Claire Trevett at NZ Herald reports:
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has mounted a further attack on the Whanau Ora programme, describing it as a ‘bro-ocracy’ and questioning a $60,000 grant to a rugby club.
Mr Peters said the $60,000 grant was to the Rahui Rugby and Sports Club, based in Otaki “to research the vaguely-termed ‘whanau connectedness’ and ‘resilience’ in the community.”
He said it was ridiculous the Government considered a small rural sports club an appropriate body to undertake economic and social research.
On the face of it, I have to agree with Peters. There may be factors we do not know about, but on the surface it looks quite inappropriate.
I do support the Whanua Ora programme. Empowering communities to help improve social outcomes is a good thing. But those administering the grants need to apply a high level of scrutiny to ensure any grants are going to bodies that realistically can make a difference.
He said Whanau Ora’s Whanau Innovation, Integration and Engagement Fund should be dismantled and the funding passed onto experienced Maori providers.
Again, I might partially agree. Not to dismantle the fund, but to favour those with experience and a proven track record at delivering.