South Auckland Social Investment Board

Last updated: 31 May 2017

The Minister of State Services, as lead Minister, has established a Social Investment Board (SIB) in South Auckland.

SIB Logo

The SIB will use a social investment approach to put at-risk children and their families at the heart of service provision, and will target three key result areas:

  • reducing the number of children experiencing substantiated physical abuse,
  • increasing the number of children participating in ECE before they start school and
  • reducing the number of preventable child hospitalisations for illnesses.

The South Auckland SIB will initially focus on 1,480 at-risk 0 to 5 year-old children and their families in Mangere, to get better outcomes for them.

The member agencies of the SIB are Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Health, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Ministry of Education, New Zealand Police, Te Puni Kōkiri, Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Department of Corrections, Ministry of Justice, Housing New Zealand Corporation and The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Tamariki Oranga.

The Board will be headed by independent chairwoman, Sandra Alofivae, a South Auckland lawyer and community leader.

Contact the SIB

The Programme Office for the SIB is hosted, on behalf of member agencies, by Counties Manukau District Health Board. For more information about the SIB you can contact

Minister of State Services Media Statement about the Social Investment Board


Sandra Alofivae, MNZM

Ali'imuamua Sandra Alofivae graduated with a law degree from Auckland University in 1989. Ms Alofivae has practiced as a lawyer in the Auckland region with a particular emphasis on South Auckland for the last 20 years representing children, young persons and their families.

Ms Alofivae grew up in Mangere and has strong ties to the local community through the Presbyterian Church and her work in the voluntary sector.  Ms Alofivae was appointed to the Counties Manukau District Health Board in December 2010 following a six year term as a Commissioner with the Families Commission based in Wellington. She was also appointed to the Board of Housing New Zealand in July 2015.  Ms Alofivae was recently appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the Pacific community and to youth.  In 1995 she was also bestowed an honorific title by her family in the village of Sa'anapu, Samoa.

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