ACC welcomed into our Waipareira whānau
Whānaungatangā is a big part of who Waipareira is! And developing relationships
is one of the values that Waipareira embodies. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
between Waipareira and government body Accident Compensation Corporation was signed
marking the beginning of a relationship that will develop for the betterment of
Waipareira Chair Raymond Hall said this was a very significant occasion for Waipareira,
“These Memorandum of Understandings are partnerships, and for them to be of benefit
for whānau, there has to be participation and consideration by both sides,” Mr
ACC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Scott Pickering, said ACC is looking for solid,
long-term partnerships and Waipareira is well placed to help the Crown Agency reach
its goals in regards to supporting Māori, “We (ACC) are thrilled to partner with
Waipareira, as this is one of the many partnerships we hope to establish to help
improve injury prevention,
care, recovery outcomes and better experiences for Māori”.
Mr Pickering was very clear of what he envisions the partnership will mean for
whānau stating, “ACC is focused on transforming the organisation to ensure the
customer is at the heart of everything we do, including being more culturally responsive
Waipareira CEO, John Tamihere welcomed ACC into the Waipareira MOU whānau joining
with other MOU partnerships including Microsoft, Medtech, Waitematā District Health
Board, Massey University, Atlanta-based indigenous organisation, Families First
and Regroupment des Centres d’amitiea utochones du Quebec (RCAACQ) in Canada.
“These relationships are created to support advancement for whānau, Waipareira
does not dwell on statistics good or bad. We prefer to support and help make changes
for the good of whānau and our MoUs are made strategically to implement that,”
Waipareira has launched its own research unit – 18 years after the idea was first
floated. Waipareira Chief Executive Officer John Tamihere said the intelligence
and information gathered by Wai-Research will validate the work Waipareira does
in the community.
“We have struggled to get research that evaluates, measures and informs, in a
timely rather than historical way, where we are heading to either mandate or inform
why we should change conduct,” Mr Tamihere said.
“Society and the community is moving in a very dynamic way and the provision of
health, welfare and education has to be as dynamic. “This intelligence cannot be
captured by the providers or bureaucrats.”
Mr Tamihere said Waipareira made a bid in 1996 to establish a community-based
research centre. The government of the day instead decided they would be better
served by units at Otago, Canterbury, Victoria, Massey and Auckland Universities.
“There was never a bridge built out to the community (from the Universities) and
what Te Whānau O Waipareira provides is the ability to build on very robust research
capability,” he said.
“The launch of the Research Centre, albeit almost 20 years after the fact, shows
if you persevere, things will work out for your community.”
The Wai-Research team is headed by Edith McNeil – Director of Wai-Research, along
with Dr Tanya Allport and Dr John Huakau.
Supporting Wai-Research is its long-term partnership with Massey University. A
partnership which was formalised by a Memorandum of Understanding 2 years ago.