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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.