Foundation North's Catalyst for Change funding programme seeks to fund and support community organisations taking innovative approaches to identified social issues. In 2015, Te Ira was one of the organisations selected for the investment planning process and awarded a multi -year grant over five years. This new entity, a collaboration between PARS and Turuki Health Care , was developed to support whanau/families to break cycles of disadvantage.
The aim of initiatives that come under Te Ira is to improve the intergenerational wellbeing of three priority client groups.
Children (0-5 years) children with unmet needs, in particular those associated with whanau mauhere (i.e they may have a parent, caregiver or whanau member who is in prison or is an ex-prisoner)
Y-NEET (12-24 years) - youth who are not in education, employment or training and youth who are a mauhere (prisoner/ex-prisoner)
Vulnerable whanau -connected to these children and youth, in particular, whanau members who are mauhere.