25 Feb 2013

Waipareira vows to keep fighting for whanau

7:06 pm on 25 February 2013

An Auckland urban authority says it will keep on fighting for what whanau are entitled to after the Crown axed a valuable welfare contract in 2012.

Funding for Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust to run a programme for at-risk families was taken away by the Ministry of Social Development.

The case went to the High Court but a judge has ruled the Ministry was right to pull the $1.5 million contract.

John Tamihere of the Waipareira Trust says the organisation has faced a tough 12 months and it is not getting any easier.

But he says the Trust will continue "scrapping" for more funding for welfare services because that is Waipareira's role as advocate.

He says he feels confident because the Trust is debt free and the board is doing a wonderful job and setting the direction and securing the future of Waipareira.