Wednesday, March 17, 2010

weaving whanau ora

It is interesting to note labour's response to news that "The Ministry of Maori Development, Te Puni Kokiri, not the Ministry of Social Development, will be responsible for the Whanau Ora social services policy." as reported in the NZH
"Labour social development spokeswoman Annette King said that making TPK the lead agency "makes a mockery of John Key's claim that Whanau Ora is for all New Zealanders".
TPK was set up to provide services for Maori so for an agency to be running a programme that is for everybody would be problematic, she said."
A pretty weak attack on key, and there is no evidence that the forthcoming experience of rolling out whanau ora to maori and then replicating that for other groups cannot be coordinated by TPK. The only problematic part is politicans playing political football with maori aspirations.
"The policy seeks to address families in need in a holistic manner."
Seems worthwhile to me. Good luck to TPK.

1 comment:

Ana said...

Whanau Ora is just a band aid and a brown wash for the privitisation of social services, it will do nothing to alleviate the pain most whanau are feeling as a result of the recession