The J R McKenzie Trust is pleased to announce its most recent funding recipients as follows:
($157,748 over two years)
YouthLaw Aotearoa Incorporated (YouthLaw) was established in 1987 as a national centre providing free legal advice and advocacy for children and young people aged under 25 years. Its vision is a fair and just Aotearoa where children’s and young people’s rights are respected, and their voices are heard.
The funded project is called Ko Ngā Rangatahi Te Tokomanawa o a Tatou Mahi/Youth at the Centre of Our Work and is divided into two phases. The first phase is to co-design and implement a youth participation plan with young people focusing on priority groups (rangatahi Māori, young people with disabilities, LGBTQI young people, Pasifika young people, young people who live in low income families, young people who have had a care or youth justice experience, and isolated young people). The second phase will involve re-designing how YouthLaw delivers its services and will include three streams: Legal Information and Legal Education, Legal Advice, and Law and Policy Reform.
($232,400 over three years)
Established in 1986, Ngā Kākano Foundation is a tangata whenua-owned and operated organisation. It provides health and social services to whānau living in the Te Puke District. The funded project is called Te Kōngahungahu Matahīapo and is focused on encouraging tamariki and rangatahi to dream big, while equipping them, their whānau, hapū, iwi and kura to nurture their potential and strengths.
Ngā Kākano wishes to establish a Māori strengths-based intervention and education programme which will include tools, resources, supports and education/training for teachers and whānau to help them understand the unique cognitive and environmental needs of tamariki and rangatahi with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. They will be enabled to better support Māori mokopuna to be, connect, learn and succeed.
($154,000 over three years)
Formed in 1961, Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights. The New Zealand section was established in 1965. The funded initiative is focused on the rights of detainees and research to advocate for change. Ultimately, the goal is for a more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand where people in detention or in institutional care can fully enjoy their human rights. This requires changing public perception to ensure a collective responsibility for looking after the most disenfranchised members of society and mobilising the public to create political will to achieve change. Human rights change starts with having the evidence and telling the human stories which can change hearts and minds.
This focus will enable consideration of specific groups of vulnerable detainees such as young people, asylum seekers, women with children, LGBTIQA+, people with disabilities, psychosocial illnesses, and how unjust practices in detention facilities disproportionately impact Māori.
($76,080 over one year)
Since its beginnings in 1979, Te Ataarangi Trust has engaged Māori communities in learning Te Reo Māori in homes and on marae. The Trust has identified a pressing need to develop more kaiako/teachers to meet the demand for learning the language. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many more people would learn Te Reo if there were classes and kaiako/teachers available in their homes and communities. The Trrust is keen to meet this demand by providing high quality, well-prepared kaiako and kaiāwhina/assistant. The funded project is named “Te Ara Whakangungu – 1,000 kaiako in five years” and will involve undertaking a scoping report to understand the issues, challenges and opportunities associated with achieving this goal.
($109,000 over two years)
Established in 1981, Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley offers free legal advice and information on a wide range of issues. The funded initiative is entitled the “Remutaka Prison Outreach Project” and aims to provide a high-quality, free and sustainable legal advice service for incarcerated people living at Remutaka Prison and the Arohata wing located at the Remutaka site.
Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley believes that it is of vital importance that this service is designed to meet the needs of Māori, in the context of Te Tiriti and the high numbers of incarcerated Māori in Aotearoa. The conditions which led to the incarceration of a Māori person are often explained by generationally entrenched social and economic disadvantages resulting from colonialism. Providing a culturally responsive service that considers these inequitable factors is essential when addressing the needs of incarcerated Māori.
($102,000 over one year)
The New Zealand Federation of Multicultural Councils Incorporated (known as Multicultural NZ) was formed in 1989. Its kaupapa is Aotearoa/ New Zealand – a culturally diverse country where people of different cultures and beliefs live safely and in harmony.
The aim of the funded initiative is to create a framework of opportunities that activates the potential of women (migrant and former refugees) to fully participate in and contribute to their new communities. Called “The Women’s Wellbeing Framework”, this set of learning modules is designed to help women of all cultures thrive in Aotearoa New Zealand. Women who are new to the motu bring different experiences of life and cultural expectations that can limit their ability to take up the opportunities that are available to them. This Framework will educate and empower women to embrace the rights and freedoms that are available to them in New Zealand.
($260,000 over three years)
Te Tihi o Ruahine is an Alliance of nine Iwi, Hapū, and Māori organisations that work collectively to deliver whānau-centred services based on the Te Ara Whānau Ora process. The funded project is named Te Mauri Moemoeā and is described as ‘engaging through a digital platform for rangatahi, their whānau and communities to achieve their aspirations and engage in meaningful relationships’.
The Te Mauri Moemoeā web app will allow these audiences to create both collective and individual dreams, set tasks, and journey through the realisation of these aspirations in their virtual and real worlds. Te Mauri Moemoeā looks to reinforce the power of dreaming together, achieving together and experiencing whānau ora together.
($240,000 over three years)
Established in 2012 and based in Lower Hutt, the Common Unity Project Aotearoa (CUPA) has a vision of “ensuring every child has a village” and a purpose “to regenerate communities”. The funded Unity Kitchen and Café Project is designed to enable CUPA’s community to feed, connect, regenerate and nourish itself – empowering the people to thrive in a disadvantaged community. The goal is to disrupt the industry of poverty, reduce barriers to connect, and regenerate communities. Unity Kitchen provides locally produced and nourishing meals from the fruit and vegetables it grows and receives. The Café is a living wage employer, committed to employing and upskilling local people.
($100,000 over two years)
Formed in 2005, Project Restore New Zealand Trust aims to reduce the impact and incidence of sexual abuse by providing specialist restorative justice processes that repair the harm caused be harmful sexual behaviour sexual, and support accountability and rehabilitation of those responsible. The funded project is focused on providing alternative pathways to justice and healing for survivors of sexual harm nationwide. The goal of the project is to increase the awareness and uptake of the service directly with the wider community, while still serving the court system; and to have robust data to support positive impact and further validate the service provision and its relevance.