Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata initiative: Whānau Ora support for Māori in the corrections system

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Children and young people are involved and empowered

Lead agency:
Ara Poutama Aotearoa – Department of Corrections
Ministry of Social Development
Oranga Tamariki
Te Puni Kōkiri
Action timeframe:
From 2020

Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata - Uniting the Threads of Whānau, is a kaupapa that draws on the strengths of the Whānau Ora approach to support young Māori (under 30 years old) who are in the Corrections system.

Through Paiheretia te Muka Tāngata, a specialised Kaiarataki navigator workforce will work directly with young Māori and their whānau at all stages in their journey through the system.  This workforce will assist them to build and maintain strong relationships, set and work toward goals, and access the services and support they need. Budget 2019 provided funding for lead agencies to work alongside Māori to co-design and implement this kaupapa.

The kaupapa is progressing well and a prototype was implemented in Hawke’s Bay and Northland to support tāne to transition safely out of prison during the COVID restrictions. Insights gathered from the initial prototypes were used to inform the pilot phase, which will be launched in mid-2021.

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