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Published: 03/07/2017
Want to help one of our young people take up an incredible opportunity to turn his life around after a really difficult childhood?

Ritchie* has had a troubled childhood, frequented by bouts of family violence, neglect and drug and alcohol abuse.

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Published: 25/01/2017

The Pasifika In Partnership Komiti (PIPK) last week launched Pese Pasifika, a selection of Pacific Island hymns and prayers for all of our Youth Horizons staff.

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Published: 05/11/2015
Teen mum becoming a role model thanks to Youth Horizons

Yasmine Sina didn't ever think she would be a role model for other young mums. 

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Published: 24/09/2015
Youth Service West partnering with local Ranui social services organisations to support young people into employment

Our Youth Service West team have recently partnered with local provider Ranui 135 and the Blue Light Ranui Social Sector Trial to pilot a new youth employment project.

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Published: 04/08/2015
Promoting careers and training opportunities for young people in West Auckland

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Published: 12/06/2015
The West Auckland Time Capsule project provides an opportunity to capture, record, safeguard and share the dreams and hopes of today’s youth with the rest of their community, with the intention that they will be opened and shared in 15 years.

Taking the lead from Youth Week’s 2015 theme “We Are The Future” the West Auckland Time Capsule project provides an opportunity to capture, record, safeguard and share the dreams and hopes of today’s youth with the rest of their community, with the intention that they will be opened and shared in 15 years.

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Published: 10/12/2014
Discipline – and a big washing machine needed

Retirement has turned out to be anything but quiet for Ron and Chris.

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Published: 10/10/2014
New Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki Teaching Parents were excited to move home to Whangarei, and even more excited to help our youth

Excited about the move, the couple started their new roles as Teaching Parents on October 1st, in a  ‘live in’ group home. The new home, set up by Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki, will be run as a whānau teaching environment with up to five young people resident aged 13 to 17. While in the home the young people will learn positive life skills, attend school, sports and other activities...

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Published: 07/10/2014
Held at Maketu Marae

In September the inaugural Noho Marae for all Teaching Family Model staff in Aotearoa was held at Maketu Marae.

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Published: 06/08/2014
Staff at Youth Service West recently graduated MoneySmart financial literacy course

Dr Pusha Wood from the Financial Education and Research Centre (Fin- Ed) Massey University, presented MoneySmarts’ graduation certificates to Youth Service West staff on Friday 25 July 2014.

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Published: 03/07/2014

Desiree Leauga (DJ) left high school at the age of 16 years, not because she didn’t think schooling was valuable, but simply because traditional schooling wasn’t an enjoyable learning experience for her personally. “I was only attending music at High School because I wasn’t enjoying the rest of it. So I left and dropped out. My passion was music but I couldn’t even get into the music course I liked because I had no qualifications and I needed my NCEA level 2” says DJ.

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Published: 01/07/2014
Youth Horizons CEO Cath Handley shares lessons in leadership with students from Zayed College for Girls

Youth Horizons CEO Cath Handley was honoured to share her inspiring leadership journey with students at Zayed College for Girls yesterday as a member of the 2014 Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team.

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Published: 22/05/2014

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today announced the locations of eight new Children’s Teams that are rolling out over the next year to help transform New Zealand’s child protection system.

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Published: 15/05/2014
Michelle is attending the annual Aspiring Leaders Forum at Parliament this week

Our very own Michelle Haami (from our BreakThru service, West Auckland) is attending the annual Aspiring Leaders Forum at Parliament this week, she was selected to attend after being nominated by someone who knew about her amazing work in the community with at risk young people.

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Published: 28/04/2014
Great sounds connect Kaikohe service provider Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services with the community

Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services linked up with the Kaikohe community on Tuesday 8th April through local band, The Funky North.

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Published: 15/04/2014
Our Southern Functional Family Team at their Noho Marae held at the spectacular Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff

Our Southern Functional Family Team had a fantastic time at their Noho Marae at the spectacular Te Rau Aroha Marae at Bluff, designed by Cliff Whiting.

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Published: 10/04/2014

The Fin-Ed Centre, a joint venture between Massey University and Westpac, is working with Auckland youth organisations to teach financial literacy to teenaged beneficiaries.

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Published: 09/03/2014
Our Pasifika Fono represented Youth Horizons at this fantastic conference last week.

Youth Horizons Pasifika fono attended this conference last week. Also at the conference were representatives from Faiva Ora leadership group and Pacific Youth with disability, Rainbow Pasifika, and Tongan Suicide Prevention to name just a few!

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Published: 27/02/2014
This year to celebrate Children's Day, Barnardos have produced a fun song, and we think its fantastic!

This year to celebrate Children's Day, Barnardos have produced a fun song, and we think its fantastic!

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Published: 27/02/2014
Watch this video to understand how children are affected by domestic abuse and how KIDshine is making a difference.

KIDshine are launching a new, powerful, 4-minute video on Children's Day, this Sunday, March 2nd, and we hope you will watch and share it with others who care about the children of New Zealand.
 
The video features New Zealand's first Commissioner for Children, Dr. Ian Hassall, who helped to establish our KIDshine service ten years ago. It also features Shine's Client Services Director, Jill Proudfoot, and two mothers whose children were clients of KIDshine.
 
Please take 4 minutes to watch this video, which will help viewers to have a better understanding of how children are affected by domestic abuse and how KIDshine is making a difference.
 
There is no violence depicted in the video, but some viewers may find the content disturbing. 

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Published: 18/12/2013
Our Summarised Annual Report for the year ended June 2013

Click here to view our Summarised Annual Report Infographic for the year ended June 2013, or if you prefer click here for the full version.

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Published: 21/11/2013
Youth Service West launched its new fully wrapped van with help from Minister Paula Bennett.

The skies cleared just in time for Youth Service West to launch their new wrapped van with the help of Minister Paula Bennett.

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Published: 21/11/2013
Our very own Michelle Haami attended this years Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards

Our very own Michelle Haami attended this years Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, Michelle was one of the backing vocalists for performer Ruby Frost, and her band Edge Kingsland was nominated for an award!

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Published: 24/10/2013
Youth Horizons goes PINK for a day for Breast Cancer Awareness month!

On October 24th, Youth Horizons decided to go PINK for the day to show our support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Published: 25/08/2013

The crew from Youth Service West were at Avondale College on Thursday with a free sausage sizzle and other giveaways for 16-17 year olds signing up to the service.

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Published: 05/08/2013
Youth Horizons Launches Te Kōhao o Te Ngira

We are proud to have recently launched Te Kōhao o Te Ngira - Through the Eye of the Needle an in-house booklet created and developed to enrich our staff with the knowledge and understanding of our own organisational whakapapa, this booklet is a testament to the strength of our commitment to building and evolving a bicultural kaupapa at Youth Horizons/Kia Puawai. Each of our staff received a copy of the booklet which was designed by the generous donated time of Paul and Paola Dashwood.   

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Published: 31/07/2013
Teen Parents at Te Kāinga learn valuable new skills thanks to Hand over a Hundy!

Young parents at Te Kāinga Fatimah and Sophie, are part of this great new intiative between Hand Over a Hundy and Youth Horizons aiming to teach young parents the value of gardening, cooking, preserving and even selling the fruits of their gardening labour all with the intention to pass on the knowledge to another family to do the same! 

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Published: 30/06/2013

Youth Horizons are proud to announce that we have met the Tertiary level requirements for ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices.

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Published: 30/06/2013
Te Pae Aronga Taitamariki is to head the Social Sector Trials in Kaikohe.

The Social Sector Trials, a joint initiative of the Ministries of Social Development, Health, Education, Justice and the New Zealand Police have been established to improve social sector efficiencies and shift decision making for funding services away from the government to be managed at one single point in the community.

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Published: 19/06/2013
MP's Visit to hear, to ask and to share with us.

The Parliamentary Social Services Select Committee were invited along to Youth Horizons.

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Published: 24/05/2013
Youth Horizons stand together against bullying!

Pink Shirt Day against bullying

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Published: 22/05/2013
Youth Horizons launches it's long awaited new brand

After nine years Youth Horizons has launched its new brand. Youth Horizons services from around the country joined together to celebrate our new look and identity. Auckland guest speaker, Warriors fullback Kevin Locke, presented a touching speech about overcoming his own challenges as a youth to acheive in his sport.

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