Te Puni Kokiri

Te reo ka pīrangitia: Māori English

Te reo ka pīrangitia: Māori English

Whānau Ora works with you and your whānau as a whole. It helps you to build on your strengths and access the services you need to achieve your goals and aspirations.

Whānau Ora recognises collective action and planning is an effective way to create long-term sustainable change.

Whānau Ora recognises the strengths and talents that already exist within your whānau. It gives you the support and services you need to achieve your aspirations.

For each whānau, the journey to increased wellbeing will be different.

For some, given the divide that exists between where they are now and where they aspire to be, the journey will require many steps and may take a long time.

Many whānau use the services of a Whānau Ora Navigator/Kaiārahi to identify their needs and aspirations, plan for the future, and access services and support.

How can I access Whānau Ora?

Whānau Ora Providers and Inititatives

Find a Whanau Ora provider and/or initiative. They'll let you know how they can help you and what kind of support they can offer you.

Commissioning Agencies

The three Commissioning Agencies are:

Te Pou Matakana works with whānau and families in the North Island.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu works with whānau and families in the South Island.

Pasifika Futures is dedicated to working with Pacific Island families across the country.

Each commissioning agency works with local partners, providers and navigators to deliver a coordinated service based around the needs and aspirations of your whānau.

Available to whānau and families

Although Whānau Ora is grounded in the concepts of te ao Māori, it is available for whānau and families across New Zealand, including non-Māori, to build on their strengths and create a better future for themselves.

Whānau Ora is Life-Changing

Since 2010, the Whānau Ora kaupapa has been life-changing for thousands of men, women and children.

“My life has turned right around since then – and now I’m a respected, retired person having the time of my life. Thanks to the help they gave me.”

Michael Bristow (Laddy), Ngāpuhi
Whānau Ora client

Hear from other whānau and families.

Why Whanau Ora?

Whānau-centred

Whānau Ora puts whānau at the centre of decision-making about their future.

It recognises the collective strength and capability of whānau to achieve better outcomes in areas such as health, education, housing, employment and income levels.

 

 

Whānau-focused

Whānau Ora is a revolutionary public sector initiative because it devolves the delivery of Whānau Ora services to community-based commissioning agencies.

These agencies work with partners, providers and navigators to deliver customised support and services to whānau.

The benefits of Whānau Ora have been written about and are available to read here.

How Whānau Ora is Different

Whānau Ora is about increasing the wellbeing of individuals in the context of their whānau, it is whānau-centred. It differs from traditional social and health approaches that focus solely on the needs of individuals.

Whānau ora recognises the strengths and abilities that exist within whānau and aims to support and develop opportunities that fulfill potential.

The whānau-centred approach:

  • starts by asking whānau and families what they want to achieve for themselves, and then responding to those aspirations in order to realise whānau potential
  • provides flexible support for whānau and families to move beyond crisis into identifying and achieving medium and long-term goals for sustained change
  • focuses on relationships, self-determination and capability building for whānau to achieve positive long-term outcomes
  • uses a joined up approach that focuses on all factors relevant to whānau wellness, including economic, cultural, environmental factors, as well as social factors
  • recognise that each whānau has a different set of circumstances, and what works well for one whānau does not work well for other whānau
  • recognises that whānau and families have skills, knowledge and experiences that contribute to their own resilience, and can provide a platform for whānau and families to become more self-managing and independent.

Learn more.

Whānau Ora Kaiārahi (or Navigators)

Navigators (or Kaiārahi) play a major role in Whānau Ora. These practitioners have the experience needed to relate to whānau and individuals, some of whom have complex needs, and help them identify and access services.

Contact Details

If you want to access Whānau Ora services contact your relevant commissioning agency.

Te Pou Matakana works with whānau and families in the North Island.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu works with whānau and families in the South Island.

Pasifika Futures is dedicated to working with Pacific Island families across the country.

Each commissioning agency works with local partners, providers and navigators to deliver a coordinated service based around the needs and aspirations of your whānau.

For other enquiries about Whānau Ora, you can contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office, email whanauora@tpk.govt.nz or phone 04 819 6000.

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