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Shakti Supports and Empowers Ethnic Women

There have been numerous support systems established and expanded in response to Covid-19 and the lockdown. From wage subsidies and redundancy payments, to counselling and domestic abuse support, our country has responded quickly to ensure we survive the financial and mental toll of a worldwide pandemic. But in this time of crisis, many migrant women have been further marginalised. Women without permanent residency who are in abusive relationships have been one of the most highly impacted group...

September 25, 2020

Youth Encounter

Quintin White has come a long way since the start of the year. The 15-year-old was on the brink of moving to Alternative Education after struggling in school earlier this year. He knew back then that it wasn’t where he was meant to be and he needed to change. To help him get back on track, Quintin was referred to Youth Encounter – a charity that helps young people reach their full potential through dirt bike therapy, mentoring, camps and leadership courses. When he first joined their eight-w...

September 23, 2020

TECT Park

Lockdown taught us to appreciate many things; time spent with family, our healthcare workers, and the little things in life that bring us joy. It was also a reminder of just how important the great outdoors is for our wellbeing, and how lucky we are in the Western Bay to be surrounded by beautiful beaches, tracks, and bush to enjoy it. While TECT Park was closed during lockdown, with some restrictions as we moved down the levels, it is now back open – and busier than ever. TECT Park Operation...

September 21, 2020

Merivale Community Garden

We all know we should eat our fruit and vegetables. But Merivale Community Garden is teaching our community the many benefits of growing them too. Merivale Community Garden was established back in 2012 when an empty section on the corner of Fraser Street and Alverstoke Road was made available by Housing New Zealand. Where there once was nothing but a concrete slab and plenty of flax, now is a thriving garden filled with cabbage, kale, silverbeet, butter beans, celery, rhubarb and more. And it...

September 18, 2020

Community Groups Receive $177,600 in Covid-19 Recovery Funding

The WBOP COVID-19 Recovery Fund has paid out an additional $177,600 in funding to local community groups struggling with increased demand or income shortfall due to Covid-19. The successful recipients include Youth Search and Rescue, BOP Classic Aircraft Trust, AphasiaNZ, Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service, Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group, The Boys Brigade NZ, Families Achieving Balance, Live for More, and Big Buddy Mentoring. The Recovery Fund aims to support key Western Bay NFPs and NGOs ...

September 11, 2020

Sport Bay of Plenty - Water Safety Strategy

As an island nation, our beaches, rivers and lakes provide ample opportunity to swim, play and participate in water sports. These are all part of the quintessential Kiwi lifestyle. But with this comes an increased risk of accidents, unpredictable conditions and currently, a lack of skills to navigate these. Drowning is the number one cause of recreational deaths in New Zealand, and the Bay of Plenty has the fourth-highest regional drowning rate in the country. Each one of these deaths is a lif...

September 10, 2020

Tauranga Budget Advisory Service

Thousands in our community are struggling financially right now. Whether they have lost their job, business is dwindling, or debts are racking up, the post-lockdown climate has left many unsure of where to turn for help. One local charity working to support people through their tough financial circumstances is Tauranga Budget Advisory Service (TBAS). They provide a number of services including free, one-on-one financial mentoring, advocacy, support, negotiation with creditors, debt management to...

September 7, 2020

Graeme Dingle Foundation Builds Children's Resilience

Life has thrown us a few curveballs this year. But for many children across the region, school closures, social restrictions and family job losses have impacted their wellbeing, with some at risk of lasting psychological distress. The Graeme Dingle Foundation is helping 3,500 of those children stay resilient, teaching them that what they have inside is greater than any obstacle, even when that obstacle is a global pandemic. Their programmes use elements of the great outdoors, inspirational class...

September 4, 2020

Living With Complex Chronic Illnesses a Daily Battle

There are tears in Arlene Olson’s eyes as she describes the past few years she’s been through. “My mother died, then my sister and brother in law died, I got diagnosed with my illnesses, and now I could be losing my job because of that.” Arlene was diagnosed in June with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and Fibromyalgia. They’re not well known, but they are lifelong conditions that are often debilitating, and invisible to the world. Arlene has lived with them for a...

September 1, 2020

Nominations for 2021 TECT Community Awards Open

The TECT Community Awards are back for 2021 with nominations opening on Tuesday 1 September 2020. The 2020 TECT Community Awards wrapped up early last month after a six-week online showcase of finalists and winners. The 2021 Awards will be hosted both online and with an awards night at Baycourt in March. TECT Chairperson Bill Holland says the awards will recognise the hard work of community groups and volunteers, celebrating their work with the wider public and with a memorable awards night. “...

September 1, 2020

Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service Stay Afloat with Funding

Cancelled weddings, a decline in business bookings, and postponed private functions – it’s a fate many venues have had to face since lockdown. But for charities that rely on such bookings to fund their service, it’s been a major blow, one requiring some tough decisions in order to survive. Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service counts on its venue bookings and grants to fund their operational costs. During the lockdown, all bookings had to be cancelled, and funding from trusts dried up. To hel...

August 31, 2020

Pillans Point School

With the growing use of technology, children are spending more and more time in front of screens and less time out in nature. One school that is helping kids get back to basics with nature is Pillans Point School. After conducting research at the school, they found most children could not name common plants and herbs such as mint, chives, raspberries, pohutukawa, and kowhai trees, and had limited knowledge past common insects such as spiders and bees. With the help of TECT funding, Pillans Poin...

August 28, 2020

The Struggle of Survival for Major Events in the Western Bay

It has been a difficult time for most industries around the country. But for those working in the events industry, the lockdowns have left them in the lurch with sunk costs and commitments that need to be paid, whether the event goes ahead or not. From the National Jazz Festival and the TECT National Sevens which were cancelled, to the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships and the Festival of Disability Sport which were postponed, the range of complexities and uncertainties of running large-scale...

August 26, 2020

Te Puna Memorial Hall

The new Te Puna Memorial Hall officially opened in August 2020. The former Hall was built in 1922 in memory of the Te Puna men who died on active service, and those who served and returned from World War One and World War Two. In 2016, it had to be demolished to make way for the new Te Puna Road/SH2 roundabout. Four years later and the new building stands today, featuring a slightly larger footprint, with a larger kitchen, two meeting rooms, a supper room and archive room. Located close to where...

August 21, 2020

Brain Injured Children Trust Continues Therapy

No parent wants to watch their child struggle. But for those parents with children who have sustained a brain injury, struggles are an expected, and heart-breaking part of their everyday reality. The anguish, stress and guilt that comes with seeing your child unable to reach expected milestones, unable to walk, talk, or play, is something no parent wants to go through. But for 28 families in the Western Bay who experience this daily battle, a local charity is helping provide the practical, finan...

August 20, 2020

Bay Conservation Alliance

We are lucky in the Western Bay to be surrounded by beautiful beaches, lush native bush, and outlying islands, filled with flora and fauna for us to discover and enjoy. Many groups in the region work to ensure this natural environment is restored and conserved, preserving our taonga now and for generations to come. During lockdown, all on the ground conservation work had to stop. While this created some tension for community conservation groups who were worried that they couldn't attend to regu...

August 18, 2020

The Happy Puku Provide Nutritious Meals to Those in Need

The Happy Puku has delivered over 3400 meals to those in need since the lockdown started. From families in transitional housing to vulnerable individuals unsure where their next meal will come from, the nutritious kai has been a lifeline; not only keeping tummies full, but providing a much-needed gesture of connection.  Established two years ago, The Happy Puku aims to teach people who have experienced homelessness how to ‘grow a kai, catch a kai and cook a kai’, providing opportunities...

August 14, 2020

YSAR Adapt Post-lockdown with Online Learning

A new online learning system currently in development will allow YSAR to remain resilient in a post-Level 4 lockdown world filled with uncertainties. The non-profit organisation aims to enable young people to develop the skills necessary to participate and become active volunteers in emergency response organisations. Their three-year training programme consists of outdoor education, search, rescue and emergency response methodologies, and leadership and incident management. YSAR Co-founder and ...

August 13, 2020

Lex Spencer Wins Lifetime Service Award in TECT Community Awards

Lex Spencer has been announced as the winner of the Lifetime Service Award in the TECT Community Awards. A lifelong volunteer for over 60 years, with 7 of those in Tauranga, Lex freely shares his time and knowledge of cycling with the community. Fixing bikes for Waipuna Hospice, Travel Safe, Salvation Army and others across the community at no cost, has earned him the monikers ‘Mr Fix It’ and the ‘crazy bike guy’. Lex first got into fixing bikes for students in the Kids Can Ride Cycle p...

August 4, 2020

Bryce Dinneen Wins Volunteer of the Year in TECT Community Awards

Bryce Dinneen has been announced as Volunteer of the Year in the TECT Community Awards for his work creating opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people. The former Tauranga Boys College student is well known in the region as an inspirational mentor and voice for disabled people to live a purposeful and fulfilled life. After suffering a high-level spinal injury from a shallow diving accident at the age of 29, Bryce was left with only 4% function. During his rehabilitation, Bryce though...

August 3, 2020

House of Science Tauranga Keep Science Alive for Schoolchildren

House of Science Tauranga aims to change a worrying trend in our education system – that many children enter high school with little to no science knowledge.  General Manager Pam Bassett says science is not given the focus it deserves in the primary and intermediate school curriculum. “Unfortunately, there is just so little support, resources or funding going to science in schools. It’s no surprise that children end up either uninterested or believing science is too hard for them by t...

July 31, 2020

Live for More

For Jared Dixon, life felt like it was on a set path headed for prison. With many of his whānau in and out of prison, as a young child he wanted to experience life behind bars for a day, just to see what it was like. An upbringing surrounded by drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence soon led him to smoking weed every day from the age of 12. “A few years later, I tried meth for the first time, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As soon as I took meth, I turned into a different perso...

July 27, 2020

James Power Wins Youth Spirit Award

James Power has been announced as the winner of the Youth Spirit Award in the TECT Community Awards. The 18-year-old from Whakamarama moved to Christchurch this year to study Engineering at the University of Canterbury, but left his mark here in Tauranga. With his countless volunteering hours, academic achievements, and sporting accomplishments, James was recognised by the judges for embodying community spirit through his contribution to the region. A volunteer lifeguard at Omanu Surf Life Savi...

July 27, 2020

Vital insights from ‘Vital Update – Tauranga’

The findings from ‘Vital Update – Tauranga’ – a community research project that measures the wellbeing of communities – is now available at www.vitalupdate.org.nz, providing city-wide data that is useful to our whole community. The research findings identify significant trends in a range of areas related to quality of life, and capture the aspirations of the people that live, learn, work and play in Tauranga. Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell says the research has provided fundamental i...

July 23, 2020

ICONZ Edge Programme Transforms Learning for Boys

There's eager faces, excitable chatter, and energetic spirits. It's the 2 hours each week these children look forward to most – time out of the classroom using their hands to make something that is uniquely their own creation. But this isn't a normal school lesson. This is the ICONZ Edge programme, run by The Boys Brigade in three schools around the Western Bay. The programme uses hands-on activities, primarily woodworking, to engage boys who are on the edge and struggling in school; helping s...

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