"Whānau Ora is about empowering whānau to take control of their future. What we want for our whānau is to be self-determining, to be living healthy lifestyles, to be participating fully in society and to be economically secure." - Hon Tariana Turia Minister Responsible for Whānau Ora
Whānau Ora is an inclusive, culturally-anchored approach to provide services and opportunities to whānau and families across New Zealand.
The Taskforce on Whānau-Centred Initiatives identified six goals that suggest that whānau outcomes will be met when whānau are: self-managing; living healthy lifestyles; participating fully in society; confidently participating in Te Ao Māori; economically secure and successfully involved in wealth creation; and cohesive, resilient and nurturing.
It empowers whānau and families as a whole, rather than separately focusing on individual family members and their problems.
It also requires multiple Government agencies to work together with whānau and families rather than separately with individual family members.
The Government believes there is a better way to use the hundreds of millions of dollars spent currently on families in need, with better results for the families themselves.
Whānau Ora will work in a range of ways, influenced by the priorities that whānau and families identify and choose.
Whānau Ora is not a one size fits all approach. It is deliberately designed to be flexible to meet family needs and will evolve over time and be improved as required.
The Government has allocated $134.3 million over four years for the implementation of Whānau Ora.
Successful providers will retain the funding they receive through existing contracts, which will be developed into Whānau Ora contracts. It is estimated the combined value of these contracts will be around $200 million a year.