Service returns two properties
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.