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    • Careers explored at Porirua Expo
      • A job interview and a winning prize draw were just two of the highlights for Partners Porirua clients attending the Porirua Careers Expo 2024 held in May. The post Careers explored at Porirua Expo appeared first on Partners Porirua.

    • Proud to be part of Mahi Rangatahi
      • We’re really excited to have a couple of our talented young people involved in the Porirua City Council’s Mahi Rangatahi programme, providing real-world work experience for young people in Porirua. The post Proud to be part of Mahi Rangatahi appeared first on Partners Porirua.

    • Young job seekers wowed at JOBfest 2023
      • Job vacancies from 12 local employers were on offer at this year’s JOBfest, held on Wednesday 6 September at the Bishop Viard hall. The post Young job seekers wowed at JOBfest 2023 appeared first on Partners Porirua.

    • Westpac demystifies the working world
      • Four lucky students from Aotea College enjoyed having their own personal financial literacy and employment education workshop with Rachel Compton, Branch Manager of Westpac Bank, Upper Hutt. The post Westpac demystifies the working world appeared first on Partners Porirua.

    • Young people helping to shape the future of Porirua City
      • Safe spaces for young people to mix and more multi-school events for collaboration and celebration are what the young future leaders of Porirua would change if they were in charge. The post Young people helping to shape the future of Porirua City appeared first on Partners Porirua.

    • AWF
      • AWF is an employment recruitment agency supplying temporary labour to local employers.

    • Downer
      • Downer is a leading provider of services to customers in markets including: transport services; technology and communications services.

    • Elite Services
      • Elite Services specialises in electrical and electronic maintenance, hydraulic and materials’ handling equipment and automatic door maintenance.

    • Fusion Interiors Limited (FIL)
      • Fusion Interiors Limited (FIL) offers commercial office relocations and fit outs, commercial furniture installations and second-hand furniture recycling, sales and leasing.

    • Red Badge
      • Red badge is a national company providing security, event services and infrastructure security.

    • Porirua City Council
      • Porirua City Council enables democratic local decision-making and provides social, economic, environmental and cultural services and activities for Porirua City.

    • Women in Construction Expo
      • Partners Porirua recently ran a “Women in Construction Expo” to inspire young wahine, college students and female job seekers to go into a career in construction.

    • Porirua Youth Awards 2021
      • Aotea College students walking the talk   Sixteen year 11 students from Aotea College got to experience what it is like to be in a real-life job interview scenario – thanks to Plimmerton Rotary Club. The Rotarians offered students a chance to practice interview skills with experienced employers in the community, providing a great learning experience. Pauline Muncey, Careers Advisor from the college, says this is instrumental in helping students develop communication skills, learn more about themselves, identify what they want to do after finishing school and how to get there. “The Rotarians provided great advice,  and offered constructive feedback to the students after the interview.” said Ms Muncey. With nerves quickly turning to  smiles and laughter, students agreed, saying they got to reflect on their strengths and now know that they actually do have the courage and capabilities to walk into an interview. “I’ve learned that I can talk confidently about myself to a stranger, as that’s just what an interview is!” “It was easy to put the students at ease,” Rotarian, Wendy Betteridge said, “They may have presented with their hearts pounding but within a short time, they weren’t frightened. You saw the change quickly as they became more relaxed and open. There was the immediate acknowledgement that they had learned something new.” Thank you Plimmerton rotary Club and well done Aotea College students! Plimmerton Rotarian providing some encouragement to a local Aotea College student. 

    • Cycling at Bishop Viard College
      • The cycling project at Bishop Viard College saw around 80 Year 7 and 8 students get on bikes and learn new skills. Over the course of the three sessions, students went from beginner to expert, eventually heading off for a ride off the school grounds, utilizing the cycle track across the road from the school. This was a real highlight for the students.

    • Porirua Business Awards: Celebrating Growth, Grit And Community Spirit
      • Porirua business awards: Celebrating growth, grit and community spirit   Thursday, 15 July 2021, 3:30 pm Press Release: Porirua City Council Porirua’s resilient and innovative small businesses and a range of exceptional young employees were recognised at the first Porirua City Council Small Business Awards ceremony at the Whitireia Library in Porirua last night. “The Porirua City Council Business Awards is a way to recognise and celebrate our innovative and adaptive small business sector in Porirua, who rose to the challenge during Covid-19 and not only survived, but thrived,” says Clare Nolan, Senior Commercial Advisor, Porirua City Council. “Held in conjunction with the Porirua Chamber of Commerce, we asked our community to nominate a local business that embodies excellence and grit and has a track record of strong leadership, innovation and the ability to rise to the challenges businesses have faced in the last year. I’m happy to report that the judges were spoilt for choice.” Among stiff competition, Get Fixed Bicycle Café was awarded the Porirua Small Business Awards winner for 2021. The popular Tuk Tuk Thai restaurant received the Highly Commended Award and the other finalists in the running were Poi Creations, Runway Studio and Yum Jar. “Get Fixed is a much-beloved local business that ticks all the boxes for this award,” Ms Nolan says. “It started as a home-based business, moved into a pop-up container space on the Harbour’s Edge and now they have a multi-faceted business with a workshop and a coffee shop as well as selling eco-friendly household products. They are passionate about biking, good coffee, giving back to the community, and are committed to being a sustainable, eco-friendly business.” Ms Nolan says Daeng and her team at Tuk Tuk Thai has helped transformed our inner city in Porirua with their beautiful restaurant and even better food. “They opened their doors a few months before Covid hit and had to scramble to find a way to stay afloat and also keep her vegetable suppliers afloat, so they started to do vegetable boxes with her sauces during lockdown. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength and even opened a bubble tea and ice-cream sister shop. “It has been inspiring to review all the entries and see how these small businesses in Porirua rose to the challenge of Covid-19. They found new ways of serving their customers, went the extra mile in delivering service and all had a focus on their community at the heart of what they do. I look forward to see what they will achieve in the years to come.” Exceptional young employees were also honoured on the night as Partners Porirua announced their Outstanding Young Employee 2021 award winners. Local businesses could nominate outstanding young employees in their staff that show initiative, leadership and who were role models for others in the business. Below are the winners and their citations. Winner of the 2021 Young Employee Award: Nai Mullane-Ronaki Nai is an Administrator with Kia ora Hauora, Māori Health Workforce Programme at the CCDHB. Along with this she is also completing her fulltime Bachelor of Health Studies, majoring in population health, policy and service delivery. Nai is also a Māori Student Ambassador for Victoria Uni. Winner of the 2021 Rising Star Award: Rex Thompson Rex is a talented and enthusiastic Team Leader at Edwards & Hardy Roofing. He is a great role model, showing new apprentices how to behave for the best outcomes of the company. He’s punctual, calm under pressure and gives his all to any given task. Winner of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Award: Tyra Misky After a year of working as a Youth Ambassador between Tū Ora health and Partners Porirua, Tyra was offered the position as Piki Health Promoter for mental health counselling at Tū Ora health. Tyra is a great communicator, an effective worker across several teams, a true asset and very generous of her time. Tyra’s personal growth has been immense, she has shown commitment to the Pacific communities while embracing a professional approach.

    • Porirua makes a success of Bikes in Schools
      • Porirua makes a success of Bikes in Schools   How Porirua Worked Together Titahi Bay School’s bike track was built in 2014. Before then, only a few kids had their own bikes, and hardly any kids rode to school. Seeking change, a committee of parents investigated options to encouraging bike, and to start fixing up old bikes – helping create a supportive biking culture. They also fundraised by holding triathlons. Then they heard about Bikes in Schools and got involved. After seeing Titahi Bay’s positive outcomes, in 2017 Porirua City Council funded youth development organisation Partners Porirua to support other schools to take up Bikes in Schools. Back then, Rachel Scott was at Partners Porirua and worked closely with schools. Partners Porirua and Bike On NZ Charitable Trust (the Bikes in Schools charity) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Rachel and the council’s Wendy Barry started regular Bikes in Schools hui and other discussions with schools and organisations (including USO Bike Ride, Sport Wellington, Bike On, GreenBikes Trust and others). Regular hui were held from late 2017, and are ongoing. USO Bike Ride was instrumental in supporting Ngāti Toa (decile 3), Holy Family (decile 1) and Corinna (decile 1) schools to get their bike programmes up and running. Three success factors Three crucial success factors helped Porirua Bikes in Schools to emerge: a whole-school commitment the involvement of students and whānau the backing of a diverse partnership of local community and cycling organisations.   Extract from publication May 2021. This story is collectively owned by the Porirua Bikes in Schools network, with its production made possible by Porirua City Council. The council contracted Louise Thornley, who has a public health research background, to research and write this story.  Click here for the full publication and to download the full case study  

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