Women’s Centre in ‘critical’ situation
Last year an Auckland women’s centre was operating with $100,000 in Government funding. This year it will get none.
In June 2016 the Government cut $30,000 in annual funding to the Grey Lynn Auckland Women’s Centre.
The centre, which supports more than 4000 women and their families each year, relies on grants and donations to stay afloat.
The centre had received the funding for the past 14 years but the government told centre manager Leonie Morris it was reallocating the money to Whanau Ora because the women’s centre wasn’t meeting its outcomes.
Whanau Ora is a government work programme jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health, Maori support service Te Puni Ko¯kiri and the Ministry of Social Development.
Last year the women’s centre received a one-off $70,000 government grant. The centre applied for a second round of funding but that was declined dealing another ‘‘significant blow’’ to the organisation.
Without the grant the centre has had to close its Parenting Project for single mums and their families.
Morris said the recent cut had put the centre in a critical situ- ation.
‘‘The women will get less support without our project. This is a tragedy.’’
‘‘Parenting is the hardest job in the world and single mums are doing it on their own with few resources. The child poverty rate for children in single parent households is 47 per cent,’’ Morris said.
Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki general manager for partnerships Peter Galvin said the Ministry would consider future proposals from the Women’s Centre.
He said the centre had received the $70,000 grant for the Strategies for Kids/ Information for Parents scheme (SKIP).
‘‘The maximum grant period is only 12 months,’’ Galvin said.
‘‘SKIP grant recipients are aware funding is for stand-alone community action projects only and cannot be used as a source of funding for on-going service pro- vision.’’
Labour MP Jacinda Ardern said the funding cut was removing funding from families that ‘‘legitimately’’ needed it.
‘‘There just needs to be a government who invests in their communities rather than show up in crisis.
‘‘Why should we wait for harm to be done before they’re in crisis?’’