The chairperson of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says CYF must adopt a Whānau Ora approach when working with children and young people.
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says, “This is another report that confirms yet again that the status quo does not work, and that is why we need Whānau Ora to better support our tamariki mokopuna.”
“Government agencies continue their same old approach that achieves very little. I t is now time to resource communities adequately to look after communities.”
She says, “We know that Whānau Ora is working for families because it empowers whānau to transform their own futures by taking control of their lives.”
“CYF must adopt a Whānau Ora approach that recognizes that there is no one size fits all approach.”
The former Chief Executive of the Women's Refuge, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait continues to advocate strongly for women and children to live in violence free homes.
“For the sake of our tamariki mokopuna, we all must do better,” she adds.