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Intercultural Awareness and Communication Workshop: Manukau 23 Oct 13

Intercultural Awareness and Communication workshop (designed by the Office of Ethnic Affairs) seeks to enhance relationships in the workplace, between colleagues, and with customers and stakeholders. It does this by exploring how behaviour can be influenced by culture, and how we can improve our communication with people from different cultural backgrounds.

The one-day workshop encourages individuals to reflect on their own cultural understanding and practices. They then apply the tools learnt back at their workplace.  After completing this training session participants will be able to Understand the basic terms and concepts involved in “culture” and “communication”.

  • Communicate more effectively cross-culturally
  • Identify the relationship between: culture, cultural values, communication, relationships, and effective Work Place Interactions.
  • Identify ways they can improve their intercultural communication

“Through this workshop, I am now aware of the importance of communication, either through body language or verbal. I also understand that different cultures may interpret certain things differently.” Workshop Participant May 2013.

  • Date: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013
  • Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm
  • Venue: ARMS Manukau centre, 2 Osterley Way Manukau
  • Cost: $25.00 per person.
  • Facilitators: Angela Calvert and Cheng Goh

Register:    Ph: (09) 533 3685 Email: admin@mecoss.org.nz

Mutual Gains: Involving Migrant Volunteers in your Organisation | Workshop 27 May 2013

MECOSS in strategic partnership with ARMS is organizing a workshop for service providers and employers in our collaborative approach to promote cultural diversity and inclusion in Manukau.
Is your organisation or business offering a volunteer programme?
Are you seeing the need to be more inclusive of migrants?

MECOSS & ARMS present…

Mutual Gains: Involving Migrant Volunteers in your Organisation
– A reflective and interactive workshop about the mutual benefits for organisations and businesses of involving skilled migrants as volunteers.

  • Presenter: Dr Mary Dawson, CEO, ARMS Trust
  • Date: 27 May 2013 (Monday)
  • Time: 9.30am- 12.30pm
  • Venue: Haseler Hall, All Saints Church Howick
  • Map & Directions: View Map & Directions to Event Venue.

To register :
Phone: Angeline – 09 533 3685/022 063 2677 or email:events@mecoss.org.nz
FREE for MECOSS members;
$20 for non-members.

MECOSS Events Calendar April 2013, Howick


Capacity-Building Clinics, Workshops & Seminars

  • Costs: Workshops/Seminars – FREE | Capacity-Building Clinics:Members $20, Non-members $30
  • Venue: Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St and The Glebe, Howick
  • Car Parking available off The Glebe
  • Dates and times noted for each event

Capacity-Building Clinics/Workshops and Seminars

8  April  2013

  • (Monday: 9.30 – 11.30 am)     Capacity-Building Clinic: Performance- Managing, Coaching and Appraisal
  • Trainer: Denise Overland- Clarke. Business Facilitator, The Effect

Workshops/Seminars – FREE

15 April 2013

  • (Monday: 9.30–11.30 am) Are you ready for funding?
  • Facilitator: Community Dev & Funding Advisor, The Dept. of Internal Affairs

17 April 2013

  • (Wednesday: 1 – 3 pm)   MECOSS AGM / General Networking
  • Venue: TBA 

How do I register for one of the MECOSS Meetings?

It’s simple! Just send an email headed ‘REGISTRATION’ to admin@mecoss.org.nz with the name and date of which event you wish to attend.

When registering for a Capacity-Building Clinic you will receive confirmation of registration accompanied by an invoice. In the event you have registered and paid but find you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send another colleague in your place.  For Cluster meetings, cash is payable at the door.

Building Effective Teams Workshop 18 March 2013 Howick, Auckland

Capacity-Building Clinic: BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS

An opportunity to learn how to build effective teams in your workplace…

  • Team Development
  • Process of Team Formation
  • Effective Team Leadership
  • How to build Team Culture

Purpose, Values, Prioritisation & Goals

  • Value of the Team
  • What are common characteristics of effective teams
  • Problem solving & decision making tools
  • Review & progress
  • Reward & recognition

Trainer: Lila Taulapiu

Owner/Director – Clasec People – Changing Perspectives, Moving Ahead

  • Date: Monday, 18 March, 2013
  • Time: 9:30am to 11:30pm
  • Venue: Haseler Hall, All Saints Church, Howick

Map & Directions: View Map & Directions to Event Venue.

To register: Phone 09 533 3685 or email : admin@mecoss.org.nz

  • Contact: Angeline Ng
  • MECOSS Coordinator

Cost:  MECOSS members $20, Non- member $30

Rape Prevention Education for People who Work with Youth: 18 July 2012

Register now for MECOSS’ next hosted event

Wednesday 12.30-2.30pm 18 July


At this meeting the presenters will provide information, tools, and discussion for those working with youth on sexual violence prevention

The topic is:  Adolescent experiences of sexual violence and dealing with disclosures of sexual violence

Come along and be informed, ask questions and develop confidence and skill in dealing with this important issue for young people


  • Miriam Sessa: Youth Team programme development & training
  • Ratika Rai:  Youth Team & Programmes Coordinator

Members FREE; Non-members $5

Venue: Haseler Hall, under All Saints church, cnr Selwyn St and The Glebe, Howick (parking off The Glebe)

Updates From MECOSS and Members

Important MECOSS notices are listed below followed by messages shared on behalf of the network:

1. REMINDER REGISTER now: COGS & LOTTERY FUNDING Workshop Monday 18 June, 9.30 am – 11.30 am FREE FOR ALL ATTENDEES – please register to: admin@mecoss.org.nz Presenter: Ann Kendall, Community Development and Funding Advisor. The Department of Internal Affairs

COGS – Community Organisation Grants Scheme

  • What does COGS fund?
  • Who are your local distribution committee members?
  • How do they make decisions about funding applications?
  • Tips for COGS applicants

Lottery Community Committee Fund

  • What is this fund about?
  • Who can apply?
  • Assessment criteria
  • Committee funding priorities

Venue:  Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St and The Glebe, Howick (Free parking off The Glebe)

2. PRE-CONSULTATION NOW OPEN – HAVE YOUR SAY: Public Places By-Laws and Policy

At the recent MECOSS Health and Disability cluster meeting – Martine Abel, Programme Advisor Disability, Auckland Council advised of an important review of ‘Public Places and Trading in Public Places Bylaws and Policy’.  This review is being undertaken by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport. Pre-consultation with external stakeholders is scheduled to commence in July / August with the aim of identifying the key issues relating to activities in public places.

The aim of the consultation is to develop an ‘Issues and Options paper’ that will then be circulated for comment.  The paper will be used to confirm if a bylaw (and associated policy) is the most appropriate for addressing identified issues. If a bylaw is considered to be the best approach then formal public consultation on the draft bylaw (and policy) will commence in early 2013.

This is an important opportunity for health and social service providers and communities to raise issues of concern they may have about existing bylaws and policy in regards to public places – be they local or general concerns. Any concern related to public places that you find not to be user-friendly or safe in some way is important feedback for this review.

Please contact Rebekah Stuart-Wilson on 09 3010101 ext 7062   or at rebekah.stuart-wilson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, for further information or to arrange a presentation. Rebekah is keen to address existing groups/organisations or given numbers is happy to attend place-based specially focused forums on this topic if needed.

3. MECOSS was unable to receive emails on Monday June 11 – the problem has been rectified and we apologise if we missed your email – please resend.

Messages shared on behalf of the MECOSS network

Capacity Building for NFP/NGO

  • Cultural competency workshops hosted by AwaWhenua– Ti tiriti o Waitangi Friday 15 June & cultural competency Monday June 18 (see details below)
  • Community Training courses hosted by Community Waitakere, June 19 Team building plus  see schedule for June to Dec (details below)
  • Leadership Week 22-29 June – Celebrating and showcasing leadership – ‘Inspiring Communities’ has focused on this in their June Newsletter (see below for editorial and links)

The Renaissance Group is delighted to be hosting a free Seminar on Supported Living, to raise an awareness of community living options for people with lifestyle challenges. This is ideally suited to people who are searching for support options in the community for themselves or for friends and family members, which will encourage them to pursue ordinary roles in community life, in spite of their disability.

Presenters: Barry de Geest, Director, Renaissance Group will facilitate this event. Barry has been involved in the disability sector for 20 years in various capacities, but primarily as an advocate of rights and dignity of people with disabilities. Barry will also facilitate a discussion forum where a Service Advocate, Supported Living Facilitator, a client, their family and support people will discuss the process of Supported Living and what it involves for each one of them. www.renaissancegroup.co.nz

  • Date: 28/06/2012 Time: 10.30—12.30
  • Venue: Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club, 6 Alfriston Road, Manurewa
  • RSVP: Diane Morris, 09 250 4346, diane.m@ren2001.co.nz

New Skylight Resources

Skylight is delighted to let you and your team know about the new web page hub Skylight has just established for sibling support – as well as several brand new FREE downloads produced by Skylight for personal and community use.

Skylight recognises that the brothers and sisters of children or teens who have a serious illness, a chronic health condition or a disability have their own unique needs too. Research from around the world confirms that supporting siblings well is very, very important. We have looked forward to being able to provide such a site for a long time, so we’re thrilled it is now available and hope it will go from strength to strength.

On this new web page hub Skylight has brought together all kinds of information that may be helpful for siblings – and for those who care for them and want to support them. This is a unique hub and includes input from around the world, as well as brand new downloads developed by Skylight – great stories and an interactive booklet, as well as an information sheet for parents and carers.

New Hub Page: www.skylight.org.nz/Siblings+Support+Page

New Downloads by Skylight:

I have a Special Brother or Sister…and I’m Going to Tell You About Me Skylight (NZ) – an interactive booklet for children to work through with a caring adult. (4 – 14 yrs.)

Supporting Your Other Child Skylight (NZ) – a look at ways parents and carers can support brothers and sisters well

Skylight Stories: Go back to the Jungle Tiger! for younger children (Skylight – Carol Jenkins)

It’s Mostly Good Having Lucy for a Sister for children 6-12 (Skylight – Carol Jenkins)
Jamie – a story about a sister leaving home for young people 12-18 (Skylight – Carol Jenkins)

See also the best links from around New Zealand and around the world, as well as links to other resources for supporting siblings.

We expect to update this web page hub with new links, downloads, resources and information, so check it out from time to time. We also will welcome suggested links and ideas for this page also. Please email them to publishing@skylight-trust.org.nz

We sincerely hope this site helps to raise both the support for siblings of brothers or sisters with additional needs and their resilience.

Thank you. Please forward to your relevant networks, as appropriate. (Apologies for any cross postings.)

Tricia Irving Hendry

  • Skylight, Deputy Chief Executive, PO Box7309, Wellington 6242,NEW ZEALAND
  • 04 909 7396 (DD)
  • 021 987 995 (Cell)
  • 0800 299 100
  • www.skylight.org.nz 

PS. Available is Skylights  latest support resource catalogue

Up and Coming Cultural Competency Workshops

The Treaty of Waitangi                                                         

A sweeping introduction to The Treaty of Waitangi, this programme is an absolute for public and community sector workers who have no previous understanding on the Treaty.  The programme analyses the story of the Treaty within New Zealand, answering fundamental questions such as, what is the Treaty of Waitangi? What is its significance to New Zealanders historically and today? What are the issues that have arisen under the Treaty and how should it be implemented practically in the workplace?

The next public workshop is running in Auckland: Fri 15 June 9am – 4pm

To enrol online or view more workshop dates and locations visit www.awawhenua.co.nz

Cultural Competency

Interactive workshops designed to assist your organisation to build cultural competency in staff.  The programme will give an overview of useful Maori language, practical advice on integrating bi-lingual strategies into your work, insight into some fundamental Maori cultural beliefs, as well as practical advice on how to engage with Maori.

The next public workshop is running in Auckland Mon 18 June 9am – 4pm

To enrol online or view more workshop dates and locations visit www.awawhenua.co.nz

Contact Tania on tania@awawhenua.co.nz for more information.


  • Date: 19th June 2012
  • Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Place: Waitakere Community Resource Centre, 8 Ratanui St, Henderson (see below)
  • Cost: $40.00

Are you a boss, a leader, a manager or a combination of these?

A high performing team is not just a group of people who have learned to cooperate with each other. True teams have a shared sense of commitment, a high level of trust and effective leadership. This session will help identify the risks and rewards of a team process and begin to define (or redefine) roles.

  • This workshop will focus on the skills needed to effectively motivate and lead a team to get the outcomes you want
  • Identify different leadership/management styles and characteristics
  • Identify your own style
  • Learn how to get your team working well together by being more aware of different temperaments and styles.

Facilitator: Pene Loza, Koru Corporation Ltd

Numbers are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment.

To book contact Mandy Spencer on info@communitywaitakere.org.nz or 09 838 7903

Community Waitakere  Community Training Courses 2012

Date Training Programme (all on Tuesdays 9.30am to 12.30pm)

  • 19th June- Team Building—motivating & leading your team to get the outcomes you want
  • 10th July – Leading change in your NFP organisation
  • 24th July – Media
  • 7th August – Time Management
  • 21st August – Assertiveness
  • 4th September – HR for Boards—how to ensure you get and keep a great board
  • 18th September – Facilitation Skills for Community Workers
  • 9th October – Succession Planning
  • 23rd October – Self Care & Personal Resilience
  • 6th November – Communication—handling difficult situations
  • 20th November – Moving from Strategic Planning to Strategic Action
  • 4th December –Evaluation

Ways to register: Please advise which workshop you wish to attend and contact us via: Email: info@communitywaitakere.org.nzPhone: (09) 838 7903 Fax: (09) 838 7206, Mail: Community Waitakere, PO Box 21-068, Henderson 0650, Auckland

Payment options: All courses are $40.00 (including GST). Please make payment via:

  • Cheque: Payable to Community Waitakere Charitable Trust
  • Direct Credit: ASB – 12 3039 0827981 00 – with your name as reference.

Inspiring Communities Newsletter No. 31 June 2012


New Zealand Leadership Week  is due for celebration during 22-29 June. Local communities across the country are preparing to celebrate and acknowledge the qualities and achievements of many people who contribute so positively here in Aotearoa. The theme of leadership is to the fore in our minds. This newsletter is a gathering of stories, resources and news about leadership.

When we wrote What we are learning about Community Led Development leadership was a focus, as one of four key themes which we believe are vital to developing communities. We need to intentionally grow “leaderful” communities, which are confident and capable of determining and creating sustainable local futures. We continue to explore the idea of leadership, and this edition includes stories about both personal and collective leadership development journeys.

As an organisation, Inspiring Communities itself plays a number of leadership roles. Our purpose is to grow knowledge, understanding and practice of community-led development in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to notice the difference it makes. We “walk the talk” ourselves; taking a leadership role to profile and promote community-led development, and to model and share community-led development ways of thinking and working.

For example

  • We are working with the Charities Commission to help gather a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between business and organisations with charitable purposes. This will lead the way to further improving connectedness between these sectors, at local, regional and national levels.
  • We’ve interviewed 20 thought leaders, and we are preparing a think-piece about the current context for community-led development in Aotearoa New Zealand. This will provide background and “pointers” for our next book. Look forward to a link to the think-piece in our next newsletter!
  • We continue to work together with Victory Village and Families Commission to develop a set of multimedia resources based on material and interviews gathered at the 2011 Victory Village Forum in Nelson.  These will describe and illustrate family centred, community-led approaches and will provide more in-depth support for practitioners looking to get started or to sustain their work. The resources will also assist policymakers, funders and community leaders to understand why this way of working is so important, and implications for their roles.
  • And like many other passionate organisations and individuals in New Zealand, we too submitted on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children – click here for the link to our submission.

Community-led development depends on a style of leadership which is collaborative and inclusive. This needs active cultivation at all levels, locally, regionally and nationally.

Leadership Week 2012 will be a great opportunity for local communities to profile and celebrate many kinds of local leadership. We look forward to the activities later this month. We hope that this newsletter inspires thought and celebration of the many forms of leadership abounding in our local communities.

Ian, Barbara, Megan, Denise and Patrick
From the Inspiring Communities Team


Manukau East Council of Social Services Inc. (MECOSS)

PO Box 39-266, Howick 2145, Auckland

Office Phone: (09) 5333 685 I Fax: (09) 5333 684

Website:  www.mecoss.org.nz

MECOSS Career Development Workshop 28 May 2012

Register your place now at the Career Development Workshop

  • Monday 28th May, 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • FREE for MECOSS Members; $5 Non-members

Presenter: Jill Bice, Career Consultant, Careers New Zealand

The theme of this interactive workshop is to build capability in participants both for managing their own career development, but more particularly, for assisting those they work with to progress in their lives.

The themes will be:

  • define career and how the concept was, is changing and is likely to be in the future
  • how to build readiness in others for identifying opportunity
  • a 3 stage career decision making process
  • practical help to give to clients
  • consider the importance of self awareness and values and how to make others aware of these
  • identify potential links between interests and ways of making a living
  • career decision making
  • a snap shot of the tools on the Careers NZ website that can be used to help clients

Venue:  Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St and The Glebe, Howick (Free parking off The Glebe)

FREE for Members; $5 Non-members

Please register to: admin@mecoss.org.nz

MECOSS Cluster Meeting 16 May 2012


  • Wednesday 16th May 2012
  • 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
  • Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St & The Glebe, Howick
  • FREE for members; $5 for non-members

Presenters and topics:

Martine Abel, Programme Advisor Disability: Community Development and Partnerships (Central), Auckland Council

  • Manukau City Council legacy projects and current Auckland Council disability related projects
  • Strategy, policy and Community Development
  • Transport
  • Public facilities and housing
  • Employment
  • Research and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Public libraries services
  • Local Boards
  • Accessible voting and local elections
  • Community engagement

Michele Zackey, CEO, HowPak WrapAround Charitable Trust 

The Howpak Wrap-Around and Strengthening Families will explore what has been learnt from the wonderful families with whom they have worked and how Individualised Funding has contributed to the life opportunities of people with disabilities and their families.

The Howpak Wrap-Around will look at how our multi-systemic service can:

a)   support a family in preparation for an Individualised Funding Application

b)   celebrate and share the stories and life changes that Individualised Funding has made possible in the lives of people and their families.

c)   explore some of the challenges for the families and how they can be empowered through Individualised Funding.

PLEASE RSVP TO admin@mecoss.org.nz 

FREE for members; $5 for non-members

Family Law Overview Meeting: 2 May 2012 Howick

REGISTER NOW FOR MECOSS Family & Youth Cluster Meeting

‘Family Law Overview’

Wednesday 2nd May, 12.30 – 2.30 pm

At Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn St and The Glebe, Howick

Presenter: Gael Spence, Family Law Solicitor and Legal Educator, Mangere Community Law Centre

Gael will cover:

  • An overview of the Family Court
  • An overview of the law around parenting including orders over guardianship, parenting and adoption
  • An overview of the law relating to separation/divorce
  • An overview of the law relating to domestic violence

RSVP to: admin@mecoss.org.nz by 25th April

Bi-annual Health & Social Services Expo

MECOSS will be hosting the bi-annual Health & Social Services Expo on Friday 8th June, 10 am – 2 pm

  • Auditorium, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga

This event will be open to the general public

Contact Robyn at MECOSS

Email: admin@mecoss.org.nz or phone 533-3685