Leader has lo­cal ties

Fam­ily first for CYF man­ager

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

The role of im­prov­ing the lives of chil­dren, young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies in the South Waikato has gone to a man born and raised in the district.

Terry Quinn has been named Child, Youth and Fam­ily’s new Taupo man­ager, look­ing af­ter com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Taupo, Toko­roa, Tu­rangi and Pu­taruru.

He comes to the role with plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence fol­low­ing his 29 years within the or­gan­i­sa­tion, in­clud­ing most re­cently as Wai- kato op­er­a­tions man­ager.

Mr Quinn will lead a team of 30 Taupo and Toko­roa-based so­cial work­ers, fam­ily group con­fer­ence co­or­di­na­tors and sup­port staff.

He is look­ing for­ward to work­ing along­side com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to ad­dress child abuse and ne­glect.

Mr Quinn was born in Ara­puni and raised in Pu­taruru, went to St Mary’s Catholic School and Pu­taruru Col­lege.

Dur­ing the 1980s, he lived and worked in Toko­roa.

Mr Quinn said he plans to be a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the Toko­roa branch.

‘‘Re­al­is­ti­cally I want to work with the com­mu­nity and to en­sure that there is a safe man­age­ment and as­sis­tance to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. There is a com­bined re­sponse that chil­dren need to be safe. We have to work col­lab­o­ra­tively,’’ he said.

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