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Te Pūtahitanga O Te Waipounamu Endorses Findings Of Auditor-General’s Report Into Joint Venture


Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu endorses findings
of Auditor-General’s report into Joint Venture for Family
Violence and Sexual Violence

Te Pūtahitanga
o Te Waipounamu wholeheartedly supports the findings of the
Auditor-General’s crucial report released yesterday on the
Joint Venture for Family Violence and Sexual Violence.
Pouārahi/CE Helen Leahy says that in particular, his
recommendations around the Joint Venture’s approach to
working with Māori have given hope to the Whānau Ora
commissioning agency.

“The Auditor-General’s
report is bold in its critique and forthright in its
recommendations as to what true partnership looks like,”
says Ms Leahy. “Mr Ryan has concluded that the Joint
Venture needs to prioritise working with Māori and that
Ministers need to understand what working in partnership
means. To do this, he recommends a reset of its relationship
with Māori.”

The Whānau Ora model is a living
example of the Auditor-General’s comments that success for
the Joint Venture depends on government agencies supporting
Māori to find their own solutions. Success constitutes the
realisation of the aspirations of kaupapa Māori NGOs,
whānau, hapū, iwi, and urban Māori
authorities.

“We are greatly heartened by the tone
of this report, and Minister Davidson’s immediate response
that the old ways of siloed working cannot continue,” says
Ms Leahy. “We wholeheartedly agree with this comment, as
we know from our own experience developing Tū Pono that an
inclusive, whānau-led approach is the only one that will
work.”

In 2017, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu
launched Tū Pono: Te Mana Kaha o te Whānau, a Whānau Ora
strategy focused on eliminating family violence. This was
created after extensive consultation with whānau and
communities who shared their lived experiences and preferred
solutions.

“Eight hundred whānau across Te
Waipounamu informed this strategy and throughout the
process, a uniquely kaupapa Māori community design approach
was taken to ensure the final outcome was fit for
purpose,” says Ms Leahy. “What we heard was that if
faith is placed in whānau, and they are invited to
co-design solutions with us, then action can be mobilised
and a preventative approach embedded to keep families
safe.”

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu endorses the
report’s findings and is ready and willing to contribute
their learnings and aspirations to this
dialogue.

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