talk 7, by Olly Te Hata Ohlson #maori #indigenous about 12 days ago
  • DigitalMaoriRT @MorganGodfery: It really does amaze me how easy it is to tell lies about Hone Harawira and have them reported. about 14 days ago