News item NewstalkZB–
Associate Social Development Minister Tariana Turia is believed to be pushing to scrap local coordinators, local child advocates, and the “it’s not okay” campaign. The moves would release 11.5 million dollars for Whanau Ora. The programme funds Maori and Pacific agencies to work with families on all aspects of their well being – including family violence. The proposal is expected to be considered by Cabinet’s social services and justice committee next week.
So I looked up Whanau Ora on the web to see where that $11.5 million would be going. (apart from to the representatives of a party that only has 1.1% support.)
- Whānau Ora is an inclusive approach to providing services and opportunities to whānau across New Zealand. It empowers whānau as a whole, rather than focusing separately on individual whānau members and their problems.
- Whānau Ora will work in a range of ways, influenced by the approach the whānau chooses to take. Whānau Ora is not a one size fits all approach. It is deliberately designed to be flexible to meet family needs.
- Some whānau will want to come up with their own ways of improving their lives, and they may want to work on this with a hapū, iwi, or a non-government organisation (NGO). Other whānau will want to seek help from specialist Whānau Ora providers, who will offer them wrap-around services tailored to their needs. Whānau will have a practitioner to work with them to identify their needs, develop a programme of action to address them and broker their access to a range of health and social services.
Anyone see $11.5 million value there? What utter racist BS. Man National need to be dumped for going along with this damn psychobabble rubbish. We’re meant to be cutting back but there’s still $11.5 million for this?? Hopeless.