Leader has local ties
Family first for CYF manager
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.