Mana Recovery gains national recognition
Mana Recovery continues to go from strength to strength, picking up a prestigious award for its social and environmental efforts.
The non-profit organisation that operates Trash Palace won the Community Action for the Environment – Volunteer & Not-for-Profit section of the Green Ribbon Awards, announced at Parliament on June 9.
General manager Elizabeth Coluzzi said the award is recognition that ‘‘a strong and dedicated team’’ are on the right course – providing a social service, training and employment opportunities for people with mental disabilities and are making a difference to the environment.
Originally known as Mana Community Enterprises, it was founded in 1996 and has developed a range of small initiatives in partnerships with Porirua City Council and other local businesses. There are 50 staff, with half of those having mental health needs.
‘‘What we’re trying to do is give them normal skills and really focused training so they can go out and get real jobs eventually,’’ Ms Coluzzi says. ‘‘They develop socially, gain skills and work ethics, build confidence and have the opportunity to rehabilitate back into the community. They have a consistent job. By doing the same thing every day, it means there’s no anxiety or stress.’’
Getting the Green Ribbon Award was ‘‘thrilling’’ and she hopes their model is replicated in other parts of the country.
‘‘ It’s fantastic to be recognised for the work everyone has been doing. Everyone [at Mana Recovery] wanted to see the certificate and trophy and there was a lot of high fives.’’
Ms Coluzzi said there are plans afoot to deal with the surge in e-waste and develop more programmes, while expanding their site further is also envisaged.
Leading the way: Mana Recovery’s general manager Elizabeth Coluzzi, who has a nursing and management background, has been in the job 10 months and is delighted the organisation has won a prestigious award.