``Whānau Ora should focus on building whānau capacity and capability.``
Former Minister of Whānau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia

Whānau Direct

Whānau Direct assists whānau to access financial resources when it matters most to whānau, with the intention of making a positive difference for whānau.

Whānau Direct offers up to $1,000 for whānau to achieve positive outcomes such as becoming self-managing, living healthy lifestyles and being financially secure.

Whānau Direct is available through Te Pou Matakana Whānau Ora partners.

Whānau success

A single Mum living in Lower Hutt with three rangatahi approached her local Whānau Ora partner to inquire about educational resources for her rangatahi.

Through a comprehensive assessment with a Kaiārahi it was identified that Mum was in financial crisis. She had growing bills and debt including power, phone and water. She had become anxious and depressed about her situation and could not see a way out.

With support from her Kaiārahi, Mum enrolled with the local budgeting service and attended an appointment with WINZ to ensure she was receiving full entitlements. She completed a Whānau Direct application to support her rangatahi with school fees, uniforms, resources and a learner licence.

Both her rangatahi are actively involved in their school curriculum and external sports activities. Her oldest daughter passed her restricted licence and is actively seeking full-time employment. This action has built Mum’s confidence and self-esteem. She recently secured a full-time job.

Solo dad of four tamariki aged between 2 and 13 years old. Dad and his tamariki are deaf and he receives a sickness benefit. Dad attended a parenting workshop facilitated by a Whānau Ora partner and was then referred to a Kaiārahi. Dad struggled financially with barely enough money to cover living costs. No beds meant that they slept on mattresses on the floor. There were also no drawers for their clothing. The tamariki were prone to getting sick by wearing clothes that have been left on the ground transferring the dust, germs and dirt they pick up.

The whānau were supported through Whānau Direct. Dad purchased second hand beds and drawers for the children. He was also supported to buy warm clothing for winter. The Kaiārahi spent time with the whānau teaching them to put clothes away, clean and tidy the house.

The house has continued to be kept clean and tidy. The tamariki love having drawers and get excited putting clothes away. Dad recently saved enough money to purchase himself a new queen size bed. Dad and his tamariki are sleeping well, feel more energetic and focused throughout the day. The whānau have improved their standard of living and strengthened their relationships.