Kids take charge in community project
Children and Youth at the centre of city decision making
Rachel Scott, our Educational Partnerships Facilitator, has been working hard to ensure the ideas and vision of our local Cannons Creek youth are realised. Rachel is leading student consultation on behalf of Porirua City Council to create a new recreational space in Eastern Porirua. First concept plans have been drawn up and submitted to council. This is Councils strategic priority in action - putting children and youth at the centre of city decision making.
Awards night extra special for Partners Porirua
Partners Porirua Recognised for Contribution to the Community
Partners Porirua has been named the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award for 2016 in the Westpac Porirua Business Awards announced on Friday. The Award which was sponsored by Connect Global drew a range of entries from local community organisations and the finalists were Partners Porirua, Whareora Trust and Mana Cycle Group.
Founded in 2000, each year Partners Porirua reaches over 1000 children, young people and their families through community based programmes.
Key activities facilitated in the last year include the City and School Partnership Programme, the Community Driver Mentor programme, the Porirua Youth2 Work Movement, Porirua’s first JobFest, Futures in Health, the Youth Service, Porirua Youth Awards and the Young Employee Award.
In accepting the Award Michelle Robinson said “Porirua has a youthful population and our work is focused on developing young citizens who are independent and prepared for the working world, and able to contribute to the economic development of Porirua City.”
And the Winners Are.........
A big congratulations to our Oustanding Young Employee Award Winners, Jordan Mawson from CPB Heb Joint Venture and Manda Roberts from Topor Bistro!
Willing to work hard and with enthusiasm, Jordan Mawson is a conscientious member of the labour crew on the Transmission Gully project. Highly respectful and willing to learn, Jordan has been handpicked for a Traineeship and has a great future ahead of him.
In her role as Sous Chef, Manda strives for perfection and consistently contributes to the profitability of Topor Bistro. She has complete dedication to the restaurant and its high standards.
“Recent criticisms of the work ethic of young people appear to be unfounded in Porirua” said Michelle Robinson of Partners Porirua which sponsors the award annually, as part of the Westpac Porirua Business Awards
his year 14 nominations from a wide variety of business sectors were all of an extremely high caliber. Nominations have come from infrastructure, service sector, construction and retail, with employers commenting on their nominee’s contribution to health and safety in the workplace, contribution to profit, commitment to customer service and a passion for their jobs. “A far cry” said Michelle, “from the picture painted by an Auckland employer who claimed that kiwi youth were unmotivated.”
Learning and Earning Holiday
What better way to spend your holidays than learning and earning!
Over the term 3 holidays, Partners Porirua held a budgeting course, a parenting programme and 3 driving courses, with Ngati Toa rangatahi, a couple of local colleges and some other lovely local young people. 8 proud parents powered with parenting tools, 9 sleepy staff, over 10 terrific days, also with 12 budgeting buddies building bonds, and more than 25 level-headed learner licences passed.
If you thought that was all some wonderful young people achieving amazing things – it was shortly followed by the conclusion of the Health Work Experience course, with 14 girls graduating with warm hearts and big smiles.
Huge congratulations to all of the girls who graduated! And a well done to all those fresh learner drivers who will be starting to learn the way of the roads.
Preparing for the Working World
What do you get when you partner Plimmerton Rotary with Partners Porirua? Sixty-eight Aotea College students overcoming the nerves and experience of their first ever job interviews!
Huge thanks to Plimmerton Rotary, all our Rotarian interviewers, Rachel Scott from Partners Porirua, and Pauline Muncey from Aotea College.
Porirua Youth Awards 2016
The sixth annual Porirua Youth Awards was an incredible event celebrating our recipients and their fantastic achievements. Out of the 46 nominations, 10 received highly commended awards, with 3 receiving excellence awards.
Congratulations to all of our recipients and their proud whanau.
JOBfest 2016 was an incredible day, filled with young people and potential employers, linking them together and investing in our future workforce.
Thank you to everyone who made the day such a wonderful success.
'Best dressed' was awarded to John Lolesio (left) who not only applied for 11 jobs at JOBfest, but gained employment that same day. Now that's STYLE!
Congratulations to Porirua College, our pizza lunch winners, for being 'JOBfest READY and JOBfest AMAZING'!
Remember your first ever job interview?
Preparing for the working world is not just about what happens on the job, it’s also about securing the job. At the end of June, eighty-seven Year 11 students from Aotea College were interviewed by members of the Plimmerton Rotary to practise for a real life job interview.
Have Licence, Can Work
Partners Porirua has recently celebrated its 400th student gaining their learner license through our Young Driver Mentor Programme. If you are about the same age as me, you might wonder why someone needs a driver mentor, and why a young driver just can’t wake up one morning and sit their driving license test. Oh, it was so easy 30 years ago – it was a right of passage, on your 15th birthday – your parents or a driving license instructor would sit beside you for a few lessons and then you were on your way to freedom and independence.
Driver’s licence initiative proving to be a winner
From left, at the back, policemen and driving mentors Jimmy McKay, Michael Tahere, Scott Denton, Doug McGuire, Simon Bygate, with Henry Samia from Partners Porirua.
At the front, from left, are Hineora Mike, Patrick Fenika and Antonio Tagaloa, who sat their restricted licences with police mentors.
Photo: KRIS DANDO
Porirua College Student Receives Youth Achievement Award
Nictequa Amaru-Erskine (pictured left), a Year 10 student from Porirua College received a Youth Achievement Award for being instrumental in helping re-establish the community garden space at Porirua College.
Titahi Bay Welcome Sign
When kids put their minds to it, great change can happen. That’s the essence of the Kids Partnership Programme which brings together the experts and support of PCC, the community, businesses and schools. What started out as a letter to the mayor as part of a persuasive writing exercise for the class, culminated in a project that saw a fabulous new welcome sign for Titahi Bay.