Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Nau mai haere mai ki Puketapapa Te Whangai Trust - Welcome to Puketapapa Te Whangai Trust!

Whakarongo ake au ki te tangi a te manu, Tui, Tui, Tui, Tuia
Tuia i runga, tuia i raro.
Tuia i waho, tuia i roto.
Tuia te muka tangata i takia mai i Hawaiki nui, i Hawaiki roa, i Hawaiki pāmamao
Te here ki Wairua, ki te whai Ao, ki te Ao Mārama.
Tihei Mauri Ora.

E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, e ngā Waka o te Motu, tēna koutou, tēna koutou, tēna koutou katoa.
I hear the call of the Tui bird.
Calling from above – calling from below.
Calling from the outside – calling from the inside.
Calling to the many generations of descendants from the Big Hawaiki (Hawaiki nui), the Long Hawaiki (Hawaiki roa), to the everlasting Hawaiki (Hawaiki pāmamao).
Weaving through the many strands of the spiritual world to the living world – the world of knowledge and understanding.
The breath of life.
To all Authorities, Cultures, Waka, and all communities of the region, greetings to you all.
Tēnā koutou katoa,
On behalf of the Te Auaunga Awa project team, I would like to invite you to a powhiri and hui to formally welcome Te Whangai Trust  into Wesley, Mt Roskill.  

Thursday 23 June 2016
Wesley Community Centre
740 Sandringham Rd Extn, Wesley.

Through Te Auaunga Awa: Walmsley and Underwood Reserves Project, Te Whangai Trust will be working with Auckland Council, Wesley Intermediate, Mana Whenua, Project PETER organisations and the local community to establish a native nursery social enterprise at Wesley Intermediate.  

The native nursery will provide native plants for the project and life skills, training and work readiness opportunities to the local community with a focus on young people and adults not in education, employment or training.  A short film on Te Whangai Trust’s approach can be found here
The powhiri will run from approximately 10:30-11:30am with lunch 11:30-12:30pm.  Those who are only attending the powhiri and lunch can then depart. 
The afternoon hui will run from 12:30-2:30pm and will include a presentation by Te Whangai Trust. This will outline their native nursery social enterprise model followed by a workshop to explore the potential that the native nursery presents for us to work together.  We recognise that there are a number of wonderful organisations in this community doing fantastic work and we would like this hui to create connections between people and explore the opportunities for working together that the native nursery presents.  

There are also plenty of opportunities for other activities to take place at the nursery for the wider community and local schools.  A steering group for the native nursery is being created and part of the group’s role will be to support the native nursery to integrate into the local community and further the ideas generated at this hui.  
On behalf of the project team, we look forward to meeting with you and beginning this exciting journey with you all. 

Please rsvp to amy.donovan@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Ngā mihi nui,
Amy Donovan | Specialist Advisor
Community Empowerment Unit
Auckland Council

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Transitions workshop one

Review of the first Transitions Workshop:
On the 28 of April, 10 different organisations came together to present and share ideas for the upcoming scoping research that will be conducted in our community.
Thanks to the awesome organisations that are already making a difference for our young people transitioning through education, life and career milestones. The list includes organisation who attended the first workshop and also some who are supporting behind the scenes with data and developing the a system change in our community regarding transitions. Many thanks to Manawa for leading the meeting and getting so many voices to be heard.

Organisations involved: 
Project PETER
Wesley Intermediate
Mt Roskill Intermediate
Mount Roskill Grammar School
Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB Cluster 7)  
Auckland Community Education Services (ACES)
Salvation Army Mt Albert - Mentoring
Critical Pixels
Careers NZ
COMET Auckland
Global Lighthouse and Roskill South Aspire Mentoring

Goals for meeting together to discuss transitions-
- communicating the Project PETER vision to the working group
- extracting your thoughts on how a study could be beneficial for their work
- what is happening already that is successful?
- who's stories we should capture?
- discuss recommendations for future activity/funding
- people to attend (brain dump)

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Puketapapa Community Driving School

We are all aware that assisting our young people and our migrants to get their drivers license, and to move through the graduated drivers licensing system, is a huge step towards becoming more employable.

Over the past year the Puketapapa Local Board have been supporting young people to gain their L license and we have seen over 120 young people go through training and gain their license.

We have also seen a huge demand by migrants, refugees, young mums and families who are wanting support to gain their licenses.

As a result of this demand, the team at Project PETER have made it one of our priorities to develop a sustainable, community based driver training programme/enterprise/school/project.  We want to be able to support people through to their full license, and will focus on the Learners Theory test, and community based mentoring through to the Restricted Practical test, and onto the Full if needed.

We have begun to get together the different people and organisations across our community who are interested in Driver Licensing, so that we can coordinate better the resources that we have, and then design together the best type of driver training support that our community needs.

Coming soon we will have the next round of subsidised L training and testing - email us if you'd like to stay in touch, and keep an eye on this blog for more information.

We are also creating a working group to meet together for 6-8 weeks to develop our community wide driving school concept.  If you would like to be a part of this group please let us know, meetings will commence mid April.


Our team have been drawing on the expertise from organisations across Puketapapa, across NZ and from governmental departments and NGO's who have driver licensing as their core business.  We are really excited about pulling together all of these insights into a 'one stop shop' specific to our diverse community.

Watch this space!


Monday, 4 April 2016

Whānau Ara Mua - A new learning opportunity for local parents.

Local families now have a chance to get skills and a pathway to study or work, while also helping their children learn. 

Whānau Ara Mua has started at Wesley Intermediate – the course runs three days a week during school terms.  

Adults gain a L2 NZQA qualification while they learn English, improve computing skills, do a course on money management and learn about family health and wellbeing.  They also gain understanding on how children learn, and develop skills to help their children read, do maths and support them with their homework.    

This is a life-changing course for whole families, tell the families you work with about it. 


Youth Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programme in Wesley

Are you working with 18-24 year olds who may be interested in construction training and employment opportunities? If so, Auckland Council would like to hear from your organisation.
As part of Te Auaunga Awa: Walmsley and Underwood Reserves Project, the council is working with Unitec  and Project PETER to provide a fees free pre-apprenticeship youth training programme. The four-month programme will start July 2016 and includes training, site visits, a Level 2 construction qualification, restricted driver licence training and potential apprenticeship opportunities associated with the project.
To be eligible candidates must be aged between 18-24, hold a learner driver licence and a minimum of NCEA Level 2 for English and Maths (or equivalent).  Preference will be given to local candidates.

In the coming months we will be developing an application pack and also offering information workshops to give more detail about the programme to those organisations working with young people, recognising that these organisations are best-positioned to identify young people in the area who might be suitable and interested in completing this training course.  

If you are interested in attending these workshops and finding out more, please contact patrick.gifford@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz (Specialist Broker Youth Connections).

Project PETER will also be delivering a Learner Driver License training programme in April-May, so that interested candidates can gain their learners licence before applying.  Please contact connect@projectpeter.org.nz if you'd like to register for this opportunity. 


Thursday, 17 March 2016

What is Collective Impact?

Here at Project PETER we have been using a Collective Impact approach to address the challenges our community faces in the areas of education, training and employment.

Collective Impact was developed in North America, and gives us a structure and a framework to follow.  We believe that the only way to make achievement in education and employment a reality for every person, is if we tackle this challenge together.  By each of us playing our own part, but doing it together, towards the same goal, we will see a major shift take place.

This short video was made by FSG which explains Collective Impact in a couple of minutes... check it out.


New Video by the PETER Strategy Team

We are currently in the process of applying for the Catalyst for Change funding programme offered by Foundation North, as part of the process we pulled together a video to communicate our collective vision for education, training and employment in Puketapapa.

Starring some of your favourites Tili, Rui, Lou, Honey, Nigel, Julie and more... Check it out!