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Issues facing New Zealand today

Issues facing New Zealand today

VisionWest CEO, Lisa Woolley, was recently interviewed as part of a series on Shine TV in which six Christian Leaders from around New Zealand gave in-depth interviews talking about issues facing New Zealand today. When asked about social challenges...

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Sustainable Housing

Sustainable Housing

Another step towards overcoming homelessness. As the housing sector grapples with challenges relating to housing shortages, there is another issue which has a direct impact on homelessness; the issue of tenancy sustainability. The answer is the...

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A place of transformation

A place of transformation

At Visionwest we understand that most people in need require more than just one service. The challenge is to determine the specific type of support required and to deliver it in a way that builds hope and trust. The Matapuna Whānau Centre is the...

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I love my life now

I love my life now

In March 2018, there were at least 41,600 people experiencing severe housing deprivation in New Zealand* and housing agencies suggest this figure is now much higher. Visionwest Community Housing receives calls from people like Hola every day. As...

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Joseph’s Story

Joseph’s Story

Having been on the streets for quite a few years, Joseph had been sleeping rough outside the Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre. “Fiona, a VisionWest Support Worker, found me, fed me, and gave me clothing and blankets.” Thanks to your generosity, Joseph...

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A Tsunami of need

A Tsunami of need

When 1 News At 6 visited VisionWest to talk about community needs, CEO, Lisa Woolley, warned that the financial needs of many in our community will get worse as we move to Level 2 and beyond. “There’s a tsunami of need coming towards our services...

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Visionwest Response to Budget 2020

Visionwest Response to Budget 2020

Lisa Woolley, CEO of VisionWest Community Trust responded to the budget by saying, “We are pleased to see the Government’s response for those most in need in our community at this time, many of whom have never before experienced such financial and...

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Pātaka Kai Lockdown Challenge

Pātaka Kai Lockdown Challenge

The Pātaka Kai Lockdown Challenge: Over 3,000 Food Parcels As New Zealand moved into lockdown on Wednesday March 25, the immediate challenge for the Pātaka Kai was how to distribute parcels to whānau in need of food, at a time when that need...

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Easter Fun at Luke Street

Easter Fun at Luke Street

A good news story from Karen, our Team Leader at Luke Street Housing. In the week leading up to Easter, I visited the whānau who are a part of our Luke Street homes. To try and break the humdrum of lockdown, I arranged a colouring-in competition...

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Homeless During Covid-19

Homeless During Covid-19

One vulnerable group within society that could be forgotten in times of crisis are the homeless. Recognising the urgent need to make shelter available during Covid-19 for those who are currently unhoused has led the Government to turn to community...

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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...