Janurary - May 2016 Newsletter

CEO Corner

Kia ora, Welcome to this month’s Newsletter.
I hope you had a great time with whanau and friends during the summer festive season. We have had a great summer with awesome weather to enjoy.
All services here at the Porirua Whanau Centre are now back up and running. We have just completed a successful AGM and have elected two new members to our board; RoslynParks and Te Taku Parai and we welcome our new HIPPY coordinator Ashleigh Price. 

We have also completed four weeks of Breakaway and OSCAR Holiday Programmes, which continue to attract many children and youth with activities like bubble soccer and boxing. 
We were privileged to have Laura Ridley come in and take some amazing photos of our children in childcare. We had the ear nurse from Regional Public Health come in and check our tamariki’s ear this month.

We celebrated health and well-being with Creekfest in March, which was a great success. We had an awesome turnout from the community. A big thanks to all our sponsors who made Creekfest 2016 possible. 
Take a look around our website and if you have any questions about our services please let us know.

Nga Mihi
Liz Kelly

Welcome to the Whanau!

We are lucky to welcome Ashleigh Price who is our new elected HIPPY Coordinator
Ashleigh is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has lived in New Zealand for 16 years and in Porirua for 14 and is married with two children.

Ashleigh is a Registered Social Worker and has a Bachelor of Social work/diploma in Teaching English to speakers of other languages. She is currently doing post-graduate diploma in Addicts, Alcohol and Drug Studies.

Our New Board Members

Te Taku Parai

Te Taku Parai was born and raised in Takapuwahia and has a strong knowledge of Ngati Toatanga. He has a Bachelor of Arts (History/Sociology) Honours 1st Class (Maori) and is studying towards a PhD.
Taku is the Maori Service Development for Compass Health, Maori and Population Health Team. He is elected Iwi Member of Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira Board and has been the chair for several years. He is the Kaumatua fro Porirua City Council and is a strong advocate for the people of Porirua.
Taku has sat on a number of Boards and has been an intergral part of Whitireia Community Polytechnic Executive team from 2001-2015 and is now the Whitireia Recruitment, South Island Whanau Ora Commission (Putahitanga), Te Runanga o Ngati Toarangatira.
The Governance skills, experience and networks that Taku has will support and enhance the work and direction of the Porirua Whanau Centre Board.

Roslyn Park

Roslyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB (Hons) and a Master’s Degree in taxation studies (MTaxS (Hons). She is a Senior Solicitor for Inland Revenue Department and is currently on secondment to Crown Law for 12 months, an assignment she has been pleased to accept.

Roslyn was elected to the Board at the February 2016 AGM. Originally from Awarua in the far north Roslyn has lived in the Wellington region for the last 12 years. Her legal experience and understanding of the New Zealand tax system and obligations are particular skills that will strengthen the Trust with their move into Social Housing.

Married to Wayne, with two adult daughters and a grandson on the way, we welcome Roslyn to the Board and look forward to her professional expertise that will enhance and support the capability of the organisation and its growth.

Our Children and teachers came dressed in green to celebrate St Patricks Day and were treated to some Irish folk stories and Irish dancing. We also began "Wheels Day" at the start of April. This is a chance for our children to learn about the different types of transport available. Thank you to parents who allowed their children to bring their own "Wheels" to daycare.

Our children celebrated ANZAC  this year by holding a special service on Friday 22 April. A former solider spoke and the children were treated with the burgle playing “the last post”. This was followed by a minute silence and song.  It was a great experience and acknowledgement to our ANAC soldiers. If you get a chance please come see the fantastic art work the children have done in relation to ANZAC.

Profile Night will be held on 25th May from 5:30 - 7:00pm. It is a great opportunity to meet with your child's teacher to share your goals and aspirations for your child. You'll also get an update on how your child is progressing. 

25th May - Profile Night

5:30 - 7:00PM
See Pae or Michelle to make a booking. Or email

Breakaway Holiday Programme

In April term break we had the Breakaway Holiday Programme for 11-17 year olds. We had an average of 63 youth coming every day. We had a fantastic programme with exciting activities including Boxing, Bubble Soccer, New Zealand Sign Language, Reading Cinemas, AFL, Ki O rahi, Te Papa Museum, and NZ Police.  

This year we commemorated ANZAC day with several ANZAC themed activities including the exhibition at Te Papa Museum "Gallipoli: The scale of our war." and a special presentation by a former NZ soldier.   
We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors who made Breakaway possible.

Ministry of Social Development 
MG Marketing 
Maraeroa School
Noel Leemings Porirua
Ora Toa

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Oscar Holiday Programme

In the first week of Oscar we had an ANZAC theme. We had visits from Police, Firefighters, we went on an excursion to the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa then finally had a special service in memory of our fallen soldiers on the Friday.

The second week we had an Animals theme. For the first time we had the children make shaved ice using mini machines. We also had Farmparties attend our programme, where the children could pat or hold goats, bunnies, donkeys and sheep. All the children had a chance to ride the pony also.

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HIPPY is well under way with an awesome bunch of families enrolled. It is wonderful to hear the feedback from the parents/caregivers regarding how the children are responding to their learning. We are hearing how the children’s literacy, numeracy, language and listening skills have developed already and how much they love their special ‘HIPPY homework’. We are also hearing how much the adults are enjoying the one-on-one time with their child and are excited to be actively involved in their wee one’s learning.
We have had a couple of fun Group Meetings with the parents getting to know each other and taking part in some great creative activities. It is an awesome time for families to support each other on their HIPPY journey, and also be a part of the Porirua Whanau Centre community.

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Parenting Programme

Term 2: 16th February – 29th March
One day at a time
7 Weeks/ 7 Sessions
Tuesday 10am-12pm
Porirua Whanau Centre

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.

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

Matua Power Group

Matua Power is a great programme for our elders to come along and socialise with each other. It is a social retreat for those 65 and over who have a few hours free to meet and mingle.

Matua Power is held every Wednesday from 10am-12pm. If you are interested in attending contact Porirua Whanau Centre (04) 237-7749 and ask to speak with Mile.

Family Violence Prevention

The Family Violence Prevention Coordinator along with the youth team have started an initiative of printing the white ribbon on sports uniforms. Already they have printed the white ribbon on Tawa RFC and Northern United RFCs’ Colts, Senior 1st and Premier rugby training jerseys. The support of this cause was evident in teams like Norths as they were required to have every player return each one of their tops, in order to add the print on. We hope to see Paremata Plimmerton and Rugby League teams in Porirua support the cause also.

Creekfest 2016

What a great success this year's Creekfest turned out to be. The hot weather attracted a great turnout for the community with many keen to see this years entertainment lineup including Aaradhna and Request Dance Crew. White Ribbon Abassador, Murray Edridge, presented to Creekfest this year about awareness for family violence.

The Youth Team ran the crossfit morning workout at 8am, follwed by basketball and Maori games at during the day. Early Childhood Education and the Family Violence Prevention team set up their tents to promote the many great services we have to offer here at PWC.
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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