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      • Porirua Business Awards: Celebrating Growth, Grit And Community Spirit
        • 21 Jul 2021
        • Partners Porirua
        • 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.
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      • Aotea College students walking the talk
        • 8 Jan 2021
        • Partners Porirua
        • Government Funds Licence Scheme for Youth   Partners Porirua was proud to host the official launch of the Youth Driver Licence Scheme announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. The scheme, funded by the NZTA Community Road Safety Fund and the Ministry of Social Development, beginning 1 June 2019, will enable young people on benefits or in care to access free driving lessons and tests.   “A driver licence is more than just a licence to drive. It’s a vital tool and opens doors to education and jobs.,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. This is exciting news for Partners Porirua as a Youth Service provider, running its own Drive 4 Life programme since 2007.  Partners Porirua also facilitate a Community Driver Mentor Programme enabling disadvantaged youth to practise their driving skills with fully licensed adult driving mentors. “The announcement means Partners Porirua can assist more of our most vulnerable young people to get their driver licence, and increase their employment prospects and independence,” said Executive Director Michelle Robinson. Partners Porirua Workforce Development Manager, Jacqui Edwards with Jacinda Ardern and Partners Porirua Executive Director, Michelle Robinson.  Read more about this announcement. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111922049/prime-minister-announces-free-driving-lessons-and-tests-for-young-people-on-benefits-or-in-care Hineora Mike, a former Youth Service client and teen Mum, tells Maori television what getting her full drivers licence has meant for her. https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/govt-fund-free-licence-scheme-youth-on-benefits
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      • Porirua Youth Awards 2020
        • 30 Oct 2020
        • Partners Porirua
        • Porirua Youth Awards 2020   Twelve of our rangatahi were celebrated for their outstanding accomplishments at this year’s eleventh annual Porirua Youth Awards.
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      • Tupu Aotearoa comes to Porirua
        • 1 Oct 2020
        • Partners Porirua
        • Willie Apiata wows students at Mana College   Getting help just got a whole lot easier for young Pacific people in Porirua with the launch of the Tupu Aotearoa programme this week.
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      • Willie Apiata wows students at Mana College
        • 1 Oct 2020
        • Partners Porirua
        • Willie Apiata wows students at Mana College   A group of senior students from Mana College were ‘wowed’ after having the opportunity to meet and listen to New Zealand national role model and hero, Willie Apiata.
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      • Title test
        • 28 Sep 2020
        • Partners Porirua
        • Government Funds Licence Scheme for Youth   Partners Porirua was proud to host the official launch of the Youth Driver Licence Scheme announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. The scheme, funded by the NZTA Community Road Safety Fund and the Ministry of Social Development, beginning 1 June 2019, will enable young people on benefits or in care to access free driving lessons and tests.   “A driver licence is more than just a licence to drive. It’s a vital tool and opens doors to education and jobs.,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. This is exciting news for Partners Porirua as a Youth Service provider, running its own Drive 4 Life programme since 2007.  Partners Porirua also facilitate a Community Driver Mentor Programme enabling disadvantaged youth to practise their driving skills with fully licensed adult driving mentors. “The announcement means Partners Porirua can assist more of our most vulnerable young people to get their driver licence, and increase their employment prospects and independence,” said Executive Director Michelle Robinson. Partners Porirua Workforce Development Manager, Jacqui Edwards with Jacinda Ardern and Partners Porirua Executive Director, Michelle Robinson.  Read more about this announcement. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111922049/prime-minister-announces-free-driving-lessons-and-tests-for-young-people-on-benefits-or-in-care Hineora Mike, a former Youth Service client and teen Mum, tells Maori television what getting her full drivers licence has meant for her. https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/govt-fund-free-licence-scheme-youth-on-benefits
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      • Government Funds Licence Scheme for Youth
        • 10 Apr 2019
        • Partners Porirua
        • Government Funds Licence Scheme for Youth April 10, 2019 Partners Porirua was proud to host the official launch of the Youth Driver Licence Scheme announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. The scheme, funded by the NZTA Community Road Safety Fund and the Ministry of Social Development, beginning 1 June 2019, will enable young people on benefits or in care to access free driving lessons and tests.   “A driver licence is more than just a licence to drive. It’s a vital tool and opens doors to education and jobs.,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. This is exciting news for Partners Porirua as a Youth Service provider, running its own Drive 4 Life programme since 2007.  Partners Porirua also facilitate a Community Driver Mentor Programme enabling disadvantaged youth to practise their driving skills with fully licensed adult driving mentors. “The announcement means Partners Porirua can assist more of our most vulnerable young people to get their driver licence, and increase their employment prospects and independence,” said Executive Director Michelle Robinson. Partners Porirua Workforce Development Manager, Jacqui Edwards with Jacinda Ardern and Partners Porirua Executive Director, Michelle Robinson.  Read more about this announcement. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111922049/prime-minister-announces-free-driving-lessons-and-tests-for-young-people-on-benefits-or-in-care Hineora Mike, a former Youth Service client and teen Mum, tells Maori television what getting her full drivers licence has meant for her. https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/govt-fund-free-licence-scheme-youth-on-benefits
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      • New whanau community space in Cannons Creek
        • 21 Mar 2019
        • Partners Porirua
        • New whanau community space in Cannons Creek Mar 14, 2019 The day was infused with celebration and a sense of ‘Pride’ and ‘Ours’ at the opening of the new community space and park area at Bedford Reserve in Cannons Creek this week. Ngati Toa kaumatua, Taku Parai blessed the Park which was officially opened by Porirua Mayor, Mike Tana. But it was the young people that were the centre of attention with heartfelt performances from local schools, Windley and Glenview and a rousing haka from Brandon Intermediate. Working with Rachel Scott from Partners Porirua, students from these schools. Porirua College and Cannons Creek School made up a consultation group that were involved in the design and development of the community park space from inception. It has been a true community student-led project, said Rachel Scott, with Porirua College students designing and making the park benches, Glenview students designing and painting the mural, and leaders from Cannons Creek School, Windley School and Porirua College working through a robust consultation process to gather their ideas and work with landscape architects to bring their vision to life. As well as a flying fox, swing play area, performance stage, park benches, DJ post, drinking fountain and family sized picnic table, the space includes a wheelchair-friendly barbecue area and a swing for people with limited mobility. Adding distinct local flavour, the theme of the park was based on the book – Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street – written by well-known author, Patricia Grace. “We have a process where young people have a say and that is so important” said Mayor, Mike Tana “I want to especially thank the schools that have participated in improving this space, either through design or working on the bench seats. It has created a sense of ownership for you in your community.” “The space will definitely be popular. Cannons Creek has always had a sense of community and it’s great to see an area that many families can utilise,” says Eastern Ward councillor and Cannons Creek resident, Kylie Wihapi. Porirua College students with their teacher and staff from Partners Porirua try out the new park benches that the students helped design and construct. (Back) Harry Young-Lalau, Solomona Penese, Michelle Robinson (Partners Porirua), Vailahi Vailahi (Front) Aashif Sacha (Partners Porirua), Franki Light (HOF Technology), Rachel Scott (Partners Porirua)
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      • Corinna School Bike Track Opening
        • 5 Nov 2018
        • Partners Porirua
        • Corinna School bike track opening October 2018 On a stunning sunny spring morning, an excited crowd gathered at Corinna School to celebrate the opening of their long awaited and hard worked for bike track.
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      • Students get prepared
        • 17 Sep 2018
        • Partners Porirua
        • Students get prepared Radio training for students is an important aspect of being prepared for a civil defence emergency.
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      • Schools on wheels
        • 17 Sep 2018
        • Partners Porirua
        • Schools on wheels More and more local primary schools are getting on board with the Bikes in Schools programme.
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      • Aotea students honing interview skills
        • 17 Sep 2018
        • Partners Porirua
        • Aotea students honing interview skills Senior students from Aotea College are experiencing what it’s like to be in a real-life job interview situation – thanks to Plimmerton Rotary Club.
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      • Porirua JOBfest 2016
        • 7 Jun 2016
        • Partners Porirua
        • Porirua JOBfest 2016    Porirua’s first JOBfest will bring together employers with a genuine recruitment need, with local students and young job seekers eager to enter the                                                                   workforce.
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      • Hine at the Helm
        • 7 Jun 2016
        • Partners Porirua
        • HINE AT THE HELM Meet Hine King – the ‘power house’ behind JOBfest 2016.
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      • Nick Gets Moving
        • 18 Apr 2016
        • Partners Porirua
        • When Nickoloa Faauga was looking for work, he was hand-picked for a job opportunity, thanks to the Youth 2 Work Movement.
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