19 Sep 2012

Marae wins back welfare contract

7:12 am on 19 September 2012

A South Auckland marae has won back a Government welfare contract, just months after the Ministry of Social Development controversially cut social service agreements to five providers.

Under a Whanau Ora collective called Kotahitanga, Papakura Marae has won a Family Start contract to again work with the families of vulnerable children.

Its agreement was axed five months ago for not meeting ministry standards.

Marae chief executive Tony Kake says they improved their operations, won back the work, and there are no hard feelings.

The axing of five Ministry of Social Development contracts prompted one provider to take legal action.

Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust on Tuesday finished seven days of legal action and is waiting for a judge's decision from a judicial review of the termination of its agreement with the Government.