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									Contents
Canterbury.......................................................................................................... 2
Proud and loyal .................................................................................................. 4
After school action .............................................................................................. 6
Waikato .............................................................................................................. 7
Waikato taniwharau, he piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha! ........................... 9
Community can-do ........................................................................................... 11
Central .............................................................................................................. 12
What’s not to like? ............................................................................................ 14
Good start central ............................................................................................. 16
regional roundup .............................................................................................. 17




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Spotlight on Canterbury


                                     Canterbury
                                     Key facts

                                        Over 460,000 people live in the
                                         Canterbury region

                                        Key industries include manufacturing, agriculture, retail
                                         trade, finance, business services and construction

                                        The regional boundary spans 800km due
                                         east of Christchurch to the Chatham Islands – home to 609
                                         people.


                                     A recipe for community

                                        Christchurch chef Richard Till, most well-known for his
                                        acclaimed TV show Kiwi Kitchen, has a big appetite.
                                        “I am voracious. Will eat pretty much anything. I love
                                        being cooked for, especially in a domestic setting.
I love food with a bit of history to it, personal links, family history, cultural significance.”

Till is also a technical director/theatre designer at the University of Canterbury
and Sunday-Star Times ‘Man About the Land’ food columnist. “I have great hunger for the
opportunity to make something. I enjoy the cooking at least as much as, if not more than,
the eating.”

A member of the Generosity Project’s advisory group, Till enthuses about the community
role food and hospitality has. “It’s huge. We see so many food events in community
organisations and community food events.”

Till is often involved in raising funds for various community projects, particularly through
cooking demonstrations. “I usually try to turn the event away from a fatuous demonstration
towards being a community event.”

He is known for the community dinners he organises, inspired by the fulsome dinner
for Queen Victoria’s son Alfred in Christchurch in 1864. All the labour, ingredients and
equipment were donated by members of the community and guests gave a gold coin. 2000
people of the then total population of 9000 were served a meal. “I loved the idea of the
power of harnessing the collective abilities of the community. Many small acts co-ordinated.”

Till aims to beat the 1864 dinner in terms of the proportion of the Christchurch community
involved: that means a dinner for 70,000. “I’ve plenty of years left in me yet and am building
a few people around me with the knowledge base to assist in the logistical planning. Every
one I do is another step towards it, offering lessons about how people work together.”




New Zealanders, Till says, are a generous people. “We still stop our cars and help at

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accident scenes. We take food to families that have suffered a bereavement, or welcomed
anew baby into their midst. I believe strongly that we are innately generous. That reciprocity
is the driving force of society.”

Till’s faith in the community is strong. “I aspire to be resilient for the days that things turn
against me. They have and will again. Hope is trust. Trust in providence and the goodness
of people.”

Philanthropy New Zealand, Volunteering New Zealand and the Office for the Community
and Voluntary Sector are spearheading the Generosity Project: exploring ways to encourage
individuals and businesses to give to their communities. For more information
visit www.ocvs.govt.nz




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                                Proud and loyal
                                An interview with Canterbury Regional Commissioner
                                Michelle Mitchell.


                                What are the best things about the Canterbury region?
                                Canterbury has a diverse geography,
                                from the irregular coastline of the Banks Peninsula through
                                to the Canterbury plains and the Southern Alps, which
                                is why you can view from the sea,
                                across the city to the Alps. It also has Christchurch, known
                                as the Garden City, which is an accurate description of its
                                beauty. We have a prosperous region, where the people are
                                proud and loyal to the region and the networks and sense of
                                community strong.


                                What gives the region a sense of community?
Canterbury people give back to their community and the services that are available within
the region. There is also a strong willingness of agencies to work together to make a
difference, coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude.


What are the issues in the region?
We have a high number of teenage parents that need our support to access education and
raise their children. We are also working with government and local service providers to
develop more housing solutions for young people. Our economy, which is largely made up
of manufacturing, agriculture and business services, remains under pressure due to the high
value of the New Zealand dollar. Therefore we are working with a number of stakeholders
on a Canterbury Regional Labour Market Strategy.


What motivates you as a leader?
Seeing our great staff step up and achieve success greater than they thought attainable,
along with the continued success and personal development that this generates. Knowing
that our work is well-connected to the community and that they are involved in what we do.


What do you do in your spare time?
Spend valuable time with my family and enjoy the company of good friends.
I also like to pursue my creative talents and indulge in those a little.


What do the next 12 months hold?
Ideally a continuation of the work that we are doing with others to assist our clients achieve
better outcomes for themselves and their families.

Definitely the continued evolution of our Community Link generates great enthusiasm to get
it right across all sectors. The opportunities that the new Early Years Service Hub, opening
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shortly in Shirley, will provide us and our clients. We aim to review our services provided to
older people to provide improved access, with relevant information on social services
available in their community and allow them to stay in their own homes and participate
in their community. The list goes on.




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                                                 After school
                                                 action
                                                 Sport Canterbury and Enterprising
                                                 Communities are taking action to strengthen
                                                 the community by tackling the problem of
                                                 inactive and overweight children, while
                                                 providing after-school care to enable parents
                                                 to return to work.

                                                 It has long been established that a lack of
                                                 suitable after-school care is one of the
                                                 greatest factors preventing parents from
                                                 being able to return to work, particularly
                                                 sole parents.

                                               Sport Canterbury is a well-known charitable
                                               trust with a focus on the promotion of sport
                                               and physical activity in the Canterbury/West
                                               Coast area. It was thought that in
                                               establishing After-school OSCAR (Out of
School Care and Recreation) programmes in high-need areas, not only could Sport
Canterbury achieve its goals of promoting physical activity, but it would also enable parents
to work who currently cannot.

“It is a natural extension of our holiday programmes and getting ‘more people more active
more often’, which is our overriding aim,” says Nigel Georgieff, business manager for Sport
Canterbury. “We currently have four staff who work in the area of promoting physical activity
within schools via our Active schools programme and they will assist in putting together
schools, programmes and equipment to assist this initiative.”

Enterprising Communities is now funding Sport Canterbury to establish eight new OSCAR
programmes in high-need areas by the end of 2009. Each one of these programmes will be
sustainable in their own right and will generate enough income for Sport Canterbury to be
able to establish further programmes, without the need for additional funding from
Enterprising Communities.

Miles Dalton, funding advisor for Enterprising Communities, says: “It’s great when two totally
different community needs can be combined to create a fantastic answer to both. Sport
Canterbury is a strong, well-run community organisation and I have no doubt that they will
succeed with this project.”

These programmes will mean that more than 160 children will be able to be involved in
healthy, physical after-school activity and at least 80 more parents will be able to work. Sport
Canterbury will also be directly employing 20 people to run the programmes, many of whom
will be parents at the participating schools.



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Waikato
                                                        Key facts

                                                           289,320 people live here

                                                           Over 70 ethnic communities live in
                                                            Hamilton City

                                                           Key industries include retail, dairy
                                                            farming and business services

                                                           National Field-days the largest
                                                            agricultural event in the southern
                                                            hemisphere, is held annually at
                                                            Mystery Creek

                                                           Hamilton is home to the New Zealand
                                                            round of the prestigious
                                                            V8 Supercar Championship.

Education key to community

Troy Mahara’s message is that it is never too late to change your life and to start making
something of yourself. “My role model will always be my mother. She is the one who
motivated me to go back to school and make a success of my life.”

When he was 12 years old, Troy and his family moved from Wellington to Ngaruawahia to
return to whanau. Things did not go that well and at 15 Troy was expelled from school.

Work and Income referred him to Limited Services Volunteers, a voluntary motivational
training scheme for 18 to 25 year old job seekers provided by the New Zealand Defence
Force and located at Burnham Military Camp in Canterbury. Troy attended the six-week
programme, which he says changed his life. He felt a strong sense of belonging.

Troy began working with Tarena Ranui, a Youth Transition Services (YTS) team leader in
Ngaruawahia. The aim of the YTS, launched in June 2007, is to ensure that all 15–19 year
olds are engaged in education, training or employment. In Waikato, the service is a
collaboration between the Waikato District Council and the Ministry of Social Development
through the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, and services the communities of Ngaruawahia,
Huntly, Raglan, Meremere and Te Kauwhata.

The service provides career planning and workshops and Tarena believes the great thing
about her role is recognising the potential of young people, helping them plan and then
realise their dreams. “It is about seeing people who are struggling in transition getting back
on track and succeeding in life.” Tarena believes that education is essential.

Tarena worked with Troy to help him refocus his career aspirations and go back to school,
advocating on his behalf to ensure that his high school would accept him back. Having been
out of school for four years, Troy has now
been back since May 2008. Troy is part of the Adult Education programme and is performing

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well in the school environment. He says “being back at school feels like a victory”.

Troy is a role model to his friends who say “Good on you Troy for going back to school”, and
plans to finish school at the end of the year, going on to university. Troy would like to be a
social worker, helping people to break the cycle of unemployment and benefit dependency.
“There is a future for me!”




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Waikato taniwharau, he piko he
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taniwha, he piko he taniwha!
                                                            An interview with Waikato Regional Commissioner Te
                                                            Rehia Papesch.


                                                            What are the best things about the
                                                            Waikato region?
                                                            Lots! Our locality, beaches, sporting and leisure
                                                            activities. Our impressive quality of life and our
                                                            innovative thinking as a region. We have some
                                                            dynamic emerging leaders here, particularly within
                                                            Maoridom, and the region benefits from its strong
                                                            Kingitanga influence; the Maori King Movement
                                                            celebrates 150 years this year.
                                                            Te Reo Maori has seen a big resurgence within
                                                            Waikato for some time, that’s really pleasing.


                                                            What gives the region a sense of community?
                                                            As a region the Waikato is quite big, but at the same
                                                            time is small enough to know people and feel
                                                            connected. We have a lot of community spirit here.


What are the issues in the region?
Providing for youth would have to be one of the top issues. Waikato has a higher than
national average number of young people, and they are still leaving school early. We have
skills shortages, particularly in the trades. But Waikato University and Wintec are regional
strengths and supporting tertiary education is important for many reasons, including get
our young people job ready. We’ve got a holistic approach to these issues and are on the
right track.


What motivates you as a leader?
Client service, to get it right for the people we serve. Teamwork and collaboration, working
together for good social outcomes. There are always success stories which motivate me.
For these to happen, we need to keep developing staff to reach their potential.




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    Translates as: The Waikato River of a hundred chiefs! At every bend, a Rangatira. At every bend, a Rangatira!


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What do you do in your spare time?
I’m an avid reader, particularly ‘forensic anthropology’.I love rugby. Waikato is a rugby
region, and there are lots of great games to watch.


What do the next 12 months hold?
Getting it right for the Health and Disability Sector. We work closely with supported
employment agencies to make it happen. We are maintaining the best service we can
for the people we serve and this is always a challenge, especially for our service centres.
We need to keep a strong focus on our core service always, which is ensuring our clients
have the right income support and are placed into work.




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Community can-do
                                                  “This is your time, it’s your opportunity.
                                                  In New Zealand you can be anyone you
                                                  want to be,” is Aqiil Farah’s message to
                                                  New Zealand’s young people.

                                                  Aqiil and his brothers moved from Somalia
                                                  to New Zealand in July 2002 to live with their
                                                  father. Aqiil started studying at the Waikato
                                                  Institute of Technology (Wintec) and, while
                                                  studying, also worked part-time at Hamilton’s
                                                  community radio, which is where he met
                                                  Mohamed Abdi.

                                                  Mohamed runs Migrant Youth Training
                                                  Services, a service for migrant and refugee
                                                  youth. Mohamed helps young people in
                                                  Waikato integrate into the community by
                                                  helping them into employment, education
                                                  or training. His main focus is to assist Somali
                                                  migrants’ integration into New Zealand
                                                  communities by helping them become
                                                  educated, professional and independent.

After meeting with Mohamed, Aqiil told him that he wanted to join the army. He had seen
the advertisements on television and said to himself, “I can do this”. When receiving the
acceptance letter in the mail Aqiil said that it felt so good, he “just couldn’t believe it”. With
help and support from Mohamed, Aqiil is now the first Somali graduate in the New Zealand
Army. Aqiil graduated as a Trooper, and is a qualified tank driver. “I’m so excited with what
I have achieved.”

Mohamed says different cultures living in unfamiliar territory can become disengaged from
schooling and not fulfil their potential. His role is providing knowledge and support on what
is out there for them.

Individuals are with Mohamed for a maximum of three months and those who are
successfully placed in employment, education or work-related training will receive further
support for up to six months.

Mohamed helps many young people who are not engaged in society and are unsure what
they would like to do. He works alongside work brokers at Work and Income’s Hamilton
East branch (as this is the area where most of his clients come from), the Waikato Migrant
Resource Centre and the Ministry of Education. Mohamed’s message to New Zealand is,
“Support the people and support the communities. Welcome people and teach and train
these people to be part of our society.”




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Spotlight on Central


Central
                                        Key facts

                                           236,100 people live in our region

                                           Agriculture, horticulture viticulture and tertiary
                                            education drive our economy

                                           The region stretches from Manawatu in the north to
                                            Horowhenua and Kapiti in the south, and from
                                            Wairarapa in the east to Tararua

                                           Palmerston North is the largest city in
                                            our region.

                                        Here to help

                                        “It is always a difficult time when an employer closes
                                        its doors, especially for the staff and their families.
                                        Imagine the impact on a region when it happens
                                        to two large employers within a short space of time,”
                                        says Penny Rounthwaite, Regional Commissioner for
                                        Central Region.

                         In March 2008, carpet manufacturer Godfrey Hirst announced it
                         would be closing its Foxton and Feilding plants, with a total of 165
                         workers affected. Then, only two months later, PPCS announced the
                         closure of its meat processing plant near Dannevirke, with 466
                         workers affected.

                         Work and Income worked closely with these employers and the
                         workers’ unions to provide a comprehensive programme of support
                         for affected workers. Work and Income met with the employers and
                         the unions as soon as the announcements were made to look at
                         ways that the organisation could assist the workers, families and
                         communities.

“Through our redundancy support package we aimed to provide assistance with finding new
employment and ensure that redundant workers and their families obtained financial
assistance as soon as they were entitled to it,” Penny Rounthwaite says.

Common themes from both closures were that the affected workers were seen as real
assets and had good transferable skills, generating significant interest from other employers.
Work and Income made the most of this interest by bringing employment opportunities to
the workers through employer forums.

Central points of contact were important to having all the right information in the right place.
Workers were able to obtain employment advice, help with CVs and income assistance all in
the one place.

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“It’s really important to get clear information to people quickly. In times of change, they need
sound information so that they can make decisions about their future,” Penny Rounthwaite
says. “Partnering with the employer, the union and other agencies such as Inland Revenue
enables us all to focus on the affected workers and get them fast effective support through
these transition times.”




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What’s not to like?
                                  An interview with Central Regional Commissioner Penny
                                  Rounthwaite.


                                  What are the best things about the
                                  Central region?
                                  This region has a great mix of rural, provincial, small
                                  settlements and humming towns. Palmerston North is a
                                  great city and Wellington is also a key influence, particularly
                                  in the Kapiti and Wairarapa areas. People are real and there
                                  is great community spirit. This region is a great place to get
                                  an education, bring up a family
                                  and retire. It’s got an easy pace and great lifestyles. We’ve
                                  got wonderful landscapes, with mountains, coastline and
                                  rivers. And our local produce includes fruit and veges, dairy
                                  and meat and wine! What’s not to like?


                                  What gives the region a sense of community?
                                    There’s great community spirit throughout this region. There
are ‘locals’ here who have been living and working in their communities for a really long time.
It makes it a lot easier to build relationships and understand what the issues are because of
that continuity, history and knowledge. Community groups and providers play a crucial role in
the social services area and working in partnership means we’ll be able to provide better
support for the people who serve. Communities here are not complacent. They take
responsibility for their issues and work to improve things. There’s some good-natured banter
and competition between local areas, which adds some spice.


What motivates you as a leader?
I love seeing people develop, especially our staff and our clients. I genuinely believe that we
can make a positive difference in people’s lives and I’m incredibly proud of the staff who do
that. I get a real buzz out of hearing from people who have been able to deal with difficult
times or issues in their lives and with our support are now in a better place. I want our staff
to understand the big picture, what we are aiming for and how they can make a positive
difference for our clients and communities. I also believe I have a personal responsibility
to champion the region’s issues and look for ways to make a difference to the people who
live here.


What do you like doing in your spare time?
To quote our famous Tui Brewery: “Yeah, right!” Spare time is not a concept we have in our
family. We’re busy with sport, work, family, friends and community commitments. Don’t get
me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s just that there are too many things I want to do to fit into
the time available and we like to live life to the full. For chill-out time I enjoy a good novel and
bush walks. We all love boogie boarding so in the summer we take off for a couple of weeks
camping at a beach. Ah, roll on summer!


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What do the next 12 months hold?
We’ve got plenty of challenges ahead: keeping kids safe, helping tertiary students make
good decisions, finding people work, helping young people transition effectively and
supporting our older people. It’s a big mission but we’ve got a great team of staff and
partners who are up for the challenge.




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                                         Good start central
                                         The establishment of an Early Years Services Hub in
                                         Tararua is aimed at improving outcomes for children,
                                         from pre-birth to age six.

                                         The Early Years Services Hub in Pahiatua works with
                                         early years services to provide families with young
                                         children access to a range of co-ordinated and
                                         integrated services focused on children, from pre-
                                         birth to school-entry age. Services include antenatal
                                         care, Well Child Tamariki Ora, early childhood
                                         education, parenting information, education and
                                         support. Also available are supported referrals to
                                         off-site services, outreach services (such as home
                                         visits), to engage and retain families. The Early
                                         Years Services Hub worker attached to the hub will
                                         help reach families and keep them connected to
                                         core services.

Families who come to the Hub learn about the agencies they can contact for help, without
needing to be referred to different agencies. The services benefit children by contributing to
their health, safety, education, mental, emotional and physical development and general
wellbeing.

Already parents and the community are reaping the benefits from having an Early Years
Services Hub in their backyard. A woman who was eight months pregnant recently came
to the Heartland Service Centre in Pahiatua, having recently separated from her husband.
She did not know what to do or where to go for any type of assistance. Staff at the
Heartlands Centre referred her immediately to the new Early Years Services Hub. Staff
were able to wrap around services for her, securing a midwife for her and taking care of
other immediate needs.

“Helping this one parent helps her family and benefits our community. That is what we are all
about,” says Cyrus Nielsen, Regional Manager, Family and Community Services. “I know we
will hear of many more stories like this one.“

The Early Years is a package of support and services aimed at giving children under six
the best possible start in life. It builds on existing core services, and increases the support
available to families with young children by improving access and service co-ordination.

More information about the Early Years Services Hubs can be found on
http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/our-work/strong-families/early-years/index.html




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                                   Southern
                                   Timaru Women’s Refuge became the fourth collective
                                   in the Southern Region to sign a service protocol with
                                   Work and Income. The protocol recognises the working
                                   relationship between both organisations. During the past
                                   year, protocols were also signed with Women’s Refuges
                                   in Dunedin, Gore and Invercargill, and Wakatipu Abuse
                                   Prevention Network in Queenstown.

                                       Family and Community Services started Local Services
                                       Mapping in the Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate areas in
                                       July. The project was undertaken following a request by
the South Canterbury Community Trust and mayors from each area. This will be first time
that three territorial local authorities have been completed at once and will be the fourth to be
completed in the Southern Region.




                                   Canterbury
                                   The young people in Child Youth and Family’s Puketai
                                   Care And Protection Residence decided to make a
                                   difference in their community by going out and picking up
                                   after other people. They joined the Keep Dunedin Beautiful
                                   campaign and did a massive clean up along Allan’s Beach
                                   in June.

                                    The Ministry’s Southern Collection Unit’s Employer Project,
                                    which includes an information package for employers to
                                    issue to new staff at induction, has been running for more
than four years. So far, 320 companies in the South Island have been visited and liaisons
established, with regular visits continuing.




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                                 Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast
                                 Work and Income, in collaboration with local District Health
                                 Boards, has received a finalist nomination in the IPANZ
                                 (Institute of Public Administration New Zealand) awards
                                 for the Great Little Cookbook. With a fifth reprint, we’ve
                                 now distributed almost 40,000 copies to social support,
                                 budgeting, recreation and health organisations nationwide.
                                 With its increased popularity, we are currently co-
                                 ordinating another rerun of this publication for external
                                 agencies who have found this valuable in their work.

                                  Family and Community Services has recently completed a
Local Services Mapping profile for the Grey District, which adds to those already completed
for the Marlborough and Tasman Districts. These profiles identify key issues and we intend
to actively support the community responses to these.




                                 Wellington
                                 Work and Income, Child, Youth and Family, Family and
                                 Community Services are developing a collaborative
                                 Ministry of Social Development Greater Wellington
                                 Regional Purchase Plan. This plan is to guide the funding
                                 of services to children, young people and their families,
                                 with the aim of providing a joined-up contracts approach,
                                 so costs are reduced and outcomes for families improved.

                                 Ministry of Youth Development held a forum for focusing
                                 on the organisations who provide youth services. The
YMCA, Salvation Army and other non-government organisations from all over New Zealand
attended. The focus was for the service providers to share best practice and develop
networks.


                                 Central
                                 The Horowhenua community has already seen a positive
                                 difference made through the work of the Horowhenua Life
                                 To Max. Launched in April 2008, Life To Max is achieving
                                 outstanding outcomes for young people. Horowhenua had
                                 worrying statistics involving youth being suspended from
                                 schools where drug and/or alcohol was involved. In the
                                 first two terms of this year there were no suspensions
                                 relating to drugs and alcohol from schools.

                                 StudyLink and Work and Income were jointly represented
                                 at the Trades Expo held recently in Palmerston North.
Nearly 1,000 people attended the expo promoting the futures available in a wide range of
trades. Staff answered many queries about the assistance available to take up any of the

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trades and apprenticeship options.




                                  East Coast
                                  Staff and managers of the Ministry of Social Development
                                  supported the Hawke’s Bay Spacifically Pasific Festival
                                  during August. After the official opening, our Pasifica
                                  Ministry staff were profiled to the Pacific Island community,
                                  outlining their work within the Ministry and with a particular
                                  focus on the Work and Income cadet scheme. StudyLink
                                  Outreach staff and our Working for Families childcare co-
                                  ordinators also attended.

                                 In September a successful health and disability expo was
held for the Wairoa community, organised by Wairoa Work and Income in partnership with
Epilepsy Hawke’s Bay and the Wairoa District Council. The expo connected Wairoa people
to products and services and established more effective networks.




                                  Auckland
                                  A Ministry of Social Development project – ‘Improving
                                  Outcomes for Young People in Counties Manukau’ – to
                                  reduce youth offending in South Auckland has received the
                                  top accolade at the inaugural IPANZ (Institute of Public
                                  Administration New Zealand) Gen-i Public Sector
                                  Excellence Awards.

                                  The Family and Community Services community profiles
                                  for Franklin, Rodney and Auckland City are now available
                                  at www.facs.govt.nz

Child, Youth and Family’s Call Centre has won the TUANZ Contact Centre of the Year 76+
seats Award.

Child, Youth and Family’s new Clendon site, the first of six planned for Auckland, was
officially opened in July.

The Ministry of Youth Development attended the Involve 08 conference, which saw the
launch of new youth workers’ code of ethics.




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                                   Bay of Plenty
                                   Family and Community Services is currently carrying out
                                   Local Service Mapping in Opotiki. An action plan has been
                                   drafted with the motto, ‘Opotiki – working together for the
                                   best place to raise our children’.

                                   Whakatane’s annual Children’s Wellbeing Challenge took
                                   place in August with the theme being ‘A Sustainable
                                   Future’. The challenge aimed to raise children’s awareness
                                   of how communities can help each other, what families can
                                   do to reduce waste and save money and how to make
                                   better health and lifestyle choices.

Ministry of Youth Development sponsored a youth breakfast in May for people working with,
or for, young people in order to share information about what’s happening in the sector.



                                   Taranaki, King Country and Wanganui

                                   In August, StudyLink, Child, Youth and Family and Work
                                   and Income reached a number of Taranaki employers,
                                   students and families at the careers expo in New
                                   Plymouth.

                                   All the concentrated effort and hard work continues to pay
                                   off with youth unemployment continuing to reach new
                                   records. Zero youth unemployment has been recorded in
                                   almost every Work and Income site over the past year,
                                   with Te Kuiti maintaining zero unemployed young people
                                   for over two years.

Te Kuiti also led with the Young Mum’s Project, which aims to connect young parents to
social services and help them give their children a good start in life. This will be the model
adapted for other sites across the region.




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                                  Northland
                                    He Puna Marama Trust opened its new Mokopuna o
                                    Moerewa Early Childcare Centre on Saturday, 24 May.
                                    He Puna Marama Trust is looking to expand its
                                    community-owned Mokopuna Education and Care Centres
                                    in Northland. Mokopuna o Moerewa is one of three new
                                    centres planned for 2008. The first bilingual early
                                    childhood centre in Northland, it provides for a growing
                                    population
                                    of working Maori and non-Maori who want their children
                                    to be exposed to, learn and speak the Maori Language.
An Enterprising Communities Grant supports a project
co-ordinator in establishing a number of early childcare centres, particularly where there are
no current services to cater for the workforce population.


                                  Waikato
                                  A series of community days are being held by Child,
                                  Youth and Family in Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Hamilton to
                                  give community organisations and the public the chance
                                  to find out more about its work and meet staff.

                                  In August, the Work and Income Labour Market
                                  Development team hosted the Waikato Social Enterprise
                                  Cluster Meeting to offer training, support and networking
                                  for existing and future social enterprises within the Waikato
                                  region.

Health and Disability Advisors from Work and Income are taking part in the Waikato Health
and Disability Expo, with the theme “More power to You”. The aim of the expo is to provide
opportunities to organisations that provide information, education, and assist in facilitating
wellness, funding and support.




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tips and links
Rise online
Download past issues of Rise and stories from the Ministry of Social Development website
below. Highlights include compelling interviews with Silvia Cartwright, Tana Umaga and
Peter Snell.

http://www.msd.govt.nz/publications/rise.html


Aroha Tetahi Ki Tetahi
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services has launched a ‘call for more action’ on
community social justice issues ‘Aroha Tëtahi Ki Tëtahi – Let Us Look After Each Other.
For more information go to:

http://www.justiceandcompassion.org.nz


Pathway to Partnership
Further information on Pathway to Partnership can be found on the link below.
A lot is happening.

http://www.msd.govt.nz/work-areas/families-whanau/pathway-to-partnership/index.html


Keep healthy
A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and to a healthy community. Go to
www.sparc.org.nz for a whole range of ideas and initiatives designed to show people how
they can improve their nutrition and physical activity.

Download fact sheets, information packs and more. Look better, feel better – this website will
get you moving.

http://www.sparc.org.nz


Settling In
Family and Community Services’ Settling In programme helps migrant New Zealanders
become part of the community. “Migrant New Zealanders make a great contribution
to volunteering and community in
New Zealand,” says Settling In’s Project Manager Ann Dysart. More information about the
programme can be found at:

http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/our-workcommunity-development/settling-in.html




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Maori Language
July’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) theme was ‘Körero Maori – Give It a
Go!’ Language is essential to community, so give it a go! This website gives you the
resources you need:

http://www.korero.maori.nz/resources




Feedback

Congratulations on your excellent publication Rise. I’ve just read the latest June Issue, focus
on ‘older people’, and I found it most inspiring.

Grace Bassett
ESOL Home Tutors: New Zealand’s largest settlement agency

I wish to compliment the staff of this magazine. I get so much pleasure from this book,
love the photos. As Grey Power Central Otago Association Secretary/Treasurer I would
like to see that our committee have a copy of this book so it may be shared around our
community. Can I have 10 copies of this book please?

J Jacqueline Goyen
Alexandra

Thank you for your magazine,
it is superb to read.

Joyce Ferguson
Community Relations Officer
Deaf Association of NZ

Today I read for the first time your beautiful magazine and found it very good, with lots of
useful information. I am a District Nurse and Needs Assessor for Disability Support Link
Hamilton.

Many thanks,
Diny Fokke




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