web analytics
The Standard
Advertising

What is Whanau Ora?

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, December 10th, 2009 - 15 comments
Categories: national/act government, public services - Tags:

Family Commissioner Jan Pryor says she can’t give a definition of Whanau Ora, Tariana Turia’s pet programme that Pryor’s Commission will be helping to run. What a bunch of utter crap. Saying that she can’t give a definition because she is “a middle class white woman” is totally unacceptable. This isn’t some academic activity, we’re talking a billion dollars of our money each year.

I’ve looked around, trying to understand what Whanau Ora is. This is the best I’ve found:

whanau ora

That is technically known as polished bullsh*t. Then there’s this:

Minister Turia established the Taskforce on Whānau-centred Initiatives in order to develop a new approach for the design and delivery of government funded services and initiatives to whānau one that places whānau at the centre and builds on the strengths and capabilities already present in whānau. The Minister believes that a new approach will lead to better outcomes for whānau, and better value for the related investment made by the government. 

“The Minister believes” – that’s public service speak for ‘this is a bunch of crap, we know that’s a bunch of crap, but the Minister wants it’. Maybe that’s what Pryor is trying to say too.

The government needs to explain. Turia and Key need to explain exactly what they are going to do with a billion dollars a year of our money, and exactly how that will produce better outcomes.

I have a sinking feeling that this is all just a scam. I fear that interjecting themselves between public service providers and the public is just a way for Turia’s buddies to clip the ticket, grabbing some taxpayer dosh without delivering anything of real value to the people in need. The complete failure of anyone to show what precisely Whanau Ora is and how it will deliver a net benefit to the people it is intended for only deepens my suspicion that it is all a scam.

15 comments on “What is Whanau Ora?”

  1. gitmo 1

    “I have a sinking feeling that this is all just a scam”

    Of course it’s a fecking scam just like all the same mindless waffling ministries/departments/initiatives that the governments past, present and future pour taxpayers money into, no plan, no governance, no outcomes………….. perfect…… now how do the rest of us get our snouts in the taxpayer trough.

  2. Ron 2

    As someone who works in the comunity/non-profit sector I can see the POTENTIAL for a programme that both builds on the strengths already present in an extended family AND improves the way agencies cooperate to provide service to those families.
    I’m not sure, however, if it should take a billion buck to get government agencies to DO THEIR JOB.

  3. Al 3

    I can’t see this going down well with the National constituency. One billion dollars is a vast sum of money, and it is frankly apartheid to give that amount of money away to a group of people just because of their race. Good luck to National trying to justify this. Hopefully it will cost them the next election. Labour need to expose this for the rort it is.

  4. whanau ora = happy families.
    sounds like what this cobbled together government are playing – at our expense

    captcha – settled heh

  5. handle 5

    Is it “apartheid” that Maori are worse off on nearly every social indicator? They’re obviously not doing a very good job with all that power and wealth they have.

    • Take a look at the world handle, no its not apartheid.There are rich people, white, black, brown, yellow what ever race, Poor people white, black, brown,yellow, what ever race.
      While NZ Maori do have some legitimate grievances that deserve addressing, you would have to acknowledge that the money that been paid has not been used to help those most in need.
      Some Maori have done very well others have not seen a cent.

      Maori just like any race are not exempt from capitalism and greed! The Maori Party was going to look after its people ( who ever they are ) and be good for everyone not just Maori. I haven’t seen it YET !

      What I see is a woman who has lead a whole lot of well meaning people down the garden path and sadly those people will most likely get a rude awakening when voters turn on them.
      Shame on the Maori Party they are sellouts and its about time the left called it for what it is. They could be called the What ever name Party for all I care the truth is they are not doing what they said they would do and Hone knows it.

  6. Deus ex Machina 6

    Tut tut. Any hint of criticism of things Maori – or even quasi-Maori – is racist. Any suggestion that the Maori way is less than perfect is racist. Any explanation for Maori failure that doesn’t put the blame on European colonisation/exploitation/dispossession/cultural insensitivity which only vast sums of Pakeha money will rectify is racist.

    The Standard is clearly wrong to publish such a racist comment and must instantly apologise to every Maori in the Country and make a large donation to the Maori Party to compensate for hurt feelings.

  7. ak 7

    Be interesting to re-read some old quotes from the tories on Closing the Gaps right now…..

  8. Bored 8

    I’m with Ranganui Walker, the problems of race and nationhood will get settled between the bed sheets. Turiana wants action now and can’t wait, but it all sounds pretty selective who she wants what for. If you are not hapu or iwi linked there is zip for you, which in turn creates another problem. Watching an event on the news with Sharples in South Auckland a year or two ago was very instructive, the question to him was who the hell are you, and why did you only come when there was a problem?

    Also whether Turiana likes it or not her reported stance in this instance and language in general is just as racist as that which has flowed the other way. It’s the old story of two wrongs don’t make a right, what she is promoting for short term gain is long term divisiveness.

  9. tc 9

    As long as the maori division of the national party (aka the maori party) get what they want the votes to pass whatever crap is being pushed through parliament are guaranteed.

    That’s it, pure and simple, it’s up to maori to reign in their self serving leaders and replace them before the wider NZ public just get sick and tired of all these schemes on top of an already out of control treaty settlement program.

  10. Rob 10

    From what I read of what she said she explained the whanau ora scheme fairly well… What she couldn’t do was define the Maori word/phrase itself. This I think is probably not unusual for people who aren’t Maori to be honest…

    • snoozer 10.1

      so what is the whanau ora scheme?

      • Rob 10.1.1

        A scheme to pool the funding from various areas to provide for families most in need based on a wider range of criteria than are currently used. I assume since it has not been implemented yet that those specifics have not all been worked out.

  11. BLiP 11

    Whanau Ora = More privatisation of government services, only these ones come with the Turiana Seal Of Approval, available for cash only at a hui near you.

Links to post

Important links

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Recognizing Palestine: The European Parliament Votes
    Last week I wrote a blog drawing attention to Sweden’s formal recognition of the state of Palestine (the second Western state to do so after Iceland).  That move has created ripples throughout the international community. In recent months the parliaments… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    2 days ago
  • Recognizing Palestine: The European Parliament Votes
    Last week I wrote a blog drawing attention to Sweden’s formal recognition of the state of Palestine (the second Western state to do so after Iceland).  That move has created ripples throughout the international community. In recent months the parliaments… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    2 days ago
  • Recognizing Palestine: The European Parliament Votes
    Last week I wrote a blog drawing attention to Sweden’s formal recognition of the state of Palestine (the second Western state to do so after Iceland).  That move has created ripples throughout the international community. In recent months the parliaments… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    2 days ago
  • Minister has work to do over Xmas
    Red flags raised in a multi-agency review into how Phillip Smith was able to flee the country highlight the inadequacies of those very same agencies not having red flags in place that would have notified them of his plans, says… ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister has work to do over Xmas
    Red flags raised in a multi-agency review into how Phillip Smith was able to flee the country highlight the inadequacies of those very same agencies not having red flags in place that would have notified them of his plans, says… ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister has work to do over Xmas
    Red flags raised in a multi-agency review into how Phillip Smith was able to flee the country highlight the inadequacies of those very same agencies not having red flags in place that would have notified them of his plans, says… ...
    2 days ago
  • Gerry Brownlee’s revolving airport door story
    A new report shows Gerry Brownlee is the latest Cabinet Minister to have contracted the infectious tell-porkies-until-you-are-caught disease, Labour’s Chief Whip Chris Hipkins says. “A Civil Aviation Report out today shows that despite being an extremely recognisable figure, Gerry Brownlee… ...
    2 days ago
  • Gerry Brownlee’s revolving airport door story
    A new report shows Gerry Brownlee is the latest Cabinet Minister to have contracted the infectious tell-porkies-until-you-are-caught disease, Labour’s Chief Whip Chris Hipkins says. “A Civil Aviation Report out today shows that despite being an extremely recognisable figure, Gerry Brownlee… ...
    2 days ago
  • Govt spend on transport out of step with reality
    The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. The Government released its Government Policy Statement… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    3 days ago
  • Govt spend on transport out of step with reality
    The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. The Government released its Government Policy Statement… ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
    3 days ago
  • Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction
    Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to act… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    3 days ago
  • Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction
    Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to act… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    3 days ago
  • Foreign buyers for iconic island must add value
    Labour will look very closely at any Overseas Investment Office application to purchase Pakatoa Island if it is not bought by a Kiwi, says Labour’s Land information Spokesperson Stuart Nash. “Pakatoa is an iconic island in the middle of Hauraki… ...
    3 days ago
  • Way opening for April Sun in Cuba
    The United States of America’s President’s historic announcement yesterday to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba should be applauded by the New Zealand Government. The announcement marks a turning point in more than five decades of hostility between the two countries… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    3 days ago
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Minister ducking for cover over ‘Diplomat Case’
    Apparently the Ministerial Inquiry into what now seems to be being referred to as ‘The Diplomat Case’ ( I have a few other names for it) has been completed and is in front of Foreign Affairs Minister McCully. Initial Reports seem to… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Energy users need answers on Vector share plans
    Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash says. “It… ...
    4 days ago
  • Turning up the heat on working conditions
    A “Jobs That Count” campaign has the full support of Labour, the party’s Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Organised by the Meat Workers Union, the campaign aims to put the spotlight on job insecurity in the meat processing industry. ...
    4 days ago
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    4 days ago
  • Biosecurity it’s everyone’s responsibility
    Biosecurity costs New Zealand millions of dollars in attempting pest eradication and much more in ongoing management of pests in farming, horticulture, beekeeping and conservation, as well as in our own backyards and recreation areas. More work must happen at… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    4 days ago
  • Failure to diversify puts prosperity at risk
    Beyond the news that a long-promised surplus is unlikely, further embarrassment is hidden in the fine print of the half year economic and fiscal update, Labour says. "National’s failure to rebalance the economy is further exposed in projections from its… ...
    4 days ago
  • Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity
    John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says. “The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review… ...
    5 days ago
  • Bill English’s face is redder than his books
    The Government owes New Zealanders an apology for failing to deliver the surplus it spent four years and two election campaigns promising, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Bill English’s face is redder than the Crown accounts. This is the… ...
    5 days ago
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    5 days ago
  • Is the Health Minister accountable to the public? He doesn’t seem to thin...
    Lately I’ve been involved in a sort of farcical standoff with the Health Minister, who seems to be under the illusion that I have no right to ask questions about conflicts involving Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich, and… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    5 days ago
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit
    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    5 days ago
  • Minister closes down dissent on climate change
    Minister closes down dissent on climate change In a threatening letter to Maori leaders, Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser says he will be requiring future international delegations to toe the party line, Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says.… ...
    5 days ago
  • Heartfelt sympathy for Sydneysiders
    The Labour Party has offered its heartfelt sympathy to the people of Sydney after the hostage situation in the city, says Labour’s Acting leader Grant Robertson.  “Our thoughts are with all those who went through this horrific and traumatic experience. ...
    5 days ago
  • Farewell at Phillipstown
    Last Wednesday, I attended the farewell for Tony Simpson, Principal of Phillipstown School. It was a very emotional event where many of us in the large crowd shed tears. Bagpipes and tiny tamariki performing kapahaka brought the house down and… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    6 days ago
  • Labour applauds High Court decision on Ruataniwha
    Today’s decision by the High Court on the Ruataniwha scheme is a victory for NewZealand’s environmental groups, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson RuthDyson. ...
    1 week ago
  • Welfare system out of date and out of touch
    A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.  “The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare… ...
    1 week ago
  • James Shaw’s adjournment speech on behalf of the Green Party
    It is a great honour for me to speak on behalf of the Green Party in this adjournment debate. I thank my colleagues for the privilege. I became a MP only 12 weeks ago, a period of time that seems… ...
    GreensBy James Shaw MP
    1 week ago
  • A Tale of Two Farms
    Pig farming has yet again been thrust into the public view with two programmes this week on Campbell Live highlighting the very different conditions for pigs on two very different farms. The first programme exposed the awful conditions on… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    1 week ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere