4 Dec 2013

Concerns Jackson's authority wants Whanau Ora role - Turia

7:08 pm on 4 December 2013

Whanau Ora Minister Tariana Turia says people are worried that an authority chaired by broadcaster Willie Jackson is up for a commissioning agency role.

Radio Live hosts Willie Jackson and John Tamihere have been taken off air for the rest of the year for controversial comments made about sex abuse.

Te Puni Kokiri is in the final stages of selecting applicants to act as commissioning agencies, to hand out Whanau Ora welfare contracts.

The National Urban Maori Authority, which is chaired by Willie Jackson, and has links to Mr Tamihere, is said to have put in a bid.

The minister says she has received a number of calls from people who are concerned about that, given that the process is about family and well-being.

Mrs Turia says those who called felt the comments that were made on the radio were denigrating of the whare tangata (women's virtues).