2 Jul 2014

Agency dismisses past controversy

7:51 am on 2 July 2014

The head of the new agency assigning Whanau Ora services to Te Ika a Maui (North Island) is dismissing concerns about controversial remarks made by executives working within the organisation.

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Te Pou Matakana comes under the National Urban Maori Authority. Photo: SUPPLIED

Te Pou Matakana officially launched on Tuesday after winning the $43 million contract to fund kaupapa Maori welfare services.

The agency falls under the National Urban Maori Authority, whose executives John Tamihere and Willie Jackson were taken off Radio Live last year over sex abuse comments.

Te Pou Matakana chairperson Merepeka Raukawa-Tait said those remarks would not affect its ability to do the job.

She said she wouldn't be involved if she thought it would be an issue.