28 Aug 2012

Tuhoe hope to see better services from Govt

10:37 pm on 28 August 2012

The Crown is promising in an agreement to be signed in October to deliver better services to the people of Tuhoe.

The tribe and the Government have agreed on a five-year social service management plan, which was approved by Cabinet on Tuesday.

It means several ministries and district health boards will work harder to improve the lives of Maori living in Te Urewera.

The Crown aims to:

Meet housing needs through better planning;

Work with Tuhoe to improve the delivery of primary care services;

Develop a long-term education strategy, underpinned by a Tuhoe philosophy;

Strive towards having no Tuhoe tamariki in Child, Youth and Family care.

The plan has been developed following a relationship agreement signed between Tuhoe and the Crown in Ruatahuna in July 2011, and out of negotiations towards settling historical grievances.