Lifeline has lost contract

LETTER

I’m really disappointed that in the media scrum about Labour’s new leadership, we seem to have missed an article about the withdrawal of $800,000 from Lifeline. This group “has worked to prevent suicide in New Zealand for more than 50 years”.

I keep hearing reports about New Zealand having one of the worst suicide rates in the OECD, yet the contract for suicide prevention has been given to another provider. Lifeline is renowned throughout the world for its training programme which enables professionals to recognise suicide indicators, but an unproven provider has taken preference.

Our government could pay for the Lifeline programme 66.25 times out of the $53 million they will spend for a stall at the Dubai world expo. This is a clear indicator that troubled Kiwis are not a priority for this government. That is very sad.

Mary-Ann de Kort

I’m really disappointed that in the media scrum about Labour’s new leadership, we seem to have missed an article about the withdrawal of $800,000 from Lifeline. This group “has worked to prevent suicide in New Zealand for more than 50 years”.

I keep hearing reports about New Zealand having one of the worst suicide rates in the OECD, yet the contract for suicide prevention has been given to another provider. Lifeline is renowned throughout the world for its training programme which enables professionals to recognise suicide indicators, but an unproven provider has taken preference.

Our government could pay for the Lifeline programme 66.25 times out of the $53 million they will spend for a stall at the Dubai world expo. This is a clear indicator that troubled Kiwis are not a priority for this government. That is very sad.

Mary-Ann de Kort

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G R Webb - 4 months ago
Lifeline lost its contract worth $285,000 per annum after a contestable tendering process. The new provider, LeVa, is to receive $565,000 annually. We will not be without.

Mary-Ann de Kort - 4 months ago
I just checked out Le Va's website and it seems that Mary English, Bill English's wife, is on the board. I wonder if this could have influenced the decision to give the contract, with increased funding, to a different organisation.
Lifeline has struggled along on a shoestring budget for many, many years and has done a really good job. The service they provided to suicide prevention training has been recognised with plaudits around the world, so by all accounts they did their job exceedingly well.
It then begs the question of "why would the contract be taken off them with a budget which has doubled?"
It sounds very suspicious to me.

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