The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) Chief Executive Lucy Sandford-Reed is concerned about the closure of a national service which provides a wide range of services to rural and urban communities throughout New Zealand.
This is an email protesting the closure of Relationships Aotearoa posted by Peter Matthewson to Anne Tolley, Minister of Social Development. Peter is a lecturer in the Department of Social Practice at Unitec. He has previously worked as a social worker in the former Department of Social Welfare, in the Probation Service, and in mental health.
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Relationships Aotearoa is likely to close its doors in 60 locations throughout the country by the end of the week, the agency says. The not-for-profit organisation failed to get an assurance of more funding from the Government this year and negotiations for a transition plan for clients have fallen through. Some 7000 people who get counselling will have to find help elsewhere, and of those, up to 900 will be referred back to the courts.