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Street Prints Mauao Youth Mentoring Program

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Street Prints Mauao Youth Mentoring Program

Our Te Puke Region Taiohi/youth have the opportunity to be involved in Tauranga’s third Street Prints International Street Art Festival! Help Artists paint large scale murals and assist them in creating something beautiful for your Community.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2420741094856756/

More info about the Youth Mentoring Program is on the Website. Please click through to the website link to register. We have limited spaces available. https://www.streetprints.org/mauao-2020/street-prints-mauao-2020-youth-mentoring-registration/

Video Highlights – Seeka Te Puke Christmas Float Parade 2019

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Christmas in the Park Te Puke 2019

Highlights from the day. Lovely to see community members and organisations come together with healthy collaboration across our district.

Videoography and editing by Vector Group Charitable Trust aka Totem Film
Cameras: Panasonic GH5 and DJI Mavic Pro 2

Audio by Neoclassic: Christmas Dubstep https://audiojungle.net/item/christmas-dubstep/9573588 {Christmas dubstep remix of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” with powerful loud bass drops and deep drums.}

Housing Stress in Te Puke

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This document has been produced by the Housing Working Group, a group formed out of the Te Puke CoLab. As the name suggests, the Co-Lab is a collaboration between various local agencies, working together to improve wellbeing in Te Puke.

Co-Lab was established late in 2017 to better enable its members to work collectively to support the Te Puke community in four key areas: youth engagement and development; housing; community connection and cohesion; and, responding to local trends and opportunities.

The Housing Working Group was established to progress the Co-Lab’s housing focus area.

Te Puke has a vast range of need across the housing spectrum, from homelessness through to rental and home ownership. The Housing Working Group is working to develop greater understanding of the specific needs of Te Puke.

We are drawn from the following member agencies: • EmpowermentNZ • The Ministry of Social Development • The Department of Internal Affairs • Vincent House • WBOP District Council • Poutiri Trust

For further information or queries, in the first instance please contact Empowerment NZ at office@empowermentnz.org.nz or via their website www.empowerment.org.nz

Te Puke COLAB Expo 2019

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Te Puke Community Expo 2019

An event this weekend will give people the chance to nd out what groups, services and clubs are available to the Te Puke community

The first Te Puke community expo was held in August last year. And while it wasn’t intended to be an annual event, organisers have decided it is time for another. The second Te Puke Community Expo is being organised by a working group of COLAB — a collaborative group formed in Te Puke bringing together a wide range of groups and organisations from the town’s social and community sectors.

“It’s really a networking group of social service providers and people who are interested, who want to see Te Puke be connected and thriving, ” says working group member Margaret Scrimgeour. “There are all sorts — iwi, church groups, social groups, Empowerment, Plunket, the Search Party Charitable Trust, Vector [Charitable Trust], who all want to see Te Puke working together.” The rst expo was to give the community knowledge and information about the services and community groups that exist and to help people connect to them.

“We felt it would be good to do another one and encourage the community to engage again, maybe have more groups engaging and sharing their vision, ” says Margaret. “Last time families were walking around and they came across services in Te Puke that they weren’t even aware of — and they hooked up and networked, ” says group member Jenny Wotten. “We had quite a few outcomes last year where people’s needs were met, ” says Dale Snell, who is also part of the working group. Some of this year’s exhibitors will be new and they are all being encouraged to devise fun activities to keep people engaged.

There will also be a kids’ zone, demonstrations of tai chi, kapa haka and gymsports. “It also allows services to connect with [other] services, so it’s networking for them as well, ” says Dale. “One of the reasons for COLAB was to identify any gaps and support everyone’s mahi [work] and there’s nothing better than being able to say from a social services perspective that I know who I am referring people to.” Groups and services on show Te Puke Times · 1

The cross section of exhibitors, from leisure through to health, wellbeing and social services, reflects the working group’s desire to have a wide cross section of the community attend the free expo. “We feel it is the appropriate time to do it again to see where people are at and what gaps there needs to be.”

WBOPDC Summer information 2019/20

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Summer information 2019/20

Summer information 2019/20

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Here you’ll find all the information you need to know about our services over the 2019/20 summer period!

Library and Service Centre opening hours

Barkes Corner Head Office

Tuesday 24 December, 8am – 12pmWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, 8am-5pm
Monday 30 December, 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 31 December, 8am-5pm
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSEDThursday 2 January, CLOSED
Friday 3 January, 8am – 5pmNormal hours resume

Te Puke Library and Service Centre

Tuesday 24 December, 8am – 11.30amWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, 8am – 5pm
Saturday 28 December, 9am – 12pm
Sunday 29 December, CLOSED
Monday 30 December, 8am – 5pmTuesday 31 December, 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Thursday 2 January, CLOSED
Friday 3 January, 8am – 5pm
Saturday 4 January, 9am – 12pm
Normal hours resume

The Centre – Patuki Manawa, Katikati

Tuesday 24 December, 8am – 11.30amWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, 8am – 5pm
Saturday 28 December, 9am – 12pm
Sunday 29 December, CLOSED
Monday 30 December, 8am – 5pmTuesday 31 December, 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Thursday 2 January, CLOSED
Friday 3 January, 8am – 5pm
Normal hours resume

Waihi Beach Library and Service Centre

Tuesday 24 December, 8.30am – 11.30amWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday 28 December, 9am – 12pm
Sunday 29 December, CLOSED
Monday 30 December, 10am – 5pmTuesday 31 December, 8.30am – 5pm
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Thursday 2 January, CLOSED
Friday 3 January, 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday 4 January, 9am – 12pm
Sunday 5 January, CLOSEDMonday 6 January, 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 7 January, 8.30am – 5pmWednesday 8 January, 10am – 4pm
Thursday 9 January, 10am – 4pmFriday 10 January, 8.30am – 5pm
Normal hours resume

Omokoroa Library and Service Centre

Tuesday 24 December, 9am – 11.30amWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, 9am – 5pm
Saturday 28 December, 9.30am – 12pm
Sunday 29 December, CLOSED
Monday 30 December, 9am – 5pmTuesday 31 December, 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Thursday 2 January, CLOSED
Friday 3 January, 9am – 5pm
Normal hours resume

Kerbside Rubbish and Recycling Collection

There will be no kerbside collections on Christmas Day and New Years Day. These days both fall on the normal kerbside collection for Omokoroa, Te Puna, Minden and Kaimai. If you live in these areas, please put you rubbish bin or green bag out on the following Saturdays (28 December and 4 January) instead. All other collection days around the District remain as normal. For more info, see the Waste Management website.

Approved EGB rubbish bags will be accepted at our Athenree Recycling Centre (Waihi Beach) if you miss the kerbside rubbish collection over this period only.

Please contact your bin provider if you have any further questions.

Recycling & Greenwaste Drop-off Centres

Te Puke Recycling Centre

Tuesday 24 December, 8am – 5pmWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, CLOSED
Saturday 28 December, 8am – 4pm
Sunday 29 December, CLOSED
Monday 30 December, CLOSEDTuesday 31 December, 8am – 5pm
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Thursday 2 January, CLOSED
Normal hours resume

Katikati Recycling Centre

Tuesday 24 December, 9am – 12pmWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, CLOSED
Saturday 28 December, 9am – 4pm
Sunday 29 December, 9am – 4pm
Monday 30 December, CLOSEDTuesday 31 December, CLOSED
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Thursday 2 January, 9am – 4pm
Friday 3 January, CLOSEDSaturday 4 January, 9am – 4pm
Sunday 5 January, 9am – 4pmMonday 6 January, CLOSED
Tuesday 7 January, CLOSEDWednesday 8 January, CLOSED
Thursday 9 January, 9am – 4pmFriday 10 January, CLOSED
Normal hours resume

Athenree Recycling Centre

Tuesday 24 December, 1pm – 4pmWednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Thursday 26 December, CLOSED
Friday 27 December, CLOSED
Saturday 28 December, 9am – 4pm
Sunday 29 December, 9am – 4pm
Monday 30 December, CLOSEDTuesday 31 December, CLOSED
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Thursday 2 January, 9am – 4pm
Friday 3 January, CLOSEDSaturday 4 January, 9am – 4pm
Sunday 5 January, 9am – 4pmMonday 6 January, CLOSED
Tuesday 7 January, CLOSEDWednesday 8 January, CLOSED
Thursday 9 January, 9am – 4pmFriday 10 January, CLOSED
Saturday 11 January, 9am – 4pmSunday 12 January, 9am – 4pm
Monday 13 January, CLOSEDTuesday 14 January, CLOSED
Wednesday 15 January, CLOSEDThursday 16 January, 9am – 4pm
Friday 17 January, CLOSEDSaturday 18 January, 9am – 4pm
Sunday 19 January, 9am – 4pmMonday 20 January, CLOSED
Tuesday 21 January, CLOSEDWednesday 22 January, CLOSED
Thursday 23 January, 1pm – 4pmFriday 24 January, CLOSED
Saturday 25 January, 9am – 12pmSunday 26 January, 1pm – 4pm
Monday 27 January, 10am – 4pmNormal hours resume

Omokoroa Greenwaste Drop Off Centre

Wednesday 25 December, CLOSED
Saturday 28 December, 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday 1 January, CLOSED
Saturday 4 January, 2pm – 4pm
Normal hours resume

Freedom Camping

Western Bay of Plenty has some lovely beaches and camping spots, but campers need to be aware that not all areas of the District can be camped on. Restrictions apply under Council’s Freedom Camping Bylaw, and we ensure that campers are complying in two ways:

  1. Response to complaints from residents and members of the public throughout the District:
    Council contractors respond to all freedom camping complaints made to our contact centre (complaints can be made any time day or night). The best time to make a complaint is in the evening or early morning when it is clear the vehicle occupants are preparing to, or already have camped overnight.
  2. Seasonal monitoring/patrolling Waihi Beach, Te Puke, Paengaroa, Maketu, Pukehina, Te Puna, Omokoroa and Tuapiro Point:
    Council contractors patrol all reserves in the Waihi Beach area and reserves in Te Puke, Paengaroa, Maketu, Pukehina, Te Puna, Omokoroa and Tuapiro Point where freedom camping restrictions apply. These patrols are done nightly and in the early morning.
    Weekend monitoring commences from Labour Weekend, with daily monitoring running from Friday 20 December 2019 until Friday 7 February 2020. Weekend monitoring then commences through to the end of Easter weekend.

Visit our freedom camping webpage for more information and maps on where freedom camping is allowed,

Dog Control

Here are a few quick key points to keep in mind when walking your pooch this summer:

  • There are ‘on-leash’ restrictions in the main town centre areas of Te Puke, Katikati and Waihi Beach
  • In Waihi Beach, dogs are prohibited on all parts of the main beach during summer (from Friday 20 December to Friday 7 February) between 9am – 7pm. Outside of these times you can exercise your dog on the beach. Your dog can be exercised at any time in the area of Bowentown Beach (roughly the beach area between Albacore Ave and Plom Road). You must carry a leash, and keep your dog under control
  • Dogs are prohibited at Island View Reserve from October to March due to birds nesting in this area
  • Please take a plastic bag with you when walking your dog to clean up its business. Poo bag dispensers are located at a number walkways around the District.

Visit our Dog Control Bylaw webpage to make sure you know all the rules!

Visit our dog walking areas webpage for maps and walking areas.

Alcohol Bans

Please remember that there are year round 24/7 alcohol bans in Waihi Beach, Katikati and Te Puke. You can read our Alcohol Control Bylaw and see ban areas here.

Recreational Water Quality

The waterways and coastal areas of the Western Bay are popular places to visit during summer – but it’s a good idea to check out the quality of water before you jump in.

Keeping you up to date with the water quality of local estuaries, beaches, rivers and lakes is the job of Toi Te Ora Public Health.

If a recreational water site is significantly contaminated, Toi Te Ora will erect signs to warn where swimming is not advised due to the health risk.

Waterways are tested regularly for bacterial contamination from human or animal faeces, and for the bacteria which cause blue-green algae or algal blooms.

So when you’re swimming or collecting shellfish this summer – look before you leap and make the most of our wonderful waterways.

You will find current local health warnings at www.toiteora.govt.nz/health warnings

Fire Permits

Rural fire within the Western Bay of Plenty is managed by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).

Lighting a fire? For more information and to apply for a permit, please complete the online application at firepermit.nz.

Maketu in pink for inclusive message

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Maketu in pink for inclusive message

Maketu was out in force last Friday to mark Pink Shirt Day. A special event to mark the anti-bullying initiative was organised by Maketu Hauora and Maketu Primary School.

Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships. It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected regardless of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or cultural background.

This event was part of the Youth Engagement and Development working Group of COLAB and WBOPDC financed the Pink Shirts 😉

Throwdown – National Dance Battle in Te Puke

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Throwdown – National Dance Battle in Te Puke

The best of NZ’s street dancers are battling it out for supremacy in Te Puke today.

The much-anticipated Te Puke Throwdown – National Dance Battle is happening in Te Puke all day with plenty of food, fun, dance workshops and a car being covered in graffiti street art.

The free all-ages competition is being held in conjunction with youth week 2019 which is running from May 18 to May 26. This year’s youth week theme is ‘We are more than you see’ ‘He wai hohonu a matou’ (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).

Steve Fawcett from Vector Group says they are hoping to strengthen youth engagement and inclusivity and celebrate diversity. They also hope to strengthen the collaboration of the Te Puke community alongside youth service providers and to others.

The competition will see two categories, groups and singles, battle it out for cash prizes.

Entertainment includes free dance workshops with John ‘Happyfeet’ Vaifale and Renee Sharp, all styles and breaking, and an open jam session.

“We have some amazing talent coming so it’s going to be very entertaining,” says Steve.

A live band will also be playing at the event, along with live DJ’s.

Steve says it is a celebration in dance and is multi-generational family event which is unique to Te Puke. He says they wanted to establish an event that could lead to an annual youth event held in Te Puke and could be replicated to other towns.

This National Youth Week event is being held at the Jubilee Park from 11am – 3pm.

Te Puke Showdown – National Dance Battle

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National Dance Battle

A shout to all those who competed in the Te Puke National Dance Battle, those who attended the event, the financial backers and the volunteers. Here is a short highlights video of the amazing day.

Thank you Creative Communities (Creative BOP), Te Puke Baptist Church, Sign Centre Ltd, Epic Te Puke, Maketu Rotary, WBOPDC, Social Link, Te Puke COLAB.

Thank you Te Puke Diner, BOP Radiators, The Daily Café, DFP Apparel, Epic for the vouchers and giveaways.

Thank you Dujon and Crew, you guys made it special. Donna and team for your awesome performance, the camera crew Jaden Charrington and James De Lange and to Mark Sandoval and co for some of the footage and those I grabbed some Instagram footage off 😉

Thanks to the opening kapa haka crew from Te Puke High School 😉

Special shout out to all my volunteers, Sydnie, Eve, Isaac, Badal, Gio, Otis, Greg, Summer, Tracey, Lucas and all the rest, you guys rock.

Yeet to Homegrown Art for the car graffiti 😉 looks rad!

Thank you also to The Afrolites, your music made the day

Again, thanks everyone for helping us out on the day and making it super special, fun and creative.

Steve and Tracey from the Vector Group Charitable Trust crew.
Te Puke Film aka Totem Film, Raven Media


A Creative Communities funded project. 
A Te Puke Baptist Church (Oktoberfest) funded project.
Digital Print sponsored by SignCentre Mt Manganui.
Insurance provided by Epic Te Puke
Funding from Maketu Rotary

Project Development by Vector Group Charitable Trust

What is the aim of holding this event?
Project is Youth led, inspired by Badal Gill and Reuben Foote, who are Te Puke High School students.

Establish an event that could lead to an annual youth event held in Te Puke. One that could be replicated to other regions.

Celebration in dance, the arts, relevant, inspirational, multi-generational family event, unique event to Te Puke.

  • Kaitautoko kaiarahi: support and lead at the same time
  • Inclusive: embracing diversity
  • Responsive: evolving with the sector

-What are you hoping to achieve?

Strengthen youth engagement and inclusivity, celebrating diversity.

Strengthen collaboration of Te Puke community alongside youth service providers and to others.

  • Rourou: whakawhanaungatanga – connect the sector
  • Kete: whakamanatanga – raise the standards
  • Korowai: taiohitanga – champion youth engagement and development
  • Waikawa: rōnakitanga – promote sustainability

-What inspired you to hold something like this?

To be part of a national celebration of youth (youth week 2019)
The theme is “We are more than you see” “He wai hōhonu a mātou” (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).

-What are you most looking forward to with this event?

Fun, diversity, music, dance, and anticipation and unknown of what the car is going to look like after we graffiti it.

What have you been doing in the leadup to this event?

Involved in COLAB Community project overseen by Social Link and funded by WBOPDC and Lotteries, which is focussed on the continued strengthening of collaboration strategies between social sector groups in Te Puke.

Supporting Te Puke youth to Maketu Rotary youth project – develop business plan, and present for a youth led community project. Badal Gill and Reuben Foote (youth)

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Te Puke Throwdown Agenda

Venue: Jubilee Park, Te Puke / Te Puke Baptist Church Hall (weather venue)

May 18: 11-3pm

Alongside event is a 1988 Nissan Sentra having some graffiti done on it.

We will also have some surprise performances hopefully up our sleeve ie well known “as seen on TV” beatboxing, plus…. 😉

Set up

9am Sound system / event (Steve & team)

10.30am Crowd Control set up / soundcheck (DJ & MC’s)

11am The Afrolites set up

11.45am Afrolites soundcheck

Entertainment

11am John ‘Happyfeet’ Vaifale workshop (20min)

11.25am Renee Sharp workshop (20min)

11.45am Afrolites soundcheck

11.55am Event Welcome

12pm All Styles Quarter Finals

12.30pm Breaking Quarter Finals with The Afrolites

12.40pm Breaking Semi Finals with The Afrolites

12.45pm Local battle / giveaway

1pm Showcase (Donna)  really looking forward to this as Donna works with kids with disabilities.

1.10pm All Styles Semi Finals

1.25pm All Styles Final

1.35pm Breaking Final

1.40pm Prize Giving

1.45pm Open Jam

3pm Pack down

Dance battle to take place in Te Puke

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Dance battle to take place in Te Puke

A national dance battle dubbed as the Te Puke Throwdown is set to take place on May 18.

The free all ages competition is being held in conjunction with youth week 2019 which is running from May 18 to May 26. This year’s youth week theme is ‘We are more than you see’ ‘He wai hohonu a matou’ (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).

This national dance battle is youth inspired.

Steve Fawcett from Vector Group says they are hopping to strengthen youth engagement and inclusivity and celebrate diversity. They also hope to strengthen the collaboration of the Te Puke community alongside youth service providers and to others.

Steve says it is a celebration in dance and is multi-generational family event which is unique to Te Puke.

He says they wanted to establish an event that could lead to an annual youth event held in Te Puke and could be replicated to other towns.

The competition will see two categories, groups and singles, battle it out for cash prizes.

A live band will also be playing at the event, along with live DJ’s.

Steve says there will be international circuit and national breaking contestants.

“We have some amazing talent coming so it’s going to be very entertaining.”

Alongside the dance competition, there will be free dance workshops and graffiti street art painted on a car.

Steve says what he is most looking forward to with this event is the fun, diversity, music, dance, and the anticipation and unknown of what the car is going to look like are it is graffiti.

The Te Puke Throwdown is taking place in Te Puke on Saturday May 18.

For more event details and information click here:

Social Link

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Our Story

The Western Bay of Plenty has a proud social service heart.

At its core, in the western Bay of Plenty approximately 240 organisations work daily to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and our society. Many of our fellow New Zealanders struggle with isolation, poverty, mental illness, addiction, housing, food insecurity amongst other issues and each one of the good folks working in the social service sector are dedicated to the task of making life that much easier and better for everyone.

The Western Bay of Plenty has a rapidly expanding population and as a result, the social service sector is experiencing an ever-increasing demand for its services.

A range of issues impact on social services including difficulties associated with a degree of fragmentation within the social services sector, challenging communication and not least, an uncertain and difficult funding environment.

Over the years, those at the heart of social service delivery have expressed a feeling of being undervalued, often stymied in being able to provide all that they would wish to their communities because of there being few connected voices in what seems a burgeoning environment.

A major challenge to the delivery of social services in the Western Bay of Plenty has been finding a method by which the sector can connect, can work together, can collaborate with appropriate resources designed to aid in the delivery of smarter, more efficient services.

In response to these challenges within the social service sector, 2014 saw the inception and registered charity status of The Social Sector Innovation WBOP Charitable Trust, or the slightly sexier title ‘SociaLink’. The aim of this new organisation was to provide a structure for research, innovation, collaboration, information, networking and advocacy for all involved in the sector throughout The Western Bay.

Today, SociaLink operates with the aim of “A thriving social and community sector improving Western Bay of Plenty communities”.

The idea is that only in providing an environment where social service is valued by all, where social services are fully connected and that organisations are able to take full advantage of every collaborative effort, can we as a people create a society where all are cherished and respected. Okay, so now we’ve got the big stuff out of the way, what does SociaLink do?

To achieve SociaLink’s aims, three strategic themes were identified:

  • Build a thriving and connected social service sector
  • Empower that sector to success
  • Serve the sector to ensure the delivery of the first two.

SociaLink achieves its vision in a number of ways.

  • SociaLink undertakes a range of researh to better understand the local social sector and highlight social issues t enable discussion by the sector and to advocate to funders and stakeholders:
  • Organisation of training programmes, forums and educational workshops
  • Regular communication including an informative newsletter intended to inform of relevant training, new policy and legislation
  • SociaLink is to manage daily operations at The Kollective, The Western Bay’s new co-working community service hub where collaborative effort and connectivity are key to success.
  • In a combined effort with other strategic WBOP organisations SociaLink seeks to ‘map’ the social sector to better understand the organisations and services that comprise the social services sector in the Western Bay of Plenty. This involves meeting and collecting information from social services, of which it is estimated there are 221 social services.
  • Assist social sector providers to work together on social issues e.g. organise and facilitate meetings, apply for funding, act as a fund holder etc.
  • Assist social sector agencies to work together e.g. networksc share information, partnerships etc.
  • Work with the sector to advocate on issues of relevance to them e.g. prepare submissions etc
  • Work with Māori providers to see how SociaLink can best add value to their mahi.