Relationships Aotearoa to learn fate today

Emily Murphy ,
Publish Date
Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:29AM
Anne Tolley (Getty Images)
Anne Tolley (Getty Images)

Relationships Aotearoa says it's working in the best interests of its clients, as it continues to fight the government in its quest to stay open.

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The publicly-funded counselling service faces closure after the government slashed millions from its funding.

Relationships Aotearoa (RA) provides counselling to around 60,000 people a year with a staff of 120. The organisation has 7000 clients involving CYFS, mental health, courts and police.

Relationships Aotearoa has a significant presence in Canterbury, where they began offering counselling services after the September 2010 earthquake and the ensuing February 2011 earthquake. To date, the organisation has helped 30,000 clients since the initial quake.

Today the Ministry of Social Development is expected to decide whether to hand it the lifeline it needs to stay afloat.

Principal strategic advisor Cary Hayward says he's hoping for the best possible outcome.

"What we want is a good option for clients in the first instance," he said. "We want to have a continuity of service. Of course it's for our staff who are incredibly hard-working."





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