Source: Newstalk ZB, 22 June 2016
Christchurch's mayor hopes the City Council's collaboration with
central government over mental health is the start of more
partnerships between them.
Lianne Dalziel has spearheaded the creation of a new partnership
fund between the council and Ministry of Health, that could see as
much as $6 million injected into supporting community-led
resilience and well-being over the next three years.
Ms Dalziel thinks it's a new way of operating between central
and local government.
"That's the thing that people most remember about the
post-earthquake period. All the silos came down, people all worked
together, everyone just got on and did what needed to be done."
She disputes people saying that mental health funding should be
solely left up to central government.
"Actually it's the community's responsibility, and whether the
resources for that come from our rating base or our taxpaying base,
in Christchurch people are ratepayers and taxpayers."
The Ministry has agreed to match the council's contributions of
up to $1 million a year for the next three years.
The Canterbury District Health Board is applauding the new
CDHB public health specialist Lucy D'eath thinks it's a great
investment by both parties.
"Although $6 million sounds like a lot, the amount of things
that could be prevented by investing at that end is huge, because
we know that people who feel engaged with their communities get
She said it shows a commitment by both central and local
government towards the community's well being, and while regional
leadership is the way forward, government support is still