This section is dedicated to providing news items within New Zealand and to celebrate events that have occurred.  This page is interactive and is updated as events happen.

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What's New

Do you like to keep updated with what is happening in the Mental Health & Addiction sector nationally but get annoyed going from website to website?  Look no further, we have made things easier and collated up to date information from various MH&A websites to keep you informed.

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National Newsletters

       Springhill News
         Autumn 2013
 Whanau Ora Update
          April 2013
       Matua Raki
October 2012 Issue
     Te Rau Matatini
       Summer Issue

      Te Rau Matatini
        Winter Issue

  Recovery Solutions



Funds For Families Campaign

We are excited to launch Funds for Families 2014 and help New Zealand families change for the better.

With your help, we want to raise $300,000 to help 300,000 young people and families this year. Your donation will enable us talk to even more teenagers about their attitudes to sex, drugs, alcohol and mental health, and it will help us give families tools they can use to build strong foundations.

By supporting The Parenting Place you will help parents with the challenges they are facing today, and that will help change the New Zealand of tomorrow.

Watch our video to learn more, click here

Key Messages

Young people
Be the Change. Lead the way. Embrace diversity and difference. Small actions can make big changes in world. Support your mates and their changes. Grow, challenge yourself, try something different. Create a movement of change.

Champion young people, acknowledge what they contribute. Be supportive of young people’s passion and enthusiasm; give them the tools to take action. Be a positive role model for young people. Embrace diversity.  Celebrate young people’s successes. Be part of a movement of change.

Quotes for 'Be the Change':

“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Gandhi 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

The Youth Week 2014 Media Toolkit is now available here. Find out how to get your Youth week event into the media spotlight!

Find out about events that happened in your local area in 2013.

Download the new Youth Week Logo.
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Hip Hop Dance Competition 31st April, 1st May
Click here for  Project Registration PackHip Hop dance Competion 2014.pdf
You may know some youth who are talented at dancing!? Please pass this around and check out our website for all details!!

Healthy Families NZ 

Encouraging families to live healthy lives by making good food choices, being physically active, sustaining a healthy weight, not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation, is part of the Governments approach to promoting good health. 

Healthy Families NZ (HFNZ) is a new initiative that aims to bring together the right mix of leadership, encouragement, information and resources to help people make healthier choices for themselves and their families. 

Healthy Families NZ Encouraging families to live healthy lives
Healthy Families NZ_summary 03 2014.doc
Healthy_families_nz_-_cabinet_paper_redacted_version 2014.docx 

Youth Collaborative Annual Hui (THIS IS ALREADY IN THE W4Y CALENDAR)?
Date: 9 -11 July, Venue: Christchurch?
In 2014 The Collaborative's annual hui will be bigger and better than ever and will have an expanded format that includes a pre hui 1 day workshop.?

New Zealand's inaugural Teen Parent Support Conference?
Dates: 24-25 September, Venue: Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Auckland?
Thrive are now inviting abstracts and encourage you to take this opportunity to present and discuss your work and your contribution to supporting teen parents.?

World Congress on Juvenile Justice?

Date: 26 - 30 January 2015, Venue: Geneva, Switzerland?

Despite the vast diversity of judicial systems, the similar challenges arise such as detention conditions for children in conflict with the law, the respect of the rights of children in conflict with the law, the efficiency of non-custodial measures, the advantages of restorative juvenile justice, the reform of the juridical system and the effective prevention of youth offending.?

Go to website for more details click here

Ministry of Health - NGO email for April and nominate a volunteer for the Volunteer Awards!

Other Government Departments:
Office for Disability Issues: March Newsletter 
Ministry of Social Development - Community Investment Update - March
Feedback on the Ministry of Social Development's Proposed Health and Disability Longer Term Work Programme until 29 April?Statistics New Zealand - release of 2013 Census data?

Click here to link to the NGO Working Group facebook website.

Making a Difference for Young Adult Patients
This health resource from the UK presents key findings from a national study on health care transitions for young adults with significant, and potentially life-limiting, conditions.   The STEPP project focussed particularly on practice at the 'adult end': the clinics and wards which care for young adults with significant health conditions following their transfer from paediatrics.

Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management
Click here for information on Unitec's Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management, which supports not-for-profit leaders and their organisations in achieving effective quality management and leadership. The programme includes modules delivered in Hamilton.

Effectively involving men in preventing violence against women
This new research paper written by Garth Baker, identifies that engaging boys and men to prevent violence against women can make a difference.  Click here to download.

Benefit Sanctions: creating an invisible underclass of children?
The Child Poverty Action Group's latest research paper shows monitoring systems are lacking and creating confusion over the numbers sanctioned, in particular parents of children.  Click here to download

My Aspirations and Potential (M.A.P) resource
The My Aspirations and Potential (M.A.P) is an ALAC resource about identity, hopes and aspirations. It can help to map out who you want to be and what you need to be that person. It might also help you see what impact alcohol has on this. Click here to download.


New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 outlines a programme of actions that the Government will implement over the next four years.  It is a cross-government Action Plan bringing together the work of eight agencies.  The Action Plan builds on the previous action plan covering 2008–2012.  Both action plans reflect the goals of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.  (Click here to view the Action Plan)

The Action Plan includes actions designed to:

National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update April 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update February 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update January 2013