Role models honoured at Tairawhiti Men of Year Awards: June 28, 2014
Thirteen awards were presented at the Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards, honouring those that have inspired positive change in others and for doing great work in the community.
For the first time in its four-year history the annual Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards recognised groups and companies at a ceremony at the Quality Emerald Hotel last Friday night.
Thirteen awards were presented to nominated individuals and groups for being role models, mentors who have inspired positive change in others and for doing great work in the community. A separate Tauawhi Men's Centre award was also presented.
The awards night was run by Tauawhi in partnership with Family Works and more than 100 people attended.
Tauawhi Men's Centre co-ordinator Tim Marshall was delighted with how it went.
"It was great to acknowledge and celebrate another group of men who contribute positively to our community," he said. "It was awesome to have the 50-strong Gisborne Boys' High choir open our evening and to be able to recognise their 10-year anniversary, the young men themselves and their support team.
"We were especially privileged to have guest speaker Mark Longley to share his courageous and moving speech regarding the loss of his daughter and his challenge to men in joining him to stand against violence towards women.
"Our thanks also go to The Gisborne Herald for the generous sponsorship of our awards over the last four years and ongoing support of the Tauawhi Men's Centre. Thanks also to the Emerald Hotel, Gisborne District Council, Tairawhiti Men Against Violence and individual donations that all contributed to making the awards a success."
- Story credits: Andrew Ashton and Jeremy Muir, Gisborne Herald
- Photo credit: Rebecca Grunwell, Gisborne Herald
For a full run down on the Tairawhiti Men of the Year Event, including photos of winners and video of guest speakers, head to the GISBORNE HERALD WEBSITE.
Todd Foundation Grant
July 2014: We are once again very grateful to the Todd Foundation for their generosity, granting $60,000 to the Tauawhi Men's Centre.
This grant is a contribution towards salary costs. We are grateful for the support the Todd Foundation has shown Tauawhi.
The Tauawhi Men's Centre is based in Gisborne and offers a range of services and support for men and their whanau, including advocacy, counselling, legal advice and social work support.
THANKS TODD FOUNDATION ... if you would like to find out more about the Todd Foundation, you can visit their website HERE.
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Tairawhiti Men of the Year 2013
The 2013 Tairawhiti Men of the Year Awards Ceremony was held recently in Gisborne, a chance to honour a number of men for their generosity and service to the community.
The awards celebrate the positive contributions men from all walks of life make in the community - men involved in arts, commerce, sport and industry as well as those who work in health, education, social services and community development.
In its third year, the Tairawhiti Men of the Year ceremony is not a competition, but a recognition of these contributions and therefore all nominees receive an award. The event is a platform for peers to say "thank you" and show appreciation for the mentoring role they play in the community.
East Coast Presbyterian Support chairman Maitland Manning says the men presented with Tairawhiti Men of the Year awards gave all men hope for the future.
"There is hope for young men when they see what you are like. We need men like this to take us forward into the next 100 years."
- This year's nominees included the five men who fought to save the lives of two small children in a burning car last April: John Humphris, Willy Haenga, Scott Brockett, Evan Bryant and Mutu Ngarimu.
- Other nominees were Elgin community constable Willis Tamatea recognised for the positive impact he has had on the community;
- Dr Michael Rogulski, whose ground-breaking research into the hidden abuse of disabled people has led to the development of a "road map" to address the issue in Tairawhiti;
- Marahi Brightwell's talents as a master carver, artist in a range of media and restorer of waka ama were honoured;
- Ron Heemi was awarded for his voluntary work for the Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society;
- Michael Whaitiri was nominated for his contribution to social services;
- Vic Tamati was recognised for his work with the It's Not Ok Campaign at the Tauawhi Mens Centre;
- Tangi Hepi for his counselling work at the Tauawhi Mens Centre;
- Simon Parkin for his work teaching surfing to disadvantaged people in the community;
- Richard Brooking for leadership and expertise and 40 years of community service;
- Ernie Lamont for his great work ethic and eagerness to help others;
- Hingaroa Kaiwai was recognised for his journey of change and his commitment to his children and whanau;
- Natana Taare for social services, community development and family violence work on the East Coast;
Each year a special award is presented from the Tauawhi team which recognises a man who epitomises the values of the centre. This year two men were recognised as Tauawhi Men of the Year - It's Not OK champion Vic Tamati, for his commitment to selflessly promoting the family violence kaupapa and Tangi Hepi, who had just finished as a long-time counsellor for Tauawhi.
And in a departure from tradition, the first Tairawhiti Woman of the Year award was presented to the departing Family Works managerLeslynne Jackson by Tauawhi coordinator Tim Marshall, for her role as the catalyst for the establishment of Tauawhi and her leadership and support over the last three years.
The evening was again compered by Victor Walker who, as well as being an entertaining MC, has been a long-time supporter of Tauawhi.
White Ribbon Men's Hui
Speakers including Judge Peter Boshier and Alfred Ngaro Mp addressed the White Ribbon Men's Hui.
The Gisborne Herald reported on some of the presentations.
Tim Marshall, coordinator of Tauawhi Men's Centre (run in partnership with Family Works Tairawhiti) recently attended the National Men's Shed conference in Wellington, with George Brown (Manager Tairawhiti REAP - pictured 4th from right).
The conference resulted in the formation of a steering group to consider a national constitution, legal entity and aims.
"As with our experience in engaging men with Tauawhi, the key is about the message to men. Although the benefits of community sheds are ten per cent about the tools, 90 per cent about the camaraderie - the promotion of them to men is almost 100% around the activity."
The flow on benefits can also include combating isolation and depression, substance abuse and deteriorating lifestyle that accompanies it.
Tim and George are hoping to hold a public meeting in the near future as a first step to establishing a shed in Tairawhiti. For more on the national shed movement, see the attached article from "The Shed' magazine.
Tairawhiti Men of the Year 2012: A Great Night
Tauawhi Men's Centre would like to acknowledge all those who made the 2012 Tairawhiti Men of the Year another great night.
To our two awesome MCs - Te Hamua Nikora, who came to our rescue late on Friday afternoon and Brendan Pongia who raised the profile of our event - your humour and facilitation of the evening made for an enjoyble experience for all. To Riverdale School Kapa Haka group, thank you for opening our evening - kei runga noa atu! To Daniel Walker for again blessing us with his musical prowness and to John Talmage and the team for a beauatiful meal and to the conference centre.
To our sponsors, EIT Tairawhiti, Ngati Porou Seafoods and Bulmer Harvest - we appreciate your generous support of our event this year.
To all of the sponsors who donated items for our silent auction, thank you for your support to raise funds for Tauawhi Men's Centre.
To the Gisborne Herald team, for your awesome coverage and promotion of the awards - we are truly grateful.
And finally, to all the nominees, their supporters and all those who came along to be with us on the night - Congratulations - Nga mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.
Tauawhi Men’s Centre hosts Family Violence Accreditation Training
Over two dozen of Tairawhiti’s qualified support staff attended recent professional development training hosted by Family Works Tairawhiti at Tauawhi Men’s Centre. The training covered a wide range of family violence issues, including definitions and dynamics, effects on victims, children and perpetrators, and signs of abuse and violence. The workshop also covered Myths, Beliefs and Media, and whanau engagement techniques. Participants furthered their skills in family violence identification and strategic management, and gained accreditation by the Tairawhiti Abuse Intervention Network (TAIN).
The one-day course was presented by Jude Halberg, who now works as a family violence prevention advocate for Presbyterian Support Northern. Along with Vic Tamati, Jude is one of the faces of the “It’s Not OK” campaign and author of the “Ask Jude” section of the website. Participants included key staff from organisations such as Barnados, Child Youth and Family, Women’s Refuge Gisborne, Department of Corrections, Victim Support, TAIN, Tauawhi Men’s Centre, Age Concern, the Pacific Island Community Trust, Tairawhiti District Hospital and Tokomaru Bay Community Alcohol and Drugs and Support Service and Te Kupenga Net Trust.
Feedback from the training was overwhelmingly positive. Comments included “very interactive, fantastically organised day," and “awesome Tauawhi/TAIN, to bring us back... to who we are and where we were from and why we do this mahi – what else we need to be more effective, true to the kaupapa.”
The workshop was organised by Tauawhi’s Tim Marshall, the TAIN management group and TAIN coordinator Ora Te Hau. Ora adds “The workshop was a resounding success and we are indebted to Jude for delivering the family violence message with such skill and passion. Our members gained a new appreciation of the importance of their work in this field. Having reviewed the evaluations it is clear that everyone who attended was re-energised and their motivation was renewed. Jude also shared with us proven techniques for engaging with families and helping them to realise a life free from violence. Our network is stronger now because we are now all using the same methods throughout our region and coordinating our efforts much more closely.”