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Budget Delivers NO Extra Funding For Whānau Ora - Why?

21 May 2021

Whānau Ora Diploma Graduation 2021

23 April 2021

Lest We Forget Anzac Day 2021

23 April 2021

Winter Packs Making Their Way To Whānau

23 April 2021

TE TIHI O RUAHINE CELEBRATE COVID RESPONSE

23 March 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE

12 March 2021

Friday March 5, 2021

5 March 2021

COVID UPDATE: February 28, 2021

28 February 2021

Covid Update February 18, 2021

18 February 2021

Level 3 Auckland and Level 2 Outside of Auckland

14 February 2021

Latest Covid Case: Locations In Northland

25 January 2021

Waving The Flag For Whānau Ora In Parliament

17 November 2020

13 November 2020

"We are ready to support our communities" John Tamihere

13 November 2020

WOCA Congratulates Piki Thomas!!!

6 November 2020

NZ Election 2020: How Voting Works

1 October 2020

Devolution Of Government Resources To Māori Communities Across Te Ika a Maui.

25 September 2020

Matariki Award Winners For Our Collective Mahi During Covid

20 September 2020

Matariki Awards Finalist: Whānau Ora!

20 September 2020

Good Luck To Our Team In Tonights Matariki Awards 2020

19 September 2020

Why Māori Vote In The General Election

14 September 2020

CEO John Tamihere Talks Whānau Ora on Breakfast

31 August 2020

Covid-19: Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Update

27 August 2020

Covid-19: Our Waikato Partners Remain Vigilant and Consistent While Testing Whānau.

26 August 2020

Covid-19: Alert Levels Extended

24 August 2020

Covid-19: Our Partners Continued Vigilance With Testing

21 August 2020

Covid-19: Manurewa Marae Bake & Deliver Rawena To Kaumatua

21 August 2020

Covid-19: Te Tai Tokerau Responds

20 August 2020

Covid-19: Whānau Ora Partners Diligent Mahi

21 August 2020

Covid-19: Wave Two Alert Levels

21 August 2020

Covid-19: Our Whānau Ora Partners Immediate Response

21 August 2020

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT: LEVELS CHANGING

12 August 2020

Korihi Quest: Te Tai Tonga It's Your Turn!!

10 August 2020

Korihi Quest: Ikaroa-Rāwhiti It's Your Turn!!!!!!

5 August 2020

Korihi Quest: Meet Our Newest Judge Maaka Fiso

31 July 2020

"Now Is The Hour For Māori To Be Enabled" says WOCA Chair.

30 July 2020

Korihi Talent Quest: Te Taihauāuru It's Your Turn!!

27 July 2020

Rau Tipu Rau Ora Summit

23 July 2020

Korihi Talent Quest: Waiariki It's Your Turn!

20 July 2020

Newstalk ZB Apologises To John Tamihere

15 July 2020

Happy Matariki

15 July 2020

LIVESTREAM: Whānau Ora Insights Episode One

LIVESTREAM: This evening Tuesday July 14th 8:00 - 8:30 PM.

14 July 2020

Regional Waikato Hauraki Judge: Logan Bell from Katchafire

Check out Logan Bell from Katchafire.

13 July 2020

Korihi: Te Tai Tokerau People's Choice Winners

Korihi: A Quest For The Best. Te Tai Tokerau People's Choice Winners.

8 July 2020

Majic Paora To Judge Korihi: A Quest For Talent

Majic Paora To Judge Korihi - The Quest To Find Aotearoa's Maori Music Creators

29 June 2020

The Hunt Is Underway For Aotearoa's Best Maori Musical Talent

Watch this video to see how your talents can be rewarded with cash.

25 June 2020

World Smokefree Day May 31st 2020

World Smokefree Day May 31st, 2020. Watch this video of Bronwyn who tell us what being smokefree for the last 19 months means to her. We celebrate you Bronwyn and everyone else who has kicked the habit.

29 May 2020

Minister Promises To Correct Budget Details

Whānau Ora Chair, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait said she accepts Minister Peeni Henare will correct Thursday’s budget announcement which decreased Whānau Ora funding money by $10 million.

15 May 2020

Māori Won't Be Dictated To Again

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says when a pandemic or crisis event happens again Māori will never allow themselves to be dictated to by the Government again.

11 May 2020

South Auckland Community Grateful For Whanau Ora Mahi

Manurewa Marae Whanau Ora kaimahi and volunteers have been working hard delivering hygiene and kai packs to their community. All the mahi has been gratefully received.

12 May 2020

WOCA Board Welcomes Glenn Hawkins

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) acknowledges the dedication and critical insight of one its Board Executives, Suzanne Snively.
Suzanne recently stepped down from the board but even though her time at WOCA has finished, her mahi will never be forgotten.

16 June 2020

Whānau Tahi system to support community and health tracking of Covid-19

Leading Maori Health IT provider Whānau Tahi has developed new technology facilities to support community and health care workers track Covid-19 with the click of a button.

26 March 2020

Whānau Ora Resources Redeployed to Fight COVID-19

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) has announced that it will redeploy Whānau Ora funding and resources to fight the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

20 March 2020

COVID-19: WOCA’s Data4Impact Conference Postponed Until Further Notice

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) has postponed its Data4Impact conference until further notice.

27 July 2020

100% Support by Iwi Chairs to Advance Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

Iwi chairs voted unanimously to support all ‘action point’ recommendations of the Whānau Ora commisioned Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki.

26 February 2020

Oranga Tamariki Abuse Power to Punish Māori

Fourteen armed police were used by Oranga Tamariki to uplift a five-month-old Māori baby from a single mum, a new report has revealed.

3 February 2020

Rangatira Behind Whānau Ora Claim to Meet Ardern

The Prime Minister has extended an invitation to meet the rangatira who have filed a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of Whānau Ora.

23 January 2020

Māori leadership launch legal challenge and votes ‘no confidence’ in Whānau Ora Minister

Five of the most outstanding Māori women leaders have lodged legal action against the Government and written to the Prime Minister saying they have “no confidence” in her Whānau Ora Minister.

13 February 2020

Children’s Commissioner Report confirms racist discrimination against Māori by Oranga Tamariki

The Chair of Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait, says the report by Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Beecroft confirms the need for the independent Māori-led inquiry into Oranga Tamariki – due for release next month.

20 January 2020

Giving Māori Youth the Chance to Shape their Future

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) has launched a Māori youth survey called Tō Ao, Tō Reo that is designed to explore the needs of Māori aged 15 to 24 throughout Te Ika a Māui.

23 January 2020

How WOCA is at the Leading Edge of a Global Social Value Movement

COO of Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA), Awerangi Tamihere, has outlined WOCA’s blueprint to help embed a “social impact ecosystem” in Aotearoa New Zealand and demonstrated how the commissioning agency is leading the way in social value.

18 December 2019

Working With Whānau - Quarter One Results

Our 80 Whānau Ora Partners work with families across Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island) to support better outcomes for whānau.

10 December 2019

Strengthening Whānau Capability through Innovative Ideas from the Frontline

Whānau Ora collective Te Pae Herenga o Tāmaki has been growing capability in the community through its Pitch Local 2019 initiative. The collective used innovation funding from the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency to give frontline kaimahi the opportunity to launch their own programmes and make an impact with whānau.

4 December 2019

Waipareira co-designs new whānau support programme

WOCA partner Te Whānau o Waipareira is co-designing a new programme for whānau facing multiple and complex challenges including homelessness and rising debt.

27 November 2019

Collusion between Oranga Tamariki & Family Court called out by Māori

Whānau Ora Commissioning Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says a fish rots from the head and Oranga Tamariki leadership needs to take responsibility for its systemic failures – not throw its staff under the bus.

8 November 2019

WOCA Researcher Honoured in National Awards

A researcher at Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency has been honoured with a community research and service award.

8 November 2019

New WOCA Publication Aims to Deepen Understanding of Social Value

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) has released a new publication that aims to deepen understanding of Social Return On Investment (SROI), and its implications on funding and investing in the social sector.

30 October 2019

Listening posts open for whānau to share experiences of Oranga Tamariki

Ngā Pou Whakaaro, or Whānau Listening Posts, are now open for whānau to share their experiences in relation to government agency Oranga Tamariki. 

6 September 2019

Working With Whānau – Quarter 4 Results

Our 80 Whānau Ora Partners work with families across Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island) to support better outcomes for whānau.

6 September 2019

Second National Māori Hui Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki Ratifies Scope & Rolls Out Regional Listening Posts

The second national hui in the Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki concluded yesterday ahead of schedule after a capacity audience formally ratified the terms of reference that determines the scope and purpose of the independent investigation into both historical and contemporary child uplifts by the Ministry for Children.

20 August 2019

Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki Next Phase, Calls for Feedback

The next phase of the national Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki is a hui on Monday, 19th August at the Novotel Hotel, Hamilton, to confirm the scope and purpose of the inquiry.

7 August 2019

Historic hui gives overwhelming agreement for a Māori Inquiry

The inquiry into state run Oranga Tamariki will be led by whanau, kaimahi and Māori leaders.

17 July 2019

Call for action on the practices of state removal of tamariki

An overwhelming response sees Māori from across the country pouring into Māngere today.

13 July 2019

Thirteen year wait results in historic report on Māori Health

The Waitangi Tribunal has released a substantial Hauora Report on Stage One of the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry addressing Māori health inequities.

1 July 2019

Call for Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

A call for a Māori inquiry into child protection agency Oranga Tamariki has been heeded by the North Island’s Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency.

26 June 2019

Working with Whānau - Quarter 3 Results

Our 80 Whānau Ora Partners work with families across Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island) to support better outcomes for whānau.

1 July 2019

Dame Tariana Turia: don’t understand kaupapa Māori? Either learn or step aside

11 June 2019

New Zealand Engages with Whānau Ora

'We Dream' Whānau Ora Awareness campaign reaches nearly 1.5 million New Zealanders.

29 April 2019

Auditor General confirms incentive payments to Whānau Ora agencies were appropriate

The Whānua Ora Commissioning Agency has welcomed the Auditor General’s announcement that it found no evidence to indicate Te Puni Kōkiri spent funds unlawfully by making “incentive payments”.

18 April 2019

Tamariki to benefit from literacy and numeracy programme

A pilot programme will address the literacy and numeracy needs of children in West and South Auckland. The service targets Māori children but is open to all.

8 April 2019

Working with whānau - Quarter Two Results

Our 80 Whānau Ora Partners work with families across Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island) to support better outcomes for whānau.

17 April 2019

Taking Whānau Ora to the nation in “We Dream”

North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency released a national campaign today entitled ‘We Dream’.

26 February 2019

NZ's 'ticking time bomb'

A man with only a garden hose for a shower epitomises the struggles facing many Kiwi families.

28 February 2019

John Tamihere: Everyone has the right to dream

Whānau Ora is our vehicle for making real and positive change to families and individuals who often have nothing apart from dreams.

26 February 2019

Government review finds Whānau Ora works

The Government's 2018 Whānau Ora review findings show this Māori-made policy is working. Whānau are being successfully supported to realise positive and sustainable transformation in their lives.

20 February 2019

Listening to the voices of our elders to understand ageing

New Zealand’s elderly population is set to explode and will be more ethnically, socially and culturally diverse than ever before.

23 October 2018

Te Ngira impacting employment and training

Te Ngira is a collective of Whānau Ora partners that have identified employment and training as a vital component to whānau wellbeing and are working to improve this.

21 August 2018

Whānau Ora Hui 2018 – Whānau Eke Panuku Conference publication

Enjoy the conference publication on the third Whānau Ora gathering. The conference themed ‘Whānau Eke Panuku – Affirming Whānau Aspiration’ acknowledged that after four years of Whānau Ora commissioning, it is always whānau that sits at the centre of their change.

10 February 2019

Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency Annual Report 2019-2020

2 December 2020

Helping whānau clear debt with targeted support service

Wrap-around support services and new software are helping whānau get out of debt, without taking yet another loan.

23 July 2019