The Maori Women's Welfare League says its national body did not apply to be a Whanau Ora provider, because it felt the organisation didn't fit the programme's criteria.
Whanau Ora is an inclusive approach to providing services and opportunities to families.
League life member Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi says the League should be involved in the programme.
General manager Jacqui Te Kani says some regional branch members are involved in the programme, but the national body chose not to put in a bid when the programme started because the Government appeared to be looking for health service providers.
She says the League does provide welfare services through a Government parenting programme called Whanau Toko i te Ora.