Takiri Mai te Ata Whānau Ora Collective came about when Whānau Ora was created in response to a recognition by Government that standard ways of delivering social and health services was not working and outcomes particularly for Māori whānau were not improving.
In 2010, Whānau Ora was launched as an innovative whānau-centred approach to supporting whānau wellbeing and development. The development of Whānau Ora occurred after the Taskforce on Whānau-Centred Initiatives presented a report to Government in 2009. The report has provided the framework for Whānau Ora development throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
The implementation of Whānau Ora has occurred in two phases:
Phase One of Whānau Ora (2010 - 2014), focused on building the capability of providers to deliver whānau-centred services. Te Puni Kōkiri worked with collectives of health and social service providers across the country to re-orientate the way they worked, placing whānau at the centre. Providers across the country were asked to come together to see how they could work in a better way to support the needs of whānau.
Phase Two (2014 - present day), moved implementation by Government to three non-government Commissioning Agencies. The Commissioning Agencies have been contracted to invest directly into their communities. This means funding decisions are made closer to communities and allows for flexible and innovative approaches to meet the needs and aspirations of whānau.
In 2015, a Whānau Ora Partnership Group, made up of six Iwi and six Crown representatives, was established. This group provides a strategic oversight of Whānau Ora and advises the Minister for Whānau Ora.
Whānau Ora is focused on achieving improvements for whānau over the short, medium and long-term.
The Whānau Ora Outcomes Framework, agreed to by the Whānau Ora Partnership Group, made up of Iwi and Crown representatives, is the principle measurement for indicating the success of Whānau Ora.
These seven outcomes for whānau are:
- Living healthy lifestyles;
- Participating fully in society;
- Confidently participating in Te Ao Māori (the Māori world);
- Economically secure and successfully involved in wealth creation;
- Cohesive, resilient and nurturing; and
- Responsible stewards to their living and natural environment.