Review highlights concerns

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 10:11 27/11/2012

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The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is working to recover money it believes it is owed by Te Rapuora o te Waiharakeke, which announced on Friday it will close in December.

Health board Maori health and whanau ora health director Harold Wereta told the Marlborough Express last night the board found out they were owed money through a financial review of the Blenheim-based trust in October.

It is not known at this stage how much money is owed.

The routine review is one all non-governmental organisations, including Maori health providers, must complete every two to three years or when issues arise. Te Rapuora had been due to complete a review before 2012, Mr Wereta said.

Te Rapuora had alerted the health board of its concerns and they had been working together to find solutions since June.

The review in October raised important financial and service delivery concerns, including performance criteria within the contracts that were not being met.

The decision to close came after the concerns were directly addressed with the Te Rapuora trustees and management.

The health board would need to work quickly with Maori health providers in Marlborough and Nelson to determine how to maintain services for registered clients, Mr Wereta said.

It is not known whether the 31 Te Rapuora staff will be offered positions with the health board.

"There has been no decision made about service needs and which positions may or may not be transitioned into a new provider services," he said.

"These are things Te Rapuora and the DHB will work through in the next couple of weeks."

Te Rapuora had seven fulltime administration staff, giving a ratio of one for every two health workers.

Asked whether the health board was concerned with this high ratio, Mr Wereta said that was a question for the management trust.

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- The Mirror

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