Budget 2017: Reach extended for Whānau Ora

Budget 2017: Reach extended for Whānau Ora

An extra 2,500 whānau per year will be able to access the benefits of Whānau Ora over the next four years after a $10m funding boost in this year's Budget, says Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

"Whānau Ora enables whānau to achieve their aspirations and we are pleased this funding injection will allow more to do so,” says Mr Flavell, who is also Minister for Whānau Ora.

“Whānau are achieving greater outcomes through Whānau Ora than from state-led plans which are designed to target individuals only.”

Since being introduced in 2010, Whānau Ora has empowered whānau to make the decisions about their future and help them achieve their goals.

"While some may have derided the concept when it was launched, Whānau Ora is producing results and we want more and more whānau to make the most of the opportunities it provides to allow them to shape their own futures,” says party co-leader Marama Fox.

“More funding secured in this year’s Budget will allow them to do that and it takes the annual operating budget for Whānau Ora to $73.5 million.”