From the CE - Christmas greetings

13 December 2017

For Superu, the Chinese Year of the Rooster has been one of significant change. We transferred a number of programmes of work to other agencies, and downsized in anticipation of our founding legislation being repealed. But repeal will take some time to work through. We look forward to advocating for families and whānau in 2018, and to completing a legacy programme of work.

We were delighted when part of that legacy, a handbook on ‘Making sense of evaluation’ won the award for Best Plain English Document (Public Sector) on 23 November. A companion publication, ‘Making sense of evidence’, will be published early in the New Year.

The Year of the Dog, starting on 16 February, highlights the need to be communicative and responsible in work. We’ll aim to live up to those attributes with other publications in the pipeline, seminars in March and May and, of course, the final Evidence to Action Conference on 10 April.

Many families and whānau will be gathering together over the Christmas and New Year period, but others will be scattered or doing things differently. Today I spoke to someone who had their Christmas dinner on 6 December, to accommodate family members planning international travel. That will leave them with the twenty-fifth as a day to completely relax!

But perhaps the most important things about holidays are tending to relationships and networks, and looking out for each other. Best wishes everybody, for a safe and enjoyable time over the next few weeks. We look forward to catching up with you again in the New Year.


Dr Malcolm Menzies

Chief Executive


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And a quick word about our Christmas hours: we're taking a break from close-of-business on Friday 22 December and open again on Wednesday 3 January. 

Last update: 14 Dec 2017