For too long, there has been a confusion over the role of the state in relation to families. At the heart of the Whānau Ora approach is the support to build whānau capability, to strengthen whānau connections, to support the development of whā-nau leadership and to enhance best outcomes for them.
Government must never become the defacto head of the family by replacing vital functions that we would expect families to do for themselves in caring for their wellbeing as a whole.
In this 7-1/2 minute video, John Tamihere and John Minto talk about Whānau Ora and provide more insights about the approach from different perspectives:
The fundamental change for Government is that the approach will be underpinned by the integra-tion of existing contracts into joint funding ar-rangements with other agencies. The inspiration for change will not be from advancing items on a checklist, activities and outputs to demonstrate compliance.
Whānau Ora is not about bricks and mortar – about buildings and corporate branding. It is not about categorising problems or taking a deficit approach to our families in the greatest need.
It is about doing things differently.