A newly-established south Auckland organisation will focus on 1480 at-risk children to give them a better chance in life.
The South Auckland Social Investment board is a multi-agency organisation with an independent chairwoman - Sandra Alofivae, a lawyer and community leader.
State Services Minister Paula Bennett says it will initially focus on 1480 at-risk kids five years old and younger and their families in Mangere.
She says it will put the children and their families "at the heart of service provision" and aim to:
"We will be utilising the expert knowledge and judgement of local decision-makers, in conjunction with national level data and analysis in order to gain a much improved understanding of what the local needs are," Ms Bennett said.
Similar boards have been launched in Gisborne and Northland.