Big dreams for fam­ily ser­vice

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Te Aroha Noa Com­mu­nity Ser­vices has been serv­ing the High­bury com­mu­nity for 30 years and now it’s dream­ing big.

It’s out­grow­ing the build­ings, and the plans on the draw­ing board are to ex­pand to de­velop more spa­ces for com­mu­nity ser­vices.

The pro­posed plans in­clude train­ing spa­ces, par­ent­ing and nu­tri­tion, a com­mu­nity kitchen, a maara (gar­den) and Te Aroha Noa (TAN) is hop­ing Te Patik­i­tiki Li­brary will also be­come part of the hub.

TAN chief ex­ec­u­tive Bruce Maden says there will be two early child­hood cen­tres that of­fer wha¯ nau de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes, a health cen­tre with four clin­i­cians and clin­i­cal nurses as well as an out­post health hub to the Health Hub in Down­town.

“Our vi­sion is an in­te­grated place de­voted to health and well­be­ing,” says Bruce.

“A place where peo­ple have a sense of con­nec­tion.

“We have to be bold to ad­vance a dream, and we are dream­ing big.”

Bruce con­tin­ued that TAN’s plan is to ad­dress the lack of health ser­vices of the im­me­di­ate and outer com­mu­nity.

“We’ve been lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, and a re­cent in­ter­ac­tive hui asked those who at­tended to write one dream/idea their wha¯ nau would like to see in the hub.

“The com­mu­nity needs to own the hub, and build it. When peo­ple are con­nected there is well­ness.

“To make a dif­fer­ence we have to work with par­ents.

“By deeply en­gag­ing with this com­mu­nity and build­ing en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ships it was hoped that Te Aroha Noa could sup­port the com­mu­nity to iden­tify its needs, cel­e­brate its strengths and build in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment re­sponses that would en­hance the so­cial con­nec­tion, sense of be­long­ing and well be­ing of all who lived in these sub­urbs.”

On work place­ment at TAN is Ashleigh Cooper who is look­ing at com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment for her Mas­ters in pub­lic health.

Massey third-year so­cial work stu­dent Nakaylia Chetty is in her third year and her study is re­spond­ing to the needs of youth.

Her work was look­ing at a wrap around ser­vice in a bi­cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment and cre­at­ing a space for ev­ery­one to be­long.

There’s a cost of around $3 mil­lion for the new hub and Bruce and his team have been look­ing at av­enues of fund­ing they can tap into.

TAN owns 12-32 Brent­wood Av­enue, a $1.5 mil­lion as­set.

Te Aroha Noa Com­mu­nity Ser­vices was es­tab­lished by Cen­tral Bap­tist Church as a re­sponse to the Church want­ing to be­come ac­tively en­gaged in the High­bury and Takaro com­mu­ni­ties. Bruce says this re­mains true to the kau­papa 30 years later.

Bruce Maden, Mar­ion Hales and Lulu, Ashleigh Cooper and Nakaylia Chetty.

Tiare Uri, Malia Tuisila, Rosie Tuisila and Eden Tuisila.

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