Topic: Welfare

Call for increase in funding for Māori social service provider MUMA

By Taroi Black
  • Auckland

A Māori social service provider called MUMA are wanting more funding that will assist with their 300+ client base in Auckland. 

Today NZ Productivity Commission released a social report regarding improvements and outcomes for New Zealand social services.

Connie Hunia has six kids and is a solo mother.  She's been assisted by MUMA for the last two years.

She says, “I was broken.  All I wanted to do was protect my family.  Georgina was the only one who sheltered me.”

Hunia and her family's case is quite similar to the situation being faced by families around the country.  The NZ Productivity Commission is aiming to improve social services and their clients.

Veronica Henare says, “We need them to become registered supervised practitioners out in the field and that's a tohu that is expected in social services.  But we haven't got the pūtea to back it.  We can barely provide salaries and resources.”

The report also highlights that families need an adaptive, client-centred approach to service design and Whānau Ora has already set the trend.

Merepeka Tait says, “We have navigators.  They are the ones who are in the communities who know the whānau, who work with them.  Continues to work with them and that relationship and trust is already there.”

Hunia says, “Now I’m trying to get myself on track now that the kids are alright.”

The government spends around $34 billion each year on social services.

Henare says, “Our funding has been reduced, you know, we're expected to punch above our weight.”

With MUMA's help, Connie has managed to secure a home for her family and a bright future.