Posts in Wellington
Manawa Karioi Society

Manawa Karioi Society manages 13 hectares of land in Island Bay on behalf of the Tapu Te Ranga Trust which is based at Tapu Te Ranga marae: our objectives in managing the land are ecological restoration and provision of recreational opportunities (walking, running, mountain biking, horse riding). Our current priorities are planting climax forest species, weed control, installing track signage and tracking building.

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Waikanae Estuary Care Group

The Waikanae Estuary Care Group looks after the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve in a collaborative partnership with DOC who own the land. The Group has been restoring the 65ha area either side of the Estuary to increase biodiversity. It also seeks to educate visitors about the significant importance of the area and monitor flora and fauna within the Reserve and surrounding KCDC Reserves. Throughout the year it gorws native plants in its Nursery, plants them and then weeds them to ensure good growth.

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We are a group of Makara and Ohariu locals who work to improve the environmental health of Makara and Ohariu - the beach, the estuary and the streams that wind their way up the catchment. Our focus is planting waterways, trapping pests, holding planting work parties and hosting an annual community field day. We are always keen for more volunteers, particularly for our planting days!

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Tanera Gully Restoration Project

We're re-establishing the biodiversity of 7+ hectares of inner Wellington to how it was pre-1830: out with rubbish, organic and inorganic. And in with what used to characterise this portion of Aotearoa. Regular first-Sunday of the month working parties. Volunteers sought to remove pest species, 100-years + of rubbish, trap predators and plant out original species: bring the blaze of late Spring Northern-rata flowers back to the hills of Wellington!

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Parkinson’s New Zealand

Our mission is to provide support, education and information to people with Parkinson’s and Parkinsonism conditions, their carers, whānau and health professionals, and our vision is to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of people living with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s New Zealand has 35 highly skilled Parkinson’s Community Educators who provide a vital range of free services for people with Parkinson’s and other Parkinsonism conditions throughout New Zealand. Our Community Educators provide home visits, exercise, social and support activities, advice, advocacy and referrals, and organise educational seminars and presentations.

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Surrogate Grandparents New Zealand Charitable Trust

Surrogate Grandparents is a New Zealand based Charitable Trust (CC54933) who connects families with surrogate grandparents in order to forge lasting friendships and family bonds.

What problems are we helping to solve?
Social isolation and loneliness are much more serious than just uncomfortable feelings... Research has shown that social isolation and loneliness has been linked with increased mortality, depression, high blood pressure and dementia. These are serious issues in New Zealand and not just for our older generations. Social isolation and loneliness are problems that people struggle with right across New Zealand's social demographics on a daily basis.

How can surrogate grandparents help?
Surrogate Grandparents is the bridge that connects generations. By connecting families with surrogate grandparents and grandparents with our children; we can fight social isolation and loneliness in New Zealand. Working together, we can make New Zealand a more caring and connected nation.

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Kāpiti Startup and Innovation Network

We're passionate about growing our community of Kāpiti innovators, and we think there is a need to create a local startup (and business growth) support network here. So if you want to talk about Startups, Tech and the Entrepreneurial Lifestyle - and share thoughts around how to start up, what works, investment tips, lean startup thinking and the right steps to get your business off the ground (or expand) then you've found the right group.

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Girls2Girls Connection

Girls2Girls is a program run by young women for girls aged 10-16 from refugee backgrounds. The program aims to help these high school-aged girls integrate into New Zealand society by providing a series of workshops, mentoring and volunteering opportunities. The Girls2Girls connection program is an initiative of the Refugee Orientation Trust (ROC Trust)

One of the most important things we do as part of Live Life is match the young person with an older mentor who volunteers an hour or two a week to provide them with support and a guiding hand to achieve their training/employment goals. We do this because we firmly believe that each generation has so much to offer the other, for the older mentor they gain a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment and have the satisfaction of making a real difference for the next generation.

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Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa

The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) was established in July 2018 to foster socially inclusive communities where everyone has equitable opportunities to meaningfully engage with digital technologies, and benefit from the use of them.

We aim to enhance the confidence and capability of people living in New Zealand to engage online to advance their own education, employment, health and well-being as well as that of their whānau.

The Alliance acts as a catalyst for digital inclusion initiatives, by working with local communities, not-for-profit organisations, business enterprises and government agencies to pursue a shared digital inclusion vision.

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Samaritans of Wellington Inc.

Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide. We provide a 24/7 telephone helpline to support callers experiencing mental health issues, such as loneliness, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Our telephone helpline is operated by volunteers who are trained to listen in a non-judgemental, supportive way to empower callers to explore their own solutions to their situation.

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Kapiti U.S. Trust

The Kapiti U.S.Marines Trust is a not-for-profit incorporation established in 2010 to ensure the bonds formed between Kiwis and Americans during World War II are not forgotten.

Between 1942-44 15,000 marines were stationed in camps Paekakariki, Russell and Mackay out-numbering the locals by 15-1. Thousands of men were also stationed in neighboring camps in Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Wellington City. This is the most significant war story in our district; its memories live on in our land and in the hearts of Kiwi and American citizens.

We aim to create a niche tourism/heritage precinct as well as a range of events and exhibitions that will engage Kiwis and U.S. citizens with connections to this brief but intense period of history. We want both groups to visit our region, share their stories and learn more about our shared heritage.

We do this by running events (Memorial Day ceremonies, story-telling days, and the annual In the Footsteps of the Marines run/walk). By funding and developing heritage infrastructure (signage in and around the old camp sites), by maintaining our website, and by collecting, heritage material related to the period.

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New campaign started in Oct 2018, to reduce the amount of single use plastic being used and thrown away.

In particular reducing the amount of bottled water bought by making it easy and free to refill with tap water at cafes, bars, museums, and other businesses, throughout NZ. This is based on Refill in the UK and refillmybottle in Indonesia.

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