Is Youthline really at risk of closing, or is this just the annual fake scare to get donations going?

This seems to come around every year.

A health service for at-risk youth in central Auckland may be forced to shut its doors in the next couple of weeks if it can’t secure more funding.

The Youthline health service has helped hundreds of young people who say they would otherwise have slipped through the cracks.

A teenager who spoke to Newshub didn’t want to be identified, but she wanted to talk about Youthline. She says she doesn’t want to think where she would be without it.

“I would probably be homeless if it wasn’t for this service — a very desperate person probably,” she says.

She went to the primary healthcare clinic when she had nowhere else to go, and it got her health and life on track, like so many other young people.

But unless it can get $50,000, it will close in two weeks, leaving many youth stranded.   

“Homeless young, young people from the GLBTI community, young people who don’t access healthcare so easily,” says clinic worker Shae Ronald.

The clinic was initially opened because there was no other service like it for youth in central Auckland. The money originally came from an overseas investor but now in order to keep it open they’re having to look elsewhere for more funding.

Hmmm…let’s see what Google says…30 seconds later we find:


Perhaps Youthline would be better placed if it could find some managers who can manage funding better.

 – Newshub

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.