Whānau Ora Commissioning Company chairwoman Merepeka Raukawa-Tait. Picture / NZME
Whānau Ora Commissioning Company chairwoman Merepeka Raukawa-Tait has hit again at George Ngati who claimed authorized motion towards his Auckland clinic that operates below the banner of Whānau Ora Neighborhood Clinic had been withdrawn.
On Wednesday, Ngatai and his spouse Raewyn Bhana – administrators of the Whānau Ora Neighborhood Clinic – issued a assertion advising the commissioning company had dropped its authorized motion towards his clinic over its identify.
“The Whānau Ora Neighborhood Clinic is delighted that Te Pou Matakana (Whānau Ora Commissioning Company) has dropped the injunction utility filed towards us, and paid our prices,” the assertion mentioned.
“We’ve got all the time thought it was misconceived to hunt an injunction stopping us from utilizing Whānau Ora in our identify in reference to our work in the healthcare and wellbeing sector.”
“Our attorneys had been effectively ready to defend us towards the injunction on 5-6 December in the Wellington Excessive Court docket, however now we don’t need to.
“Te Pou Matakana’s authorized submissions had been due final Friday however as a substitute, they withdrew their injunction utility and supplied to pay us among the prices their injunction utility put us to.
“That has now been agreed and paid. The substantive continuing stays on foot however with out urgency, we have no idea when this will probably be heard by the Court docket”
However Raukawa-Tait mentioned Ngatai was being mischievous.
“Mr Ngatai is most misinformed in regards to the Whānau Ora Commissioning Company dropping any authorized motion towards him and his a number of firms.
“We sought an pressing injunction to obviously elevate our deep concern about some Māori businessman seizing wrongly on the great identify promoted by mandated Whānau Ora companions up and down the motu .
“We rightly agreed that an interim injunction be withdrawn and a formal two week trial subsequent 12 months happen .
“Mr Ngatai is conscious of this and readers can draw your individual conclusions about his press launch.”
On the coronary heart of the authorized standoff is using the Whānau Ora identify and model.
“We wish to guarantee Whānau Ora is related to offering the most effective providers for Māori and we try to guard the Whānau Ora model,” Raukawa-Tait mentioned when WOCA filed authorized proceedings in August 2022.
The case will probably be heard in 2023.