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Providing the sector with locally-focused united leadership through connected governance and stewardship of programme and service delivery.


In October 2015, Manaaki Tairāwhiti asked Selwyn Parata, Chairman of Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Porou, to write to Minister of Social Development Hon. Anne Tolley suggesting leveraging the high level of existing collaboration in Tairāwhiti and rationalising local service provision and governance silos. 

Social sector leaders in Tairāwhiti need clearer lines of sight on at-risk families and on the services intended to improve their lives. 

They called for a strong and locally focused remit to use local expertise, reach and government resources in a smarter way to accelerate and effect transformational change across the social sector.  

Having identified a range of challenges that were holding back greater levels of collaboration, local leaders sought a mandate to tailor responses appropriate to fit Tairāwhiti, unconstrained by service specifications that are nationally focused and that do not reflect local circumstances. 

Seeking to re-orient existing programme delivery in order to better understand the cumulative impact of services and increase shared responsibility for results.