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