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Let your voice be heard

Friday, July 14, 2017

Waipareira is caling on whānau enrolled in the September election to ‘Have Your Say.’


As part of our community advocacy, Waipareira is highlighting the 700,000 whanau throughout Aotearoa who registered at the 2014 election, but didn’t bother voting.


The campaign is fronted by Shortland St star Jayden Daniels who was also the face of recent Air NZ adverts.


In the clip, developed by Whānau Waipareira, Jayden is asked everyday questions, but others end up answering for him.


“Do you ever feel like you’re not being heard? Sometimes you just have to speak up”



The Have Your Say campaign illustrates the importance of everyone speaking up and having their say, according to Waipareira CEO John Tamihere.


He said like the Waipareira Winter campaign, where he directed sick westies go straight to Waitakere Hospital A&E - bypassing the exorbitant after hours GP fees, not voting was another issue that needed addressing.


“Our role as community advocates is to give a voice to all whanau in the community,” John said.


“The fact that almost 700,000 didn’t have their say is an issue.”


If you are eligible but not yet enrolled click here and take that first step.


The health needs of west Auckland whānau

Monday, July 03, 2017

Waipareira chair Ray Hall (right) and Waitemata DHB Chair Lester Levy

Whānau Centre delivers services to a young, high needs population who are frequent users of hospital emergency departments and mental health services, a new report has revealed.


The Whānau Centre Health Needs Assessment (HNA) looked at the health needs of more than 8000 whānau who were enrolled at Whānau Centre from July 2014 to December 2015.


Released after the Waipareira Board and Waitemata District Health Board annual meeting, the report covers a range of areas including demographic indicators, determinants of health, health status and service utilisation within Whānau Centre.


Commissioned as part of the Ngā Pou o Te Whare o Waipareira Collective Impact Initiative, this report represents a key outcome of the collaboration between Waipareira, the Nirvana Health Group, and Waitemata District Health Board.


“The report shows that appropriate services for our West Auckland youth are a huge priority,” said Dr John Huakau, Senior Epidemiologist for Wai Research


“The report also highlights that there is a major requirement for better preventive services for youth and adults with a particular focus on appropriate Kaupapa Māori mental health services.”


The report reveals:

  • The age-standardised emergency department attendance rate for whānau was 50,700 per 100,000 - over two-and-a-half times the attendance rate for Waitemata District Health Board as a whole.
  • The majority (52%) of whānau were Māori and most (55%) were aged under 25, with particularly large numbers of 10 to 19 year olds.
  • Almost 80% of whānau accessed only a single Whānau Centre service. Around 20% used more than one service, of which approximately 10% used three or more services.
  • Whānau use of mental health services was almost six times higher compared with Waitemata District Health Board for the youth (0-19 years) and adults (20-64 years), and over three times higher for older adults (aged 65 years and above).

Whānau Centre brings together the Waipareira Whānau Ora services (a broad range of health, social, education, justice and employment services) and other co-located external services including Nirvana Health Group’s Wai Health General Practice, and Waitemata District Health Board’s diabetes and paediatrics secondary services.


The Health Needs Assessment report is available in hardcopy upon request, and electronically here.


Measuring the Social Value Created by the Taitamariki Programme

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Forecast Social Return on Investment Analysis


In response to the 2013/2014 – 2038/2039, “Whānau Future Makers” Strategic Plan ratified by our Board, Waipareira ambitiously set out to understand, measure, quantify and value the impact that their diverse activities and services made on the lives of whānau. More simply – to understand if we make a difference?


We are now three years into our Ngā Hua o Mataora Impact Measurement Programme and beginning to understand what matters most to whānau, and the changes and outcomes whānau achieve from our programmes. Through this programme we have started assessing, evidencing and placing a value on our contribution to these outcomes – measuring our impact.


This Social Return on Investment (SROI) study “Measuring the Social Value Created by Taitamariki Forecast Report marks a major milestone in our Ngā Hua o Mataora journey. The study is one of the few in NZ and the first for Māori by Māori.


It sets the platform for a whole systemic framework using SROI tools within the Whānau Ora context. It presents a leading edge practice to understand the value and significance of culture in service delivery and provides insights for other Whānau Ora and indigenous providers to leverage off.

What is the Taitamariki Programme?

The Taitamariki Programme is funded by the Ministry of Health, to prevent mental health illness among taitamariki (young people) aged 10-13 years, who are exposed to drugs and alcohol.

How is value created?

The Taitamariki Programme is delivered in the “Waipareira Way”- a strengths-based, holistic and whānau-centred approach. It appreciates the realities and diversity of urban Māori and encourages community engagement and development. Facilitators provide support and help build resilience.

How much value is created?

The forecast value created over three years by the Taitamariki Programme exceeds the investment. The programme is forecast to create value of $1.26 million (present discounted value) for the taitamariki and the whānau. If all the investment is taken into account, the SROI ratio is 1.80:1, that is, for every $1 invested into the Taitamariki Programme, $1.80 of value is created for taitamariki and whānau. This is a conservative estimate and does not include the long-term value that may be created for the government as a result of the Taitamariki Programme.


This study shows how change occurs for the taitamariki and their whānau and the resultant value created. These values were forecast for three years.

Read the full report here: