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Ministers To Waikato Social Development Forum

11 June 2002

Government Ministers To Attend Waikato Social Development Forum

Five government ministers will tomorrow attend a Social Development Forum in Hamilton with 150 community organisation representatives from across the Waikato region, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.

“The government seeks to work closely with the community sector on a number of fronts. The forum, following on from those held in Wellington and Waitakere, is an opportunity to continue our dialogue on the best way to work together in partnership.

“The ministers who will attend the forum with me are:

- Steve Maharey, Minister of Social Services and Employment and Minister Responsible for the Community and Voluntary Sector

- Parekura Horomia, Minister of Maori Affairs

- Laila Harre, Minister of Youth Affairs

- Ruth Dyson, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment

“Ministers will participate in workshop sessions on social inclusion and social development; education, employment and community enterprise; health; children and young people; and housing and transport.

Hamilton West MP Martin Gallagher and list MP Dianne Yates will also attend tomorrow’s forum.

“The Hamilton Social Development Forum is being hosted by the government and has been co-ordinated by the Ministry of Social Development,” Helen Clark said.

The forum is being held at the Hamilton Baptist Church complex from 1.30pm.

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