April 08, 2015
Community given say in government spending
Rotorua’s Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust is welcoming a one-year extension in Social Sector Trials that aim to develop new ways to direct government investment.
The trials are being held in 16 communities around New Zealand, with the Excel Rotorua trial having a particular focus on education.
Trust chief executive Roana Bennett says it has fostered collaboration between school principals and social agencies.
It has also established a trust to push for increased internet connectivity in the region so all students can access e-learning.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the trials are demonstrating that a community-based approach can better coordinate Government resources to the people who need them.
She says her department will analyse the results and determine how agencies involved in the trials can work alongside other initiatives such as children’s teams and Whanau Ora.
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