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Iwi agreements signal further collaboration for Tui Ora
Tui Ora has signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Te Atiawa and Taranaki signalling its intention to move into the social and economic sectors alongside the two iwi.
Tui Ora chief executive Hayden Wano says the iwi are building their capability and capacity as they move into a post-settlement phase.
"We believe they will have a significant impact on the economy of the province over time and we want to be part of that."
At the MOU signing with Te Atiawa on Monday October 15, Liana Poutu, chairwoman of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa joked about the two hats she was wearing as she sits on the Tui Ora Board.
The formal agreement signalled the beginning of the two organisations starting to look at projects it can work on together for better outcomes for its people, she said.
She acknowledged the mahi that Tui Ora staff were already carrying out and says the Te Atiawa team was looking forward to collaborating on the same kaupapa.
It was also important to acknowledge "our maunga because regionally all iwi are trying to align to better outcomes and better lives and all that encompasses. We are not the first and many others will follow us."
Tui Ora is already involved in other collaborations that while different from the MOU's, indicate the organisation's willingness to explore new opportunities and further extend itself, noted Hayden.
One of these, a collective impact project, Te Rau Matomato, works alongside whānau to develop programmes in their communities and already includes Taranaki and Te Atiawa as well as Ngāti Mutunga iwi and the TSB Community Trust.
Tui Ora is part of the Taranaki District Health Board Māori health alliance Te Kawau Mārō with South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui and Ngaruahine, established five years ago.
It also runs the Tiki Toa programme for young people at Devon Intermediate school and Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea with the backing of the Health Promotion Agency, Department of Conservation and the Next Foundation.