21 Dec 2011

Three MWWL branches delivering Whanau Ora

6:35 am on 21 December 2011

The Maori Women's Welfare League says while the national office chose not to apply to deliver the Whanau Ora programme, members from three regional branches have become involved.

Whanau Ora brings social services together to deliver those services to families.

The Maori Women's Welfare League was formed in 1951 and provides welfare for Maori women and children.

League life member, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, has said the league should have been involved in Whanau Ora.

But general manager Jacqui Te Kani, says because it appeared the Government wanted input from health contractors, the national office didn't apply.

However, she says members from three branches in Hokitika, Christchurch and Nelson, are delivering Whanau Ora.

Ms Te Kani says those branches have provided health services for some time and she says members chose to form trusts so they could bid to become Whanau Ora providers in their own right.