12 March 2020
From the meeting - Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee
Today the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee received an update on Council’s collaborative Child Equity Programme.
The presentation, delivered by Council’s Strategic Development Manager – Sustainability and Social Development Rosemary Viskovic, and Strategy Advisor Jill Campbell, provided the committee with an overview of the pilot programme, including learnings and results to date.
The pilot programe is a collaboration between Rotorua Lakes Council and Sunset Primary School and aims to improve access for tamariki to services and opportunities that will make a potentially life-changing difference into adulthood.
The initial focus has been to ensure equitable access to extra-curricular, community and Council services for participating children and their whānau.
As part of the Child Equity Programme, children at Sunset Primary have had access to the Making a Difference Swim Programme, school holiday programmes, oral language programmes, and school sports teams and clubs, as well as the Bikes in Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programmes.
Additionally, through the programme, a team of about 50 PlaceMakers staff members from all around the North Island took part in a working bee at the school, replacing benches, installing vegetable gardens and fixing downpipes. Read more about this here. The school has also been able to secure funding which has provided them with new bike tracks and playground equipment which is available to tamariki at the school and to the community outside of school hours. Read more about his here.
Key learnings from the programme to date relating to tamariki experiences show that the equity focus has increased access to experiences tamariki wouldn’t otherwise have, partnering with schools has been an effective way of engaging with tamariki and their whānau, and that providing a range of different experiences strengthens the value of the programme.
Overall, the programme has demonstrated that working collaboratively to ensure barriers are removed has helped tamariki increase access to education and all the fun things associated with school.
This year the programme will be introduced at additional schools including Aorangi Primary School, Malfroy Primary School, Kaingaroa Forest School and Selwyn Primary School.
The programme was largely commended by the committee.
You can view the presentation and following discussion HERE.
Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Building Policy
The Committee gave its support for the adoption of a Dangerous, Affected and Insanitary Building Policy.
This follows Council approving the policy for public consultation in August last year. The consultation took place from the beginning of December 2019 through to the end of January 2020. No submissions were made during this time which was not surprising given the proposed policy did not deviate greatly from the original policy which has been in place since 2006.
The purpose of the policy is to identify and manage dangerous, affected, and insanitary buildings in the Rotorua district, in order to reduce the risk of injury, death, ill health, or damage that may occur as a result of dangerous and/or insanitary buildings.
The Council will decide whether to adopt the policy without change at their full Council meeting on 26 March 2020.
If you’d like to watch the full meeting you can see it via the livestream HERE.
The full agenda from the meeting is also available via this LINK.