Monthly Newsletter from Porirua Whanau Centre
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Porirua Whanau Centre Monthly Newsletter

Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Hola, Ohayoou, Ni hao, Namaste, Chao, Ni sa Bula vinaka, Kamon Achen, Sawat di, Kumusta, Namaskar, Halo ola keta, Taloha,  Buenos Dias, Malo ni, Ahn nyeong, Greetings to all…

Liz Kelly CEO
Kia ora and welcome to the first Porirua Whanau Centre newsletter. Our City is a vibrant and richly diverse one being made up of peoples from many cultures which we enjoy working with. We provide a range of services and programmes and are always looking at what else the community might need. This monthly newsletter is designed to keep you informed on what services are available, when our events, activities and programmes will be running and to also celebrate the richness of our multi-cultural communities and their achievements eg. The recent Community Education Graduations.
Enjoy the newsletter, feel free to forward it to friends and whanau so we can keep the whole community informed of what is happening and available for them. Please contact us about any of the programmes, service or activities that are featured or if there is something else you think the Porirua Whanau Centre may be able to help you with please feel free to contact our team.
Ngā mihi
Liz Kelly

Childcare Celebrates Samoan Independence Day!!

Parents were invited to come and celebrate Samoan Independence Day with us at the centre. Our children were dressed up in Puletasi (island top and island skirt) for girls and Alo’a (island shirt) for boys and entertained their parents and staff with a Samoan Siva (Samoan dance).

We love to celebrate our cultures here at Porirua Whanau Centre Childcare. It’s important to show our children that we are a unique, diverse community and are proud of our different cultures. A lovely day all round topped off with traditional Samoan food including: Fai’ai Eleni and Kalo (Mackerel baked in coconut cream and Taro).
Pictured above: Children and their whanau celebrating Samoan Independence day at the Porirua Whanau Centre Childcare.

Community Education Graduates!

The Porirua Whanau Centre in conjunction with the Open Polytechnic congratulates some of our foundation students for completing Get Ahead Skills and Get Ahead choices.

It’s never too late to learn! Our Community Education course is Free and available to those who are 18 years and over. The course opened in October last year and began with 12 students growing to  over 100 students by early December, all excited about their futures and ready to learn!

"Education gives us choices" - Mike Fermanis, Board Chair.

Students completing their studies will receive NCEA Level 1 along with the Open Polytechnic Get Ahead Skills certificate. Two students have completed the entire course and will receive NCEA Levels 1 & 2 along with Get Ahead Skills and Get Ahead choices certificates from the Open Polytechnic.

We would like to acknowledge our students for their hard work and commitment, a great effort.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
Community Education Graduates

Congratulations to:

Fialuma Ah Chan, Tial Din Thang, Serafina Lemate,
Teuga Lagaaia, Folo Ah Far, Josephine Uliane Meleah,
Fofogaolefua Sepu, Makerita Siuia Vaasili, Faamanuiaina Lolagi,
Ana Faaololo, Tracey Chong Nee, Joseph Lemate,
Peni Patelesio, Saueleele Tuimalealiifano, Malswmtulangi Hualngobochu,
Talalelei Luatasi Alesana, Silautua Siamomua.

If you would like to know more or to register please contact Mile on 04 2377749 or email

Curtain Bank!!

Wellington Curtain Bank is a free service, providing made-to-measure, lined curtains for Community Service card holders.
Curtain Bank
Winter time in our community is getting better with free curtains and also free insulation for our families in Porirua, as the Porirua Whanau Centre and the Wellington Curtain Bank have teamed up once again. Although it’s one room per household, families appreciate the fact that they are able to have good quality, lined curtains for their homes.
“It’s awesome, so thankful for the Curtain Bank or else we would still have sheets on our windows and a cold home this winter” – Happy Client.

If you have curtains you don’t need please donate them to our Curtain Bank so they can continue to help families that are in need. 

Te Kaiga Maopoopo Tokelau

(For practitioners, providers and community leaders to address family violence)

This is a strengths based programme which focuses on the values, beliefs and practices of Faka-Tokelau that are intended to protect all Tokelau people.

Wendy Leary, Family Violence Prevention Coordinator here at the Porirua Whanau Centre presented two sessions – 26-28 June 2014 (3 days). A general overview of family violence in NZ and the definition of family violence, and community support services available to victims and perpetrators.
Te Kaiga Maopoopo Tokelau

Whanau Support

If you are in need of Social Work support or Counselling we are here to help. We have a Counsellor available Monday and Wednesday and Social Work support team available from Monday to Friday. Please contact Reception for an appointment on 04 237 7749.


Inland Revenue (IRD) – Thursdays (fortnight) 9am – 4.00pm – Appointments must be booked through Porirua Whanau Centre.

Work and Income (WINZ) – Thursdays (weekly) 1pm – 3pm – Appointments must be booked through Porirua Whanau Centre.

Maori Legal Services (Wellington Law Centre) – Thursdays (fortnight) 11am – 1pm – Appointments must be booked through Porirua Whanau Centre.

ESOL – (English for Speakers of Other Languages) – Mondays (School Term) 10am – 12pm – Please register with Porirua Language Project.

Ear Van Clinic - Tuesdays (fortnight) Please book appointment with Ear Van Clinic on 04 237 5549.

Holiday Programme OSCAR for July School Holidays - Registration now open

For more info about the programme please contact Flo on 04 237 7749 or email enquiries to
Holiday Programme images

HIPPY Programme Vacancies

If your child is between 3 ½ and 4 ½  years old the HIPPY Programme is a great way to prepare them for school. Two spaces have just become available on this awesome programme.

Please contact Susie – HIPPY Coordinator on 04 2377749 or you can email her as soon as possible.
Events Calendar

July Upcoming Events:

  • Holiday Programme OSCAR Approved – Monday 7th July – Friday 18th July - 5-13 years.
  • Porirua Whanau Centre Network Meeting – Tuesday 29th July, 12pm-1pm. Guest Speaker: George Darroch. Topic: The Local Pokie Policy – Making a Submission. All Welcome.
  • Parenting Course – Term 3 begins Tuesday 29th July – 9th September, 10am – 12pm (School Term only). Register at reception.
  • Porirua Whanau Centre Family Violence Prevention Network Meeting - Tuesday 8th July, 12pm – 1.30pm.  Guest Speakers: Citizens Advice Bureau – Sandra Andrews; Wesley Community Action –  Watergate Ropeti-Lolohea.
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