Whānau Ora Review

The Whanau Ora Review Report – Tipu Mātoro ki te Ao, has been released and affirms this unique approach is working well for Māori and Pacific families.

Last updated: Thursday, 15 February 2024 | Rāpare, 15 Huitanguru, 2024

The Whānau Ora Review

In April 2018, the Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Peeni Henare, appointed the Whānau Ora Review Panel. Their role was to review Whānau Ora and assess how well the initiative is providing better outcomes in the community and responding appropriately to the diverse needs of whānau and families.

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Panel Members

The Review Panel was given a six month period to conduct the Review beginning in April and concluding in September 2018. From September to November the Panel developed their final report and findings. This was delivered to the Minister on 5 November 2018.


The Whānau Ora Review Panel engaged with a range of whānau, providers, and agencies throughout the consultation period. They also engaged with each of the Commissioning Agencies twice – Te Pou Matakana, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Pasifika Futures.

The panel met with 184 whānau, 74 partners and providers, 104 Whānau Ora Navigators, 19 whānau entities and 16 government agencies at 19 locations across the country. They also received 277 public submissions.

Release of the report

The Minister is sharing views but not making decisions yet.

The report and its findings are subject to further analysis. This is an opportunity to discuss the options being considered for the future of Whānau Ora.

Further consultation

Additionally, the report has already been shared with each of the Commissioning Agencies and a number of Ministers and their respective agencies. The Minister looks forward to continued dialogue with all these interest groups, about the future of Whānau Ora and the whānau centred approach.

Aggregated together, all the findings of the report provide a strong case for further policy exploration into the extent and sustainability of change reported by whānau engaged in this phase of Whānau Ora, and the efficacy of the whānau centred approach.

Report Findings

The Waikai Whānau on the deck of their whare in Taupiri, Waikato. Sally, Te Punakai and baby Shiloh and the two boys – Maison (left) and Quincey (right). They received funding from Te Puni Kōkiri to assist with the building of their papakāinga. (Photo cred: Te Rāwhitiroa Photography).

Affirmation of approach

The most compelling finding of the report is its affirmation of the Whānau Ora approach, as an approach that works.

This is a powerful finding which therefore creates the platform for other findings regarding greater investment from government and increased collaboration across agencies to expand its implementation.

Suggested improvements

Additionally, there are a number of findings concerning suggested improvements which Te Puni Kōkiri are already aware of, and are addressing.  For instance, the development of the Whānau Ora story and promotional initiatives is already under way and a Whānau Ora Summit will be held in March to share information and learnings from its whānau development work aimed at increasing the adoption of whānau centred approaches.

More scoping and discussion

The two findings which propose exploration of localised commissioning approaches and addressing strategic governance matters including the needs of Pasifika do require more scoping.

More importantly however, these aspects of the report require wider discussion with a range of groups across the Whānau Ora system. This work is already under way.

Next Steps

Continuity for Whānau Ora

In the meantime the current arrangements for Whānau Ora, that is, our contractual commitments with the Commissioning Agencies, Te Pou Matakana, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu and Pasifika Futures, and the delivery of Whānau Ora services remain in place until 2020.

Whānau Ora Review Report – Tipu Mātoro ki te Ao

Read the Whānau Ora Review Report – Tipu Mātoro ki te Ao here.


Whānau Ora Review Cabinet Papers

Read the Whānau Ora Review Cab Paper here.

Read the Whānau Ora Review Cab Minute here.

Press Releases

Whānau Ora Review Report released - 20 February 2019.

Whanau Ora Review panel announced - 10 April 2018.