Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Insufficient emergency accom for young Wgtn women

Insufficient emergency accommodation for young Wellington women

The Wellington Salvation Army will hit the streets on Friday to collect money for much needed emergency accommodation for teenage girls and young women.

The Salvation Army established the only emergency accommodation in the city for girls aged 15-22 in Island Bay five months ago but its scope is limited.

Salvation Army girls’ home manager Rachel Harvey said the two-bedroom house can only accommodate one resident and the plan is to add another four bedrooms.

“The girls referred to us are in crisis through choices and circumstances sometimes out of their control. Tragically, lack of space means we’re turning referrals away and because of their age, these girls have nowhere safe to go,” she said.

The Salvation Army receives weekly enquiries for accommodation from community groups, families and Government agencies like Child, Youth and Family, the courts and the Police.

The new home is being modelled on The Salvation Army’s Wellington boys’ home, The Inn, which has live-in staff who provide support and guidance with the aim of creating a stable family environment.

Like The Inn, the girls’ home takes a holistic approach helping residents improve their social skills and offering support while they study and train for employment.

“The aim is to provide more than a safety net in times of crisis, to pick these young women up and get them back on their feet,” Harvey said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The (Looming) Nurses’ Strike

It is (almost) possible to feel a bit sorry for the DHB negotiators engaged in the current nurses pay round. Come next Monday there’s every sign that nurses will resoundingly reject the pay offer the DHBs have put on the table, as being totally inadequate (a) as fair compensation for the crucial work that nurses do and (b) as a recruitment incentive for a workforce which is already under severe stress, and facing a demographic explosion in patients as the baby boomers lurch into old age. More>>


Dolphins In Danger: More measures to protect

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage are accelerating work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin, after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula. More>>


EQC Shakeup: Changes to EQC Act Announced

The Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Megan Woods has today announced changes to the EQC scheme.“Cabinet has carefully considered the proposals regarding changes to the Earthquake Commission Act,” Megan Woods said. “The changes that we have agreed on will improve how the Act functions and enable the scheme to work more effectively for future natural disasters. More>>


MoneyHub: Air NZ Charging Up To 2X Australian Airlines

Passengers originating in New Zealand are revealed to be paying up to 100% more than Australian travellers for flights to North and South America as the airline operates a monopoly on key routesMore>>


Gordon Campbell: On The PM’s Indonesian Guest, And West Papua

As David Lange once said, it is almost impossible to get New Zealand to think about Indonesia, the huge nation sitting right on our doorstep.More>>


Out By 24,000: Treasury Child Poverty Estimate Wrong

The Treasury has revised the child-poverty projections it provided to the Government in December 2017. As outlined in the Treasury’s 17 January media release, the previous estimate was based on code that included a modelling error...More>>


Mentions Russia: NZ Joins Condemnation Of Nerve Agent Attack

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has grave concerns over the use of a chemical nerve agent in the United Kingdom resulting in critically serious injuries to some of those exposed. More>>


IPCA (And Privacy Commission): Police's “Exit International” Checkpoint Was Illegal

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were not justified in stopping vehicles at a vehicle checkpoint to identify individuals who had attended an “Exit International” meeting in Lower Hutt on 2 October 2016. More>>


NZDF Coverup: Defence Admits Raid Was In Area Described In Hit And Run

When the book Hit and Run was published in March last year, the Chief of Defence Force Tim Keating held a press conference claiming the SAS had been in a different place on that date... The Defence Force has finally admitted that the “three photographs in the book are of Tirgiran Village”. More>>





Featured InfoPages