The Wellbeing Budget

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A Kaupapa Māori approach to tackling reoffending

The Wellbeing Budget is investing $98 million of operating and capital funding into a pathway for people to experience a kaupapa Māori and whānau-centred approach for all of their time with Corrections, from pre-sentence to reintegration and transition in their community.

It will initially focus on Māori men under 30 years of age, as this group has the highest reconviction and reimprisonment rates.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the investment is a major first step in changing the way Corrections operates, to help break the cycle of Māori reoffending and imprisonment.

“We are acknowledging that our system does not work for the majority of Māori.

“This is a new pathway for people in prison and their whānau to walk together.

“This is a system change and a culture change for the Corrections system. That change starts today,” Kelvin Davis says.

“The Māori Pathway delivers on a number of our Government’s priorities. It’s about reducing reoffending so there are fewer victims of crime, building closer partnerships with Māori, and enabling us to keep delivering on our target to reduce the prison population by 30 per cent as part of the Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata package.”

This initiative includes $35 million of operating funding over four years to apply a Whānau Ora approach to reduce reoffending and improve whānau outcomes and wellbeing.

“Paiheretia te Muka Tangata – Uniting the Threads of Whānau – will be based on Whānau Ora and aims to support tino rangatiratanga and mana of whānau by empowering whānau to determine their needs, aspirations and outcomes,” Peeni Henare says.

Paiheretia te Muka Tangata will be delivered through the support of Kaiarataki Navigators who will initially work directly with Māori under the age of 30 and their whānau engaged in the Corrections system – assisting them to set goals and navigate them to the services and support they need, while maintaining the links between whānau members.

We know that when whānau are well, they are self-managing, living healthy lifestyles, and participating fully in society and in their language and culture. This is a new and innovative approach that aims to reduce the Māori prison population and improve intergenerational whānau wellbeing.

The wellbeing approach in action – The Māori pathway

This initiative is co-designed and implemented by Māori, with Corrections, Te Puni Kōkiri, and the Ministry for Social Development working together in partnership with hapū and iwi.

Kelvin Davis says it is a great example of the wellbeing approach in action, with a number of agencies working together to target long-term change.

Ministers involved in this initiative include Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis , Whānau Ora Minister Peeni Henare, and Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni.

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