May 2015: MEDIA RELEASE
Ki te kī mai koe ki a au, he aha te mea nui i tēnei ao, māku e kī: He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.If you should ask me what is the greatest thing in the world, the answer would be: It is people, it is people, it is people. The report while highlighting key challenges which Whānau Ora encountered during phase one of its development also pointed out the significant impact Whānau Ora had on whānau.
“The report has raised valid points which we must take on board. There are always challenges when developing organisational systems and processes and we will take time to examine and learn what we can from the report," says Ms Grant.The report highlighted the need for “strong support from other government agencies, such as the Ministers of Health and Social Development” if Whānau Ora is to succeed.
"Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective, as an organisation, has always been clear on its kaupapa and vision, which is to secure successful futures for our whānau, but to do this we need support from key government agencies and as well as the wider community," says Ngaroma Grant.Te Arawa Whānau Ora has a robust data management system, which allows for a detailed analysis of whānau outcomes that can then be reported on, measured and analysed.“Because a successful future can vary from whānau to whānau, we see a wide array of positive outcomes in areas such as employment, training and education, physical fitness, housing, health and wellbeing. Our systems are able to track these results allowing us to benchmark successes and further strengthen our delivery model”, says Ms GrantThe collective, which was launched in 2013 comprises eight Te Arawa based health and social service providers: Aroha Mai Cancer Support; Korowai Health Services; Maketu Health & Social Services, Te Roopu a Iwi o Te Arawa Charitable Trust; Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa; Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao, Te Waiariki Purea Trust and Wera Aotearoa Charitable Trust.Ms Grant says, “Our collective has been successful in achieving Whānau Ora outcomes because it ensures whānau are able to determine their own goals and are given positive support to achieve them. As a result, whānau are able to harness their collective power and skills and transform their lives. “Te Arawa Whānau Ora has helped over 1500 individual whānau members over the last year.“The report contains a number of challenges that have been identified and as a whānau we will explore what can be learned from the past and how we can continue to build a stronger and more robust foundation on which to deliver services that have been transformational for so many.”
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