Office Closing & Opening Dates – Merry Christmas & Happy New Years!

What a year! We’ve been so busy that just the thought of our office closing for the year makes us a little sad, but also relieved.

Please be advised that our office has now closed for the year and will re-open on Monday 25 January, 2019. From our CIDANZ family to yours, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe New Years.

Thank you all for a wonderful year!

Whanau Ora – Social Innovation Made ‘Accessible’

 

CIDANZ is funded by Pasifika Futures ltd (PFL) under the Whanau Ora programme. As a key innovation partner of PFL our organisation has been a part of various opportunities to ensure that our family enterprises are able to access a market that values them and the services they provide.

We have recently reconfirmed (oneBASKET program) with Papakura Netball Centre contract for 2019. oneHERITAGE program with Te Papa, Wellington, we have placed another (oneBASKET program) proposal for Fresh Café & Kiosk in Otara, which we have been shortlisted for. In the months ahead oneTRADES will, through a subcontract process with JAPP Ltd, enter into bid for earthworks for the oneCHILD Project. The team has also built a number of collaborations for Up-cycle goods as Social Enterprise opportunities with Oceania Youth Academy and Atiu-Enuamanu. We will test the process for this model of enterprise development over the next 6 months and look to work with a couple of other not for profit groups in the community.

Our capacity is stretched, but with a skilled young team around the table, we continue to fulfill the work needed to ensure that our families are living economically free, and reaching their goals and aspirations.

Pictured is a few of our enterprising families with Minister Peeni Henare who visited our site in April. Minister Henare holds the Portfolios for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Whanau Ora, and Youth; and is also the Associate Minister of Social Development.

Old School Reserve – The Heart of Community Unity & Prosperity

On the 3 October 2018, the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board approved the Old School Reserve Master Plans for Public Consultation. This development has been a 9-year long journey for the Trust, several iterations over the years landed in September 2018, giving the Trust the best opportunity to finally build a sustainable community owned facility. oneVILLAGE has been represented strongly through the plans, the Public Consultation will take 6 weeks, a report back to the Local Board reflecting public feedback will be written for the Local Boards final approval in February 2019.

The site plans take into consideration tenants currently doing great work on the site, namely Auckland Teaching Garden’s, and two early learning centers. The plans propose a vertical garden area, created and run by Auckland Teaching Gardens (ATG). The large field to receive drainage improvements, be a host for a long-term incubator kitchen and our Cook Islands ANZAC Soldiers War Memorial, a great space for young people and families to enjoy a play area, basketball court, potential informal BMX track, and be the home of oneVILLAGE.

We look forward to seeing these plans become a reality for our many diverse communities to enjoy!

oneCHILD Project Build Set for early 2019!

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We are one step closer to achieving a vision that has been in the works since the development of the Cook Islands Development Action Plan set in 2013 to 2022.

The Ta’okotai’anga – CIDANZ is building the very first ‘total immersion’ Cook Islands Early Childhood Education Centre in Auckland.  Approved funding through the Ministry of Education for a 60 children facility in Mangere was received in 2015 and in 2016, the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board approved to lease approximately 640m² of Old School Reserve in Mangere for the building of the facility.  With the incredible Project Management and Architectural support of Strachan Group Architects and its many agents the resource consent was approved in January 2018, and final plans signed off by our Chief Executive.

As we draw closer to the turning of soil for the oneCHILD Centre Project this year, so too is the completion of the first ‘total immersion’ curriculum framework for the centre.

On Friday 15th June the oneCHILD Project Group met to view and discuss the proposal: Rima Akataka Approach – this is a hands on experience in learning for the tamariki potiki of the centre, based on tacit knowledge of the Cook Islands (indigenous people’s knowledge developed over time, and continue to develop). The discourse in literature and group discussion covered the Cook Islands Maori Reo, quality learning, quality teachers, authentic learners, practical and literate learning, nature studies, literature, global approaches and theories.

The centre will be indigegogy based, where our tamariki potiki will be totally immersed in the Cook Islands Maori reo and a Cook Islands Maori worldview. Our tamariki potiki will learn through a culturally responsive-relational pedagogy with a collaborative pathway to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the Cook Islands Maori Reo, Akonoanga and People in a new indigenous cultural environment. We are creating a new and exciting wave of learning for our tamariki potiki in Aotearoa.

Currently the Trust is going through a rigorous process to select the right builders for this work. We look forward to beginning the new year with a soil turning ceremony to mark this momentous occasion.