Proposals for at-risk children to be discussed

Government proposals to help vulnerable children will be discussed at a public meeting in Blenheim next week, Kaikoura MP Colin King says.

Guest speaker will be Cam Calder, an MP and a champion of the Children's Action Plan, Mr King said. The meeting will be held at 10am at the Wesley Centre in Henry St.

The Government's White Paper for Vulnerable Children was launched last month after more than 18 months of public consultation, debate, research and policy formation that started with the release of a Green Paper in July 2011.

There were three meetings in Marlborough on the Green Paper, and one in Kaikoura.

There were close to 10,000 public submissions to the Green Paper and those fed into the Government's response, which was the White Paper, Mr King said.

"The meeting is an opportunity for people to talk about the White Paper and the significant work we can do together as a community to better protect our children."

Social Development and Youth Affairs Minister Paula Bennett said when the White Paper was launched that the Government would target support and services to New Zealand's most vulnerable children through more than 30 new projects introduced in the White Paper.

Mr King said he was looking forward to the prospect of another round of meetings to further discuss some of the points in the White Paper and the necessary outcomes.

Copies of the White Paper are available at childrensactionplan or contact Mr King's electorate office for a hard copy.

To attend the meeting an RSVP is required to 0800 265 466 or

The Marlborough Express