From TRACY WATKINS - The Dominion Post
"The much-anticipated Whanau Ora programme has been scaled back to a $134 million programme over the next four years - well short of the $1 billion cost bandied around in its early stages.
There will be 20 Whanau Ora "providers" contracted in the first round and Mr Key said they would be held accountable for results.
Mrs Turia said the $134 million in funding over four years would enable Te Puni Kokiri, the Social Development Ministry and the Health Ministry working together to help families.
While the government shied away from labelling its initial investment a pilot programme, Mrs Turia confirmed that up to $20 million over four years would be spent researching, evaluating and monitoring the implementation and results.This is a good approach because the only way to make it work it is to be flexible and adjust where necessary. You can only do that if you know what's going on.