11 Sep 2012

Iwi wants cooperation on Whanau Ora contracts

6:31 am on 11 September 2012

A Horowhenua iwi group says it will be working with other tribes in the district on Whanau Ora contracts that will benefit the welfare of the whole Maori community.

The Muaupoko Tribal Authority in Levin has been collaborating with the local district council on a community and cultural hub - Te Takere - which officially opens at the end of this month.

Chief executive Steve Hirini says now one of their new goals is to partner with Ngati Raukawa iwi to deliver some social welfare projects.

He says Muaupoko and Ngati Raukawa are coming together as two iwi under Whanau Ora, the Government's flagship welfare policy for Maori.

He says this is just one of the many activities they are working on to move his tribe's aspirations forward.

Mr Hirini says many Muaupoko people also have whakapapa (genealogical) links to Ngati Raukawa, so it makes sense to co-operate with the neighbouring iwi.