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I would like to thank those individuals who have taken the opportunity to let me know their views on the broader issues that they think should be considered in our discussions with the Ministry of Education on our funding and licensing requirements. There have been some great suggestions and general comments on what we should be focussing on and they are really appreciated. I will leave the [email protected] open for anyone who has a positive contribution to make about anything that will improve funding and licensing for Playcentre Aotearoa. Please feel free to continue to contact me and share your thoughts.

Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa is also preparing for our AGM and Conference occurring in November with the announcement and papers having been loaded on the Playcentre website. Questions regarding AGM papers must be submitted to the Adminstrator [email protected] and questions regarding either whare papers must be submitted to the relevant whare administrator [email protected] or [email protected]

As requested, the deadline for questions has been extended to 5pm Friday 11th October.

Those of you who have already read the papers will have noted that Playcentre Aotearoa is facing a significant budget deficit in the 2019 / 2020 financial year based on projected expenditure. Finding additional funding sources and/or savings is a crucial issue that I will be addressing throughout the year to ensure that we move to a firmer financial footing while remaining within the agreed 50% funding levy.

In the first instance we will not be recruiting any non-urgent positions, except for vacant centre positions that affect licensing. These positions will continue to be filled providing they meet the requirements as set out in the policy and procedure manual.

If you are unsure about filling any vacant position, please check in with your CSW or Regional Manager.

Once the amalgamation process was finalised it was always envisaged that we would review the organisational structure to ensure that it was meeting the operational requirements to support the Centres within Playcentre Aotearoa. The current financial situation indicates that a review is timely to ensure that we are always and remain Centre focussed. Again, I will keep you advised of any changes we are considering.

As we approach the final term for this year thank you for your time in reading this update and for all you do for Playcentre Aotearoa. It is valued and we do appreciate that you have a choice and that you choose Playcentre.

Ka kite anō au i a koutou.

Sean McKinley