Message from Murray Edridge - Community Investment
Greetings as we approach the end of another very busy year. It seems like I say that each December and I guess that’s reflective of the environment we work in – complex, challenging, and
As we head towards 2016 I don’t envisage any slow-down in pace. The final report of the Expert Panel on the modernisation of Child, Youth and Family is due with the Minister before Christmas and we’ll be learning more early next year about the future operating model. As Minister Tolley said in her September announcement, there is no quick fix over a few days or months. Whatever the model is, it will require a shift in thinking and the commitment of government agencies and communities over a sustained period of time if we’re to make a difference for our vulnerable children and young people.
Together we’ll continue implementing the Community Investment Strategy. Our regional teams have been working alongside Community Response Forums to familiarise stakeholders with the Strategy and get community input. There’s information in this issue about some of the work underway, and as this is further developed we’ll be talking with providers about any changes and what they may mean for you in the coming financial year.
We will also be joined next year by the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD), under the recently announced changes. I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues into Community Investment and having the advantage of a youth insight and perspective on the work ahead.
So let’s welcome this opportunity to pause and catch our breath, appreciate time with our families and friends, and replenish our hearts and minds for the big work still to be done. Thank you for your partnership throughout this year – best wishes for a very merry Christmas and happy holidays.
Ngā mihi nui,
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