25 Jun 2014

South Island agency gives out $20m

7:19 am on 25 June 2014

The South Island's Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency has secured the responsibility of giving out more than $20 million to Whanau Ora providers to help families in the South Island.

The organisation, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, is made up of nine tribes including Ngati Apa, Ngati Koata and Ngai Tahu. The three year contract is worth more than $20 million.

Details from Te Puni Kokiri have been obtained under the Official Information Act.

North Island agency Te Pou Matakana received just over $43 million, while the Whanau Ora agency for Pacific Families secured just over $30 million.

The Ministry of Maori Development, Te Puni Kokiri, says the contract value amounts differ because funds have been allocated between the three agencies by taking into account factors such as population outcomes and deprivation.