24 May 2013

Maori health group offers Te Roopu Taurima help

10:18 pm on 24 May 2013

An Auckland Maori health organisation is offering to help an intellectual disability care provider that has been heavily criticised by the Ministry of health.

Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau has been under investigation after the ministry was alerted to an increase in incidents in late 2010.

Between 2010 and 2012 there were 17 escapes, 14 alleged assaults of clients, two accounts of alleged abuse, and a fire.

The report found the provider was failing in several areas, from employing staff lacking in basic knowledge and having three immediate family members holding managerial roles.

A chief executive of Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, Tunuiarangi McLean, says his organisation is willing to help Te Roopu Taurima.

He says it could provide some assistance in the area of tikanga Maori or Maori protocols.

The Ministry of Health report makes several recommendations.

It suggests appointing a manager to transform the organisation and formalising a panel that includes the sector's regional agency, which would meet with Te Roopu Taurima on a monthly basis.

It also suggests long-term consideration be given to reviewing the legislation.