2 Oct 2013

Whanganui hapu praised for multi-complex initiative

7:20 pm on 2 October 2013

A Whanganui Maori health provider is acknowledging the Tupoho Whanau Trust for helping to put to good use land earmarked for a Treaty settlement.

Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority recently moved all of its five services on to the Tupoho Community Complex - the former UCOL site and the Whanganui Regional Community Polytechnic.

Its chief executive Nancy Tuaine says their new landlord - the Tupoho Whanau Trust - is working to use a valuable asset for the benefit of the whole community.

She says it's a good example of when iwi don't have to wait for a Treaty settlement to start working with some of the assets in their community.

Ms Tuaine says in this case Tupoho has worked with the Government to use the complex as a hub for organisations that include the Maori wardens, the local iwi radio station - Awa FM, and St John Ambulance.

She says all of the tenants have a very good relationship with the Tupoho Whanau Trust.