54 days ago

Mental health advocate wins $10,000 for work supporting first responders

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from North Shore Times

A woman has won $10,000 to go towards her efforts to set up a mental health homestead for first responders.

Takapuna resident Rebecca Nelson’s charity Te Kiwi Maia envisions a place where first responders can go to feel supported and access therapy.

The 33-year-old has been recognised in the 2021 Westfield Local Heroes community grants program for her work.

Te Kiwi Maia was born 18 months ago while Nelson was visiting the UK.

“I went to an establishment called Tedworth Health, a beautiful place over there where one of my dear friends actually went to get some help,” she said.

“It had everything you required as a veteran, music therapy, animal therapy, it had lots of art, and families could go and stay there too.”

Nelson, who is a member of the New Zealand Navy, questioned why similar support was absent back home.

She has teamed up with first responders like the army, airforce, navy, police, ambulance and firefighters to make it a reality.

“Our aim is to get a homestead or a working farm here in NZ, so there our people who are currently serving or are ex-service can go to get the therapy they require due to wounded injured or ill through line of duty,” she said.

While fundraising continues for the homestead, Nelson will start taking away first responders for a week of respite.

She is working with Massey University to create a programme that is based around people’s needs.

“A lot of veterans are relieved excited. I know there’s a lot of them who have potentially gone through stages of their careers where they would have liked to take some time out and to decompress from whatever the situation was that they witnessed,” she said.

“It’s about time, they’ve been saying, and they’re really glad that we’re collaborating to make this happen.”

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2 hours ago

YUANYUAN has escaped (2 year old lady rabbit - White all over with a sprinkle of light brown) from house lockup

Rick from Hauraki

Since her 4th run away from home attempt when we had to retrieve her from nice people in Bayswater she got out today after weeks of house arrest when a vistor arrived and somebody forgot to close the ranchslider the visitor came in through. Please call Rick if you have seen her around 27 Hart Road, Hauraki,.

Rick 0204-0203663

8 hours ago

Dairy Flat resident claims water run-off from new roundabout is washing away his land

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

A Dairy Flat man claims part of his land is being washed away by water run-off from a new roundabout.

Peter Brydon, who lives on four aces of land adjacent to the roundabout at the intersection of Dairy Flat Hwy and Coatesville-Riverhead Hwy, says he has watched his land slowly erode and scar ever since Auckland Transport installed a $10m roundabout.

“We’ve been living here for 20-something years, and we haven’t had any issue until they started doing the work.”

However, Auckland Transport says it is a private property issue and the underlying issues were not caused by the project.

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11 hours ago

Last chance to buy Rotary Christmas puddings

Libby Boyd from Devonport Rotary Club

Just like Grandma used to make, these puddings are packed full of fruity goodness and ready to be served at Christmas or put away for a midwinter treat.

Almost 200 of these flew out the door recently at the Rotary Christmas Market and now there are just 14 left to sell. First in, first-served, so hurry now to place your order.

Please email Roy roy@dykes.co.nz to secure your puds!
$23 each

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