12 May 2014

Tender addresses sex abuse comments

6:33 am on 12 May 2014

The winner of a new Whanau Ora agency contract was ordered to change its tender after members of its bidding team made controversial comments about a sex abuse case.

The Crown told the National Urban Maori Authority (NUMA) to tweak its bid to include how it would encourage clients to trust its services, after making the remarks.

The Ministry of Maori Development - Te Puni Kokiri initially short-listed two organisations, which applied to become the commissioning agency for the North Island.

The detail's been released to Te Manu Korihi under the Official Information Act.

Last year, two of NUMA's executives, Willie Jackson and John Tamihere, were taken off their Radio Live show for the way they spoke to a young woman about an online sex ring.

Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia fielded calls of concerns about their application last year.

Te Puni Kokiri said the issue was considered as part of NUMA's bid.

It said the authority's refined proposal included mitigation strategies for addressing potential barriers to people's engagement - as a result of the public statements made.

The panel in charge of the evaluation found the organisation's strategies appropriate and sufficient.