1 Jun 2010

Whanau Ora expected to start flowing in late July

8:55 am on 1 June 2010

Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia says funding should start flowing to the first providers by the end of July.

Expressions of interest will be called after the completion of hui explaining the new model for delivery of health and social services.

Mrs Turia says there has been massive attendance at the hui from Maori providers who want the chance to do things in a different way.

She told Waatea News they are "excited because it means they will have integrated contracts and will be able to work far more comprehensively than ever before."

Mrs Turia also said she's encouraging providers to join together to pursue Whanau Ora contracts.