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Te Waipuna Puawai and the G-FIT Movement

The G-FIT Movement is a community-led initiative that aims to Grow Financial Independence in Tamaki. COMET Auckland has contracted Te Waipuna Puawai to coordinate the programme.

COMET Auckland has contracted Te Waipuna Puawai to coordinate the programme. It is funded for three years by the Sky City Auckland Trust. Te Waipuna Puawai is a well-established community development organisation run by the Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. Their main focus is to work alongside women, children and families living on the margins of society. The Te Waipuna Puawai approach has three main strands: Papatuanuku - a strong commitment to fostering Earth awareness and healing the environment; a commitment to Te Tiriti; and Tikanga Atawhai - the practice of Mercy values. Read more in the newsletter

Te Awa Ora Trust and the Money Project 

The Money Project in Randwick Park is part of a collaborative community mobilisation process supported by local organisations working on shared goals. Together they are enabling this South Auckland community to realise their own hopes and dreams.

Organisations involved in the collaboration have included Te Awa Ora Trust, Urban Neighbourhoods of Hope (UNOH), the Randwick Park Residents’ Association, Randwick Park Sports and Community Trust, Warriors of Change, and Randwick Park Community House.

For this article we talked with Janice Thompson from Te Awa Ora Trust and Denise Tims from UNOH (both of whom have become the coordinators of the Money Project) about how the Money Project works. Read more in the newsletter

COMET Auckland: Building financial capability is a tool for community development


About five years ago COMET Auckland received a phone call from a budgeting service: they wanted COMET to teach intermediate school students about compound interest. The issue behind the request was the impact of the ‘truck shops’. Not long after that COMET took the lead and established the Auckland Financial Literacy Practitioners and Providers Network (in conjunction with the then Retirement Commission’s single Auckland-based staff member). What became very clear was the extent to which financial literacy impacted on the general wellbeing of a community. As Alison Sutton, COMET’s Literacy Manager says, “When you think about community wellbeing it is all tied up in people’s access to and confidence about money. Financial literacy is numeracy, it is confidence, it’s self-efficacy, citizenship and whánau well-being - all rolled into one. And of course it helps with employability.” Read more in the newsletter

Building relationships and facilitating pathways

UCOL and the Palmerston North Community Services Council have got together to help the clients of local community services organisations (re)engage with learning and pathway into further education. In October this year UCOL unveiled its new ACE programme.

These are a series of predominately free taster courses (see which meet the TEC ACE priorities. Read more in the newsletter

Building the infrastructure: South Westland community-led development 

Back in 2010 WestREAP employed David Stapleton as a Community Networker. His job was to work with the communities of Westland and Grey districts, find out about the current issues and needs, link them back to WestREAP if they are an education matter, or refer them to the appropriate agency.

A key issue identified in South Westland, which has a resident population of about 2500 in small settlements spread over 300 kilometres from Ross to Jackson Bay, was access to information about services available and means of contacting service agencies. The Ministry of Social Development provided funding to establish a South Westland Information and Advice Project, including a network of community champions as local contacts. Read more in the newsletter

A reinvented ACE network, with a vision

Four women who are passionate about ACE and who were once members of the Bay of Plenty ACE Network, have formed an organisation, Let’s Learn - Community Education Bay of Plenty.

They have established a website listing many of the local community education providers and are now working on plans to form a trust so that they can grow the sustainable, affordable provision of community education throughout the Bay. Their mission: To provide a hub that supports our local learning community. Read more in the newsletter

Confidence and connections: Hui Fono outcomes for one Whanganui woman

It’s always good to hear some time down the track how ACE Aotearoa’s professional development opportunities play out. Two years ago Teena Lawrence (Ngáti Te Wehi, Ngáti Hauaroa) from Whanganui attended the Taranaki Hui fono. This year she attended the Hui Fono in Wellington. Read more in the newsletter

Jade Temepara: growing healthy lifestyles 

Jade Temepara (Ngái Tahu, Ngáti Mamoe, Kati Mamoe, Nga Puhi) is a community educator and social entrepreneur who has established two successful projects: Hand over a Hundy, a one year challenge to young families to learn to grow and produce their own vegetable gardens, and Ótautahi's Kákano Café and Cookery School which is already a runaway success providing a menu of traditional organic and foraged kai - and a catering service.

Gardening courses are run at the café, but the cookery school has had to be put on hold for a month or two, until there is a bit of space in the whirlwind schedule to get it started. (Jade and her husband have five children all home schooled by their mother). Read more in the newsletter

Put a PEP in your TES


By Aiono Manu Faaea-Semeatu, Senior Advisor Pasifika - CORE Education 
My experience in education has included a range of roles - as a tertiary student (currently completing a PhD in Education at the University of Auckand), as a former tutor and lecturer (Ethnomusicology tutor and lecturer in the Anthropology Department), a teacher (Head of Performing Arts and Music), a marker and panel leader (contract work for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority) and now an education consultant (coaching and mentoring principals, senior leaders, building Pasifika strategic plans, culturally responsive professional learning development).

Having these multiple experiences in education has given me access to all sectors - from early childhood learning , to compulsory schooling and tertiary - where I have worked with partner agencies such as NZQA, Careers NZ and adult community education organisations. Read more in the newsletter

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