Manukau Courier : January 27th 2011
9 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 27, 2011 NEWS 3443304AA 5/235 Browns Road, Manurewa, Auckland PH: (09) 267 9619 BROWNS ROAD Teeth Clean and Polish with the Hygienist Quality and Gentle Dental Treatment * Conditions apply, by appointment February Special $65 ONLY 3453280AA Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) invites Pacific community groups within the Counties Manukau district to apply for community action funding under the Fonua Mo'ui -- Pacific Community Healthy Lifestyles Grant as part of the CMDHB's Creating A Better Future strategy. The purpose of Fonua Mo'ui funding is to support Pacific communities to develop and deliver their own healthy lifestyles initiatives or build on an existing initiative that is specifically led by, and targeted at, Pacific families, children and/or youth. Communities will need to identify their nutrition and physical activity related needs and implement actions to improve their nutritional and physical activity environments. Fonua Mo'ui is a 'one -off' grant. We will consider grant applications on a case-by- case basis whereby each grant will need to demonstrate value for money in the application. The goals of this funding are to: • Increase physical and recreational activity • Increase uptake of fruit and vegetables • Support communities to identify their nutrition and physical activity related needs and implement action plans for a healthy lifestyle • Support community leadership and capacity All applicants should be not-for-profit groups, which includes ethnic- specific organisations (including Samoan, Cook Island, Tongan, Niuean and Tokelauan groups). Schools and licensed early childhood centres with a predominantly high Pacific student population may also seek consideration for this grant. Please note: Any organisation or church group which currently receives funding through the CMDHB LotuMo'ui programme or CMDHB Fonua Mo'ui programme will NOT be eligible for this funding. All eligible applicants must be based within the Counties Manukau district and ser vice its Pacific communities. Applications open on Thursday 27 January 2011 and close at 4pm on Thursday 24 February 2011. A copy of the Fonua Mo'ui guidelines and application documents will be available online at w w w.betterfuture.co.nz or by contacting: Christine Nurminen Programme Manager -- Healthy Lifestyles Counties Manukau District Health Board Tel: 09 261 3373 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Request for Applications for Fonua Mo'ui - Pacific Community Healthy Lifestyles Grant Partner violence drops A substantial drop in the number of people experi- encing partner violence proves anti-violence campaigns such as White Ribbon and It's Not OK are having an impact, says the Families Com- mission. The Crime and Safety Survey released by the Ministry of Justice shows the overall crime rate remained stable from 2005 to 2008. But there was a sub- stantial fall in the inci- dence of confrontational offences by partners from 22 crimes per 100 adults in 2005 to 14 per 100 in 2008. Chief Families Com- missioner Carl Davidson says the period covered by the survey coincides with a huge public focus on family and partner violence generated by It's Not OK and White Rib- bon campaigns. Police statistics over the last few years have consistently shown that the number of recorded cases of partner violence has gone up. We have always welcomed this as evidence that more people are willing to report domestic violence, a crime traditionally substantially under- reported.'' But with 35 of the 65 murders in the last financial year classed as family violence, Mr Davidson says anti- violence campaigners cannot sit back and say job well done.'' One murder, one assault, one abuse of a child is too much,'' he says. Now that we have the evidence these cam- paigns are contributing to an actual downturn in the incidence of partner violence, we have to step up our efforts and do even more so the momentum for family wellbeing is not lost.'' Workers: Some of the many people behind the refurbishment of Te Whare Rapuora emergency accommodation at Middlemore Hospital. Clockwise from left: Betty-Lou Iwikau, Mike Tumai, Tipene Powell, Bernard Te Paa, James Witihira, Wini Schwass and Nathan Beckham. A place to rest in times of need Sacred: Kaumatua Pohiri Hamiora blesses all corners of Middlemore's renovated whare. Resting close to whanau when they are admitted to hospital with a serious medical condition can make the experience a little easier for loved ones giving their sup- port. Te Whare Rapuora is Middle- more Hospital's emergency accom- modation and its recent makeover was celebrated last week with an official blessing and ribbon- cutting ceremony. From the end of December until the middle of January, 15 volunteers and staff cleaned, pre- pared and repainted the whare which is used daily by families needing somewhere to sleep and eat. When I think of work for the soul, not just for the hand -- it is a project like this,'' Maori health general manager Bernard Te Paa says. It makes a difference for organ- isations like ours. It is a whare for our people who come from out of town -- the North Shore, Waikato, South Island, Australia or the Pacific Islands.'' Situations requiring emergency accommodation are varied. The whare could be used by a mother who needs to be near her prema- ture baby in Kidz First's neonatal unit but can't afford fuel for daily commuting or a family from out- side Counties Manukau with a patient in Middlemore's National Burn Centre. It's available for all people in need but there are restrictions because it is a communal facility. Te Ara Hou volunteer worker Tipene Powell was asked to give three days of his time to paint the whare but he soon realised his duties included everything from sanding walls to washing dishes. It was awesome to be part of a project that benefits the com- munity and all people,'' Mr Powell says. The refurbishment budget was extremely small so Farmers and Sleepyhead NZ came to the party, providing eight king-single beds at cost price and stylish man- chester with a significant dis- count. The Salvation Army also do- nated some furniture and con- tinues to give emergency food for guests. Now the the new surroundings are clean, light and safe and pro- vide a welcome respite from what are often stressful medical situations.
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