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30 APRIL / PAENGA-WHĀWHĀ 2013

Waipareira and Massey University sign MOU

Te Whānau O Waipareira and Massey University today signed an agreement that will benefit whānau long term.

The Trust – the biggest provider of non-Government services in west Auckland - and the university, which has campuses in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will open the door for a wide range of research opportunities.

Waipareira CEO John Tamihere said while it was vital Te Whānau O Waipareira maintained a high standard of service to the community, it also had to keep identifying ways for future developments.

“The Waipareira Board have identified research as a key area in our 25 year strategic plan and Whānau Waipareira could not have asked for a better partner than Massey University to achieve this,” John said.

“Te Whānau O Waipareira is privileged to be signing a relationship pathway with Massey University.

“Both of our organisations want to ensure Māori are given every opportunity to be champions of their own whānau.

“Waipareira has been serving our people for the past 28 years and with support from Massey, will continue to uplift the aspirations of our whānau.”

Massey University’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor Dr Selwyn Katene said the two organisations are a perfect fit.

"Massey University is pleased to be involved with Te Whānau o Waipareira as they are the largest health service provider to Maori in the Auckland region, and we're really excited at the opportunity to work with them, and the diverse communities they are involved with,” Dr Katene said."

"It’s a great example of how Massey University, as New Zealand’s defining university, is working with health service providers to meet the needs of our communities and ensuring that we are contributing to positive development of whānau and Māori as a whole."

"The part in which we play to develop the health and well-being of whānau is critically important, we need to ensure that as the engine of the New Zealand our reputation for outstanding teaching and research is grounded in real-world issues and meets the demands of the changing communities in Aotearoa.”