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

 


Strategy to end homelessness endorsed

Strategy to end homelessness endorsed

Wellington City Council’s Community, Sport and Recreation Committee has today endorsed Te Mahana – a strategy to end homelessness in Wellington.

A community-led strategy, Te Mahana emerged from a day-long practitioner ‘lock-in’ in May 2012. More than 100 people representing government agencies and community organisations, along with people experiencing homelessness, identified key actions for a collaborative and co-ordinated approach to ending homelessness.

Mayor Celia Wade Brown says she is delighted the Council is taking a lead to coordinate the agencies and organisations dealing with homelessness. “Together we can solve homelessness in the Capital."

She says committee members today also called for more commitment from the Government to deal with homelessness and related social problems in a coordinated and effective way – and not just in Wellington.

“As Nance Thomson from the Soup Kitchen said in a message read to the committee, ‘The kaupapa of Te Mahana is a framework on which to build a national response to homelessness and thus we need to make it count. To have the Council lead by example by being the first to sign up would send a strong message to NGOs and Government departments alike.’”

The Committee’s Chair, Councillor Paul Eagle, says Te Mahana will address issues in a more systematic way, putting people experiencing homelessness at the centre of service–delivery solutions.

“Te Mahana pulls the sector in Wellington together under a unique governance arrangement – in partnership with Maori who are currently over-represented – to deliver outcomes guided by a set of principles such as housing being a basic human right.”

He also challenged the Government to not only endorse the strategy but provide stronger leadership and resource Wellington’s issues better.

“The message is clear, we’re taking homelessness seriously but we need Central Government to step up and ensure the relevant agencies have the necessary resources to deliver the transformation we’re seeking.”

Organisations involved in this initiative include several church-run, community and Maori social service agencies, NGOs and government agencies.

A strategic co-ordination group for government agencies working on social issues in Wellington will further consider and endorse the work.

A copy of the report is available at Wellington.govt.nz.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news