Launch streets ahead of hopes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Streets Ahead 237 has been launched as a char­i­ta­ble trust in ‘‘one more step in a long jour­ney’’, founder Wayne Poutoa said af­ter the open­ing last week.

‘‘This is an­other cog in the wheel which will help us to pre­serve the jour­ney of our par­ents and their sac­ri­fice,’’ he said af­ter the Jan­uary 25 event at Horouta Marae in As­cot Park.

‘‘ We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved . . . This has been four years in the mak­ing.

‘‘[ Un­der Maraeroa] we learned a lot of skills and learned how to be­come an or­gan­i­sa­tion but we knew it was time for us to branch out.

‘‘This pro­gramme was never about us, it was al­ways about our peo­ple.

‘‘ What started as a lit­tle or­gan­i­sa­tion which started in Mi­randa St [Can­nons Creek] can now grow into some­thing a lot big­ger.’’

Mr Poutoa said it was a great day and the large num­ber of guests who turned out in sup­port spoke vol­umes for the work Streets Ahead 237 had done since its in­cep­tion in 2006.

‘‘While we were wait­ing [at the marae] for the guests to be wel­comed in, I said to my wife, ‘The qual­ity of our work over the last four years will be re­flec­tive of the cal­i­bre of who walks down that drive’, and we were amazed by how many peo­ple came,’’ Mr Poutoa said.

‘‘I said, at the end of the day there’s so much power in this room.’’

Min­is­ter of so­cial devel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment Paula Ben­nett, Porirua City mayor Nick Leggett, for­mer mayor Jenny Brash, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi and Na­tional list MP Hekia Parata were among the dig­ni­taries at the launch.

Ms Ben­nett of­fered sup­port to­wards ex­pand­ing the group and en­cour­aged Streets Ahead’s lead­ers not to let bu­reau­cracy get in the way of the work it is try­ing to do.

Mr Poutoa said the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s main fo­cus now will be sup­port­ing the in­terim board, chaired by Gre­gory For­tuin, in ed­u­cat­ing par­ents in gov­er­nance so they can pass the knowl­edge on to youth.

Streets Ahead 237 is a youth or­gan­i­sa­tion help­ing to strengthen fam­i­lies and build com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives.

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