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Change of Leadership at Kootuitui ki Papakura

Angela Gattung

Appointed in December 2015, Angela was the first employee of the organisation. Since that time she has worked with trustees, schools, staff, local whaanau and partners to design, implement and innovate the three-strand integrated programme. Angela leaves an organisation that has positively impacted thousands of children's and whaanau lives and is well known and supported for the work it does in its community.


Abi Bond

Abi joined the Kootuitui team mid October 2021 and has been fortunate to enjoy a handover period with the outgoing CEO, Angela. Abi comes from a health background and has been an integral part of the design and delivery of mental health and addictions services in Tamaki Makaurau. Abi has lived and worked within the Papakura rohe for the last 18 years and is very excited about continuing the great work of Kootuitui ki Papakura.


Due to the Covid-19 Lockdown, both Angela's poroporoaki and Abi's whakatau had to be held online. The images below are snapshots of these hui which were attended by trustees, staff, whaanau, programme partners and many community organisations.

Love in the Time of Covid

With the recent Covid lockdown there has been an unprecedented demand for different types of support from our community in areas such as:

• Subsidies for utilities such as power, phone/internet and water

• Transport for people who can’t get to the supermarket, pharmacy, testing and vaccination sites

• Hygiene supplies such as face masks and hand sanitiser

• Food and general groceries assistance, including nappies and baby formula


Our Kootuitui Homes strand employees and volunteers set up a Rapid Response Team to address this growing need which first surfaced in 2020 in response to the first Covid-19 outbreak. Over April and May 2020, we helped 312 families/whaanau. Between August 2020 and April 2021, another 260 whaanau were assisted with essential items. However, with the current lockdown, the crisis has worsened and we now have an extreme level of need.


The process we use is very specific and targeted. The families are known to us and specific needs are identified to really make a difference. Our system is box, package, or voucher-based and totally contactless. We also build long-term capability by asking family members if they’d like to attend our workshops, where that will help, when we are back in face-to-face operational mode. We connect 1-1 with whaanau/families to gather information around specific family needs, after which allocation is made from the resources available. Kootuitui’s approach is to make a phone call to each family, which also serves as a wellness check, to discuss the family’s current situation and the kinds of assistance they are seeking.


Our approach is to make a phone call to each family, which also serves as a wellness check, to discuss the family’s current situation and the kinds of assistance they are seeking.

The whaanau on Kootuitui’s call list are:

• Those on its database who have engaged previously with us

• Referrals from the schools in the Kootuitui network

• Self-referrals from members of the Papakura community


Kootuitui’s only criteria are that families must live in the Papakura district or have their children attending one of the cluster schools. The direct community, whaanau-to-whaanau approach is a major principle of how Kootuitui works. Kootuitui has found that in times like these, a simple phone chat and offer of support goes a long way to families not feeling so isolated and stressed in the lockdown situation. Moreover, whaanau are often overwhelmed and always appreciative of the listening ear and assistance they receive.

We acknowledge our donors - Foundation North, Mercury Energy, the Due Drop Foundation and more than two dozen small businesses, families and private individuals.

We have provided:

- 114 subsidies for utilities such as power, phone/internet, water and gas

- 24 taxi rides for people who can’t get to the supermarket, pharmacy, vaccination or testing centre

- 100 pharmacy packages containing items such as face masks and hand sanitiser

- 408 food boxes and 65 supermarket vouchers

- 125 rangatahi food and toiletry bags for the Papakura High Covid-19 vaccination pop up

and the work continues ...

Manaaki Tautoko_Whaanau Support during Covid Lockdown_Sep-Oct 2021

Kootuitui ki Papakura’s Whaanau Rapid Response Programme is innovative and responsive. It respects whaanau integrity by offering a range of items and accepting their decision of which things to accept and which to say ‘no thank you’ to. It is built around real engagement with whaanau who have an ongoing relationship with the organisation as a means of wellness, hand up support and messages of resilience and hope.

This is our way of showing Love in the Time of Covid.

Food Boxes deliver Rapid Relief

Thanks to Mercury Energy and the awesome Rapid Relief Team, Kootuitui ki Papakura's latest Covid-19 lockdown response recently began. Two pallets of 84 food boxes were distributed to whaanau in our community last week through contactless delivery.

The direct community whaanau-to-whaanau approach is a major principle of how Kootuitui works. Kootuitui has found that in times like these, a simple phone chat and offer of support goes a long way to families not feeling so isolated and stressed in the lockdown situation. Moreover, whaanau are often overwhelmed and always appreciative of the listening ear and assistance they receive.

3 generations in one bubble - "Malo lelei, Thank you Kootuitui for thinking of my family at this time we are very humbled. It’s hard not working right now."

“Living alone has been challenging in lockdown for so long I'm missing company. Thank you for thinking of me.”

“Thank you so much Kootuitui, the sponsors and Helen (Mercury Energy). I have 5 hungry teenagers eating me out of house and cupboards.”

Single mum and son - "Thank you so much for the food box. My son is very excited, he opened and found some noodles."

"Thank you for the magic box."

Celebrating our 6th birthday!

This month we are celebrating 6 years of relationships with principals and teachers, staff and volunteers, community members, funders, programme partners and supporters. We are celebrating 6 years of belonging to the Papakura community, giving back, seeing it grow and evolve, and being a part of its story.

At this time, we remember the Middlemore Foundation that worked in our community to get our programme designed and established. We think about the people who had bold ideas for change and the wonderful support of many funders and partners who have walked alongside us. We recognise the efforts of trustees, staff and volunteers who have brought the mission and vision of Kootuitui to life. We thank the schools and wider Papakura community for making it possible for us to achieve this milestone.

Celebrating Cook Islands Language Week

We recently participated in Cook Islands Language Week activities including the flag raising ceremony, learning phrases, songs and dances and tasting yummy delicacies such as mainese, taro, chop suey, marinated chicken and doughnuts.

Thank you to our Cook Island Whaanau - Nane Lockington, Etueine Woolley, Kimi Nooroa and Pati Kareroa for their organisation of the week's activities.

Whaiwhia te kete mātauranga

Fill the basket of knowledge

Kootuitui ki Papakura's very own Homes strand whaanau facilitators have been busy offering courses in Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes and Westpac Money Skills. The whole Kootuitui team has completed the Kanorau digital skills course and the second cohort of 20/20 Trust participants has all but completed their comprehensive Chromebook course.

Our second cohort of 20/20 Trust's Family Connect 30-hour Chromebook course is due to finish at the beginning of July.

"Family Connect provides a comprehensive, digital inclusion programme for adults who have low or no education qualifications. It is a course for learning, life and work. Learners are engaged by contextualising the learning in terms of real life, learning and work; providing for the four elements of Digital Inclusion; motivation, access, skills and trust."

Eligible participants receive a new Chromebook and subsidised internet at home if needed.

Our Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes initiative is underway. Participants learn about the elements of a home that are important for the health of its occupants - namely insulation, moisture control, mould control, heating and ventilation. Four of our experienced whaanau facilitators offer the workshop with more Kootuitui whaanau helping at the house assessment and installation phases.

The Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes programme came about as a direct result of the prototyping from co-design over 2016 and 2017 and has been developed with the assistance of stakeholders - Habitat for Humanity, Beacon Pathways and Auckland Council. Some simple behavioural changes as well as bubble wrap and v-seal on windows, draught stoppers on doors, and long curtains with top fix tracks immediately raise indoor temperatures to 18 degrees.

The whole team attended the 6-hour Kanorau digital essentials course for the benefit of the learning experience and also so that everyone comes from a position of knowledge when promoting this course in our community.

Kanorau is a free course which helps participants find their way in the digital world. The Wananga tutors help attendees to navigate websites, apps, documents, shop online, and keep in touch with family. There are also modules in managing money and avoiding being scammed.

This course is offered to us via Manaiakalani and Te Wananga o Aoteraroa.

The second Money Skills course for 2021 has been well attended by participants learning about their attitudes towards money, good debt vs bad debt, budgeting, spending, saving and retirement. We have 4 whaanau facilitators offering this course with the support of a wonderful team at Westpac.

This free, fun and interactive course helps participants feel more confident about making decisions about money.

Thanks to the Impact Lab we know our Social Impact

"ImpactLab enables better decisions that improve people’s lives. We work with the best data and evidence to calculate social value in dollar terms, in a measurable, consistent, and comparable way. We build close relationships with our customers to understand them and their populations’ needs. We help people to do good, better." impactlab.co.nz

- Every year, Kootuitui ki Papakura delivers $13,795,984 of measurable good to New Zealand society.

- Every dollar invested in Kootuitui ki Papakura delivers $11.00 of measurable good to New Zealand.

- Kootuitui ki Papakura’s real-world value is even greater than this, as some outcomes such as increased social connectivity cannot yet be directly quantified with available data.

ImpactLab has developed a way of measuring impact in the context of social spending. The result is 'GoodMeasure', a data-driven tool which measured our impact and has provided guidance to us to do what does the most good.


GoodMeasure calculated our tangible Social Return On Investment (SROI) by analysing our information against a library of impact values, research, effectiveness, and data.

New Beginnings

Despite the continuing challenges of successive Covid-19 lockdowns in the first couple of months of 2021, our schools and Kootuitui team have resiliently adjusted at each occasion to support learners and whaanau in a variety of ways.

New kura in our cluster

We are very happy to welcome Te Kura Ākonga o Manurewa into our cluster and look forward to a long and positive relationship with the school. The Acting Principal, Moehau Husband, has begun attend principal hui and members of our team have attended an online hui with the school's Board of Trustees and made their first visit to the school and met the kaiako. Below is an image of our Education Programme Leader, Cam Cameron, sharing the Manaiakalani kaupapa with the teaching team.

New Kootuitui employee

We have an amazing new member of our team. Soyra Loza (left) with Jan Piahana (right), was raised and educated in Papakura. Being well connected in our community, she is perfect for our Kaiwhakatūhono position which focuses on networking and connecting with whaanau to share our mahi far and wide.

New Chromebook course

Our first course through 20/20 Trust for whaanau Chromebook and Google apps training has started. This particular 30-hour course provides a digital inclusion programme for whaanau and is delivered face-to-face and online.

New principals in our cluster

Welcome to three new principals who have joined our cluster - Simon Craggs at Papakura High School, Lujoe Johnson at Kereru Park Campus and Moehau Husband at Te Kura Ākonga o Manurewa. They join our continuing principals - Kataraina Nock at Edmund Hillary School, Michelle Hayward at Park Estate School and Keith Tetzlaff at Papakura Central School. The group recently met for a strategic planning day at our local sporting and recreational facility, Bruce Pullman Park.

New recruits

We have been reaching out to potential new whaanau recruits with this work continuing through level 2 lockdowns via Google Meet. Using a variety of methods has guaranteed that Kootuitui Whaanau can continue to engage new whaanau whatever situation we are in.

New Money Skills Course

Our first Money Skills course started this week with the first of the six workshops in the series. Westpac continue to provide wonderful support to our whaanau facilitators and our local learners.

Graduations and Gifting

Despite the challenges of 2020 and Covid-19, the year has finished with a great deal of positive, gleeful activity heading us cheerfully into the Christmas and summer holiday season.

Money Skills Graduation

Aucklanders endured two Covid-19 lockdowns during 2020, but the Kootuitui Whaanau achieved a six week face-to-face Money Skills course in partnership with Westpac in term 4. Here are the facilitators and graduates at the graduation in mid-December.

Chromebook Course Graduation

Our first 6 week course in partnership with 20/20 Trust training whaanau in digital literacy was delivered through mixed delivery of online and face-to-face sessions, and resulted in graduation in early December. Below are the graduates with their facilitator (second from right).

Gifting to our community

Through November and December, Kootuitui Whaanau have continued to distribute much needed essential supplies to our community, thanks to donations from the Middlemore Foundation and funding from Auckland Council. These have included furniture such as bedding and appliances, as well as toiletries and personal care items placed in local pataka. Thanks to a referral from Mercury Energy, we received 20 boxes from Christmas Box to distribute in our local community. Below is a very happy family receiving one of these boxes.

Four Seasons in One Street

This project, designed by us and supported by the Papakura Local Board, involves planting four different fruit trees which will produce fruit all year round, in one street or streets in close proximity. We began in December with 12 trees in two locations. The photos above are of the eight trees we gifted to Papakura Marae. As the Marae is heavily involved in providing food parcels and twice-weekly community dinners, our gift will in time, supplement the kai that the Marae provides to our community.

Papakura Community Network

We are active members of the Papakura Community Network. Keep an eye on local happenings at YourPapakura.nz. Meetings are held once a month and are open to all local organisations and interested people. Some of the members of the Steering Group with Local Board member, Felicity Auva'a, are in the image below at the annual Christmas network meeting.

Money Skills Graduation

Aucklanders endured two Covid-19 lockdowns during 2020, but the Kootuitui Whaanau achieved a six week face-to-face Money Skills course in partnership with Westpac in term 4. Here are the facilitators and graduates at the graduation in mid-December.

Chromebook Course Graduation

Our first 6 week course in partnership with 20/20 Trust training whaanau in digital literacy was delivered through mixed delivery of online and face-to-face sessions, and resulted in graduation in early December. Below are the graduates with their facilitator (second from right).

Gifting to our community

Through November and December, Kootuitui Whaanau have continued to distribute much needed essential supplies to our community, thanks to donations from the Middlemore Foundation and funding from Auckland Council. These have included furniture such as bedding and appliances, as well as toiletries and personal care items placed in local pataka. Thanks to a referral from Mercury Energy, we received 20 boxes from Christmas Box to distribute in our local community. Below is a very happy family receiving one of these boxes.

Four Seasons in One Street

This project, designed by us and supported by the Papakura Local Board, involves planting four different fruit trees which will produce fruit all year round, in one street or streets in close proximity. We began in December with 12 trees in two locations. The photos above are of the eight trees we gifted to Papakura Marae. As the Marae is heavily involved in providing food parcels and twice-weekly community dinners, our gift will in time, supplement the kai that the Marae provides to our community.

Papakura Community Network

We are active members of the Papakura Community Network. Keep an eye on local happenings at YourPapakura.nz. Meetings are held once a month and are open to all local organisations and interested people. Some of the members of the Steering Group with Local Board member, Felicity Auva'a, are in the image below at the annual Christmas network meeting.

Sharing with Stakeholders

Although we are back in level 3, there was a small window of weeks at level 1 and during this time, we were delighted to host a large number of people at our annual Stakeholder Event.

This year, we hosted the event at Edmund Hillary School, where we welcomed about 80 people, many of them locals and some who had travelled from as far as Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara (Wellington). Our attendees included sponsors, funders, programme partners, school principals and board members, members of the Papakura Community Network, and Kootuitui ki Papakura trustees, staff and volunteers. Our format included short presentations explaining the three strands of our programme in detail and an opportunity for members of the Papakura Community Network to share community notices.

Everyone was treated to the Education strand presentation being led by students of Edmund Hillary School who explained how they and their teachers use the pedagogy of Learn, Create, Share and their Chromebooks to learn. One fun activity for everyone was an online Kahoot quiz that the students made and were the quizmasters for. People were able to use their phones and tablets to connect and play the game. Students had included quite a few questions about politics - maybe they had been learning about our coming national election. Being a cluster of schools working in a digital, visible space, when lockdown occurred, most teachers and students used their normal means of teaching and learning, while adding video meets rather than having face-to-face lessons.

The wonderful Kootuitui Whaanau shared their whaanau-to-whaanau initiatives, explaining how co design formed and has continued to shape their work in the community. They explained the components of their programme which are Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes, Money Skills courses and digital literacy training which they offer in the community. They also revealed how during lockdown, the provision of new funding and getting organisational 'Essential Service Provider' status for Kootuitui ki Papakura enabled them to respond to hundreds of locals to provide essential items such as food, toiletries, baby products and referral to other agencies.

Our Health strand partners, National Hauora Coalition and Papakura Marae, spoke about their delivery of our daily school-based health clinics in our five Kootuitui cluster primary schools. During lockdown, some staff were reassigned to community-based assessment centres and others connected remotely to our whānau. Everyone was introduced to the new Youth Worker at Papakura High, who shared how he had started his job two days before lockdown and therefore had used digital means to connect with the staff and students of the high school.

The overwhelming message was, that while COVID-19 lockdown continues to have a huge impact on whānau, tamariki and rangatahi, all areas of our programme moved relatively easily into remote operation and furthermore, our organisation was able to innovate to meet the new needs of the community. We may be a small organisation, but we are able to have impact through partnerships and collaboration. Thank you to all of our stakeholders for their interest, support and partnership with us.

Collaboration key to whaanau-to-whaanau financial education

Read the article written by Westpac for their staff about our Money Skills collaboration.

As part of our vision to help our customers, communities and people to prosper and grow, Westpac created the Managing Your Money programme to help New Zealanders understand and develop their money management skills. Last week two of our Managing Your Money facilitators: Haemia Melling, Financial Wellbeing Programme Manager, and Katie Carey, Service Excellence and Engagement Manager, visited Papakura High School as part of a Money Skills refresh with charitable organisation, Kootuitui ki Papakura which supports whanaau and schools in Papakura to enable better life outcomes.

Money Skills is a six-week intensive programme that covers everything from money attitudes and goals to debt, saving and investing. Kootuitui ki Papakura began its relationship with Westpac in 2016 when it started introducing the Zombie Cash-tastrophe board game (a game focusing on financial concepts for children above the age of 12) into schools. The relationship has evolved since then, and now members are trained by our team of knowledgeable facilitators to hold Money Skills sessions in their community. Angela Gattung, Kootuitui Chief Executive Officer, said “This is our fourth year and we are recruiting more and more of our whaanau to come and take part in these sessions. We have a great relationship with Westpac that we have grown over the years and hope to continue to develop and implement more of these sessions into our community.”

During the Money Skills refresh session, Haemia along with one of our volunteer facilitators, goes over the presentation slide by slide taking a collaborative approach. Together they discuss what they hope to achieve with each session and what would work best for each group of participants adapting the slides and handouts to suit.

Katie will be sitting in on the latest upcoming Money Skills sessions with Kootuitui ki Papakura. “MYM is an amazing way to give back, especially to those who need it most. It provides a great opportunity to get hands on and make a difference in the community. The Money Skills course we offer is particularly rewarding because you get to be with the same group of people for six weeks and take the journey with them as they increase their financial knowledge and make changes for the better.”

During the six week programme participants gain confidence and financial knowledge that they are then able to use on a daily basis. Tamara Tairakena, Kootuitui ki Papakura member added “we are able to learn from Westpac’s team of facilitators and share what we have learned with our communities. I enjoy presenting it to our people because in some cases we could be changing their lives.”

Katie signed off by saying, “I would recommend becoming a facilitator to everyone. I try and pick up an opportunity to facilitate wherever I can. The value in doing Managing Your Money is to keep doing it, that’s when you see the real difference you can make in people lives.”

Below: Katie (left) and Haemia (right) with the Kootuitui ki Papakura Money Skills team.

Programme partnerships for children

The focus of our work is children and young people so that they enjoy positive lifelong outcomes. In order to achieve our vision, we work with many programme partners of different specialisms to offer our three strand initiative. Our founding partner, which worked with the local community to design our programme, is the Middlemore Foundation. We collaborate with the Foundation in a range of ways. One of these is to distribute through our community, items donated to the Foundation. The most well known campaign is 'Jammies in June'. In 2019 we distributed more than 1800 pairs of pjs and work has once again started in this area this year. However, we also re donate blankets, clothing, baby products, activity packs, books and more. Recently, we were offered an opportunity for students to be models for the Foundation's 'Jumper for Jumper' campaign. What wonderful photos were captured for a worthy cause and it was a great experience for young people to participate in!

The Manaiakalani Education Trust has also been our education programme partner since our inception. It continues to give enormously to our education team, school leaders, and teachers, its model of pedagogy that utilises the affordances of the digital age in concert with a cybersmart curriculum to equip students to learn, create and share as confident digital citizens. When lockdown was enforced, many of our students were able to continue their learning through the use of their teacher website and Google apps that made it a seamless transition to remote learning. MET also shares its system for device procurement and sale so that whaanau get a package that can't be beaten and enables them to purchase devices from us in an affordable way.

National Hauora Coalition and Papakura Marae are our health programme partners delivering our daily health clinics in our five primary schools. The Kootuitui health team includes registered nurses and health workers from Papakura Marae. There are a range of health and well-being services provided to children which include sore throat assessment and management, skin infection management, as well as child health assessments, which encompass activities including new entrant immunisations, hearing and vision checks, behavioural and developmental assessments. Additionally, the programme undertakes health promotion work and connects families to wider social services. Each of these is an important component of delivering a comprehensive school-based health service.

The Counties Manukau District Health Board help us offer our Enhanced School-Based Health Service at Papakura High School. The positions we support are nursing hours, an on-site nurse practitioner service and a youth worker. These personnel work with other health staff in the school's Wellness Centre offering a youth-centred, holistic, multi-disciplinary onsite school service with a number of dedicated staff (nurses, NP and youth worker) working within a broader pastoral care team (including guidance counsellor, social worker and attendance officer).

The Southern Initiative was our programme partner who assisted us develop our Homes strand. This project placed whaanau at the centre, designing and testing prototypes to address the lived experiences that they'd like to change. We have been blessed to work alongside a great many whaanau who continue to share their 'fill my kete, fill you kete' kaupapa through workshops in Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes, Westpac Money Skills and Chromebook literacy. We were able to meet needs of whaanau during lockdown by providing food boxes, supermarket cards, toiletries, baby products and by making referrals to other organisations for items we couldn't provide.

Our newest local partner is Sustainable Papakura. Early this year, their wonderful people approached us with a suggested project which was to use recycled wool to knit slippers for the children of our cluster primary schools. They provided the pattern, wool, and needles and started knitting, inviting others to volunteer their knitting skills and time too. Last week, the first school received about 100 slippers. The look on the children's faces was wonderful as they delighted in the variety of colours they had to choose from. So far, 250 slippers have been knitted, which represents over 1000 hours of volunteering. The project will continue through the winter so that the young tamariki in our other schools can all be gifted a pair.

We are very fortunate to have significant funding partnerships which enable us to provide our three strand programme. In addition, individuals often contact us to gift items to children and whaanau, often new or barely used, that they do not want or can't find homes for. We experience the delight of witnessing the recipients' gratefulness and share these through our facebook page. Without the many generous sponsor organisations and individuals we wouldn't have a programme to offer. We thank them all for choosing us to be part of their philanthropic giving.

Spreading kindness and generosity

The kindness and generosity we have received since Level 4 lockdown from donor organisations and individuals has enabled us to spread this goodwill through our community for the last 7 weeks. Getting ‘essential service provider’ status permitted our essential workers, Whaanau Engagement Facilitator, Jan Piahana, and her ever-helpful husband, Waihou, to get out and about delivering food boxes and supermarket vouchers. Other means of support such as toiletries and baby products, have been ordered online and delivered straight to homes. We have also been able to refer some whaanau to other agencies such as Papakura Marae, for things we cannot provide and work in partnership with other organisations such as the local Sikh communities distributing their grocery bags. We have been privileged to assist nearly 350 local whaanau - some of these with very large households living together through lockdown.

Working tirelessly connecting with whaanau 1-to-1 by phone and text have been a couple of key volunteers, Tamara and Ferila. Our Maker-y Coach, Nane has also helped on the administration side. All this work behind the scenes contributed to our smooth rollout of support to where it was needed.

"Massive, massive thanks goes out to all the beautiful whaanau at Kootuitui. My family and I are so grateful to you all for the love and kindness. You guys are absolutely amazing. Take care, be safe and if there is anything my whaanau or I can do to help in the near future please let us know. Stay safe out there xx"

We are extremely grateful to our organisational and individual donors, without whose generosity we wouldn’t have been able to help in this way. You are truly appreciated.

We have been overwhelmed with messages of thanks and gratitude from adults and children.

"Hi Jan, I would like to say a big thank you to you and the Kootuitui team for the awesome support you guys give our community. It is very much appreciated especially at this time. As you guys continue to help everyone else please take care of yourselves and stay safe. Once again thank you so much. Please don't hesitate to share this text with the team."

Remote teaching and learning through COVID-19

Having schools closed for lockdown doesn’t mean that learning grinds to a halt! Students in Kootuitui schools have been keeping their minds and their bodies active through some awesome online learning experiences. Learners in 1:1 digital classes didn’t skip a beat because they are well practised at using their devices to learn, create and share. They have continued to access tasks through their class site, store their work in their Google drives and share their learning through their individual and class blogs. Look at some of these awesome blog posts.

Students have been recognised for their efforts through some awesome digital certificates, and through encouraging comments on their blog posts. You can see all student blog posts on our twitterfeed. It would make a learner’s day if you took the time to leave them a positive, thoughtful and helpful comment. Here’s how!

Students and teachers have learned to use some new tools to stay connected during level 3 and 4 lockdown. Teachers have created regular opportunities for face to face time using Google Hangouts Meet. These meetings are recorded, which allows them to become a rewindable learning resource. Teachers have supported their learners to feel comfortable in online meetings by showing them how to turn their video off or on, using the chat function for questions and comments, and keeping meetings to about 20 minutes duration. We have even been able to do some things we have never tried before. On Friday we tried our first clusterwide Cybersmart lessons, with students and teachers from our 5 primary schools all joining in on lessons appropriate to their level of online experience.

Lockdown update

Kia ora,

From everyone at Kootuitui ki Papakura to everyone across the community, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well in your 'bubbles'. So much has changed so quickly as we unite against COVID-19. We want to say thank you for your support in staying home and staying well, so enabling others to do the same.

Like all of you, staff and volunteers across all of our services have also had to quickly respond and adapt to the changes required of us to support the Government's response to try to prevent COVID-19 having the devastating effects for our country as it has had for others. This has meant that we have had to very carefully consider how we might adapt our services in the safest ways possible for all concerned.

Kootuitui ki Papakura is on the register of social service organisations providing essential services for its current work in the Homes strand. Since lockdown and with the generous funding of government organisations and private individuals, our whānau engagement team has been delivering 4 weeks' worth of essential food boxes and provision for supermarket shopping to more than 150 families. We have also been able to refer some families to other support services.

Our primary school health personnel have been redeployed to COVID-19, and our secondary school health personnel have continued to support young people and their whānau remotely.

Our education team has worked from home to assist our cluster principals and teachers with the move to remote teaching and learning for our 1800 students. As a Manaiakalani Outreach cluster with a visible, online platform since 2016, we were well placed for this move and during this time have been continuously supported by Manaiakalani. Our administration team has worked tirelessly connecting with families to get Chromebooks to students for their learning from home.

Right now, we are staying true to our philosophy of children being our focus and collaborating with our whānau and community. Thank you for being a supporter in these unprecedented times.

Be Safe. Be Kind. Stay Well.

Kia noho haumaru. Kia atawhai. Kia ora pai.

Together at home

We are now a nation of parents, grandparents and children, together at home. Our staff will be continuing to support our community by working from their homes as we face this challenge together.

We’d like you to know that though our face-to-face office is temporarily closed, our team is now working from home and continuing to support our school leaders, teachers, students and whānau.

If you would like any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate member of our team.

Angela Gattung - CEO, angela.gattung@kootuitui.org.nz, 027 2011 477

Jan Piahana - Whaanau Engagement Facilitator, jan.piahana@kootuitui.org.nz, 021 269 1334

Cam Cameron - Education Programme Leader, camilla.cameron@kootuitui.org.nz, 027 460 6271

Nane Lockington - Maker-y Coach, nane.lockington@kootuitui.org.nz, 021 107 8281

Robin (Bini) Vimal - Chromebook Administrator, robin.vimal@kootuitui.org.nz, 021 071 0334

Freda Piahana - Chromebook Administrator, freda.piahana@kootuitui.org.nz, 021 026 82230

Please stay safe and healthy, and check on people within your whānau, hapū, Iwi, and communities as we all take this journey together.

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

With your basket and my basket the people will live.

Students relish summer study

From the 5 primary and intermediate schools of the Kootuitui ki Papakura cluster, 90 active student participants of the 2019-2020 Summer Learning Journey made 910 total blog posts in this annual digital summer holiday programme offered by the Woolf Fisher Research Centre of the University of Auckland to all the Outreach clusters of Manaiakalani.

With the theme of "Changemakers", participants travelled to far off countries and also very close to home, to learn about some incredible people who have changed the world.

Over four weeks, students chose from three different daily activities with each activity worth a number of points. At the end of the summer, the most active bloggers from each school earned some great prizes. Here are the lucky prizewinners with members of the SLJ team.

Learning devices in the hands of students

School has started for 2020 and students new to 1:1 (1 student:1 device) are equipped for their learning in the schools of the Kootuitui ki Papakura cluster with their very own Chromebook. These devices guarantee equity and access so that our students have the same opportunities for citizenship as every other student in NZ.

As an Outreach cluster of Manaiakalani, Kootuitui ki Papakura adopts the pedagogy of Learn, Create, Share and the kaupapa of

  1. Ubiquitous: anywhere, anytime, any pace, any people learning

  2. Empowered: the power to act - informed/enabled learners

  3. Connected: edgeless education, connected minds

  4. Visible: able to be accessed online by students, families and the world with teacher websites leading learning and blogs sharing outcomes.

Thus, these learning devices are critical to our pedagogical change imperative. A procurement committee convened by Manaiakalani undertakes an annual rigorous process to determine the best Chromebook device for schools. Working together as a collective of 11 clusters across NZ, we are able to put the most powerful and fit for purpose devices in the hands of our learners. This process involves testing by learners, teachers, the Manaiakalani Hackers, independent consultants and our procurement partners.

The Chromebook device selected for the 2020 is the Acer c733, which comes with a sturdy case, 3 year warranty and insurance with no excess and technical support in schools, through our current partners Noel Leeming and Fusion Networks.

Parents purchasing devices for their children are offered various payment plans from the Trust that start from $3.35 per week over 3 years. Since the beginning of this programme in January 2016, parents have purchased over 2200 Chromebooks with the total investment by families in their children’s education now getting close to $1 million.

Devices alone cannot deliver educational outcomes. School leaders and teachers are supported through continuous professional development in the Manaiakalani pedagogy and kaupapa to "use the affordances of technology to accelerate learning outcomes, becoming 'Future Focused Learners in Connected Communities'” - Dorothy Burt, Education Lead, Manaiakalani.

Year 9 students are gifted a 'welcome to high school' kete of supplies

Every year 9 student at Papakura High was gifted a kete full of personal care and school items on their first day of the new school year. This project was undertaken in collaboration with the school's Wellness Centre as a way to welcome new students and encourage them to keep healthy for school. The contents of the kete includes

  • soap and bodywash

  • 1B5 and pen

  • toothpaste and toothbrush

  • hand sanitiser

  • tissues

  • shampoo and comb

  • sunscreen

  • deodorant

  • socks

  • t-shirt and drink bottle in whaanau colours

In total, 250 kete were organised. Kootuitui ki Papakura acknowledges the sponsors who have assisted in this project, namely The Warehouse, 1-day.co.nz, Westpac NZ, TMP Stevens Dental Surgery, Theresa Gattung and Promovision.

Kootuitui ki Papakura receives substantial helping hand from the Hugo Charitable Trust

Kootuitui ki Papakura is pleased to announce a further $150,000 donation has been received from the Hugo Charitable Trust to support better outcomes for children and families in Papakura. This further funding from the Hugo Charitable Trust (Hugo) brings their total support since 2017 to over $500,000.

“Support from partners like Hugo is critical for the sustainability of our secondary school health services and engagement with local whānau,” said Angela Gattung, CEO of Kootuitui kiPapakura. “Hugo’s donation will allow us to provide continued support for a full-time youth worker at Papakura High School and consumables like glasses for our high school Health strand. Hugo’s donation also supports our whānau engagement facilitator in the Homes strand.”

Hugo became interested in the Kootuitui ki Papakura programme after its founder, Maryanne Green, and Hugo’s trustees and team visited two Papakura Kootuitui partner schools in 2017. “We have been hugely impressed with the Papakura Kootuitui Trust and the role the Trust plays in supporting the learning of nearly 2,000 pupils in six schools in Papakura”, said Julia Hunter, Hugo’s Donation Manager. “In addition, over the last two and half years, we have seen firsthand how the high school Health strand, and the Kootuitui whānau volunteers together with the whānau engagement facilitator in the Homes strand, are making a positive and lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of their local community. We are very proud to support this programme.”

The main goal of the enhanced health service at the high school is to address the root causes of preventable disease through early treatment, health promotion, follow-up and liaison with other providers and building relationships with whānau, for which the youth worker is a core member of the health team. The Homes strand has been designed through a co-design project which placed whānau at the centre, designing initiatives that address the needs identified from within the community. Current areas of focus are warm, dry, healthy homes, financial and digital literacy.

About the Hugo Charitable Trust

Maryanne Green, the eldest daughter of the late Hugh Green (1931 – 2012), an Irish philanthropist and businessman, founded the Hugo Charitable Trust in 2017 with capital of $75 million to continue Hugh’s philanthropic legacy. Since then Hugo has donated just over $8.7 million to around 200 great charities and causes. Hugo’s charitable purposes are wide-ranging. They include medical research, education, help to those with physical or mental health care needs, and support for social programmes.

For more information about the Hugo Charitable Trust, please visit www.hugocharitabletrust.nz


Whaanau-to-whaanau Money Skills courses provide a wealth of knowledge and skills

In 2017, Westpac were asked to facilitate a six-week ‘Money Skills’ programme to Kootuitui Whaanau through the Middlemore Foundation's Mana-ā-riki pilot in Papakura called Kootuitui ki Papakura. These whaanau then asked to be trained to run the same financial capability classes.

Kootuitui Whaanau Facilitators have now led five Money Skills programmes themselves, with 41 local whaanau having graduated from the programme.

The photo (right) is the latest participant cohort with Whaanau Facilitators, Westpac and Kootuitui personnel, at their recent graduation. If you'd like to find out when the next course is being held, please contact Jan Piahana, Whaanau Engagement Facilitator.

email Jan.piahana@kootuitui.org.nz or text 021 269 1334

The Papakura Marae health team delivering the Kootuitui Health strand has been awarded the National Hauora Coalition Award for Whānau Whai Hua - Outcomes Matter 2019

The annual awards event is significant for many health providers in recognition of programmes that are making a difference to Māori and Pacific families.

The Papakura Marae health team are attaining outstanding results in many areas. They continue to be in the top three for consent rates and treatment initiated for sore throats in under two days. The biggest achievement for this busy team has been in the area of child health assessments where they achieved over 3000 assessments across 5 schools, resulting in the highest number of assessments per enrolled population.

The Kootuitui Health strand is a free, nurse-led, school-based programme that provides comprehensive, daily healthcare for children in the five primary schools of the Kootutui ki Papakura cluster - Red Hill Primary, Edmund Hillary School, Kereru Park Campus, Park Estate School and Papakura Central School.

The programme was initiated in 2016 and currently has a consent rate of 97%, representing about 1,200 children across the 5 schools. Clinics have a registered nurse and whānau support worker providing healthcare, including rheumatic fever prevention services, skin infection treatment, and health assessment and management. In 2019, Kootuitui secured funding for these clinics through organisations including Counties Manukau Health, Perpetual Guardian and Stevenson’s Village Trust.

The Kootuitui Health programme benefits from being managed by the National Hauora Coalition which also leads the Mana Kidz programme across 83 other schools in South Auckland providing key support in programme development, network coordination, communications activity, clinical oversight & best practice, standardised tools & processes, quality improvement initiatives, and workforce development.

The National Hauora Coalition began providing their services as a Primary Healthcare Organisation (PHO) in 2011. It is one of four Māori-led PHOs in the country. It has an enrolled population of over 134,000 people and services people in 5 DHB regions. It has demonstrated success in key government priority areas, including rheumatic fever and immunisation, and works to enable whānau to achieve self-determined success — Mana Whānau. NHC contracts Papakura Marae to deliver the Kootuitui primary schools health programme. Papakura Marae was established as an Incorporated Society in 1980 to provide cultural, health and social services for the people of Papakura and its surrounding suburbs.

Kootuitui ki Papakura congratulates the Papakura Marae team. The award, Whānau Whai Hua – Outcomes Matter, sums up the hard work the team has been undertaking for children that are at risk of rheumatic fever and other preventable diseases. It acknowledges their commitment and determination in making a difference to improving the health outcomes of the tamariki and whaanau of Kootuitui ki Papakura.

Transpower CommunityCare Fund provides a van for Kootuitui ki Papakura

We are excited to announce the arrival of our new van which has been generously funded through the Transpower CommunityCare Fund . The Fund makes one-off grants for projects in communities along the National Grid route, as well as communities affected by new Transpower projects by investing in community-based projects that add real value and benefit to the wider community.

Sourced from Papakura Toyota., the van has graphics designed by the team at RVE which wrap around the back of the vehicle using our colours with logo, strategic aims and website address. The interior has a second set of seats for passengers and is carpeted for comfort. There is plenty of space for transporting equipment for our Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes initiative, and the roof rack will carry our ladders. Those who attend one of our Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes workshops and request a home assessment and installation from mid-October onwards will be served by the whaanau and resources carried by this van. Give us a friendly wave if you see us around Papakura.

Health & wellbeing - Warm, Dry, Healthy Homes Initiative at Kootuitui ki Papakura

On August 7th 2019, about 30 Papakura organisations gathered at Papakura Central School to network and listen to the Kootuitui ki Papakura team present their three strand approach (Education, Health and Homes) creating positive lifelong outcomes for local children. In the Homes strand, Kootuitui Whaanau volunteers offer workshops focussed on warm, dry, healthy homes, money skills and digital literacy. The Health strand is successfully providing healthcare with registered nurses onsite in the six Kootuitui schools daily, treating student illness and providing education and home visits. The Education strand works to change teacher practice powered by the application of an evidence-based, digital teaching plan.

As part of Labour's Wellbeing Budget 2019 we see the successful model of Kootuitui ki Papakura as a gold standard for a holistic programme of community engagement offering real results in our community. Kootuitui ki Papakura are now looking at further funding to expand their reach more families within the Papakura community.

The Homes strand was developed through a community-led, co-design process which adopted a community empowerment model whereby the Kootuitui Whaanau volunteers identified the areas of greatest need in the community, raised their capabilities in these areas and then started sharing their knowledge and skills with others. “I was an electrician before I started volunteering. It is so rewarding to see our workshops positively impacting families in the community. I help in the Homes strand and my wife Jan is Kootuitui's Whaanau Engagement Facilitator,” says Waihou Piahana.

4 ways to keep your home warm this season from Kootuitui ki Papakura:

1) Curtains are magic as they block the cold air coming in from the windows. They need to reach the floor and be fabric-lined so that there are two layers of fabric to keep out the cold air.

2) Moisture control

Avoid using an indoor clothesline because the damp clothes will create 2 to 5 litres of condensation in the room for each load of washing.

3) Ventilation

Damp houses are harder to heat so ventilation is a must. Open all your windows and doors every morning for 20 minutes, especially during the winter months. This creates a cross-draught which replaces the old, damp air with fresh air. Then, close up your house. This will help with drying out the house which will make it easier to heat.

4) Mould removal

Use a natural mould formula consisting of 70% white vinegar and 30% water. Spray the formula on the affected area and leave for about an hour then wipe off with a damp cloth. Wash the cloth or throw it away to stop the spread of mould spores.