Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Te Rito Coordinators are worth their weight in gold


Age Concern New Zealand media release
21 Mar 2011

Te Rito Coordinators are worth their weight in gold

Age Concern New Zealand is alarmed at the possibility funding for Te Rito Coordinators and other family violence prevention initiatives may be cut.

As reported in the Herald on Saturday, there is a strong possibility that Associate Minister for Social Development, Tariana Turia, will seek to shift funding currently used for these positions (and some other family violence prevention initiatives) to the Whanau ora pool. Age Concern professional adviser Jayne McKendry says “This move would sound the death knell for much of the collaborative work that has been happening in communities throughout the country.”

“We all know that the best way to address family violence is through agencies and communities working together. The Te Rito networks, spearheaded by the Coordinators, have helped to make our elder abuse and neglect prevention services a visible part of that action”, Jayne says.

“Finally we are not the only people saying that older people experience family violence too. Finally we are not working alone to encourage people to speak out about elder abuse.”

Age Concern elder abuse and neglect prevention services confirm a least two new cases of elder abuse each day, on average. But they know that's just the tip of the iceberg; much remains hidden.

“Seventy to 80 percent of elder abuse and neglect in New Zealand occurs at the hands of family members.

“This is one of the reasons it stays hidden – many older people won’t speak out because they feel ashamed their family member is treating them so badly. Or sometimes they are scared that if they say something, it will get even worse.”

We support increased funding for Maori and Pacific initiatives, but doing that by cutting existing community driven initatives makes no sense.

Raising the awareness of other organisations, and of the general public is key to getting help to older people experiencing elder abuse and neglect. The Te Rito networks are important collaborators in this work for Age Concern and the elder abuse and neglect prevention services.

Ends

Visit www.ageconcern.org.nz for the contact details of the nearest Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels