Whānau Ora is an inclusive interagency approach to providing health and social services to build the capacity of all New Zealand families in need.It empowers whānau as a whole rather than focusing separately on individual family members and their problems.
Some whānau will want to come up with their own ways of improving their lives and may want to work on this with a hapū, iwi or a non-government organisation (NGO).
Other whānau will want to seek help from specialist Whānau Ora providers who will offer wrap-around services tailored to their needs. Whānau will have a practitioner or ‘navigator’ to work with them to identify their needs, develop a plan to address those needs and broker their access to a range of health and social services.
Whānau Ora in Te Tai Tokerau
The Rūnanga is the lead agency for the Whānau Ora collective in the mid North known as Te Pu o Te Wheke.
Te Pu o Te Wheke also includes Te Kotahitanga E Mahi Kaha Trust, Hauora Hokianga Health Trust, Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services, Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe Charitable Trust, Whangaroa Health Services Trust, and Te Rūnanga O Whaingaroa.
The geographical area for Te Pū o te Wheke spreads from Kaikohe out to South Hokianga, to Whangaroa, to the Bay of Islands and Whangārei.
The majority of the providers are CYF accredited. Services provided by the collective include GP services, shared foster and whānau care, youth programmes, family violence prevention, social work and relationship counselling, community projects, education, health and fitness, road safety and child restraint education, Māori traditional healing, economic and social services, intermediate hospital services, youth alcohol and drug programmes, mental health, oral health, public health, health promotion, drivers licensing, rural housing, disability support, marae and hapū development, healthy community water supply, whenua Māori land use, sustainable development, and marae refurbishment.