Whānau Ora critics get it wrong

  • Te Ururoa Flavell
Whanau Ora

Whānau Ora Minister Te Ururoa Flavell at Parliament today slammed erroneous claims that Whānau Ora was not accountable and was not achieving.

Opposition MPs alleged that there were no mechanisms in place to measure outcomes and no progress reports available to the public.

Mr Flavell says these comments are incorrect and mischievous. 

“There have been at least 10 publically released reports on the performance of Whānau Ora in the last six years that speak to the efficacy of the Whānau Ora approach.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve seen opposition MPs peddling false information.

“Whānau Ora is a significantly innovative approach for Government to take and I’m proud of its success.”  

At the end of Whānau Ora’s first four-year phase in June 2014, 9408 whānau were receiving services through the approach, and over 8500 have received support through Commissioning Agencies’ investments since the start of the second phase in mid-2014.

Whānau Ora commissioning agencies are subject to a range of transparency and accountability requirements set out in outcomes agreements with Te Puni Kōkiri.

Commissioning agencies must agree investment plans with Te Puni Kōkiri on an annual basis which describe specific performance measures. Commissioning agencies report against their investment plans on a quarterly basis, and submit an annual report following the end of each financial year. 

The annual reports must include information on the use of Whānau Ora funding, including the number of whānau engaged and the outcomes achieved by whānau as a result. The annual reports include audited financial accounts and are available on the commissioning agencies’ websites.

Mr Flavell says these processes provide clear evidence that Whānau Ora works and is achieving better outcomes for whānau.

“Of that, there is no doubt,” he says. 

Publically available reports on the performance of Whānau Ora

Te Puni Kōkiri

1. ‘Understanding Whānau-centred initiatives’ (2015)

2. ‘Whānau Ora Achievements report’ (July 2014)

3. ‘Tracking Whānau Ora Outcomes July-December 2013’

Pasifika Futures

4. 2015 Annual Report – The First Year

5. Progress Snapshot 2015

Te Pou Matakana

6. Te Pou Matakana Annual Report 2014/15

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu

7. “Whānau Ora in Te Waipounamu Annual Report of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu” 2014/15

Productivity Commission

8. ‘More Effective Social Services’ (2015)

Office of the Auditor-General

9. ‘Whānau Ora: The first four years’ (2015)

Ministry of Health

10. ‘Report on the Performance of General Practices in Whānau Ora Collectives as at September 2015’

11. Ministry of Health. 2014. Report on the Performance of General Practices in Whānau Ora Collectives as at June 2014

12. Report on the Performance of General Practices in Whānau Ora Collectives as at September 2013