May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Whanau Ora Implementation Gets Underway (EOIs, Noms, etc)

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Two major processes that contribute to the implementation of Wh?nau Ora opened today, heralding what Governance Group chair Rob Cooper described as a new era of whanau-centred services and initiatives led by families and communities around the country.

The Whanau Ora Governance Group has called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from eligible providers or provider collectives seeking to develop comprehensive wh?nau centred services; and is also seeking nominations to Regional Leadership Groups (RLGs) to lead strategic change for Whanau Ora in the regions.

To enable eligible providers and/or provider collectives to participate in Whanau Ora, Mr Cooper said two waves of implementation will occur.

The first wave of providers must be able to demonstrate strong organisational capability and capacity. They must currently provide whanau centred services and have an immediate readiness to participate in Whanau Ora,” he said.

The second wave will allow providers and/or provider collectives additional time to build connections with other providers in their regions to develop an EOI.”

The first wave EOI closes at 2pm on 7 July 2010 with final decisions known by 2 August 2010. The second wave EOI closes at 2pm on 2 August 2010 with final decisions known by 30 September 2010. Up to 20 providers or provider collectives are expected to be engaged in this round of Whanau Ora centred service provision from October 2010.

“The EOI process is an opportunity to reorient services to better meet the aspirations of whanau, Mr Cooper said, however the EOI is only one component of Whanau Ora, with whanau initiatives and whanau leadership also critical elements to achieving better results.”

Mr Cooper said Regional Leadership Groups would ensure that decisions about Whanau Ora occured as close as possible to local communities. “A regional leadership approach capitalises on the vast experience and capacity that exists within whanau and communities. It recognises that meeting whanau needs through whanau-centred service delivery is best led by those who live, experience and participate in this practice daily.”

The open nominations process will allow communities to put forward suitably skilled and recognised leaders, he explained. “Nominees will need to provide quality advice and show real commitment to advancing the well-being of wh?nau in their region. Relationship management skills and a wide range of wh?nau and community networks will be essential.”

The RLGs will comprise between three to seven community representatives appointed by the Minister Responsible for Wh?nau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia; and three officials from Te Puni Kokiri, Ministry of Social Development and District Health Boards.

They will be established across ten regions based on the current Te Puni Kokiri boundaries including: Te Taitokerau ; Tamaki Makaurau ; Waikato ; Te Moana A Toi; Te Arawa; Te Tairawhiti; Takitimu; Te Tai Hau?uru; Te Whanganui A Tara; Te Waipounamu.

  • Read Expressions of Interest FAQs here
  • Read Regional Leadership Groups FAQs here
  • Download Expressions of Interest document here
  • Download Regional Leadership Groups Nomination Form here
  • Read Regional Leadership Groups Terms of Reference here

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