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Kotahitanga – Partnering for greater impact


We are stronger when we work together. Strength comes from working collectively with others – government agencies, whānau, families, hapū, iwi, providers and communities.

  • We will work with a network of trusted partners to harness knowledge and expertise to contribute to shared goals and to encourage innovation and fresh thinking.
  • We will strengthen our connections with the wider social sector, other agencies and our network of partners to reduce barriers and make it easier for clients, whānau and families, and communities to access social services.
  • We will look at ways our clients can connect directly with our trusted partners who are better placed to meet their needs, including whānau and families, hapū, iwi, non-government organisations and community change agents.
  • Where possible we will improve our contracting arrangements to make it easier to partner with us.
  • Technology will enable partners across the social system to access and share key information and insights to provide better support for clients. We ensure this is done in a secure, transparent and responsible way.

The kete reflects the idea that working in partnership we can make a bigger difference – "Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi; With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive".