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He Oranga Pounamu (HOP)

I am writing to inform you that the He Oranga Pounamu (HOP) Board have carried out a review of the future direction of HOP due to the rapidly evolving health and social services landscape. The outcome of the review was a proposal to begin an extended wind-down of HOP towards a final closure in late 2016.

The decision has been endorsed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and follows an extensive review and consultation period with staff.  Staff wellbeing is paramount in this process and we are ensuring they are fully supported. A significant wind-down period will also ensure the successful completion of our existing contractual obligations.

Over the past 14 years the health and social services landscape has changed considerably and although HOP has brokered some significant partnerships, networks and contracts, HOP governance and Te Rūnanga now believe there are more direct mechanisms that will support the reduction of disparities for Māori in terms of health and social wellbeing.

Te Rūnanga is seeking to promote change at the regional level by supporting its Papatipu Rūnanga to instigate partnership initiatives while at the same time using the resources of Te Rūnanga to ensure a central and strategic advocacy role is maintained.

Improvements in Māori health and wellbeing within the Ngāi Tahu takiwā remain a priority for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and we wish to ensure a continuing relationship with all HOP stakeholders.

We are deliberately taking a 'go slow' approach and I would encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have.

The best number to reach me on is 021 994 065.

Mō tātou

Robyn H Wallace 


Child Helpline Trust Media Statement

22 August 2014

The Child Helpline Trust has been struggling to secure a sustainable income stream to deliver our core services for a number of years.  After investigating all possible options, the Board has made the sad decision to close the Trust.

“Over recent times more time has been spent on attempting to secure funding than delivering our core services. This, coupled with the fact that other entities are offering very similar services, have led us to the inevitable decision for the Trust to cease activities as of 27 August with operational activity of the Trust concluding on Friday 22 August 2014" said Sue Wood, Transitional Chair, Child Helpline Trust.

Child Helpline Trust will be handing over our current clients to Youthline.  Our phone number, website and Facebook will be diverted to theirs as of this Friday.

Youthline has a proven track record of delivering successful programmes along the same lines as the Child Helpline Trust and we have every confidence in their ability to provide our clients with the support they require.

“The Child Helpline Trust would like to thank the Christchurch City Council, Fred Blog Foundation. Garden City Charitable Trust, Mainland Foundation, Markat Promotions, Maurice Carter Charitable Trust, Ministry of Social Development, Pub Charities Inc, Riccarton Rotary, Lion Foundation, Trusts Community Foundation, United Way, Helen Gatonyi, Dr. Clive Wilson, the late Lady Judith Hay, and the late Robin Stubbersfield for their long term support of the Trust, as well as the numerous individual supporters who have donated year after year.  Thanks also go to the dedicated volunteers and employees we have had over the last 32 years.”




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