Seven years of Whānau Ora a privilege

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Helen Leahy: Seven years of Whānau Ora a privilege

It is the last day at Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu for Managing Director Helen Leahy after seven years at the helm of the South Island Commissioning Agency Whānau Ora.

Ms Leahy has been involved in kaupapa since its inception, working in the office of then Associate Minister of Health Dame Tariana Turia during the development of the Maori health strategy He Korowai Oranga and eventually Whānau Ora.

The former social worker was also part of the Maori design team for Oranga Tamariki, the South Island’s Hauora alliance. the National Disability Support System Transformation Task Force and the Department of Health Maori COVID-19 Monitoring Group.

She is proud of the way the providers have done to help the whānau achieve their own dreams and aspirations.

“All the whānau across the motu have seen their potential realized simply because we trusted them. This is the simple secret of Whānau Ora. We know whānau has the answer and we are investing in them to determine a path that will be the best path for them and their mokopuna to inherit. What an incredible privilege to be part of this journey,” says Ms. Leahy.

She moves to Ruapehu with her whānau.


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