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Good Neighbour Proud to Win Sustainable Future Award

Good Neighbour has been announced as the winner in the Sustainable Future category in the TECT Community Awards. The charity is well known in the region for their work. Whether distributing rescued food to local community groups, delivering firewood to those in need, carrying out backyard projects and building maintenance, or cultivating community gardens for people to grow their own food, they work to support those facing some of life’s toughest times with a friendly neighbourly hand.  B...

July 3, 2020

STEMFest Wins Event Excellence in TECT Community Awards

Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) was announced as the winner of the Event Excellence Award in the TECT Community Awards last week. The first event of its kind to be held in New Zealand, STEMFest attracted 3,500 visitors who had the chance to explore over 40 exhibits. From extracting DNA to learning how to code, children and adults alike enjoyed a full day of exciting experiments and hands-on learning. STEMFest founder and project lead Tia Lush says the team are honoured to win the award. "We ar...

July 2, 2020

The Search Party Charitable Trust Feed Those in Need in Te Puke

The Search Party Charitable Trust (TSPCT) may not be a name familiar to most. But the organisation has been at the heart of Te Puke for seven years, keeping the community connected, fed, and educated through their many initiatives. From free pizza nights and weekly cooking classes teaching families how to make food go further, to a collaborative project supporting homeless clients by keeping them practically busy with backyard tidy-ups for those in need, TSPCT doesn’t fit the usual box of an o...

June 30, 2020

TECT Community Awards Launch Online Next Week

The TECT Community Awards are launching online next week. While the original March event was postponed due to the lockdown, the move to an online format will see finalists and winners announced over six weeks on the TECT Facebook and website, starting Monday 22nd June. TECT General Manager Wayne Werder says the move to an online format this year would allow the incredible work of community groups and volunteers to be shared with the broader community, in a new, innovative way. “The lockdown h...

June 19, 2020

Katikati Community Centre Collaborates to Meet Changing Community Needs

Responding to the community’s needs in a time of crisis is no small effort for any organisation or business. But for the Katikati Community Centre, which services over 4,000 people in Katikati, a new collaborative approach has brought power in numbers, helping them support their community and its changing needs. Katikati Community Centre Manager Allan Wainwright established the Katikati Community Response Group alongside other local community organisations to support those most vulnerable thro...

June 12, 2020

Ngā Kākano Meet Unprecedented Demand at Level 2

Healthcare provider Ngā Kākano Foundation says their work has tripled since the move to Alert Level 2 as they address the backlog built up during lockdown. With unprecedented demand for flu vaccinations, prescription requests, and regular, accessible health information, the group has recognised they are unlikely to return to a pre-Covid-19 normal. Ngā Kākano Foundation Group Chief Executive Pia Callaghan says they are seeing several changes in the health needs of their community. “As more ...

June 8, 2020

Phase Two of COVID-19 Funding Now Available to Support Recovery

Local funders TECT, Acorn Foundation, BayTrust and Tauranga City Council have announced a transition to phase two of their COVID-19 funding support, with an aim to help key Western Bay of Plenty community groups survive the medium-term impact of Covid-19. While the initial Rapid Response Fund launched by the funders in April provided emergency support, this new WBOP COVID-19 Recovery Fund will aid the recovery phase; enabling the longer-term rebuild of the community sector. The fund is part two ...

June 2, 2020

Confirmed Candidates Announced for TECT Trustee Election

Nominations for the 2020 TECT trustee election closed at 12 noon, Friday 29 May. Independent Returning Officer, Warwick Lampp, says that this year there has again been strong interest in the election with 13 candidates nominated for the three positions available on the Trust. This compares to 19 in 2018, 11 candidates in 2016, and 19 candidates in 2014.  The confirmed candidates for the 2020 election are:BRIDGES NatalieCHAMBERLAIN RonFARMER PeterGEMMING RachaelHOLLAND BillKING PhilKLETCHKO ...

May 29, 2020

Homes of Hope Provides Stability for Children Amidst COVID-19

During lockdown, many families adjusted to new routines with children home full-time. Multi-tasking took on a new meaning, the work-life balance was thrown off-kilter, and the extra family time was cherished. But for the 6000+ Kiwi kids in foster care who have already had their life uprooted, the lockdown’s rules brought new fears to the forefront, wondering where they would go next and when they could see their families again. In foster care due to serious neglect and/or abuse, often se...

May 29, 2020

Stroke Foundation

Unable to walk or use his left side, Garry Hamnett’s stroke left him with difficult challenges to face. While at a friend’s house for dinner, Garry’s face started to droop and his arm became limp. Luckily his friend knew the signs of a stroke and immediately called for an ambulance. Garry was taken straight to Tauranga Hospital where he received urgent care. When Garry came around, he found himself in the acute stroke ward after being unconscious for five days. It was during this time tha...

May 27, 2020

Support Vital for Vulnerable Cancer Patients During COVID-19

“Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19, and neither have we,” says Shelley Campbell, Chief Executive of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society. The charity continued to operate through the lockdown, supporting hundreds of Kiwis with cancer. Shelley says the society’s support is more important than ever, with COVID-19 adding an extra element of stress for people impacted by cancer. “COVID-19 has affected all New Zealanders, but it’s been particularly relevant to us here at the Cancer Soc...

May 25, 2020

Awhina House Helps Homeless Women Through Alert Levels

It’s a house like any other in our neighbourhoods. There are beds providing the comfort of sleep, a kitchen full of home-cooked meals made with love, a garden tended to by green-fingered hands, and the chatter of family sharing goals for the future. The only difference is this household, and family, is made up of women who all share one thing in common; they are homeless. They now live at Awhina House—a shelter that nurtures, advocates for and supports the homeless women in Tauranga. Th...

May 22, 2020

Nepalese Association in BOP Gives Gift of Groceries for Newcomers

For Devendra (name changed), moving from Nepal to New Zealand was a big life decision. He arrived in February and had just started studying at Toi Ohomai when the lockdown was announced. While he was fortunate enough to find some other Nepalese students to share a flat with, with no job secured, this new challenge put him in a critical position. Struggling to pay for his accommodation and food, he reached out to the Nepalese Association in BOP—a non-profit group representing the Nepali co...

May 20, 2020

Katikati Christian Foodbank Says Peak Demand Soon to Come

While there has been a steady need for food parcels since the lockdown, the Katikati Foodbank believes peak demand will come once the wage subsidy is exhausted and the true financial impact is felt within the community. Katikati Christian Foodbank Communications Representative Pam Todd says concerns are being heard across the community, with many in Katikati facing the prospect of job losses, and high anxiety around putting food on the table for their family. “Many of those receiving food parc...

May 18, 2020

Community Groups Get Boost from Rapid Response Funding

From PPE equipment keeping a community centre running, and support for those with a learning disability, to the broadcasting of COVID-19 information for the Deaf community; there is need in every corner of our region. To help meet these needs, local funders TECT, Acorn Foundation, BayTrust and Tauranga City Council, have approved a further $39,276 in funding for twelve community groups in the Western Bay of Plenty. This brings the total funding approved through the Rapid Response Fund to $219,25...

May 15, 2020

Salvation Army Supports People Across the Community

Enquiries to The Salvation Army in Tauranga have doubled compared to last year, with over 260 requests for help since the end of March, meeting the needs of over 600 people. Providing support in the form of social work, food, clothing, furniture and non-food essential items, The Salvation Army has also been helping families across the Western Bay experience some sense of normality in these strange times. Whether delivering Easter eggs and activity packs to whanau with young children, providing ...

May 13, 2020

STEMFest

Families from around the country and the Western Bay flocked to Durham Street in Tauranga to share in wonder, amazement, curiosity and discovery, as STEMFest took over the city for a day full of exciting experiments and engaging hands-on learning. The world class festival was designed to engage and inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. And it did just that. A Fun-Filled Day for the Family With exhibitors from industry leaders such as Nanogirl Labs, ...

May 12, 2020

New Phones for Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai Alleviate Isolation

For mental health providers supporting our community through lockdown, having access to a phone is vital. Having access to a smartphone, however, opens up a whole new way to connect. Community mental health provider Te Puna Hauora Ki Uta Ki Tai knows just how valuable a simple upgrade in phones is for not only its team, but its hundreds of clients seeking help. Recent funding received through the Rapid Response Fund has allowed the not-for-profit organisation to purchase 18 smartphones—one...

May 11, 2020

Alzheimer's Tauranga

It has been a time of many unknowns. The significant change we have all experienced has seen us adapt and come together as a nation to slow the spread of COVID-19. The potential escalation and uncertainty we faced as we headed into lockdown can serve as a small lens into the life of a family affected by dementia. The condition is unexpected, its progression and effects on a person are uncertain, and much of existing day to day life and routines can be challenged. Alzheimer’s Tauranga has been ...

May 11, 2020

Mockingbird

Imagine living in a world where you feel isolated; people don’t always understand you, it can be difficult to focus, and at times everything can seem overwhelming. Living with neurodiversity can be a daily struggle. For teenager Sophia Mudgway, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it was affecting her schooling and socialising was difficult.    “It seemed like there was no hope or light at the end of the tunnel,” says Sophia’s mother, Nicola. Now, the 13-year-old is happier,...

May 6, 2020

Brave Hearts

It is a dark underbelly many of us don’t see. One we imagine we never will. But addiction is a reality that can creep into any one of our lives when it takes hold of our loved ones. From stealing and lying, to aggression and depression, the devastation wrought by addiction does not end at one person. It ripples through the lives of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends, and it’s a hard role to be in. Erin O’Neill knows that reality well. When her son was a teenager, he became a...

May 4, 2020

Tauranga Community Foodbank Sees Surge in New Clients

A third of people Tauranga Community Foodbank has helped in the last month have never used their service before. From those self-employed now unable to earn, to stranded international seasonal workers, and elderly unable to access food with no family support, the local charity is ensuring no one in our community goes hungry. It is something Tauranga Community Foodbank Manager Nicki Goodwin says requires wrap-around support. “As well as providing food, we need to ensure we give time to support ...

May 1, 2020

$103,000 in Funding Approved Through Rapid Response Fund

Over $103,000 in funding was approved last week through the Rapid Response Fund, supporting nine community groups facing increased demand as a result of COVID-19. This second round of funding supported a wide range of community groups, from food support and shelter for the homeless, to foster care services and health care providers. The groups include Awhina House, Homes of Hope, Open Home Foundation, Te Tuinga Whanau Support, Nga Kakano Foundation, Pacific Island Community Trust, Good Neighbour...

April 29, 2020

Street Kai Show Kindness to Homeless Through Lockdown

It's a family gathering every Monday night; sharing food, a cuppa, conversations, and kindness. But this family gathering is a little larger than most. 'Milo Night', as it's known, brings 150 people in our community together at the Willow Street bus stop each week, to be greeted by the warm welcome of Street Kai—a charity feeding the homeless. And it's not just food. Supplying toiletries, clothing, dog food, haircuts or even a chat with a medic, they care for those in need in our community...

April 28, 2020

Changing Face of Healthcare Supported by Community Good

In our bubbles, we have been keeping safe. Essential health care service providers are ensuring those bubbles aren't too disrupted, taking extra precautions while caring for those in need. For Pirirakau Hauora, a hapū-based Māori health provider, amongst all the changes and precautions taken, one thing holding strong is the whanau connection. Delivering a range of health and wellbeing services to the hapū of Pirirakau and people of Te Puna and surroundi...

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