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Friday, April 09, 2010

Savings hope in management model

The newly-created Minister for Whanau Ora says money for the new service delivery model will come from savings in the way health and welfare services are managed.

The report of the Whanau Ora Taskforce was released yesterday with a promise that details of how it would operate would be revealed in May's Budget, but that there would be no new funding.

Instead, existing spending within the Health, Social Development and maori Development Ministries will be prioritised.

Tariana Turia says it will allow Maori and other providers to consolidate support for families which are currently split across a range of contracts.

She says the Government expects its agencies to look at how they will integrate contracts in the health and social services sector.

“This is going to be huge because essentially it will mean that over time we will need less bureaucracy because in fact the NGO sectors will be taking over the role that in the past has been played by others. I think it will be a huge shift and over time people will begin to see the benefit from it,” Mrs Turia says.

She says benefits are unlikely to be immediate.


But Labour's Maori Social Development spokesperson, Nanaia Mahuta, says Maori service providers will be disappointed at how little the Whanau Ora policy now promises to deliver.

Ms Mahuta says the delay in making the Whanau Ora taskforce report and the lack of detail on its implementations point to deep divisions between the Maori Party and the Government over the policy.

She says with no new funding, Maori providers are right to be concerned.

“Social service and health providers out there should be quite concerned because if they start to lose contracts in favour of whanau ora it may well erode the current capacity within their organisation and compromise the quality of service they are providing to whanau out there,” Ms Mahuha says.

She says it's still not clear if Whanau Ora is just for Maori or if it will forced on other communities.


An Australian-born Maori prop has created National Rugby league history.

Parramatta's Nathan Cayliss, who has whakapapa links to Taranaki, has become the first player to captain the same club in 200 matches.

Kormer Kiwi captain Ritchie Barnett says Cayliss's leadership skills were spotted early when he was appointed Eels skipper in his early 20's.

Mr Barnett says the 32-year-old prop deserves recognition as the first one club skipper to play 200 NRL games.

Nathan Cayliss has announced this season will be his last.


A "please explain" note from a United Nations committee isn't enough to make the government negotiate with a Maori land trust about top of the South Island claims.

WAI 56 claimants complained to a UN Human Rights subcommittee about the Crown's refusal to talk to them directly about land taken from the Wakatu Incorporation by Crown managers.

Paul James, director of the Office of Treaty Settlements, says the Crown is resolving historical claims through negotiations large natural iwi groupings rather than individual claimants.

“The WAI 56 claim represented by the Wakatu Incorporation has been part of that negotiation process from day one. Their claim was in the deed of mandate, in the negotiation process that was set up under that mandate, they held two of the 10 directorships and they participated actively in all the negotiations so that’s a good model for how to involve those incorporations in the settlements process,” Mr James says.

The Crown hopes to complete top of the South Island settlements this year.


A seminar on organ transplant in Wellington has concluded that live organ transplantation could be a way of getting around traditional Maori concerns.

Dr Rhonda Shaw from Victoria University's school of social and cultural studies says the Maori view that the body parts are tapu was one of the main reasons New Zealand has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the western world.

That's despite it also having among the highest rates of diabetes and kidney disease.

Dr Shaw says donors could be blood relatives, spouses or close friends who could spare a suitable kidney.

Maori are four times more likely than non-Maori to die of kidney disease.


An essay about his fighting forbears has won a Whanganui 17-year-old a trip to Turkey.

Wanganui Collegiate deputy head boy Keepa Hipango will be among a group of 20 secondary school essayists joining Prime Minister John Key at this year's Anzac Day commemoration in Gallipoli.

His essay noted that although relations between Maori and Pakeha at the time of the First World War were far from ideal, both peoples united in a time of crisis.

Keepa Hipango says it will be an honour to be on the battleground.

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