Ser­vice re­turns two prop­er­ties

Kapiti News - - News - David Hax­ton

Stand Chil­dren’s Ser­vices has de­cided to re­turn its chil­dren’s vil­lage prop­er­ties at O¯ taki and Roxburgh to the Crown.

The two vil­lages were the sites of Stand’s res­i­den­tial trauma treat­ment and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices which were closed in June this year when Stand could no longer cover op­er­at­ing short­falls.

“It is cur­rently cost­ing around $300,000 a year across both sites to main­tain the land and build­ings while they are sit­ting idle,” Stand chief ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Inkpen said.

She said Stand had ad­vised the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DoC) that it wished to re­lin­quish its ad­min­is­tra­tion of the prop­er­ties at O¯ taki and Roxburgh which will be taken over by DoC, at least in the short-term.

“The fu­ture of the land will be de­ter­mined by DoC in a process that will in­volve con­sult­ing those who have an in­ter­est in the sites.

“There is al­most 4.5 hectares of land at Roxburgh and over 10 hectares at O¯ taki and both are quite dif­fer­ent.”

Stand still owned a res­i­den­tial prop­erty in Milne Drive, Para­pa­raumu, and “no change of de­ci­sion has been made re­gard­ing the fu­ture use of this prop­erty at this time”.

She said, “Stand con­tin­ues to pro­vide fam­ily wrap­around and¯ther­a­peu­tic so­cial work in both the Otaki and Roxburgh ar­eas.”

In ad­di­tion to the five [other] chil­dren’s vil­lages, Stand also pro­vided Fam­ily Ther­apy Ser­vices in the Mid­land, Cen­tral and Christchurch re­gions, Kidza­cool respite ser­vices in school hol­i­days to grand­par­ents rais­ing grand­chil­dren and kin car­ers, and So­cial Worker in Schools Ser­vices in Christchurch, North­land and Gis­borne.

Fiona Inkpen ear­lier in the year at the Otaki Chil­dren’s Health Camp.

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