Howick Local Board continuing to support Kauri Kids to 30 September 2024

Publish Date : 03 May 2024
HOW Kauri Kids

Update 3 May 2024

At an additional business meeting on 2 May 2024, Howick Local Board have agreed to continue the operation of the Howick Kauri Kids early childhood education centre until 30 September 2024, while they continue negotiations with third-party providers to take over the service.

Kauri Kids staff and relevant stakeholders will be kept updated as this process continues.

Board chair Damian Light says, “Last year, the board agreed to fund the additional operational costs of Kauri Kids Howick to ensure continuity of service until 30 June 2024, to find a new provider for this service.
“In our meeting, it was agreed to extend the deadline until 30 September 2024 while we continue negotiations with third-party providers to take over the service and ensure continuity of service.”
Light concludes, “We believe that the extra effort is worthwhile to protect this beloved community service and to continue to provide continuity of service for the tamariki, families and staff.”

In June 2023, Auckland Council’s governing body confirmed funding to the programme would be cut in its annual budget adoption, leaving the local boards involved in the programme (Kaipātiki, Devonport-Takapuna, Hibiscus and Bays, Manurewa, and Ōtara-Papatoetoe) with the tough decision as to whether they would try to support the programme from their own, already-reduced budgets.


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