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FIT-A-THON for the Whānau

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Team Waipareira sprang into action on Sunday to raise money and kai for the whanau.
More than 100 whanau braved the wintery conditions to support an amazing kaupapa – the Waipareira Food Bank.  Nana, koro, mum, dad and the tamariki came to exercise at Western Heights Primary School in Massey and aid whanau less fortunate.

The fundraiser was initiated by whanau who attend Waipareira's weekly community fitness programmes, run out of the Trust Stadium. These three amazing people knew that they wanted but also had to do something to also support whanau in need, so they did exactly that...they organised an event, "the kaimahi from Waipareira do amazing mahi for whanau out in the community, this was our way to support what they do..paying it forward."

So what better way to get the message out than a Fit-A-Thon?

Yolanda Bucheler, Kaimahi for Incredible Years and Parents As First Teachers and Delane Mackey tapped into their extensive networks to see who would be interested in supporting this kaupapa.  The response was overwhelming, with all instructors wanting to support the kaupapa.  All instructors were given 15 minutes to deliver their choice of programme, high impact, with each starting a couple of minutes from the last.

Entry was a $5 and a can of food. The team raised over $730.00 and also collected 12 boxes of canned food for Waipareira's Food Bank.
Great event and a great result by Team Waipareira!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The new-look Incredible Years' team is excited about their recent professional development training.

Senior Group Leaders Vivian Cope and Khadine Topia and new group leaders Yolanda Bucheler and Shelley Paki have been enhancing their practice approaches through external supervision by an Accredited Group Leader.

Linda Marieskind of the Ministry of Education has been working with our incredible wāhine focusing on barriers they may face as Group Leaders.

Vivian says "Linda's experience in Ngā Tau Miharo delivery is amazing!" Ngā Tau Miharo is a concept used in Incredible Years taught to parents to enhance their parenting skills.

Incredible Years has been a fantastic programme for mātua, helping whānau reconnect and do what is best by their tamariki. 

Based on an American model, the course is structured around the community and family needs, taking into consideration socio-economic status and cultural norms.

"We are half way through our IY programmes and we'll complete the three intakes beginning of June with our graduation being held on Friday June 13, 2014, Vivian says.

“We are now delivering Incredible Years on Level 1 of Whānau Centre and the parents and tamariki are loving the new environment."




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Big paki ups to kaimahi Noeline Davis of Ngāti Whātua who graduated with her degree in social practice.

A long time coming, Noeline has completed her study through Unitec in Henderson, to which she enrolled in 2008.

As a mother of five, Noeline has been balancing mahi, study and whānau commitments, she can finally rest easy and enjoy her achievements.

Noeline joined with Whānau Waipareira three years ago and knows what a difference this tohu will make towards her mahi and the benefits to whānau she works with.

She's now looking forward to her next challenge which was put to her by Practice Leader Niusulu Hellesloe.

Niusulu, Noeline says, has been one of the driving forces behind her recent accomplishments.

"She has pushed me hard to reach my goal. I am only too grateful."

“Now I have been challenged to become a registered social worker. This is to you Sulu: bring it on!" Noeline laughs.

"Thank you to all whānau, Hoani Waititi marae and Waipareira for your endless support and contribution to my success. I won't let you down!"