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Relationships Aotearoa surprised to hear transition planning

Relationships Aotearoa Board surprised to hear claims about transition planning

Today (Friday 19 June), the Relationships Aotearoa (RA) Interim Board were surprised to hear Ministry of Social Development (MSD) official, Murray Edridge, had previously negotiated a managed exit of the service with RA’s former chair. The society’s membership and management had no knowledge of such a plan.

In an article published by NZ Doctor (18 June 2015), Mr Edridge of MSD is quoted as saying a plan was negotiated with the former Board chair, but that plan was refused by the membership.

“A special general meeting was called by members and held 14 May, which required the Board and management to present plans for RA’s future. The Board’s plan only included a proposal for immediate closure, there was no mention of any transition of services, clients, staff or sensitive client files,” says Dr Jane Allison, Interim RA Board Chair.
“To read in the media that Mr Edridge had negotiated a transition plan, and that the membership refused to accept it leaves me incredulous.

“Where was this plan during our recent negotiations with MSD?,” she says.


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