16 Dec 2011

Last ditch plea for funding

12:00 pm on 16 December 2011

Staff at a 24-hour sexual abuse centre are making a last ditch attempt to persuade the Government to save the service from closure.

Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Trust members are to meet on Friday afternoon to discuss staff layoffs unless they receive a funding pledge.

The agency needs a funding commitment of $400,000 by the end of the day or it will be forced to begin a consultation process to scale down its service and lay off employees.

Staff have set up camp outside Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye's electorate office in Ponsonby with a lolly and lamington stall.

Trust member Kelly-Ann Harvey Vernon says they plan to ask Ms Kaye to take a message to Prime Minister John Key to provide the funding.

The service receives 10,000 calls each year and employs about 30 personnel.