Help­ing feed the an­i­mals in need

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Count­down su­per­mar­kets na­tion­wide are en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers to do­nate pet food to a new SPCA Com­mu­nity Pet Pantry ini­tia­tive, to help the SPCA feed an­i­mals.

Col­lec­tion bins have been placed near the front of Count­down su­per­mar­kets, with ev­ery can, pouch or dried food grate­fully re­ceived by the lo­cal SPCA, whose in­spec­tors en­sure they go where they are most needed, in­clud­ing re­spond­ing to an­i­mal wel­fare emer­gen­cies, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, or help­ing keep pets with own­ers in un­ex­pected fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

SPCA CEO An­drea Mid­gen said the or­gan­i­sa­tion came across sit­u­a­tions where pets were go­ing hun­gry, and was often called upon when fam­i­lies were un­der ex­treme stress.

“Own­ers make a life­long com­mit­ment when they adopt an an­i­mal, so the thought of not be­ing able to feed their pet ad­e­quately is hugely stress­ful,” she said.

“SPCA Com­mu­nity Pet Pantry do­na­tions will be used for our in­spec­tors’ work in the com­mu­nity, will be grate­fully re­ceived by SPCA fos­ter fam­i­lies, who give a tem­po­rary home for sick and in­jured an­i­mals, and will pro­vide sup­port for pets im­pacted by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.”

Count­down launched the Com­mu­nity Pet Pantry by do­nat­ing Check­out oper­a­tor Lynelle Bond ar­rived from Aus­tralia in Jan­uary to meet her part­ner’s fam­ily, fell in love with the Far North and stayed. She’s drop­ping cat bis­cuits into the SPCA Com­mu­nity Pet Pantry at Count­down Kerik­eri.

more than 2000 tins and pouches of its own brand dog and cat food to the SPCA. Gen­eral man­ager cor­po­rate af­fairs and sus­tain­abil­ity Kiri Han­nifin said it was one way the com­pany could help to sup­port an­i­mals.

“We know that our cus­tomers care a lot about their fel­low Ki­wis, and that in­cludes pets as an in­te­gral part of our fam­i­lies,” she said. “A sim­ple tin or packet of cat bis­cuits when you’re at the su­per­mar­ket is an easy way to help keep an­i­mals fed, happy and healthy when they most need it.” Peo­ple Po­ten­tial has won this year’s In­de­pen­dent Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion New Zealand’s Provider of the Year award.

Kaikohe site man­ager Hay­ley Auld said one of the big­gest pri­vate ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try of­fered qual­i­fi­ca­tions from Level 1 to Level 6 in foun­da­tion learn­ing, with ac­cess where it was most needed. There were five cam­puses, in Kaikohe, Whanga¯rei, Dar­gav­ille, Pa­pakura and Hamil­ton, all com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the high­estqual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, which Ms Auld said was re­flected in its Cat­e­gory 1 sta­tus from NZQA, de­not­ing high con­fi­dence in both ed­u­ca­tional per­for­mance and self-as­sess­ment.

The 2017 EER re­port recog­nised a fo­cus specif­i­cally on pri­or­ity ar­eas such as gov­er­nance and man­age­ment, per­for­mance of all pro­grammes at all sites, the needs of the com­mu­nity, and pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing that sup­ports the Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion’s strate­gies.

“Peo­ple Po­ten­tial has con­sis­tently demon­strated strong strate­gic lead­er­ship, with learn­ers as the pri­or­ity and at the cen­tre of all strate­gic de­ci­sions,” Ms Auld said. “This has led to in­no­va­tive prac­tices and con­sid­er­able suc­cess for Ma¯ori and Pasi­fika learn­ers, en­abling them to achieve aca­dem­i­cally and in the work­place.

“We have strong re­la­tion­ships with stake­hold­ers, em­ploy­ers and com­mu­ni­ties, have ini­ti­ated col­lab­o­ra­tive in­dus­try groups, and men­tored and sup­ported other providers to en­sure that the lo­cal com­mu­nity need for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion is met.”

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