Community Newsletter - March 2021


Kia ora whānau,

In 2020 we became more aware of the importance of our kaupapa and the strength and positive impact of our community. 2020 showed us that in times of adversity and challenge we often see the greatest insights, learning and growth. As we start our 6th year in Whangārei, we’re a highly energised team titiro whakamua with huge optimism.

It’s an important moment to look back and thank all of those involved in our first 5 years in Whangārei. Our Dreamers and whānau. Our partner kura, their leadership and staff. Local iwi, the I Have a Dream Board, financial supporters, volunteers,
mentors, past and current staff and many other community groups and individuals. Nga mihi nui whānau!

One of our core objectives this year is to revisit our underlying programme logic by undertaking a comprehensive “Theory of Change” co-design process with our key partners and stakeholders. It’s a perfect time to do this mahi as we start into at least another decade serving the wonderful Tikipunga and Otangarei communities.

Welcome to Sarah, Shardae, Dwayne, Parani and intern Nicola! It’s awesome to have such high-quality people join us and start contributing to our kaupapa so positively, so quickly.

We farewelled Joby Hopa, our longstanding Community Manager, in February and Diane Coleman, our Mentors/Volunteers Manager, in March. Both have contributed
so much to our organisation and we want to acknowledge and thank them for their awesome mahi.

Finally, a big thank you to Tikipunga High for hosting our recent Visitor Only Day. And a special shout out to Whaea Te Aomihia and the Māori department and Kapa Haka roopu students who welcomed our guests with an amazing pōwhiri in Tauira, the Whare Wananga. Ka pai!

Ngā mihi, Chris Twiss – Acting CEO

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