Whānau Ora is is a nationwide programme: its purpose is to help whānau become self-reliant. The programme hasn't received any new money in this budget and its North Island commissioning agency, Te Pou Matakana, says that's disappointing.

Te Pou Matakana maintains that they're serving whānau who have high needs and they've been overlooked.

Te Pou Matakana Chair, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says she is fed up that there is no new money to add to support their work.

“I don't want to think that they are going to let us down, but they have i this instance. I’m very disappointed.”

$20 million over four years was signalled for Whānau Ora by Labour last year.

Last month, Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare appointed a review panel for Whānau Ora. He wants it to look at the delivery model and commissioning approach.

Currently, Whānau Ora is receiving $73.5 million per year. $44 million of that goes to Te Pou Matakana.

Raukawa-Tait maintains that Whānau Ora has been effective and they shouldn’t be overlooked.

“At the end of the day you can review till the cows come home but you will see an organisation that has been very effective, that has been supported by quality services right throughout the North Island. We do not expect to be overlooked. We're very effective and will be knocking on their door again.”

For now, the work continues awaiting the outcome of the review which will determine for the government what is working and what is not working.

The report is due at the end of the year.

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