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Turia, Durie appointed pou of Te Pou Matakana

Published: 12:23PM Thursday April 16, 2015

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    Dame Tariana Turia - Source: Te Karere

She's traded in her political shoes, but Dame Tariana Turia is still fighting for Māori rights to self-governance.

Dame Turia has stepped into a new role alongside Sir Professor Mason Durie as pou of Te Pou Matakana, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency, and they both have a clear idea of where the organisation should be heading.

"I think in an ideal situation the Government should have a contract directly with Te Pou Matakana, with them reporting straight to a minister," says Tariana Turia.

In order for Te Pou Matakana to reach its full potential, Mason Durie believes it needs total control over all social service support systems for Māori.

"Whānau don't live their lives in silos or in sectors. They live their lives in an integrated way and that's what Te Pou Matakana have to do. They have to find a way of providing for that integrated approach."