Tindall Foundation Trustees and staff attended to two-day national conference and the one-day Auckland conference held by NZCCSS last week.
The conference was very well attended with keynote speakers including Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Bill English and Minister for Social Development, Hon Paula Bennett. The initial two days of the conference focused on the changes that were in the pipeline for relationships between the community sector and government and changes required in order to make progress on intractable social issues. On the third day of the conference Deputy Mayor, Penny Hulse presented The Auckland Plan, followed by detailed explanation by Ree Anderson (Manager, Regional Strategy, Community & Cultural Policy) and feedback from workshop participants.
Foundation Trustees and staff picked up a strong message from the first two-days of impending change for the sector but with very few details about how this may be implemented. Hopefully the Government White Paper, scheduled to be issued in August will provide more clarity along these lines. The final day showed a strong-looking Auckland Plan, in terms of its people-centred approach. We hope that this focus on young and vulnerable people at the forefront of the plan will come into fruition as the plan is implemented.
Details of the conference are available at: http://www.socialservicesconf.org.nz/