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A careers programme has been launched in Auckland that will introduce college students to the companies in their community.
Its backers want to reduce the nearly 26,000 Aucklanders under 24 who are not in work, education or training.
Youth Connections Across Auckland will introduce students to local businesses and teach them about the skills and qualifications they need to get their foot in the door.
It is being rolled out in six of the 10 local board areas.
The project is being funded by the Tindall Foundation, the Auckland Council and the Auckland Airport Community Trust.
Sir Stephen Tindall says a pilot programme was started with Counties Manukau District Health Board three years ago and has been a big success.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012, 12:00 pm
Press Release: Youthline
Supporting our youth
Long established youth organisation, Youthline is working alongside the Counties Manukau District Health Board and other service providers to address concerns over an increasing number of youth suicides in the Counties Manukau region.
In 2010 there were 30 confirmed Pacific deaths by suicide for the total NZ population.
Between April 2011 and November 2011, there have been 14 suspected deaths by suicide in the Counties Manukau district alone, most of which were aged 24 or younger.
Youthline Clinical Services Manager, Glenda Schnell says it’s the responsibility of the entire community to support young people.
“We urge everyone who has contact with young people to be aware of warning signs and speak up if you are concerned for somebody’s wellbeing.
Christmas can be a particularly vulnerable time – with school being out, a young person’s support network is often not as strong, so it’s about communicating with them and just checking that they’re ok.”
Over the coming months, Youthline will be working to ensure relevant resources and information is available, particularly to the Pacific community, where the suicides have been most prevalent.
Another area of work will be around removing the stigma and shame attached to asking for help.
“It’s about educating people and equipping them with the skills to understand the issues young people face and how to ensure they get the help and support they need.”
Alongside these efforts Youthline is also looking into ways of reaching young people via social media. Facebook recently launched a suicide prevention initiative in America, where users who expressed suicidal thoughts are given the option to connect directly with a crisis counsellor via Facebook chat.
“It makes good sense for us to be on the social media platform in a clinical capacity – exactly what this looks like is hard to say, it’s all new ground for us to tread over.”
If you are concerned about a young person please put them in touch with Youthline via any of the following:
Free phone: 0800 37 66 33
Free TXT: 234
Thursday, 1 December 2011, 10:36 am
Press Release: Institute of Chartered Accountants
For immediate release
Top Female Director Wins Chartered Accountant of the Year
The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) last night announced Jan Dawson FCA, independent director and former CEO and Chair of KPMG as winner of the Crombie Lockwood 2011 Chartered Accountant of the Year in its annual NZICA Leadership Awards.
Jan, who became the first woman to head a big four accounting firm in Australasia, has built a reputation over her 30-year career as a leading business executive with expertise as an audit partner and a trusted advisor on corporate governance and risk management.
“Jan’s outstanding achievements as a business leader and chartered accountant at the pinnacle of her career, exemplify the huge value of the accounting profession to our economy,” NZICA Chief Executive Terry McLaughlin.
“A highly skilled business woman and strategic thinker, Jan has utilised her skills and knowledge to deliver truly transformational benefits to her employers, clients and indeed, the accounting profession in general.”
Among the four other winners announced at the NZICA Leadership Awards gala dinner in Wellington on 30 November include Westpac 2011 Outstanding New Member of the Year Joe Hanita CA, Group Accountant at Te Wananga o Aotearoa the second largest tertiary provider in New Zealand; Ernst and Young 2011 Public Sector CFO of the Year, Scott Scoullar CA Inland Revenue’s Chief Financial Officer and American Express 2011 Outstanding Service to the Profession, Kevin Simpkins FCA (full list of winners below).
“The calibre of all our winners is not only a reflection of NZICA membership as outstanding business practitioners, but testament to the opportunities that are available for NZICA members.”
As CEO and Chair of KPMG from 2006-2011, Jan transformed the struggling New Zealand firm into a unified, high-capability network, increasing its net revenue increased by 18% despite two recessionary phases during her tenure.
“For me, winning the award is recognition of what I’ve achieved with KPMG and demonstrated that as a woman I could have a family and a successful career too. It demonstrates to others that it’s possible,” says Jan.
As an independent director, Jan currently holds directorships at Air New Zealand, Westpac New Zealand Limited, is deputy chair of Counties Manukau District Health Board and a member of the University of Auckland Council. During her term leading KPMG New Zealand she was a board member of KPMG Asia Pacific Region and KPMG Australia and a councillor of KPMG International. She is currently President of Yachting New Zealand.
A mother of two and a passionate sportswoman skippering an award-winning yacht crew, Jan is a strong proponent of giving back to the community. As well as being President of Yachting New Zealand she is also Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Events Committee for the International Sailing Federation.
She is also committed to supporting women leaders as a member of Global Women, along with future leaders, supporting the Committee for Auckland’s Future Leaders programme. She has been on the Board of General Trust Board of the Anglican Church’s Auckland Diocese and Treasurer for Auckland Rotary.
The full list of NZICA Leadership Awards 2011 winners are:
Crombie Lockwood 2011 Chartered Accountant of the Year:
Jan Dawson FCA – Independent Director
Westpac 2011 Outstanding New Member of the Year:
Joe Hanita CA – Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Ernst and Young 2011 Public Sector CFO of the Year:
Scott Scoullar CA – Inland Revenue Department
American Express 2011 Outstanding Service to the Profession:
Kevin Simpkins FCA
Prestige Print 2011 Annual Report by a Public Sector Organisation:
Watercare Services Ltd
Prestige Print 2011 Annual Report by a Not for Profit:
New Zealand Red Cross
Prestige Print 2011Sustainability Reporting:
Christchurch International Airport
Prestige Print 2011 Annual Report by a Corporate Organisation Winner:
Christchurch International Airport
Keeping Counties Manukau children in good health is top priority for two Plunket nurses.
Christine Hazleman and Sita Moala are just two of a host of Plunket nurses doing B4 School Checks on four-year-olds.
B4 School is a nationwide programme offering a free health and development check for four-year-olds. It started in 2008 to help identify health and development problems before a child went to school.
Inside the Plunket van kids have their height and weight measured, their teeth and gums checked and more.
The nurses chat with them to check their speech and behaviour and if they know things like numbers and colours, Ms Hazleman says.
It’s important to do the checks now so that by the time the kids reach five years of age they’re “not missing out on school time”.
The check takes around half an hour and if necessary children are referred on to hearing and vision services or to doctors if there’s weight and other health issues.
The check means they can start school with a clean slate, Ms Hazleman says.
Plunket nurse Sita Moala says all four-year-olds are welcome to go through the checks and two nurses working in Plunket’s mobile van can see up to 16 kids a day.
Counties Manukau District Health Board adviser Sue Miller says a child’s ability to learn can be hindered if they can’t see or hear as well as they should or if they have an undetected health condition.
Pre-schools and individuals can contact Plunket on 09 262-0123 and ask for Heimata if they’d like to arrange B4 School Checks.
Go to www.moh.govt.nz/b4schoolcheck for more information.
Press Release: Youthline
On March 31st 2011 Youthline Manukau are hosting a Fono at the AUT Manukau campus which will bring together members of Youth Health Councils from all across Auckland.
Youth Health Councils deal with the entire wellbeing of a person, often setting up initiatives to improve the health status of youth, such as introducing healthier tuck shop menu’s into schools.
With support from Counties Manukau District Health Board and the ASB Charitable Trust this work is evolving alongside the school nurse’s teams and secondary schools across Auckland.
Youthline has been tasked with developing and supporting Youth Health Councils, a job which Youth Development Worker Grace Taylor, believes is vital.
“If we can support youth to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and make positive changes now, the flow on effects for the future will be invaluable.”
At present there are 18 Youth Health Council’s operating in Auckland, Youthline are hoping to increase this to 30 by July.
A report put out by the Counties Manukau District Health Board in December 2010 highlights the need for Youth Health Councils. It states that less than 1 in 10 adults in Counties Manukau aged 15 and above are leading a ‘healthy lifestyle.’
A ‘healthy lifestyle’ is based on not smoking, safe alcohol consumption, being regularly physically active, eating 5+ a day and not being obese.
Between 2 and 3 hundred people are expected to attend the Fono, where various health providers will do a “speed dating” style presentation about what they do.
“Another function of Youth Health Councils is to create interest in careers in the health sector, so this will be a great opportunity for the youth to make connections with people who they could potentially work with,” says Grace.
Three workshops will also take place over the day, one will be a general youth development workshop, another will look at event management and the third will give an overview of the different health issues plaguing our communities.
“The aim of the day is that the youth feel equipped with the knowledge and resources to come up with initiatives and implement them.”
If you would like to know more about the Fono or if you are interested in setting up a Youth Health Council in your school or community group, please contact:
DDI 09 361 4185 ext 731 mob: 021 674 210
Kia Ora Hauora is an ambitious plan to get 1000 new Maaori health workforce recruits by 2012 says Bernard Te Paa, General Manager of Maaori Health at Counties Manukau District Health Board.
The National Maaori health workforce development programme designed to meet future Maaori health service needs, was launched at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae in Auckland, in June this year.
Counties Manukau DHB, along with Maaori workforce development organisation Te Rau Matatini, leads Kia Ora Hauora through a National Co-ordination Centre (NCC) and it is hoped Kia Ora Hauora will become the ‘portal’ of choice for any Maaori wanting to pursue a health career. The NCC will work closely with four Regional Co-ordination Hubs (RCHs) in Waitemata, Lakes, Capital & Coast and Canterbury DHBs.
“Kia Ora Hauora aims to improve the uptake and achievements levels of Maaori secondary school science students, as well as enhance the recruitment and retention of Maaori tertiary students studying in health,” says Bernard Te Paa.
“Kia Ora Hauora will be working closely with key stakeholders, ranging from secondary schools and tertiary institutions, to community and Maaori organisations, Maaori health providers and government departments. It is hoped that this concerted effort will positively influence and support Maaori choosing to embark on a health career pathway.
Those at the launch enjoyed a guided tour of the Kia Ora Hauora website, developed to speak directly to rangitahi in secondary schools, tertiary students and people either already working in health, or people in the community looking for a career change.
The website features career planning support, health career information, a scholarship database and M?ori health professionals talking about their jobs, as well as tips on study and what to expect on a tertiary campus.
“The Kia Ora Hauora website puts an emphasis on mentoring and Maaori specific support available at universities, wananga, polytechnics and tertiary study poviders throughout Aotearoa”.
“Kia Ora Hauora also provides information and guidance to whanau and communities to help them support those choosing to embark on a health career, regardless of when they make that decision.”
“I believe that boosting the size and quality of the Maaori health workforce, will lift the quality of the New Zealand health system,” Bernard Te Paa said.