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MSD COURT CASE

Waipareira reviews court decision

The Ministry of Social Development may have won the latest round of the $1.5 million Family Start court battle but Te Whanau O Waipareira chief executive, John Tamihere says the war is far from over.

Late last year the high court upheld MSD's decision to terminate Waipareira's contract.

This followed a number of cuts to Māori service providers receiving the Family Start contract.

The Trust went to court arguing the MSD wrongfully terminated a contract for service, wrongfully used a statutory power and acted in premeditated bad faith.

The Trust has administered this contract since the inception of the Family Start programme in 1998.

Now the case will go to the Appeal Court.

Meanwhile Waipareria has told whanau of their service provider options.

John has also told MSD Minister Bennett that he will hold her personally responsible should anything happen to any members of whanau previously under the Waipareira Family Start Programme.

The Family Start programme provides support to low income and high needs whanau, supporting vulnerable families in the first three years after a baby is born.

The Trust operates 51 contracts across 11 different agencies, recognised as a first nation leader in delivering quality services to whanau in Waitakere and throughout Aotearoa.


PREVIOUS UPDATE

The outcome of the landmark court case between Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust and the Ministry of Social Development held in the High Court in Auckland earlier this year will be announced sometime in the near future.

The case followed funding cuts to a number of Māori service providers under the Family Start contracts. The Trust argued that the Ministry of Social Development wrongfully terminated a contract for service, wrongfully used a statutory power and acted in premeditated bad faith.

The Trust has administered this contract since the inception of the Family Start contract in 1998. The Trust operates 51 contracts across 11 different agencies, providing a nation first organisation that can meet and service a number of difficulties in low income high needs areas. The Family Start contract covers 270 families and supports vulnerable families in the first three years after a baby is born.

“Two service providers that were cut, Papakura and Turuki have been awarded contracts again. I want to know who did this, and at what cost? How can the Ministry continue to spend taxpayer money terminating a contractor that they are presently dealing with as a preferred provider?” says Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust CEO, John Tamihere.

This landmark case against the Ministry of Social Development seeks to address discrimination and prejudice present in the Ministry towards Māori providers across the country.

Contact Veeshayne Patuwai for more information: veeshayne.patuwai@waiwhanau.com - 021 205 1376

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