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Category Archives: Youth Issues

For Parents: Talking about Sex with Kids

A fun evening to support parents as first educators. It’s free and open to any community members that wish to attend.

A hands-on evening learning how and why to talk to your kids about sex

Orakei Community Centre 

17 October 2011 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Everyone welcome

  • Why we need to talk to our kids and what to say to them
  • Tips on answering tricky questions
  • How to keep your kids safe and thinking things through when it comes to peer pressure

Bring your questions, experiences, concerns, laughter and fears to share with other parents who are facing the same issues!

Contact Kerri Hurman, Health Promoter, Kaiwhakatairangi Hauora, Family Planning – Positive Sexual Health: Phone 09-522-0120 ext. 9215 | Fax 09-522-0130 | email Kerri.Hurman@familyplanning.org.nz


Show Us Your Disability Policy Election Meeting

“Show Us Your Disability Policy” Election Meeting for the Disability Community

Help get disability onto the political agenda.  You are invited to an election meeting for the disability community where you will:

  • Find out about the political parties’ disability policies
  • Hear each party’s spokesperson answer questions from disabled people, parents and care givers, and disability organisations
  • Find out how to enrol to vote and the voting process
  • Learn about the electoral referendum

When:  Monday 31 October 2011, 1.30pm to 4pm

Where:  Western Springs Garden Hall, 956 Great North Road

Politicians who will be there: 

  • CARMEL SEPULONI – Labour Party
  • SUE BRADFORD – Mana Movement
  • MAGGIE BARRY – National Party
  • METIRIA TUREI – Green Party
  • TAU BRUCE MATAKI – Maori Party

Please register by Thursday 20 October 2011.  There is no charge, but it is essential to book.  Contact Lisa at Parent & Family Resource Centre for a registration form by fax 09 636 0354, telephone 09 636 0351 or email pfrcadmin@pfrc.org.nz.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and there will be a PA system.  Please advise of any access, communication or dietary needs when registering.  Sign language interpreters have been booked.  Please let us know by 20 October if you require interpreters.

Draft Auckland Plan – TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY

Draft Auckland Plan released

The Auckland Council has released its ‘Draft Auckland Plan” which aims to define the character of the Super City and will have direct implications for the performance of the New Zealand economy and for the people and businesses which live and trade within the greater Auckland area.

The Draft Auckland Plan, and accompanying documents, are the Auckland Council’s blueprint to transform Auckland into the “world’s most liveable city” over the next 30 years.  This is a major task – which may explain why the documentation runs to more than 500 pages, not including the technical and background papers.

Pacific peoples’ futures                                                                                                           

Pacific peoples’ futures are tied up with Auckland’s future, so it is important that Pacific communities, leaders and organisations are engaged in the Draft Auckland Plan submission process.  The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs strongly recommends Pacific communities, leaders and organisations to start planning your response to the plan now.

Access information about the plan and a copy of the plan

You can see a copy of the plan and other reports by going to this link: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/PlansPoliciesPublications/theaucklandplan/DRAFTAUCKLANDPLAN/Pages/home.aspx

Provide your feedback and have your say  

Check out this link to see how you can have your say: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/PlansPoliciesPublications/theaucklandplan/haveyoursay/Pages/home.aspx

You can have your say in various ways.

Submissions must be received by 4pm Tuesday 25 October, 2011

Large print – a PDF of the large print version of the Draft Auckland Plan Executive Summary can be downloaded from HERE. 

Reference copies will be distributed to libraries, service centres and local board offices. The public are also welcome to request a large print copy be posted out to them. Requests can be emailed to theaucklandplan@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

The Really Big Kinda Massive Meet Up

An epic networking event for young people, people with disabilities, family, whanau, service providers and generally cool people to connect with really big brands making a massive difference for people with disabilities.

With presentations from:

  • CCS Disability Action – accessible communities
  • Toyota – transport innovation
  • Vodafone Foundation – funding for the youth sector
  • Drake Diversity – employment for people with disabilities
  • Paralympics NZ – vision for disabled athletes
  • Alex Erasmus – Speaking about social / online media and how we could be utilizing this more fully
  • Carabiner Mentoring – Move, Touch Inspire

27th September, 10 – 12, Columbus Café, Smales Farm

RSVP to cam@yesdisability.org.nz

Shared Vision Quarterly Lunch Series

Everyone is welcome to come and join Shared Vision for an entertaining and informative session exploring opportunities for young people to assist them to gain employment and improved mental well being.
Date: Tuesday 27 September 2011
Time: 11.45am – 1.30pm, lunch included
Venue: AMI, Netball North Harbour
Function Room, upstairs
44 Northcote Road, Northcote

What’s On: 

* 11.45am – Lunch
* 12.15pm – Introduction, Sue Beresford
* Panel of speakers
– Young Person
– Youthline
– Glenfield College Career Advisor
– and more…..
* Questions & Answers

Please RSVP to christine@raeburnhouse.org.nz or
phone 486 8939, for catering purposes

NEW Online NZ Resources for Bullying

Two innovative new bully-focused resources now available for school, community and professional use from Skylight.

With bullying causing deep and ongoing concerns in our New Zealand and Australian communities and schools, Skylight want to let you and your colleagues know that they have  just launched 2 new support resources to assist bullying prevention in both countries.

The new booklet WHO ME? (for 10-17 yr olds) focuses on the bully, giving them better understanding about what bullying is, insights into its effects on themselves as a bully and those bullied, and key steps to help them to stop their bullying behaviour.

When the Bully is Your Child is an 8 page booklet for parents and carers who aren’t sure how best to respond to their own child’s bullying.

These resources are best-evidence and best-practise based, as culturally inclusive as possible and easy to read. Both will be useful for those whose who teach or work with young people and all who work towards bullying prevention in schools, communities and families in any way.

Skylight bullying support resources can be found here. http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/Bullying

As a national, not for profit charity, Skylight produce high quality NZ resource tools to support children, teens, adults and their families through life’s tough times welcome partnerships with others to ensure our community is well resourced with the information tools they need the most.(www.skylight.org.nz )


Tricia Irving Hendry | Skylight | Deputy Chief Executive
PO Box 7309
Wellington 6242

04 909 7396 (DD)
021 987 995 (Cell)

0800 299 100