Whānau Ora: Taskforce on Whānau-centred Initiatives


In June 2009 Cabinet approved the establishment of the Whānau Ora Taskforce (the Taskforce). Its role was to develop a framework for a whānau-centred approach to whānau wellbeing and development.

The Taskforce has five members. They are: Professor Mason Durie (Chair), Rob Cooper, Suzanne Snively, Di Grennell, and Nancy Tuaine.

Whānau Ora is an inclusive approach to providing services and opportunities to families across New Zealand. It empowers families as a whole, rather than focusing separately on individual family members and their problems.

It requires multiple Government agencies to work together with families rather than separately with individual family members.

The Taskforce held 22 regional hui with a range of urban and rural whānau, iwi and service providers during October and November 2009. Approximately 600 people attended these hui.

The Taskforce also received more than 100 written submissions on its discussion document Whānau Ora: A whānau-centred approach to Māori wellbeing.

The work of the Taskforce is now complete. The Government is currently considering the Taskforce report.

The Government has announced that Hon Tariana Turia will be the Minister Responsible for Whānau Ora and a Governance Group will be established to oversee implementation.

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