August 2016 Newsletter

CEO Corner

Kia ora, Welcome to this month’s Newsletter.
We are now mid-way through winter and hopefully you are all keeping warm.
It has been a fantastic couple of months at the Whanau Centre with a few things we would like to highlight.
We are very proud to have won this year’s Wellington Regional Community Award for Health and Wellbeing as the facilitators of Creekfest.
We helped keep our community nice and warm this winter with another successful curtain run with Sustainability Trust.
Our Childcare have had a busy few months with a New Zealand Police photoshoot, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Maori Language Week) and Matariki celebrations.
Our School Holiday programme has been another fun packed two weeks which saw our children learning about their environment by helping plant seedlings in Bothamley park.
Work has also started on our Childcare expansion and we will keep you posted on its progress.
This month we are excited to welcome two new team members into our whanau, they are looking forward to working with our community and adding to our ongoing support for you and your whanau.
The daffodils are blooming early this year, so let’s hope for an early spring.
Nga Mihi
Liz Kelly

Creekfest Award

The team at the Whanau Centre are very proud of work done every year to keep Creekfest a vibrant celebration of our community. 2017 will mark the 14th year of Creekfest with Liz Kelly in her 8th year as event manager.

In a recent PCC satisfaction survey Creek fest was voted the most popular event in the city and this year Creek fest was rewarded with the Health and Wellbeing award for Porirua at the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2016.  After all these years it is great to acknowledge everyone involved and the many volunteers and hours of mahi everyone provides to bring this event to where it is today.

Welcome to the Whanau!

We are very happy to introduce Rowan McArthur who will be part of our Social work team. Rowan hails from Golden Shears country in the Wairarapa. Rowan recently worked in Santiago Chile as an English teacher and has her Bachelor of Social work with Honours and a BA in Psychology from Otago University.

We are also very pleased to introduce Dian Birchall who is from sunny Pukarua Bay on the Kapiti coast. Dian will be our new Family Violence Prevention and housing coordinator.  Dian has over 25 years’ experience working with children, young people, adults and their families. In the last ten years Dian has worked within the Disability Sector. Dian has her Diploma in Care Coordination and Management of Intellectual Disability.
Nau Mai Haere Mai ki a korua ki te tima o Porirua Whanau Centre!
In June we celebrated Matariki and Maori language week. The children created art and learned about the stars (Matariki cluster) and the story of how Matariki became. The teachers have incorporated as much te reo as possible through learning days of the week, greetings, body parts and phrases. It has been a special treat to hear the children sing songs in Te Reo are stand up and confidently recite their pepeha which tells people who they are and where they come from. Te Reo Maori and Matariki week ended with a shared lunch, where every child brought along a vegetable to make a big pot of nutritious soup.
Throughout July we began our focus on sustainability, reduce, re-use, and recycle. The children have been learning how to care for our environment through planting, recycling, upcycling, creating resources out of reusable items and going for nature walks. The children have been bringing along any reusable and recyclable items from home to use in the centre, and will be learning first-hand about reduce, re-use, and recycle with a trip to trash palace.

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of woman in New Zealand Police, and our early childhood centre was invited to take part in a Police photoshoot with Superintendent Tusha Penny who is 1 of only 7 female Superintendents in New Zealand Police. The photo shoot was held at the Royal New Zealand Police College at the Police Museum. Our tamariki’s smiling faces will be part of a brand new exhibition opening in October at the Police Museum celebrating the 75th anniversary of woman in police.
You never know one of our children could be the next New Zealand Police Commissioner!
We wish to say a huge THANKYOU to Pac’nSave Porirua for agreeing to donate produce for our fortnightly Group Meetings. They gave us the ingredients to make play-doh with our HIPPY families, and to create a hearty and healthy morning tea. It is wonderful to have Pac’nSave Porirua support the local community and Porirua Whanau Centre, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship in the future.
We are halfway through the year and our HIPPY families are continuing to see their children’s learning go from strength to strength. Our enrolments are at capacity, and there is such a demand that we have opened a waiting list for 2017. So if you have a child turning 3 ½ at the beginning of 2017, give Ashleigh a call on 2377749
or 0272377749 to enquire about HIPPY.
Don’t forget to check out Porirua Whanau Centre’s Facebook page to keep up to date with all things HIPPY!

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OSCAR Holiday Programme

Registrations for the Whanau Centre School Holiday programme booked out in record time these school holidays with both weeks filling up within a day.
It was another successful fun filled two weeks of swimming, magic shows, relays, science experiments and the movies.  50 of our holiday children also took part in a community planting initiative with Council, Aotea Conservation volunteers and Conservation volunteers NZ. The children got to lend a helping hand planting seedlings in Bothamley Park making a lasting difference to their environment.

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Parenting Programme

Our parenting programme runs on a school term only basis. The programme is great for all ages, whether you are a young parent or older, the programme caters for everyone. It covers children of all ages and will equip you with great tools and tips to add to your parenting skills.
Our next term starts on:

August 9th – Sept 20th
One day at a time
7 Weeks/ 7 Sessions
Tuesday 10am-12pm
Porirua Whanau Centre

For more information or to enrol please contact Andrew at the office 
04 237 7749

Matua Power Group

Our Matua have been out and about these past few months and have tried their hand at being Police officers with a visit to the New Zealand Police museum. Tested their skills at ten pin bowling, and looked awesome in purple in support of Elder abuse week.

Matua Power is a social retreat for those 65 and over who have a few hours free to meet and mingle.
Matua Power is held Wednesday from 10am-12pm
If you are interested in attending contact Porirua Whanau Centre
(04) 237-7749 and ask to speak with Mile.


Curtain Bank 

The Whanau Centre held another successful Curtain Bank drive providing more than 50 Porirua families this winter with free lined curtains for their homes from the Wellington Curtain Bank.
Run by Sustainability Trust, the Curtain Bank provides Community Service Card holders with free, lined curtains for their homes. The curtains are upcycled from donated curtains and fabric and tailored for families’ needs.
The Curtain Bank is a free service available for all Community Service Card Holders based in Forresters Lane in Wellington Central.

It is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 4.30pm – to make an appointment or get more information please call 0508 78 78 24 x 705.
Inland Revenue (IRD) – Thursdays (fortnight) 9am – 4.00pm – Appointments must be booked through Porirua Whanau Centre.

Maori Legal Services (Wellington Law Centre) – Thursdays (2nd and 4th Thursdays) 11am – 1pm – Appointments must be booked through Porirua Whanau Centre.

Ear Van Clinic - Tuesdays (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) Please book appointment with Ear Van Clinic on 04 237 5549.

Porirua Whanau Centre, 16 Bedford Court, Cannons Creek
PO Box 53 009  Porirua 5240
P: 04 237 7749   F: 04 237 7173

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