Closing Children's Camps Shocks All

May 18, 2018

Shock waves are continuing to ripple through communities following this week’s announcement from the Government that it will no longer fund the Stand Children’s camps in Otaki and Roxburgh.

 

That from National’s spokesperson for Children, Alfred Ngaro.

 

He says Stand needed just $3 million dollars to keep these villages afloat and minister Tracey Martin should have this available in her discretionary fund.

 

The community, the Mayors, the unions, and the children rallied to save Stand, but the Government hasn’t listened, and has instead prioritised diplomats over children.

 

“That extraordinary prioritisation has left 63 people without jobs and 380 traumatised children without a specialised treatment facility."

 

Mr Ngaro says it is his hope that the Government does something to rectify this appalling mistake.

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