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Posted 27 November 2005 - 07:08 PM

Nine kids die in CYF care this year
27 November 2005
By IRENE CHAPPLE

Nine children died over the past year while in the care of Child, Youth and Family - the highest number for at least five years.

The figure, which covers the financial 2004-2005 year, is a leap from three deaths the previous year and six the year before.

Child, Youth and Family Minister Ruth Dyson said it could be the highest figure since CYF, in its current form, was created six years ago.

She defended the CYF death prevention stategy as "good but clearly not 100%" and said the number was still small given the agency had around 3000 children in its care.

South Auckland teenager Otis Auelua, 13, who drowned almost a year ago after going missing from a CYF-approved course, was one of seven accidental deaths over the past three years.

Five more were suicide, four were from natural causes and two infants died from sudden infant death syndrome.

National welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins said the number of deaths was unacceptable. The suicides were a huge concern given the children in CYF care were under close scrutiny, she said

"With all the people involved you would think there would be someone who would notice there was something going on."

Collins said there seemed to be "something chronically wrong in the culture" of CYF, with the latest chief executive, Paula Tyler, leaving after just 18 months into her three-year contract.

The government spent $70,000 moving her and her husband, Peter Kruselnicki, from Canada.

Collins said there should be zero tolerance for child abuse and an earlier intervention, where children were cared for by agencies such as Plunket or Barnardos before being offloaded onto bureaucratic organisations such as CYF.

She said Dyson appeared to continually deny there was anything wrong with the organisation.

"Ruth just hopes everything is going to be fine."

Dyson declined to comment on Collins' comments but said while last year's figure was high she did not see a trend and saw no reason to change the CYF prevention strategy.

If there was a "dramatic and sustained" increase in deaths the agency's practices would have to change, she said.

Meanwhile, the brother of Otis Auelua, who died on a Northland CYF-approved camp on December 9 last year after he fell from a cliff, said he is still seeking closure from the death.

Manu Auelua, 17, last week told the Sunday Star-Times the pair were "like Bonnie and Clyde ... we used to do everything together".

Auelua was still angry at CYF and its approved caregivers.

Without his brother, who was one of seven children, life was "not as exciting", and he still thought about him "every second of every day".

Children's campaigner Ian Hassall said the ideal was to have no non-natural deaths but it was unrealistic. He said CYF had made a concerted effort to reduce deaths of children in its care.

Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro said the figures still appeared high despite CYF doing a study on suicide which had led to improvements.

She said other countries such as Sweden had proved it was possible to prevent accidental deaths and suicide.

"It is possible to save all of them," she said.

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  Posted 27 November 2005 - 07:29 PM

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Wonder how many died in ACC care or awaiting ACC care in the past year, and how many of these were suicides, and how many could have been saved had treatment been provided in a timely manner ...

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And, what was the cost (financially and more importantly personally) on those left behind?

CYF and ACC are a disgrace.
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:38 PM

What are the figures now?

It's great to see the then Minister Judith Collins disclose the figures how much it cost to "relocate/ transfer" someone to NZ to be employed in such a role.

A question that needs to be asked and should have been asked is "what exactly was the individual breakdown of the total sum of costs from $70,000 moving her and her husband, Peter Kruselnicki, from Canada?

Other than the obvious airfare & shipping of personal belongings to NZ it is of public interest what the other costs paid for were.

What hotel did this chief executive, Paula Tyler & her husband Peter Kruselnicki, live in when they came here from Canada?

Or did they have an allocated apartment/ house?

Who signed all these agreements off?


Collins said there seemed to be "something chronically wrong in the culture" of CYF, with the latest , with the latest chief executive, Paula Tyler, leaving after just 18 months into her three-year contract.

The government spent $70,000 moving her and her husband, Peter Kruselnicki, from Canada.
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 01:46 PM

Have found part of the answer to our question, however there really needs to be further questions answered, including about others involved.

Where are these people now?


International recruitment arrangements for Public Service chief executives and application to Paula Tyler, Chief Executive, Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
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Published: 18 November 2005
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International_recruitment_arrangements_for_PS_CEs.pdf 53 KB PDF

Last updated: 5 December 2005

Report from the State Services Commissioner to the Minister of State Services. 18 November 2005.See statement from Minister of State Services Annette King.

18 November 2005

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