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Manaaki Hapori Enhancing Communities is focussed on bringing together community and parish based social service initiatives so that they can collectively provide the best services for their communities.

Manaaki Hapori wants to build on local networks and relationships, share bench marks for best practise, codes, guidelines and processes across the range of parish based and agency social services that NZCCSS members are providing.

2011 has seen Manaaki Hapori meet with member and community social services in the Hawkes Bay and Bay of the Plenty rohe via cluster meetings and regional hui.

Check out the great work being done by Waiapu Anglican Social Services, The Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support Services, Ka Hao Te Rangatahi Napier, Purena Koa Rehua, the Hawkes Bay District Council and many more...

For more information on the project rationale click here.

The initiatives show-cased below are grouped into four categories: Gardens and Markets, Youth, Special Projects, and Deepening Community.
The fifth category, Toolkit for Communities, contains ‘How To’ guides and further references.


 

Gardens and Markets

 

Youth

 

Toolkit for Communities 
 


Deepening Community

 

Special Projects


Gardens & Markets

Home of Compassion Gardens: Soil, Soul, Sustenance

Common Ground is a response to community request for land and a link with a mission tradition. Land for growing produce in community gardens has been made available by the sisters of the Home of Compassion in Wellington. This venture came about in response to a local advertisement for land for community gardens. In a timely co-incidence, the advert appeared while Sister Loyola was attending a permaculture course. Read more...

Newtown Community Market, Wellington

A group of people participating at a social analysis workshop run by the Wellington Catholic Diocese have established the monthly community market in Newtown with the aim to 'thicken community'. Read more...

 

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Youth

 Grieving through the Seasons 

Seasons - Grief and Loss Programme, is a peer support programme for children aged 5 through 18 who are grieving and the Seasons Life Threatening Illness is a peer support programme for children with loved ones who are seriously ill.

The cycle of the seasons provides a familiar pattern within which children and teenagers can explore their experiences of grief.   An amazing group of experienced and dedicated volunteer ‘Companions’ are always full of heart and willing to share their understandings and knowledge when there is a loss due to death, separation or divorce, or a parent in prison. Read more...


Wiseing Up on Children and Adult Lifeskills. Methodist Mission Christchurch

Wiseup for kids is led by youth leaders and provides lifeskills courses that suits different needs such as when parents separate or to help with hard feelings. The Christchurch Methodist Mission partners with parishes and community agencies for community development and adult education. Read more... 

 

 

 

Aratupu Community-Centred Preschool, Christchurch

A preschool for families in a low socio-economic area of Christchurch NZ, that provides bicultural preschool education and wrap around services. Whanau and families can go to lifeskills courses as varied as Womanwise and Hiphop classes. Host agency, the Methodist city Mission and a health partnership ensure access to social and health services.Read more...

 
 The ‘Other F’s’ and Rapping Against Poverty in Masterton

RAP – Rise Against Poverty is the latest response to community needs from Masterton Christian Child Care. This parish-based Child Care centre has a finger on the pulse of needs and interests of parents and families in the Masterton community. Read more...

Parish Homework in Avondale

A light high on a treetop is the first sign of community-facing action of the Avondale Uniting Parish. A yellow power cord swings up the tree from the church hall. The Reverend Vai Ngahe spoke about action in the community beginning with getting ‘the raw data’ on issues in Avondale. Read More...

 
Mangere Baptist and City Lights - Young people switched on to community service in Mangere

Crowds of young people gather for a three day City Lights Festival of celebration and service at the Mangere Baptist parish.  Singing and worship are tempered with the realities of practical service comes to life in the local community. Activities are geared for neighbours who are isolated or marginalized. Read more...

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Special Projects

Acts 29 Prison Parish Release

Revd Charles Noanoa is enabling men released from prison to be absorbed into community. In the video he explains his aroha for men  and his ministry in the faith based unit of Rimutaka prison. Charles has a person who was released from prison living with him as a 'flat mate'. Read more...

 
 
Bravo Budgeting in Mangere

Stopping mortgagee sales are the issue on top for Vaiola, champion budget advisor at Mangere Baptist church. Since July 2008, the time when the impacts of the recession were keenly felt in Mangere, Vai has had thirty five mortgagee sales referred to the service she runs, and she has been able stave off thirty four of them.  Read more...

 
 
 
Parishes Partnering with Auckland District Health Board for Improved Pacific Health

A Pacific Health fono on ‘Connecting Neighbourhoods’ provided an expose of a fantastic collaboration between parishes, Public Health Organizations (PHO’s) and the Auckland District Health Board(ADHB). The Pacific Advisory Council to ADHB provides much of the impetus for this powerful and effective initiative which links Pacific church communities and communities in which they are located with the institutional systems of health delivery, policy and decision-making.Read more...

 Health Village Action Zones.

Pacific Island Parishes in Auckland running health programmes in partnership with Auckland DHB. Read more...

 
 
 

 
Parish Centres for Older people- Pacific Group in Clendon and the Papakura 'Homestead'. Selwyn Foundation partnering with parishes in Auckland

Sally Naulls is a champion of parishes being involved with communities. ‘I have a passion that the churches get off their backsides and be out in the community’. I love giving enthusiasm and encouragement to people who do want to do things in the community for parishes’. Read more...

One Hundred Percent: Sharing Care and Foodparcels in Waitakere

The co-ordinator of Waitakere Community Outreach, Victor, is horrified at the one hundred percent increase in foodparcels delivered in the last year. Read more...

 
Parish Group Involvement in Neighbouring Prison 

                            A group from St Mary’s parish in Papakura are neighbours to the Wiri women’s prison and have been visiting there for about 3 years through the prison chaplain. The group were inspired by Celia Lashley to think about prisons in their areas and prisoners as neighbours. For this group the well known call of Micah to social justice and to visiting those in prison came to life. Read more...

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Deepening Community

Welcome to Waiapu Anglican Social Services

Nau Mai ki te Kahui Awhi Whanau o Waiapu

Waiapu people in faithful partnership strengthening our communities

The Waiapu Anglican Social Services Trust board is the roof for 46 providers across 3 rohe – Hawkes Bay, Tairawhiti and Bay of Plenty, from Tauranga to Woodville.   27 locations are supported by a management committee and chaired by the parish vicar.

WASS Napier provides the shelter for this work; supplying administration services, policy and procedures free training for staff and two communication development advisors who work directly with parish based initiatives.  WASS also convene 6 cluster meetings per year – South Hawkes Bay, Hawkes Bay, Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga and Papamoa.  Liz Pennington and a senior parish priest co-facilitate a hui between community agencies and parish-based social services. They come together ’kanohi ki te kanohi’, to re-connect, update contact lists and contribute to a round-robin of what’s happening, what’s working and what’s not within parish social services. Read more...


Welcome to Camberley


Manaaki Hapori 
Regional Hui 
September 2011

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Acts 29, A New Chapter on Aroha

Rev'd. Charles Noanoa of St Matthews, Taita New Zealand is 'writing' a new chapter of Acts in a ministry of aroha. Charles doesn't have a regular congregation and he doesn't hold services, but whoever God sends is his congregation. Recently the baby of whanau neighbours died, and the church became their marae for the tangi.   Read more...

Urban  Vision - Supporting neighbours and communities

A leader of Passionfest, Justin Duckworth describes Ngatiawa as a contemporary monastry. Here is a centre, or retreat of prayer and hospitality and support to those who live in urban communities as servants, those who are seeking a deeper way of life, and people who are struggling. Living in urban communities, as Tess McLure does (pictured left), in low cost housing areas is a way of bringing to peace and justice, love and care to life. It is expected that sharing life in challenging circumstances, as community, will bring strength and resilience that will prevent the need for social services. Read more...

It’s Raw, Real and Relational for Mangere Baptist in the Community.

A passion for holistic life-styles for young people is a hallmark of the pastor at Mangere Baptist youth. Early on this parish Dean invited a group of young people who were renowned for ‘antisocial’ graffiti to come and paint the walls of the church. They were amazed to be invited, and so have the public been ever since with the walls as a brilliant icon in the community.  Read more...

Masterton to Samoa – Church and Community Respond to a Crisis

With news of the tsunami in Samoa the Samoan community in Masterton mounted an immediate response of spiritual and practical support. Distance collapsed as people felt the sadness for relations in Samoa and for their home country. Read more...

 
Parish  responsive and in a 'tightly bound relationship' in Clendon as basis for deep community

Revd. Mark Beale said 'one of the most important things is to be authentic in community and that means living in the reality of Clendon'. Barbara Beale is a primary teacher in Clendon and relationships with schools and library and organizations such as Plunket and Iconz and other churches and agencies such as Work and Income form a web of community networks. Housing, employment and food are core parish enterprises Read more...

Know Your Neighbours: Community Action on the North Shore

Knowing your neighbours might be simple, yet, as Rebecca Harrington found out, neighbour relationships are often missing in our communities. Rebecca set out to explore what was going on in around North Shore neighbourhoods in her role of community development worker with Lifewise and the Methodist Church in Takapuna. Read more...

 

     St Mary’s: Hospitality to Immigrants in the Papakura Community Support

                       A group from St Mary’s parish in Papakura meet weekly to support immigrant women from the wider community to learn English. Mary Thorne, a leader of the group, said ‘We are Christian women who welcome all faiths into our group. We refer to festivals and symbols from different faiths and cultures in our discussions.Read more...

 

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