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Annual Report

Presidents 2021- 2022 Annual Report

To begin I would like us to take a minute of silence to remember the Stroke people who have passed
away over the year.

This year I am keeping my report brief and covering the areas that have impacted us over the
year. Copies of my report have been sent out prior to today’s meeting so I will highlight some key
points and take questions regarding the report from the floor prior to moving on to other business
Reducing Risks Improving Outcomes - empower stroke survivors their families/whanau and carers
with opportunities and resources to improve, regain, and build their personal success.”
This mission has continued to guide us as a committee and reminds us always what we are here for.

Changes have occurred with the retirement of Judy Livingston and the resignation of Maureen Hyland.
Judy's contributions to policy development and funding sources have been a lasting legacy.
Maureen’s practical help with survivors and programmes has been missed greatly.
We are fortunate that Caroline was willing to increase her hours and volunteers have often stepped
up and we have managed to continue our services without too much disruption. Tracy Bacon has
taken over the administration role and has further developed our systems and support for the
service and programmes.

We have had a good team with two new members voted in at last year’s AGM, David Feist and
Christine Taare both of whom make very valuable contributions. Tracy Bacon resigned as a
committee member when she took on the role of administrator so now takes the minutes.

Some new recruits have joined us and added value to the programmes. A physio who was here for
some months from Canada have been a great bonus, she has also passed on some skills for others to
continue to help rehabilitate some of our clients.

We lost our tenant who was paying commercial rent which has had quite an impact on our rent.
The two organisations also using the building pay a minimal rental. Despite trying to rent space we
have not had any success. Ideally, we would like an organisation with an understanding of our
kaupapa and we will continue to look for the right person/group.
Staff are happy working from the house on Palmerton Road and feel their visibility has brought in
people who may not otherwise have made contact.
There are some issues but we manage to get around these and manage with what we have.
There was a break-in over the summer holidays and some loss of equipment. This brought our
security service into question and since this, we have upgraded our security.

These continue to be well supported as has attendance at the YMCA. We have had some disruption
with covid but people are settling into how they can manage life and protect themselves as much as

Stroke Survivors
What an inspirational group, the humour, determination and visible progress being made are so very
rewarding to see. These people are the reason staff, committee, and volunteers are all involved and we
get so much from being part of these people’s lives.
Unfortunately, we continue to find people who have not been referred to our services and it raises
issues regarding discharge planning.

Working with Others
We have had a contract through the NZ Stroke Foundation to deliver the F.A.S.T programme to the
East Coast but have not been able to achieve this to date. There are many reasons for this not least
of which is Covid and the Hauora’s role in delivering services to address the pandemic. We continue
to keep in contact with the Hauora and Stroke Foundation.

Health Reforms
It has become very clear that we will be impacted by these reforms, Tairawhiti Health Services will
effectively be managed from Waikato, and contracts to providers will change as will expectations. To
this end, we have been talking with people from the Ministry of Health (before it was replaced by
Health NZ Stroke Central and the NZSF.
The Committee have been exploring the possibilities of working more closely with NZSF. Some of
the reasons for this are the health reforms, having a stronger voice nationally, being able to share
resources, increase support and strengthen financial and professional safety.

Memorandum of Agreement
Early this year we had a long look at our risks and the future we would like to see and have
begun a closer relationship with the NZSF. We have had meetings face-to-face and electronically, and
have worked together on a Memorandum of Agreement which begins
The Parties have reached the following agreement and understanding. They agree:
That they want to collaborate towards an amalgamation. The reason for this is we are at a time
when the health system is undergoing a major transformation and we need to be strengthened by
becoming one national organisation that has a stroke as its focus.

Change is happening and we need to be ready to move to be part of these changes. Over the past 6
months we have been working with the NZSF and during this period have built up trust and
understanding and believe by working towards an amalgamation we will strengthen the future
services in NZ and Tairawhiti.

In April this year, Caroline and myself were invited to join a 3-day training programme in Tauranga
with the Midlands NZSF staff. Jo Lambert CEO. was at this hui and gave us time to talk with her
regarding possibilities for the future. We had very useful discussions and invited Jo to come and
meet with our committee which she did on 30 May this year.
Caroline and I briefed the committee and shared with them our feelings about where Stroke
Tairawhiti would be best placed in the future. The committee had the opportunity to listen to Jo,
ask her questions and hear also from Kay Cockburn, Graham and Dobson about our financial risks as
we went into the future.
After our deliberations and thinking through the pros and cons it was agreed that we sign a
memorandum of agreement to work collaboratively towards an amalgamation. It is realised that
should we not reach an agreement or the committee’s recommendations are not ratified by members
the MoA would not stand. If it is agreed to the goal is to have completed our requirements to
amalgamate in December with the understanding this date can be extended if required.
To prevent stroke, improve outcomes, and save lives is our common mission, therefore it seems
right that we work together.
You may also be aware that there is another independent Stroke Group covering the lower North
Island and they are also considering becoming part of SFNZ
We are fortunate to have Jo Lambert CEO and Nicky Mayne Regional Manager from the NZ Stroke
Foundation with us here today to talk about the Foundation, its vision and what is happening in
their service. Jo and Nicky will be able to answer questions after their presentation.

Thank you
Thank you for being here today and participating in our AGM. A big thanks to all who are involved in
stroke Tairawhiti you are stars. Thank you also to those who have gone before and built up this
organisation, without that passion and determination we would not be where we are today. I can’t
close without acknowledging the staff, especially Caroline and all she does for the organisation, the
people and their whanau. Caroline has worked for SF for many years and is always looking at how
we can improve and develop what we do, I acknowledge that she has seen the need to move
forward and is able to make decisions based on what is best for Stroke Tairawhiti.
Following the Foundations presentation, we will move recommendations

Jan Ewart.

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