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The Family and Community Service Team would like to thank:

The Strengthening Families Provider Network, comprising about 50 organisations.

The staff of Group Special Education, the staff of the Ministry of Education, Tauranga Principals Association, the Bay of Plenty DHB TAG support staff, the ADHD Association, the Bay of Plenty DHB Child and Youth Mental Services, the Autism Society, RTLBs Te Whanau Kotahi, and the DHB Women and Child Services for their support in developing the section on challenging behaviour.

The Family Court, Police, Work and Income Family Violence co-ordinator, the Bay of Plenty Circuit Breaker group, James Family, Women’s Refuge, Barnardos, Child, Youth and Family, Living Without Violence Trust, and the DHB Family Violence co-ordinators for their support in developing the section on family violence.

The DHB Funding Advisor for Older People, all the participants in the Forum 10 Field Officer Network group, the Disability Resource Centre (now in recess) Directory, Age Concern, Grey Power and the co-ordinator of OPALS Older Persons Advocacy and Liaison, for their support with the section on older peoples’ services.

Housing New Zealand Corporation, the Tauranga City Council, the Community Housing Trust, the Salvation Army and the Bay of Plenty Community Outcomes Project for their support in developing the section on affordable housing.

Te Whanau Kotahi, CCS, the Bay of Plenty DHB Support Net, the Autism Society, the Youth Horizons Trust, the Bay of Plenty DHB Women Child and Family Services and Open Home for their support in developing the section on respite care.

A special thank-you to the children of Maungatapu School for posing for our photographs.

All the other providers who willingly gave their time and information to help this project to develop a clear picture of the range of services for families in the Tauranga District.

In the course of compiling this report, several new projects have begun which aim to improve services in most of the priority areas described here. FACS and the FACT project team will continue to work with the organisations and individuals leading these changes, offering support and encouraging a broad and inclusive approach.

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