Theory of Change Resources

So often an ACE provider sees a need in the community and quickly responds to it. Being agile is something we are good at. The hardest thing is finding enough time to look at the theory of our practice. Theory of Change is one way you can carry out research to inform your practice.

Whanganui community garden and learning hub

The Matipo Community Development Charitable Trust garden and education centre has won the Supreme Award at the Trustpower National Community Awards.

The gardens were established in 2013 in a formerly derelict part of Whanganui by the late Black Power Leader Craig Rippon. Since then Housing New Zealand has provided a renovated house which acts as an education hub and over 50 people have taken part in education. They started with literacy classes, and moved on to Horticulture as well as construction apprenticeships.

In Australia: a media training programme for Indigenous prisoners

A media training programme for Indigenous prisoners in Australia is helping them gain skills that may lead to a job – and get their stories out.

The latest issue of Adult Learning Australia’s magazine, Quest, has an article about the media training and the stories the inmates tell:
"Whether it’s making the most of education, giving up smoking, sharing stories of inspiring women, celebrating International Women’s Day or learning to drive, the show connects with audiences inside and outside the prison fences.”

Whaea June Raumange Jackson has died

E te pou kuia, kei te tangi te ngākau i tōu wehenga.
Haere atu rā koe ki te taha wairua, e kore e hōki mai.
E rārau koe ki tō moenga roa ī rūnga anō i te aroha.
E kore tātou e warewaretia i a koe.

Whaea June Jackson - wife of the late Sam Jackson, for many years ACE Aotearoa Kaumatua, and father of our current Kaumatua and Board member, Peter Jackson - has died.

ACE Conference 2019: Kai Ana i te Mātauranga Let’s Get Learning!

The focus of the conference this year was on helping to create responsive and accessible learning.

Keynote speakers

There were two keynote speakers, Professor Shirley Walters and the Hon Chris Hipkins.

Our moemoea: Te Puāwaitanga o te Kākano

By Ruby Roache
Ko te pae tawhiti kimihia kia mau,
Ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina.
As you seek the distant horizons,
Hold fast to that which you treasure.

Nestled in the small rural town of Ōpōtiki our dream (moemoea) first came to fruition in 2005: a moemoea that acknowledged mana wahine and valued their role in society as te whare tangata, and key contributors to the lives of their families, children and community. A moemoea to inspire, and restore the wairua of women.

Para Kore: educating for zero waste

Whakapapa to Ranginui and Papatūānuku, and values of kaitiakitanga, have inspired over 218,500 people from 179 marae and 181 organisations, such as kōhanga reo, schools and community organisations, to join the Para Kore movement and work towards zero waste.

Together, over the last ten years, they have stopped over 294 tonnes of rubbish going to a landfill.

Tolaga Bay Inn: mothership for education and community development

In 2011 Lily and her siblings brought their ageing mother, Ngairima Crawford, back home to Tolaga Bay.

When she was a child Ngairima’s own mother had died of TB and Ngairima was sent to an orphanage Heni Materoa before being looked after by whānau. Then, as a young woman she had run away to Wellington, married a German seaman who jumped ship, had six children, and brought them up in Christchurch on her own.

Whanganui Prison Programme

By Mel Shaw, Manager Community Education Whanganui
Since we started with our full programme in 2018, Community Education Whanganui has worked with over 120 learners from both low and high-security units in the Whanganui Prison.

Huiterangiora Digitech: an indigenous digital community on the East Coast #haramaitetoki

By Rawinia Tiari Olsen Kingi
Huiterangiora Digitech is a digital community focused on indigenous education and economic development based in Ūawa, Tolaga Bay on the East Coast. We are a group started by four whānau who are harnessing the power of the digital world to build sustainable opportunities and create a ladder to grow and support others. We aspire to being the creators of digital applications, rather than just being the users.

Our objectives are to:

Kapiti’s Shed Project: opportunities and inclusion

Since 2014 the Shed Project has been providing training and employment opportunities for local disabled and disadvantaged people as well as providing services for the wider community.

Each week over 80 differently-abled people take part in Shed activities. No distinctions are made. Everyone is seen to have their own unique abilities.

‘Live Stronger for Longer’: building community through fitness

The Live Stronger for Longer movement has been designed by ACC, the Ministry of Health, the Health Quality and Safety Commission and the wider health sector.

“Falling over isn’t part of the aging process,” says Marama Tauroa, ACC’s Injury Prevention Portfolio Manager/Falls. “Many falls are preventable provided older people do regular exercises that strengthen leg and core muscles and improve balance – it’s that simple.