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Category Archives: Pasifika People

Mike King Korero Heads to Taranaki Region in September

Mike King and Tai Tupou are hitting the road again in September to encourage schools and communities to make it cool to korero about the tough stuff, so we all make it through.

  • 10 September, 1 pm, Cool to Korero, Francis Douglas College, New Plymouth
  • 10 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, War Memorial Hall, Stratford
  • 11 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, Waves Building, New Plymouth
  • 11 September, 12:30 am, Cool to Korero for Hawera High and Patea Area School, The Hub, Hawera
  • 12 September, 11:30 am, Combined Community Cool to Korero, Opunake College, Opunake

While the team at Key to Life are getting ready to hit the road, the team at Engage Aotearoa will be adding recovery resources from each of these towns to The Community Resources Directory, so they can be delivered to those who need them when the team hits the ground in each of their locations across Taranaki. If you know of any services in the Taranaki region you think others would find useful, email them in to info@engagenz.co.nz.

Applications Open for 2013 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards

Applications for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards opened on the 1st of August, giving young Pacific people the opportunity to have their talent and leadership potential recognised.

The programme, now in its fourth year, highlights the achievements and potential of future Pacific leaders.

The five award categories include:

  • The University of Auckland Leadership Award worth up to $6,000 per annum in tuition fees at the University of Auckland.
  • The Weta Workshop Creativity Award for a paid internship of up to one year at Weta Workshop in Wellington.
  • The Air New Zealand Innovation Award offers a place on Air New Zealand’s Aviation Institute’s for a first year pre-employment aircraft maintenance training programme to the value up to $7,400.
  • The Cogita Software Inspiration Award offers placement for an inspiring educational overseas trip worth up to $5,000.
  • The Vodafone NZ Foundation’s Mobiles4Good Award of $5,000 for using mobile technology for a community initiative.

Applications close on September 1, 2013 and are available at www.pacificyouthawards.org.nz

Impact of Welfare Reforms on People with Mental-Health Problems and Disabilities

Carmel Sepuloni, CEO of Vaka Tautua writes about the welfare reforms that came into effect on the 15th of July…

Welfare reforms and the impact on those living with mental health issues and/or disability

The truth is that some view the recently announced welfare reforms as the ‘kick in the butt’ that the unemployed need to get them actively looking for work. If only it were that simple. If only jobs were plentiful and barriers to employment didn’t exist.

I decided to look specifically at the changes in relation to those living with disability and / or with mental health issues – at the end of the day we at Vaka Tautua need to know how our Pacific clients are impacted by these changes.

When looking over the submissions to this bill there was no mistaking that there is strong support and appreciation for appropriate employment. No one denied the positive impact that appropriate employment can have on people’s physical, mental, emotional, social and financial wellbeing. There was general acceptance of the changes to the benefit titles – in fact some felt that this was a positive move, citing a negative stigma attached to previous titles. However there were some very real and serious concerns raised about the legislation.

Keep Reading on the Vaka Tautua website…

Niu Nesia Speaks: Spoken Word Workshops to Explore Identity with Young People

  • Are you of mixed Pacific heritage, born in Aotearoa & aged 16-24 years old?
  • Interested in exploring the story of your identity through spoken word poetry?

You are invited to an info evening for a  FREE 8 week Spoken Word Poetry programme as part of Grace Taylor’s Masters research project. Email grace.teuila@gmail.com

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10 Days Until Petition Presented at Parliament – Help Gather Signatures In Your Town

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Click here to download a copy of the Paper Petition to collect hard-copy signatures from your community. Instructions on returning signed petitions are at the bottom of the page. The petition flyer is on one side so you have some background information to show people when approaching them for signatures.

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Wellington Community Hikoi Meeting THIS WEEK: 29 May 2013

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Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Builds Up to Petition Presentation at Parliament

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National Depression Initiative Update Issue 12

Issue 12 of the National Depression Initiative – NDI UPDATE ISSUE 12.

This issue is jam packed with lots of depression related activities happening across the country, as well as NDI specific, Pasifika radio adverts.

Please feel free to share this communication with friends, whanau/family, work colleagues and community groups.

If you would like your organisation, and the innovative work they are doing in the area of depression, profiled in an upcoming UPDATE newsletter, please email Kayte Goodward, Sector Relationship Manager at Lifeline.

Ph: +64 9 909 9216 | Mobile: +64 21 877 236

Email: kayteg@lifeline.org.nz

Pacifica Person’s Views on Mental-Health Recovery | Take It From Us Radio 14 May 2013

On Take It From Us on Tuesday the 14th, hear the views of a Pacific Islander ambassador for mental health recovery. Like Minds mental health promoter Keleni Talau’s journey through life has left a few scars but this week’s guest is exploring many options to cope. Listen to her story this Tuesday the 14th of May on PlanetFM104.6 at 12.30pm.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget the Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type ‘take it from us’ in the search box
Email: takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

One Woman Walking Hikoi Reaches Whanganui Monday 22 April 2013

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