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New Zealand’s homelessness statistics are alarming. Approximately 30,000 New Zealanders are severely housing deprived, with almost half being under the age of 25. The level of rough sleeping, the most extreme form of homelessness, acts as gauge of a much larger issue  - in 2006, more than 80 people were sleeping rough in Auckland.

For the first time, Lifewise will host the annual Big Sleepout in Rotorua as well as Auckland. This year, Rotorua’s finest business, community and political leaders will be sleeping rough to put an end to homelessness in the city. Every dollar raised by Rotorua’s Big Sleepout participants will go towards ending homelessness in Rotorua.

Rotorua’s very first Lifewise Big Sleepout will support the work local agencies are doing to end homelessness in Rotorua for the Action Group To End Homelessness . The supporters include Lifewise Rotorua, Salvation Army, Department of Corrections, local youth community development agency Te Waiariki Purea Trust, Rotorua District Council and Community Facing Ministries, a church-based community housing initiative.

Stripped of their creature comforts and exposed to the winter elements, leaders and influencers from Rotorua’s business, community and political spheres will spend a night on cold concrete, receiving an insight into what it means to sleep rough. Participants are encouraged to blog and share their thoughts and experiences via social media. Onsite facilities are limited, but people will be able to continue to share during the night thanks to mobile power technology provided by Powerall and Eton, which recharge smartphones, tablets, cameras and other electronic devices.

All participants will be sponsored by friends, family and colleagues to go homeless for the night. Rotorua’s leaders have set an overall goal of raising $50,000 – crucial funds that are needed to get vulnerable homeless people in Rotorua off the streets and into homes.

Lifewise aim to be a ‘go-to’ organisation, through which media can access accurate, balanced and constructive commentary on issues including:

  • Parenting support
  • Good outcomes for children in care
  • Support for families under stress
  • Quality early childhood education
  • Neighbourhood and community development
  • Mental health and addiction support
  • Older persons’ care
  • Services for people with disabilities
  • Ending homelessness

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This part-time course will gain you a Nationally recognised qualification. Course includes retail legislation, merchandising, loss prevention, stock management, human resources management, retail management, security systems and sales performance. This course is fully subsidised & completely FREE. For anyone wanting to get work in the Retail field then get in quick - spaces limited! Courses starting in Rotorua on Wednesday 18 Nov and in Taupo on Fri 09 Oct. Call/text/email me now to discuss further 027-902-1072.  Click here for the flyer.

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Rotorua Future Leaders Forum Invitation and Application Form

Applications are now open for the Rotorua Future Leaders Forum 2015, to be held on 14 and 15 October 2015.

100 Rotorua young people (aged 15 - 24) will be selected from the submitted applications to represent themselves and their communities at the upcoming Forum.

The Future Leaders Forum replicates the actual workings of Council and local government as closely as possible. Youth delegates will get the opportunity to debate a by-law or council strategy, sit on a council committee and present their views on major youth issues or ideas to district Councillors, the Mayor and community leaders.

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National Certificate in Youth Work (Youth Leadership - Level 3)

Do your staff need training?
Do they need a qualification??
Are you currently practising Youth Work in a paid or unpaid position with a recognised Youth Work provider in the Central North Island? 


We have limited spaces and will need you to enrol as soon as possible to ensure you gain one of these places for our next intake!?

Do not delay and register now by registering your interest to tania "at" or phone 0800 469 372