Te Ira

Announcement of closure of Te Ira.

The Board of Te Ira advises that Te Ira is closing its services after five years of operation.

Te Ira was set up to innovate a te ao Maori (Maori world-view) model for delivery of long-term support for mauhere (prisoners) and their whānau, with a particular focus on tamariki. Te Ira’s goal was to interrupt the cycle of disadvantage associated with incarceration. Over this time Te Ira explored a range of options within service governance, operating models, specific services, and a range of care practices. Through this work it has successfully innovated a te ao Maori service model for long-term support that is transferable to other types of organisations.

While many have supported this journey, Te Ira acknowledges the crucial support of Foundation North and its partner the Centre for Social Impact, and the Board extends their especial thanks to the kaimahi who contributed their time, energy and commitment over the past five years. Their heartfelt dedication to the kaupapa and their hard work will inform an emerging model across tikanga Māori governance, operations and practises.

Te Ira’s learnings are being carried through into the operations of its shareholders, Turuki Health Care and PARS (People at Risk Solutions). Please forward any enquiries and referrals to these organisations directly.

Stephen McKernon, Chair
The Board of Governors, Te Ira
June 2020

This service is continuing under the Turuki suite of services. If you are wanting to refer yourself or whanau to this service, please send an email to referrals.manukau@thc.org.nz

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