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Thrive Wanganui: skills for social enterprise (and a more inclusive economy)

Covid-19 has recently given new charitable trust, Thrive Whanganui, access to another pool of funding so they can increase their work – building social enterprise capability in the wider Whanganui region. The government’s Regional Business Partner Network (managed by MBIE) has a Covid-19 response fund, which includes support for social enterprises.

Future Living Skills: increasingly popular in a fast-changing world

A classroom-based or online programme of eight learning guides on Future Living Skills is becoming more popular and will soon include a new module, the local economy.

The community-driven programme began over 15 years ago – when it was called Sustainable Households. It was started by Annie McDonald, an education officer at the Marlborough District Council, who began it working in collaboration with several other councils until the project was transferred to a new charitable trust.

Shama: supporting connected, confident and protected ethnic women

Shama Ethnic Women’s Trust, which was established in 2002, is a community hub for ethic families in and around Hamilton. It provides social services and an education programme for those living in the region, as well as a national resource for women who have experienced sexual violence and an education programme for mainstream providers. In the coming months Shama plans to roll out a second programme to some regions, this time on crosscultural parenting.

NZ ‘P’ Pull: a peer-led national movement supported by Wesley Community Action

The NZ ’P’ Pull movement began four years ago when a 24-year-old mother walked into Wesley Community Action in Waitangirua, Porirua, experiencing a methinduced psychotic episode. She needed help. None was available. So manager, Lizzie McMillan-Makalio, realised there needed to be accessible help. This was the catalyst for the first NZ ‘P’ Pull sessions.

Enviro hubs – a national education network connecting communities to their environment and to each other

Envirohubs – there are now 17 of them around the country. Many used to be called environment centres, but the name has changed because they now do much more than provide information and education about sustainability – they have become community hubs, helping to bring people together, create networks and strengthen communities – as well as getting individuals, whānau and communities on a pathway to sustainability and mitigating climate change.

Ako ngatahi at Multicultural Whangārei

Learning together, ako ngatahi – that’s Multicultural Whangārei’s strapline.

Their strategy is to work with the whole community, embracing diversity: everyone has a culture, and all cultures are respected. The kaupapa is based on Multicultural New Zealand’s Huarahi Hou Strategy (2017) – a Pathway to a Treaty-based Multicultural Society. Huarahi Hou is actively supported by leading kaumātua from around the country.

Le Va – mobilising leadership for wellbeing in Pasifika communities

Le Va is a national organisation based in Auckland. They collaborate with national organisations and communities to help Pasifika achieve the ‘best possible health and wellbeing outcomes – igniting communities and creating change.’

Le Va means the space. It is not an empty one, it’s a relational space.

MWDI HineBoss™ – transforming whānau lives though start-ups

MWDI HineBoss™ is a three-day wānanga provided nationally by Māori Women’s Development Inc (MWDI) – an indigenous financial institution, governed, managed and operated by wāhine Māori for the economic development of wāhine and their whānau.

MWDI was established by the Māori Women’s Welfare League. The aim is to support the further development of Māori with a firm focus on wāhine.

Since the wānanga started in 2016 MWDI HineBoss™ has provided support for over 700 women.

Tessa Waikari-Gudgeon is the Project Manager: