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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:

Taniwha Tales supports H4H at Corbans

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Taniwha Tales teamed up with Habitat 4 Humanity at an event held at Corbans Estate Art Centre.

Grant Wilson, who leads the Waipareira Taniwha-Tales service said they were happy to help and support other like-minded organisations.

The event doubled to provide free winter clothing to anyone in need. There was also kai and giveaways provided.

“Many of the whanau took advantage to grab some warm clothing,” Grant said.

“We were happy to support H4H and look forward to working longside them when we can.”

Taniwha Tales had over fifty carvings on show and whanau who visited their stand were thrilled by the detail and mahi put into each piece.

Taniwha Tales also unveiled a new addition to the whanau - Joy Wells. Joy is a spiritual healer and she shared her amazing story and talents with many who turned up on the day.

With Taniwha Tales moving to a new location, Grant said space would be made available for Joy to set up a workshop.

“It will be nice to have a spiritual space where Joy can work on whanau who need some spiritual guidance or support,” Grant said.

Habitat 4 Humanity hope to hold two events per year and have asked that Taniwha Tales to support it.

Go Directly To A&E – Go Straight Past White Cross

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Waipareira is directing Westies to take their after-hours illnesses straight to the Waitakere Hospital Accident & Emergency Department.

Following the official launch of winter, Waipareira paid for newspaper adverts and billboards around west Auckland, urging whānau who cannot afford outrageous after hours costs, to go to the A&E.

Waipareira CEO John Tamihere said the cost of an unplanned visit to Lincoln Road’s White Cross After Hours Medical Centre - $92 between 6pm-8am weekdays and weekends for a non-subsidised medical appointment - was creating a barrier for many families.

“We cannot have whānau not seeking medical care because they don’t have the money,” John said.

“That’s why I urge whānau, if you are feeling unwell, go directly to the Waitakere Hospital’s Accident & Emergency. I would expect that at the A&E, they will be treated with respect and quality.”

John said whānau had come to Waipareira stating the cost of an after-hours visit was stopping them from seeking immediate medical care. They would either wait until the following morning or Monday for a cheaper medical alternative.

“We cannot allow this to continue,” John said.

“And we don’t want a whānau member or anyone for that matter, to die or be hospitalised because they didn’t have the money for proper immediate medical treatment.”

The Waitemata District Health Board has spent millions on the new A&E Department, which opened last year.

“It is our role to advocate for our community, and the job of the Waitemata DHB to listen to those concerns,” John said.