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Gina’s Story – Pae Aronui and the Confidence to Grow

Gina’s Story – Pae Aronui and the Confidence to Grow

Gina* was quiet and reclusive when she moved to Auckland, preferring to keep to herself and avoiding too much contact with others. Then she joined the Pae Aronui programme at Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga. Awhina, one of the Pae Aronui Kaiarahi...

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A Path Out of Homelessness – Damon’s Story

A Path Out of Homelessness – Damon’s Story

Prior to lockdown, Damon* had been sleeping rough for a long time. His sister had noticed his declining health and wellbeing and became so concerned that she urged him to visit Visionwest. The reluctance Damon felt when he first visited...

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Going the Extra Mile – A Budgeting Story

Going the Extra Mile – A Budgeting Story

Most people come to Visionwest with a variety of complex financial, physical and emotional challenges. Staff in each of our support services often find themselves stepping outside of their usual role to provide extra support. That’s what happened...

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Hine’s Housing Story

Hine’s Housing Story

As an 18-year-old, Hine was living on the street. Three years later, she is securely housed in an immaculately kept West Auckland flat managed by Visionwest. Friendly and articulate, she says her biggest goal is finding a regular job and, one day,...

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Shannon’s Food Support Lifeline

Shannon’s Food Support Lifeline

Shannon* had been receiving food parcels from Visionwest’s Pātaka Kai to help her through a really tough time. Shannon is a single mum who, whilst looking for work, found herself struggling to make ends meet. Rising living costs and increasing rent...

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Jody’s Story – Community Connection

Jody’s Story – 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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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 – Community Housing

I love my life now – Community Housing

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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Flora’s Story – Independence at 100 Years Old

Flora’s Story – Independence at 100 Years Old

I’m 100 years old. I used to be a nurse then, once my family grew old up, I was in hospital administration. Thanks to Visionwest, I’m still in my own unit. It makes me feel so good to still have...