Whānau Ora programme

Whānau Ora is a key cross-government work programme jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Social Development.

It is an approach that places families/whānau at the centre of service delivery, requiring the integration of health, education and social services and is improving outcomes and results for New Zealand families/whānau.


2014/15 DHB Annual Plans - Whānau Ora

Whānau Ora has been in the DHB Annual Plans for two years and continues to be a government priority in 2014/15.

DHBs are expected to support local the Te Puni Kōkiri-led Whānau Ora provider collectives and Annual Plans need to show the DHB’s active engagement with the provider collectives, steps towards improving service delivery within these providers, and supporting the building of mature providers.

This will include a summary of the following – how the DHB is:

  • contributing to the strategic change for Whānau Ora in the district
  • contributing information about Whānau Ora within the district at appropriate forums, including nationally
  • investing in provider collectives through deliberate activities
  • involving the DHB’s governors and management in the Whānau Ora activity in the district
  • demonstrating meaningful activity moving towards improved service delivery and building mature providers.

The Ministry will be assessing all DHB's activities to support Whānau Ora over the coming weeks and the 2014/15 DHB Annual Plans will be confirmed in June  2014.


20 August: The RFP process for the Whānau Ora Information Systems Procurement Project (ISPP) opened on 6 August (it closes at 1pm on 12 September).

Through the RFP, the Ministry of Health is looking to identify an information solution, or set of solutions, to support whānau plans and to track whānau goals. The solution, or solutions, will be used by a range of people, from Whānau Ora navigators, to staff at Whānau Ora collectives to Whānau themselves, although people whose information is captured in whānau plans will be able to have a say in who is allowed to access that information.

Further information, including the full RFP documents, is available on the GETS website (www.gets.govt.nz).
The tender process will close at 1pm sharp, on Thursday 12 September.


4 April: Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia press release: Whānau Ora, a strengths-based approach to Youth Mental Health


15 August: Whānau Ora: Transforming our futures e-booklet.

15–16 August: Whānau Ora hui – Sharing the learning, the first national hui aimed at giving collectives the opportunity to showcase innovative practices and insights.

19 May: Minister Responsible for Whānau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia: Budget press release.


29 October: In June 2010, Expressions of Interest were invited from eligible providers and provider collectives which wanted to develop comprehensive whānau-centred services.

The Whānau Ora Governance Group has now made its decisions and the announcements were made today at Takapuwahia Marae, Porirua.

Twenty-five provider collectives have been selected to move on to the next stage of developing Programmes of Action to deliver Whānau Ora services. These collectives represent more than 150 individual organisations.

23 July: Regional Leadership Groups
The Minister Responsible for Whānau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia, announces the appointment of the Whānau Ora Regional Leadership Groups.

10 June: Whānau Ora implementation gets underway – expression of interest process and regional leadership group nominations open.

6 May: Whānau Ora hui were held around the country during May.

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