Ef­forts recog­nised

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An or­gan­i­sa­tion that works to em­power Asians has been recog­nised in lo­cal board vol­un­teer awards.

The Asian Net­work formed in 2002 to meet the needs of Auck­land’s grow­ing Asian com­mu­nity, pro­gramme man­ager Vishal Rishi says.

The net­work aims to con­nect Asian peo­ple with ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vices to re­spond to their well­be­ing needs.

‘‘We are here to make new mi­grants feel in­cluded in so­ci­ety,’’ Mr Rishi says.

‘‘Rather than cre­at­ing a dif­fer­ent arm of ser­vices specif­i­cally for them, we would rather cur­rent ser­vices be­came more in­clu­sive.’’

The net­work not only as­sists new mi­grants it also helps New Zealand­born Asians.

It con­nects peo­ple with ser­vices han­dling a wide range of is­sues in­clud­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, youth health and dis­abil­ity ser­vices.

‘‘We aim to ad­dress the broader is­sues in a cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate way. Some­times when lo­cal slang is used in na­tion­wide health cam­paigns Asian peo­ple just don’t con­nect with it,’’ he says.

The Al­bert-Eden Board ac­knowl­edged the net­work’s hard work in its an­nual Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Awards.

The net­work was recog­nised for its ser­vice to the com­mu­nity in health and well­be­ing.

Net­work vol­un­teers Ja­son Li, Bai Bing Yu and Hui-Ling Weng also re­ceived spe­cial men­tion.

Mr Rishi says he is de­lighted the Asian Net­work has been recog­nised in the awards.

Con­nected: The Asian Net­work’s Vishal Rishi says the or­gan­i­sa­tion con­nects peo­ple with cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate health ser­vices.

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