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Whānau Ora still a priority


15 October 2018


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Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare with SouthSeas Healthcare staff

Minister for Whānau Ora Hon Peeni Henare recently visited SouthSeas Healthcare to observe and hear more about their service as a Pacific Whānau Ora provider and affirms that the programme is still a priority.

Following his visit to the Pacific Whānau Ora commissioning agency Pasifika Futures in April, Minister Henare experienced first-hand what Pacific Whānau Ora is all about.

His visit affirmed his mantra to “see, touch, feel, hear, taste” the Whānau Ora way.

Although he is still learning about the programme, he admits Whānau Ora is still a priority.

“I am committed to meet with Whānau Ora providers, to visit as much as possible all of the commissioning agencies and dig deep to determine where to pour our greatest efforts to make the maximum difference for our Whānau and communities”.

Minister Henare met with SouthSeas CEO Silao Vaisola-Sefo and staff to share the successes and challenges of the programme.

Silao says that they were pleased with the short visit.

“It was a huge highlight for our organisation. The cultural exchange and stories of empowerment through Whānau Ora was important for us to share.”

“It is good for us to connect with Minister Henare face to face and highlight the need for our families in South Auckland.”

The impact of the Whānau Ora service was presented to Minister Henare with a myriad of stories from families benefitting from the programme.

“It was a real blessing for us to host and have time to talanoa with Minister Henare. As a Whānau Ora provider dedicated to serving our South Auckland community, we feel it is important to share the stories of our families and their journey directly with the Minister. It was a powerful moment!”

The opportunity for SouthSeas Healthcare to host Minister Henare was a huge highlight for the Otara based organisation.

Whānau Ora also links with strategies aimed at reducing poverty and increasing employment, both of which impact greatly on Pacific and Maori communities.

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