Whānau Ora puts whānau and families in control of the services they need to work together, build on their strengths and achieve their aspirations.
Wellbeing Budget 2020
Whānau Ora has received $136 million over two years to help whānau respond, recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding allows the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies and partner organisations to continue their work in communities, resolving whānau-centred issues that will otherwise impede whānau wellbeing while dealing with COVID-19.
This investment will ensure that Māori and Pacific communities across the motu have continued assistance to equip whānau to come through the impacts of the pandemic in a better position.
Supporting whānau to respond and recover: $53 million of the $136 million will be provided directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies to continue supporting whānau to manage the direct impacts of COVID-19.
Supporting additional whānau: $78 million of the $136 million has been allocated for commissioning activities to support additional whānau who have engaged with Whānau Ora because of COVID-19.
While Whānau Ora is more closely targeted at Māori and Pasifika, this support remains open to all people, with growing numbers of other families seeking out the services.
Whānau Ora commissioning agencies are responding directly to support whānau through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The three agencies are helping whānau to access health and welfare services, and directly distributing health and hygiene packs. The focus is on meeting basic needs for food, accommodation, heating, internet connectivity, water and sewerage, as well as dealing with the broader impacts of loss of income.
This work is supported by extra government funding announced on 22 March 2020, to assist Whānau Ora commissioning agencies to reach into communities and support whānau directly.
For more information, see:
- Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (North Island)
- Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (South Island) and their #Manaaki20 initiative
- Pasifika Futures
For information about other support available, see this page: COVID-19 Information for Māori.
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Whānau Ora puts whānau and families in control of the services they need to work together, build on their strengths and achieve their aspirations. It recognises the collective strength and capability of whānau to achieve better outcomes in areas such as health, education, housing, employment and income levels.
About Whānau Ora
Whānau Ora is about increasing the wellbeing of individuals and whānau to lead full lives and uses the power of whānau to improve the wellbeing of individuals and whānau. It provides whānau with appropriate services and support so they can become more self-managing and achieve their aspirations.
Whānau Ora puts whānau and families in control of the services they need to work together, build on their strengths and achieve their aspirations. Learn more.
Why Whānau Ora?
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 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.
If you want to access Whānau Ora services contact your relevant commissioning agency.
Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency 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.