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A Polyfest award - Te Urunga - acknowledges a school from each stage at Polyfest for demonstrating inclusive practice.
Te Pou is delighted to be working on a three year work plan with Te Rau Matatini and the Werry Centre.
Just before the Christmas break Le Va had the pleasure of attending the graduation of staff at Pacific Homecare Trust.
We are excited to congratulate Fatima Akehurst for her recent appointment to the Choice in Community Living reference group.
2012 has been a year of hard work and achievement across the mental health, addiction and disability sectors.
We are delighted to announce that two members of the Faiva Ora National Leadership Group are now advising on significant national projects which will shape the future of disability support services.
Thank you for supporting GPS:2012! Around 350 delegates attended the fono in April 2012 in Auckland. Celebrating ‘what works’ for Pacific families and providing the opportunity for new thinking and innovative partnerships across artificial boundaries has become a realistic goal after GPS 2012.
The last three months have been a period of action and outcomes as we work alongside our Pacific communities.
The launch of Le Va’s Pacific Disability Cultural Competency Training Programme at the GPS 2012 fono marks an important milestone in the development of Pacific cultural competency training as an effective tool in supporting non-Pacific people to better engage and respond to the needs of Pacific peoples.
Pati Umaga, a poor humble Samoan boy from Wainuiomata is a man on a mission. "My vision for disabled Pacific people is that they build strong relationships with others and feel a part of the community. Our people are standoffish with service providers. It only takes one bad experience to turn them off. We want to access the world and contribute."
As we approach the end of 2011 it is important to reflect on achievements. Te Pou has taken on the challenge of workforce development with the disability sector. This work aligns well with the work we have already established in mental health and addictions, and with the Pacific sector.