Te Ira was created out the development of collaborative and integrative services between PARS -People At Risk Solutions and Turuki Health Care with a call to action of not one more generation of disadvantaged children and youth will enter the justice system.

With a vision of achieving intergenerational success by helping whanau build a better tomorrow today, Te Ira is committed to breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration by working with Whanau Mauhere (Prisoners, their partners, children and extended whanau ). Te Ira are using an innovative approach based on a Kaupapa Maori paradigm through values of Mana, Aroha ki te tangata, Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga and Rangatiratanga.

The Centre for Social Impact supports the formation of Te Ira as a start-up from fundamental systems to operationalising strategy, and has enlisted a number of their strategic partners to support the development at all levels. Strategic and practical support has been provided to the new strategic development project manager to develop systems, processes, procedures, decision flow and delegations for the new Te Ira board. 

Most significantly, the Te Ira constitution has been completed and registered with Charities New Zealand and Te Ira now exists as a legal independent entity from its founding organisations.

However, the three organisations remain inextricably linked through the development of a collective impact approach with tamariki, rangatahi and whanau being able to be supported with a unique suite of services across justice, health, social, education and whanau ora services. A current priority is to finalise the appointment of the CEO who will operationalise the strategy, and lead Te Ira as an innovative and transformational organisation.

Te Ira is a Foundation North Catalyst for Change community partner.

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