Women’s cen­tre fund­ing slashed

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An Auck­land women’s sup­port ser­vice has had $30,000 of its gov­ern­ment fund­ing cut.

The free ser­vice is pro­vided by the Auck­land Women’s Cen­tre in Grey Lynn.

For the past 14 years it has re­ceived $30,000 in fund­ing, how­ever it wasn’t re­newed on June 30.

The gov­ern­ment told cen­tre man­ager Leonie Mor­ris it was re­al­lo­cat­ing the money to Whanau Ora as the women’s cen­tre wasn’t meet­ing its out­comes.

How­ever, Mor­ris says there was noth­ing in its con­tract stat­ing they needed to meet Whanau Ora out­comes.

‘‘We sup­port Whanau Ora, but we be­lieve there should be more money spent on sup­port­ing women, es­pe­cially with low­in­come and em­ploy­ment rates go­ing up and the sex­ual and do­mes­tic abuse rate so high,’’ she says.

More than 3000 women a year ac­cess the of­ten life­sav­ing ser­vice, ei­ther by drop­ping in, via email or phone.

‘‘We are the first point of con­tact for women who are not yet ready to ring a spe­cial­ist vi­o­lence preven­tion ser­vice and we work with them un­til they are con­fi­dent to ring the right ser­vice,’’ Mor­ris says.

The cen­tre have started a Givealit­tle cam­paign with the hope of rais­ing funds to con­trib­ute to the $80,000 in run­ning costs.

Go to givealit­tle.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

CA­TRIN OWEN

Auck­land Women’s Cen­tre man­ager Leonie Mor­ris and El­lie Lim hope they can raise $30,000 after fund­ing was cut.

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