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Community Connection

Community Connection

Jody* is too unwell and vulnerable to work but in order to access the government support she needs, she had to complete an online application form. For Jody this was a major barrier. She doesn’t own a computer and has no idea what an online form...

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Housing Crisis – it may be worse than you think

Housing Crisis – it may be worse than you think

An article last week (Feb 18, 2021) from Checkpoint reporter Nita Blake-Persen, detailed some startling figures relating to the ongoing housing crisis in New Zealand: There are now more than 4,000 children growing up in motels across New Zealand....

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Home at Last

Home at Last

Like most parents, Ono and Ana* want only the very best for their children but finding a home for their family became a monumental challenge. For six years Ono and Ana and their children had shared a house with other people but things started...

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Answering the need of food insecurity

Answering the need of food insecurity

Pātaka Kai staff knew the demand for food would be huge, and it was – a substantial 45% greater than normal. Something had to give and, with seriously depleted food stocks, Visionwest has had to initiate an emergency food appeal. Each time a COVID...

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Thank you for your encouragement

Thank you for your encouragement

It’s always great to hear the comments of satisfied whānau. Our Support Workers work hard and it’s a real encouragement to be told how much those we look after appreciate all that we do. Here are a few recent thank you notes from clients: The...

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From Homeless to dream life

From Homeless to dream life

It’s not so long ago that Natasha and Gordon Smith were homeless. Their eldest daughter, Miracle, was conceived while they were finding shelter at an Edwardian home in Christchurch, featured in Peter Jackson's 1994 film, Heavenly Creatures. “Today...

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5 Days of Christmas

5 Days of Christmas

For the second year in a row, Visionwest joined with the Auckland City Mission and Glen Eden Baptist Church to create Christmas for whānau throughout West Auckland. For an increasing number of whānau, Christmas may be like any other day with gifts...

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It’s so easy to make a difference

It’s so easy to make a difference

Living locally, Sarah knew of the work of Visionwest so, when it came to doing something to help those who are facing hardship this Christmas, her family decided to buy food and gifts for the 5 Days of Christmas event. She even dropped by with her...

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Can Drive for Pātaka Kai

Can Drive for Pātaka Kai

“The new normal” is a phrase that has been used a lot this year. For most of us, this new normal has brought a range of challenges but has also created a space to reassess and reflect on things that are important: family, friends, and a better...

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30 Years of Community Service

30 Years of Community Service

On November 18, 2020, thirty years of community service were celebrated with a VIP Morning Tea and Book Launch held in the Glen Eden Baptist Church (GEBC) café. The book, titled Building Hope Together, is a picture-rich historical record of the...

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From Helped to Helper – Michelle’s Story

From Helped to Helper – Michelle’s Story

From being helped to being a helper, Michelle has chosen to walk a different pathway since she received support from Visionwest. Michelle knew her life wasn’t going great. She was homeless, sleeping...