Our recommendations

How well public organisations are supporting Whānau Ora and whānau-centred approaches.

We recommend that:

  1. Te Puni Kōkiri seek to clarify the mandate for the role that it has for broadening whānau-centred approaches;
  2. Te Puni Kōkiri prioritise the completion of work to improve how it measures and reports the impacts and outcomes that whānau-centred approaches are achieving, and consider drawing on broader information about whānau successes;
  3. Te Puni Kōkiri continue to identify the various available sources of monitoring, research, and evaluation information about the implementation and effectiveness of whānau-centred approaches and improve the accessibility of this information to public organisations, non-government organisations, and the public;
  4. Te Puni Kōkiri seek to clarify expectations for public organisations to support whānau-centred approaches;
  5. the Social Wellbeing Board consider how to better enable whānau-centred approaches in developing and implementing the Government’s new relational approach to commissioning social services;
  6. the Treasury and Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission provide more proactive guidance to public organisations about joint working and funding arrangements available that would support the use of whānau-centred approaches; and
  7. Te Puni Kōkiri seek to clarify the nature of the “complementary effort” that public organisations are expected to provide for Whānau Ora.