Pacific Whānau Ora contract extended

posted: 4:29 pm - 7th August 2017
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Pasifika Futures, the Pacific commissioning agency for Whānau Ora has had their contract extended for another three years.

At its 2nd annual conference in Wellington last week, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Bill English endorsed the extension of the Whānau Ora contract and spoke about the stories of change experienced by Pacific families through the Whānau Ora programmes.

In a press release issued by Pasifika Futures, Mr English talked about the critical role Pasifika Futures provides by working with 38 partner-organisations across regions, in helping Pacific families towards healthier living, housing, education, training and financial freedom.

The two-day conference also provided the opportunity to Whānau Ora partners and families signed up to the programme to share their stories and their journeys.

“The growing success of our families, the work of our partners and our results speak for themselves.  The Whānau Ora model works,” says Debbie Sorensen, Pasifika Futures Chief Executive.

“Three years on we are making progress, and we look forward to our future endeavours.”

In the first three years of the Whānau Ora programme, Pasifika Futures has engaged with more than 10,000 Pacific families and more than 56,000 Pacific people throughout New Zealand.

The performance and hard work of Whānau Ora partners was acknowledged in a Conference Dinner at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, hosted by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon. Alfred Ngaro.

The Awards recognise and reward Whānau Ora partners and Navigators who have contributed significant value to Whānau Ora service delivery.

The 2017 Pasifika Futures Whānau Ora Award recipients are:

Most Improved Core Whānau Ora Partner: Fonua Ola Network

Most Improved Innovation Whānau Ora Parter: Otahuhu College

Best Performing Core Whānau Ora Partner: Pacific Homecare

Best Performing Innovation Whānau Ora Partner: CIDANZ (Cook Islands Development Agency NZ)

Navigator of the Year Core Whānau OraWork: Mrs. Malie Faavalaavu from South Seas Healthcare

Navigator of the Year Innovation Whānau Ora Work: Mrs. Violani Wills from Wellington Tongan Leaders Council