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Te Pou Matakana calls for new and innovative initiatives to support successful whānau

6 October 2014
Pānui Pāpāho / Media Release

Te Pou Matakana calls for new and innovative initiatives to support successful whānau

New and innovative initiatives that support whānau to be successful are being called for by the North Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency, Te Pou Matakana.
Te Pou Matakana announced the call for Expressions of Interest for Collective Impact for Whānau today.  $6 million per year for the next three years has been set aside for commissioning by potential Whānau Ora Partners including community groups, professionals, iwi and organisations from multiple sectors, to deliver new services aimed at achieving large-scale social change for whānau.

Te Pou Matakana board chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait said the independent agency had worked with Whānau Ora stakeholders to come up with a commissioning-for-results model aimed at solution- focused funding.
“Traditional methods for solving social problems aren’t working. Too many organisations are working in isolation from one another. Collective Impact for Whānau brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change.”
“We would like to work with Whānau Ora Partners to help them design and deliver initiatives that are best targeted to meet the long term needs of whānau, as well as their immediate and emergent needs.”

“The vision of Te Pou Matakana is ‘supporting successful whānau’ and we will ensure every dollar spent aims to build whānau capacity and capability.”
Ms Raukawa-Tait said Te Pou Matakana takes an innovative, whānau-centric approach to commissioning. We work with whānau best interests in mind and bring resources closer to whānau and communities we serve.”
“Whānau Ora shifts the focus from individuals to collectives, from sectoral interventions to inter- sectoral collaboration, from crisis intervention to capability building and from process indicators to measures of outcome.”

“We know that what we do is not just for today, but for tomorrow, so we will ensure we operate with a view to the future – for future generations of whānau.”
Expressions of Interest for Collective Impact for Whānau will open on 6 October 2014 and close on 6 November 2014 at 12pm.
Forms and further information are available at www.tepoumatakana.com   or download an Expressions of Interest form  here EOI Te Pou Matakana
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Questions & Answers
Who is Te Pou Matakana? Te Pou Matakana is the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency and was launched on 1 July 2014. There are two other commissioning agencies, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu for the South Island and Pasifika Futures for Pasifika people.

What is an EOI? An Expression of Interest is a way of seeking an indication of interest from potential Whānau Ora Partners who are capable of undertaking specific work.

Why has Te Pou Matakana sent out the EOI? The overarching purpose of this EOI is for North Island Whānau Ora Partners to share the vision and ideas they have for achieving Whānau Ora Outcomes in their region. The EOI is the first stage in Te Pou Matakana’s Commissioning procurement and contracting process.

What does Whānau Ora mean? In very simple terms, Whānau Ora relates to the wellbeing of whānau or families. Whānau Ora is determined by each whānau in relation to their own circumstances. Whānau Ora aims to empower whānau as a whole rather than focusing separately on individual family members and their problems.

What could be more empowering than belonging to a resourceful, resilient whānau whose members nurture each other, enabling happy, healthy lives? A whānau that has economic security and the ability to create its own wealth? A whānau that participates fully in society, and develops its own solutions to successfully deal with life’s challenges?
These concepts are all part of the Whānau Ora vision. At its heart are New Zealand families who have been empowered to transform their own futures by taking control of their lives.
Whānau Ora is a journey, not a destination, and is unique for all whānau. Te Pou Matakana will walk beside whānau on this journey.

What is the history of Whānau Ora? The first-wave rollout of Whānau Ora saw the establishment of Whānau Ora Collectives. Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry for Māori Development) provided funding to 34 Whānau Ora Collectives, who in turn engaged directly with whānau. This funding and activities were focused on capacity and capability development of providers as well as whānau.

The second-wave rollout of Whānau Ora is being delivered by three Non-Government Organisations (NGO), known as commissioning agencies. These have been set up to administer sections of Whānau Ora funding for the North Island, South Island and Pasifika. Funding and activities are focused on building whānau capacity and capability through commissioning new services.

Who is a Whānau Ora Partner?  Whānau Ora Partners are groups, organisations, iwi and professionals committed to achieving the six Whānau Ora outcomes and supporting successful whānau. Whānau Ora Partners could be current
service providers, local schools, accountants, sports clubs or philanthropic organisations. This list is not exhaustive.

What are the Whānau Ora outcomes?
 Whānau being self-managing and empowered  Whānau living healthy lifestyles  Whānau positively participating in society  Whānau confidently participating in te ao Māori   Whānau being economically secure and successful  Whānau being cohesive, resilient and nurturing

What is Te Pou Matakana’s interpretation of Collective Impact? Te Pou Matakana believes that large scale social change for whānau requires alignment of the efforts of a range of Whānau Ora Partners, rather than isolated intervention from individual organisations.

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