Gratitude for the year that's been

Last year brought many new developments to Te Whai Community Trust. 

We implemented a new initiative called Te Whai Sages Senior Support. The Sages act as companions for seniors that are at risk of social isolation and loneliness. We put the call out for volunteers to become Sages (volunteers), and are fortunate to maintain a dedicated group of women who attend Sage Support Group gatherings where we form friendships and gained knowledge through training on how better to serve our community. 

We now have openings for more volunteers to join our lovely group of Sages. The service is being extended to include families with young children, called Whānau Support. Please message us if you would like to be part of our friendly and caring volunteers, we provide training and support.

Te Whai Community Trust welcomes collaborations with other local groups to build a safer, more inclusive and compassionate community for Mangawhai.

On the 18th Dec we delivered over 75 Christmas Aroha Baskets for people in need in Mangawhai. Each year this has shown us that there are many still struggling in Mangawhai, a reality that lets us know how important it is to continue building our resources and our goal to build Mangawhai it’s own Community House. A big mention goes out to Rosanne Davies and Debbie Stone who created many harakeke flax baskets for delivery.

We so enjoyed our ‘Young and Heart’ Christmas Luncheon with entertainment from local songwriting group ‘Song Club Juniors’ which is a project by Song Conversations that encourages creative writing and performing. Moira and Peter Flowers also entertained us with a fabulous variety show of local singers at the Christmas Carols evening. The event was to raise funds for Te Whai Community Trust, and had everyone singing it’s praises. Earlier, The Mangawhai Club’s Fashion Parade treated us to a day of fashion and fun, Shazzaz showed off a stunning array of garments to raise funds for Te Whai Community Trust. We are truly humbled and grateful for all of our community’s efforts and contribution.

Te Whai Community Trust Mangawhai would like to thank and acknowledge the support we’ve had from our community and all the individuals who have supported us in many different ways including:

Our lovely Te Whai Sages, Mangawhai Opportunity Factory Shop, Strengthening Families, Helping Hands, Plunket, Midwives, Mangawhai Beach School, Mangawhai Kindy, Before 6, Miniwhais, Police, Coast to Coast Healthcare Scope Nurse, The Mangawhai Club, Shazzaz, Kakariki, The Vitality Centre, Funky Clothing, Moira and Peter Flowers, Jessie’s Café, Mangawhai Museum, Age Concern Rodney, Hospice Whangarei, CMA, St John Ambulance, Kaipara District Council, Rosanne Davies and Debbie Stone, Forward Fitness, Caro w Love, Jessica Holdaway, Caren Davis, Gabrielle Spiro, Margaret Salmon, Song Conversations, 4 Square Mangawhai Heads, Mangawhai Focus, Parent Port, Fostering Kids NZ, Mangawhai Gardening Club, Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Gardening Club, Lippy and Lunch Ladies, Mangawhai Xmas parade and John Phyllis for donating gifts, and the many individuals who donated either money, goods or quality gifts for our Aroha Baskets.