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What is Mana Whaikaha?

Mana Whaikaha is a disability support system currently available to people in the MidCentral DHB region.

It uses the Enabling Good Lives approach to give disabled people more choice and control over their lives.

Read more about Enabling Good Lives (external website)

Objectives of Mana Whaikaha

Mana Whaikaha is based on the Enabling Good Lives vision and principles and aims to:

  • provide disabled people and whānau with more flexible support options
  • give disabled people and whānau greater decision making over their support and lives
  • improve outcomes for disabled people and whānau
  • create a cost-effective disability support system.

Disabled people and whānau have been calling for change for a long time because:

  • the current system provides one-size fits all support
  • support and funding is fragmented and siloed across government
  • it’s been about what the system needs (e.g. assessments for eligibility), not the disabled person and their whānau
  • disabled people have poorer life outcomes than many other New Zealanders
  • there are rising costs – but limited evidence of better outcomes.

Mana Whaikaha - the korero

The Mana Whaikaha korero reflects people’s strength, mana (influence, dignity) and mauri (life essence), and was co-designed with a group of disabled people and whānau.

Find out more about the Mana Whaikaha korero

Key features of Mana Whaikaha

These are the key features of Mana Whaikaha:

  • People are welcomed into the system in multiple ways, and can then be provided with information, and linked with a Connector, peer network, government agency or disability organisation.
  • Connectors – an ally for disabled people and their whānau, who can walk alongside, if wanted, to help identify what they would like in their lives, how to build that life and the range of supports and options available. 
  • Easy to use information and processes for disabled people and whānau.
  • Connected support across government – support for disabled people to find out about what assistance might be available and how to connect with other government support.
  • A straightforward process for accessing funding, with flexibility about what can be purchased and easy reporting on how funding has been used.
  • Capability funding for disabled people and whānau.
  • Greater system accountability to disabled people and their whānau – disabled people and whānau are involved in monitoring and evaluating the system, and making recommendations to Ministers about changes to the system.