A Maōri provider, Ruakura Waikato Social Services has made a decision to cease its operations while a serious investigation is being undertaken” says Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.
“Trustees met yesterday to discuss the severity of management and service provision issues and a decision was made to provide for continuity of care for whanau and transition workers during this difficult phase.
“I regret a decision such as this which will affect staff and whanau who have been supported by Raukura Waikato Social Services. There are many committed and professional workers providing care for vulnerable whanau.
“Once presented with a complete assessment of the providers operations and liabilities the trustees were compelled to make a very difficult decision – to close their doors.
“I understand there will be further investigations to accurately identify where responsibility for certain decisions and actions fall – this course of action must be supported.
“In the interim, I hope that other service providers are able to transition vulnerable whanau who were on the Raukura Waikato books so that they are not left languishing.
“I look forward to a full brief on the matter when I return to the electorate,” says Nanaia Mahuta.