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  • 27 Haratua 2024

    2.6 tonnes of rubbish removed in "Mother of all Cleanups"

    Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) is an environmental charity with a difference. The organisation aims to connect people to the natural environment through various conservation programmes and events. At the same time, it works to enhance the wellbeing of volunteers, delivering both environmental and social outcomes for the local community.

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  • 22 Haratua 2024

    Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club brings traditional waka ama to Nelson

    As waka ama grows in popularity throughout New Zealand, one Nelson club is proving age is no barrier to participating in the sport. Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club (Maitahi) held its 15th annual Tuna e Hoe Ana regatta in February, with close to 200 competitors enjoying time on the picturesque water of Lake Rotoiti.

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  • 23 Paengawhāwhā 2024

    Protecting Kaipūpū Sanctuary for future generations to thrive

    For staff and volunteers at Picton Dawn Chorus and Kaipūpū Sanctuary (Kaipūpū) at the top of the South Island, a shared vision to preserve the natural environment and protect native species for future generations is at the heart of their collaboration.

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  • 07 Poutūterangi 2024

    Ōtautahi Māori Wardens step up as community need soars

    One Ōtautahi organisation is stepping up to support those in the local community feeling the pinch of rising costs. During 2023, the Ōtautahi Māori Wardens were collecting, packing, and distributing up to 80 food parcels weekly, delivering any leftovers to local community pantries in East Christchurch.

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  • 05 Huitanguru 2024

    Supporting Canterbury’s Pacific Rainbow+ community by embracing Pasifika values

    Moana Vā, Navigators of Pacific Pride (Moana Vā) is a new organisation dedicated to the needs of Canterbury’s Pacific Rainbow+ community.

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  • 29 Kohitātea 2024

    Satisfy Food Rescue ensures nothing goes to waste in a bid to support those in need

    The festive season is supposed to be a time of celebration. But for an increasing number of Canterbury families, it has provided added stress as they struggle to make ends meet due to rising food and grocery costs.

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  • 11 Hakihea 2023

    Understanding what is going on “under the hood” critical to the success of Pasifika learners

    Young Pacific learners consistently fall below the national average in literacy and numeracy. Fale Youth is a local organisation working hard to help bridge the gap in engagement and achievement for Pasifika youth who have been identified as ‘at-risk students’ in mainstream classes.

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  • 04 Hakihea 2023

    Age and ability are no barrier as Adaptive Snowsports members enjoy time on the mountain

    The sun has set on the 2023 ski season, and one local organisation is celebrating another successful year which has seen fifty-one people with disabilities given the opportunity to experience the thrill of alpine skiing. Adaptive Snowsports Canterbury supports people with a range of intellectual and physical disabilities to participate in snow sports on the picturesque mountains of Canterbury.

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  • 13 Whiringa ā-rangi 2023

    Multicultural Centre supports a growing number of migrants to make Marlborough home

    In Marlborough, one local organisation is supporting a growing number of former refugees and migrants in the region to feel more at home. The Marlborough Multicultural Centre in Blenheim offers support services and events for newcomers, designed to celebrate diversity and foster a sense of belonging and cultural connection among migrant communities.

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  • 12 Whiringa ā-nuku 2023

    Supporting generations of whānau to thrive in sport and recreation

    Ōtautahi Sports Association is more than just a traditional sports club. Based in the central city, the organisation is strengthening its ties to the community and supporting generations of whānau to participate in sport and cultural activities.

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  • 09 Whiringa ā-nuku 2023

    Papuni Boxing a hit with young people and their whānau in Christchurch

    The recent Women’s Rugby and Football World Cups shone a bright light on female sport across the globe. Could boxing be the next sport to capture the imaginations of young wāhine in Aotearoa? If Addington-based boxing club Papuni Boxing Ōtautahi is anything to go by, the sport's popularity among female participants could be on the rise.

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  • 31 Hōngongoi 2023

    First-of-a-kind resources for Muslim children launched in Aotearoa New Zealand

    With nearly 5,000 people of the Islamic faith residing in Canterbury, creating safe and nurturing learning spaces where young Muslim learners can thrive and succeed is crucial. New resources released today address Muslim children's needs and serve as a tool for building bridges of understanding and acceptance among the wider community.

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  • 10 Hōngongoi 2023

    Critical conservation mahi continues to ramp up in Tasman and Nelson

    Tasman Environmental Trust (TET) has been on a mission as they ramp up their conservation efforts in Te Tau Ihu. They have helped plant 625,000 native plants, set 2920 pest traps, totalling 17,400 trap catches, and fostered 31,200 volunteer hours since 2000. “The number of native plantings has more than doubled in recent years, while there has been an increase of 88% in volunteer hours during that time,” says TET Manager, Sky Davies.

  • 05 Hōngongoi 2023

    Tasman students adopting Nurseries in Schools with native seed bank project

    The Tasman District's technology education hub teaches students to care for their local environment through hands-on plant restoration and sustainability efforts. Motueka Technology Education Centre (MoTEC) is a multifunctional, sustainable education centre that combines technology, sustainability, and environmental learning. Year seven and eight students from schools across the region gather at the MoTEC campus, based at Parklands School, to learn from dedicated staff and volunteers.

  • 26 Pipiri 2023

    First Climate Action Campus in New Zealand helps students take action

    Climate Change has become a significant concern worldwide, especially for young people. In Ōtautahi Christchurch, more than 8,000 students can now channel their concerns into action by running their projects through a collaborative Climate Action Campus. With Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery as the lead school, primary and secondary students from a dozen local schools can get involved in projects to help bring about positive environmental change. The number of schools has grown from last year and is still climbing.

  • 04 Hōngongoi 2023

    Embracing Pacific values critical to supporting tamaiti in their transition from early childhood education to school

    New research from Tātai Aho Rau CORE Education highlights that Pacific children's unique identities, languages, and cultures help support their transition from early learning services to school environments. The research project sought to address the barriers traditionally contributing to underachievement and low engagement among Pacific learners.

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  • 20 Pipiri 2023

    Marlborough Community Foodbank meets an increasing community need

    The demand for assistance from the Marlborough Community Foodbank continues to grow as the rising cost of living hits the region's households. The most vulnerable in the community were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw the foodbank give out more than 2000 food parcels in 2021 to Marlburians struggling to make ends meet. In 2022, demand increased dramatically for another 500 food parcels.

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  • 22 Haratua 2023

    Aotearoa's first purpose-built Youth Hub gets significant funding boost

    The stage one construction of Aotearoa's first purpose-built Youth Hub has been significantly boosted with a $500,000 grant from the Rātā Foundation. Located on Salisbury Street in central Christchurch, the Hub will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for rangatahi that includes health and mental health services, social services, counselling, and educational and employment support. Stage one also includes 22 supported housing units for young people aged 16 to 24, provided they are actively looking for education, training or work.

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