Community Networks Franklin June Meeting

The next meeting is 23rd June, held at Franklin: The Centre in The Stevenson Room, 10 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe. The meeting will commence at 10.00am and should conclude by 12.00pm.



Topic of the month – Matariki and its significance

Matariki is a star cluster which appears in the early morning sky in New Zealand during the mid-winter months. The star cluster is well known throughout the world and at different times of the year can be seen around the globe. It is one of the brightest clusters in the sky, containing hundreds of member stars.

Matariki has different names around the world. In English, it is called by its ancient Greek name, Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. In Hawaiian it is Makali’i, ‘eyes of royalty’, and in Japan it is Subaru, meaning ‘gathered together’. Historically, these stars were closely tied to planting, harvesting and hunting. If the stars appeared clear and bright, it signified an abundant season ahead. 

Light refreshments with an opportunity to network

We aim to help local social service organisations to:  

  • inform community members of the wide range of services available in Franklin
  • provide relevant information and support for people
  • raise awareness of local social service organisations
  • enable people serving our community to connect and network with each other

Come along to share information about what our organisations do in the community with public other social services organisations serving the people of Franklin

Community Networks Franklin Expo is Back!

This EXPO is designed to share information about what our organisations do in the community

with the public and with other social services organisations serving the people of Franklin.   

It is FREE to participate and entry is FREE for the public on the day.   

We aim to help local social service organisations to:  

  • inform community members of the wide range of services available in Franklin
  • provide relevant information and support for people
  • raise awareness of local social service organisations
  • enable people serving our community to connect and network with each other

We are fortunate to have the support of Franklin Local Board and Auckland Council  and the Department of Internal Affairs to deliver this EXPO.

All social services are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  We hope to receive your registration (online registration form) on or before 01 May 2021.

To register please complete the form: CNF Expo registration form

Here is the list of who is attending and times they are available.

February 2021 Meeting

Look forward to seeing you all Wednesday 24th February 2021 at Franklin: The Centre upstairs in the Stevenson Room. Meeting will commence at 10.00am and finish at 12.00pm.


  • 2020 workshop update
  • Natia Tucker presentation on leadership

Look forward to seeing you all, please remember to scan in using the COVID tracing app and continue physical distancing.

All welcome to the November Community Meeting at Franklin: The Centre 25th November 10 – 12

Our last meeting for the year is an opportunity to get to know each other better and to better understand what is available in our community.

*Please bring along brochures and pamphlets about your organisation – to share on the day and to leave some behind for our CNF display stand out side the library.

* Please be prepared to share briefly about you organisation with us all.

* Some of our “Generites” (people who have had the courage to step out and begin small businesses in our community)will bring some of the wares to display and to purchase if you wish, so bring some cash along with you.

Look forward to seeing you, there will be morning tea will be provided.

Community Consultation Workshop – 30th September 2020

The purpose of the workshop was to follow up the results of a Community Forum conducted by CNF in September 2019 in order to guide the CNF Executive in future priorities and programme development.

The workshop was attended by 25 people all engaged in some form of social or community activism in the Franklin area. After each person introduced themselves a series of work group discussions took place with their focus on six areas of interest, concern and direction that had been identified at the CNF Community Forum in September 2019.

The six areas for focus and discussion:

  • CNF to develop a community of INFORMATION AND SUPPORT
  • CNF to source and offer resources to explore and enable COLLABORATION between and among community organisations seeking to work together
  • CNF to source and offer training for EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION in community and voluntary organisations
  • CNF to provide a focus for organisations for sourcing and applying for FUNDING
  • CNF to develop understanding and resources to promote CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE EVENTS AND PROGRAMMES
  • CNF to source and offer a CONTINUING TRAINING PROGRAMME for workers in the community and volunteers

The work groups provided extensive responses to each of these areas of discussion and these have been compiled into a comprehensive report to guide the CNF Executive in the next steps of programme planning and activity. A number of participants offered their assistance with specific areas of work and this is appreciated by the CNF Executive who will make contact with these people when those areas of work are developed.

In addition to all the detailed responses a number of overall themes emerged from the work groups and in a brief plenary discussion:

  • There is strong support for CNF developing a network of communication through a range of media and with a strategy based on “branding – fresh look – fresh wave – youthful”
  • There was recognition of the challenges of getting a message or information across to targeted audiences within a considerably fractured communications environment.
  • There is recognition and interest in providing support for organisations seeking to work collaboratively with others.
  • There is support for a programme of relevant and accessible training opportunities and recognition of the expertise and resources available within the local community.
  • There is considerable interest in programmes to assist with funding applications.
  • There is strong recognition of the need and opportunity to build culturally appropriate events and programmes, to respond to the impacts of ignorance and prejudice in the wider community, and to celebrate bi-cultural foundations and multi-cultural diversity.

The CNF Executive thanks and applauds all those who took part in the workshop and contributed their input to the planning and development of future activities. The Executive has undertaken to work through all the responses and design forthcoming programmes as guided by this expression of community voice.


Jan Wallace     027 452 1366 or email at

Cherie Milne

October Community Meeting

Please join us at the Community Networks Franklin Meeting

Wednesday 28th October 2020 10am to 12pm

Franklin: The Centre

upstairs in the Stevenson Room, 

11 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe


  • Welcome
  • Guest Speakers

Jan Wallace and Jill Lomas on Health in the Community

  • Updates and questions

There will be an opportunity for networking while enjoying some light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you and connecting with other local associations. Please RSVP to confirming attendance.

Community Networks Franklin August Meeting

26th August 2020 / 10:00 AM / via Zoom



Jan Wallace welcomed everyone to the meeting and all participants introduced themselves and the groups that they represent.

Guest Speakers – Rachel & Alex from Odyssey

Te Puawai Aroha 

Te Puawai Aroha is a 4 day programme that Odyssey provide which is fully funded under supporting parents, healthy children initiative, providing hot lunches and transportation costs.  It is a brief intervention for the whole whanau where the care giver has a mental health or addiction diagnoses with children between the ages of 8 to 16.  

Over the 4 days the children attend from 9 to 3 daily, whereas the care givers or teenagers come later in the afternoon for the hot lunch and parental groups.  The last day of the programme is a family fun day which is spent together building connections and memories, visiting places like Rainbows End or survival training programmes. 

The programme is run in the school holidays in April, July and October and is available for families that reside in the Counties Manukau area.  Participants must be referred by a mental health or addiction services or by their GP.  The focus is to provide learning about mental health and addiction, resilience and connections through playing games and having fun.  Also providing skills and coping strategies to deal with what the family has been going though already. Also connecting families that have had similar experiences to reduce the sense of isolation.  Transport is covered by taxi chits and petrol vouchers as the parents need to be available to drop the children off and attend the lunch and paternal sessions. 

Each group is learning what the whanau has been learning so that they have the same information and can work together as a team.  It is a great place for the participants to discuss really personal things and get tools to strengthen them as a family and navigate the difficulties that they are trying to overcome as a family. 

In the next school holidays, it will be run at Manukau City Baptist Church for the first week and at Elim Church for the second week. Each holiday the programme is held in a different area, a multi-use venue is required as a facility, the programme has not been run in the Franklin area yet but is being planned for next year. 

Odyssey School Programme

All the staff members who go into the South Auckland schools are drug and alcohol counsellors, low decile schools to help young people make heathy decisions around drug and alcohol use. Offering one on one and group counselling courses, working with counsellors, nurse and social workers although 90% of the cliental is self-referrals.  This can be the clients having issues with drug and alcohol or maybe a family member having issues. The groups are static as young people can enter and exit the programme depending on the support that they require. 

Update from Andrew Beyer on Community Networks Workshop held 25th September 2019 

From the workshop that was held last September a number of themes where identified by the community groups. There were representatives from the community groups, Iwi and voluntary organisations who used the Forum to explore some of the community issues facing Franklin. There was a subsequent meeting attended by the various community groups who went through the workshop report and from that six themes were identified and prioritised:

1.Continue to strengthen and further develop a community of information and support for the member organisations  – monthly community meetings to continue as a source of information and inspiration and organisation and networking, electronic newsletters that is a useful point of gathering and spreading information and connection and exchange between our member organisations, to develop the CNF website with links for member organisations and skills and knowledge exchange and feedback on projects like the expo and community forums.  

There is a community noticeboard in the foyer at the Franklin Centre where organisations can put their brochures.

2.Develop a focus for exploring and enabling collaboration – how do you match up organisations that could work together, have a section on the website seeking collaboration where groups can detail what they need or can offer, success story of collaboration. What information training or systems can CNF offer to assist in collaboration. This could also be represented on the website to provide a process for people to seek and identify potential collaborators. The website and other forms of communications could be identified where stories of collaboration could be collected, to show that working together can be valuable. Need to assess what skills or systems are required for organisations to enable collaboration?

3. Effective leadership and participation – enhancing and building on peoples skillsmanaging sensitive information in a confidential and trustworthy manner. How to establish what the pool of resource and knowledge is within the member organisations.

To provide training for community groups on how to access and apply for funding.  

4. Training programmes and opportunities – CNF need to test and evaluate what training is required and how best to deliver the training. 

The attendees of this workshop are likely to want to provide input on more than one topic, some thought on how this can be achieved on the day.

Promotion of the next community meeting and this workshop is reliant on the COVID gathering restrictions being changed to allow for more people to gather.

Other business

First Aid Training

Pukekohe Community Action needs to do First Aid training and if possible if there were other community groups where interested in attending this would spread the cost over a number of community groups.  

Food parcels

Pukekohe Community Action is working alongside a number of agencies who have food parcels available. The numbers requested has being increasing, and the border restrictions have created some challenges getting food parcels into areas outside of the Auckland boarders.  

The food parcels contents are changed depending on if the person bakes or makes soup.  The COVID guidelines are being followed in preparation and delivery of food parcels.  The basic food parcels that PCA are handing out have a value of $120 with the cost of nappies and baby formula addition to this.

Border restrictions

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the borders and who can cross and what paperwork is required to be able to cross.  For some people who live in Tuakau and Pokeno it has been added pressure when you could not cross the border for Doctors visits or to do grocery shopping in Pukekohe. 

Port Waikato MP Andrew Bayly is working in the community to assist with issues of crossing the border, this lockdown has been very stressful as some of the issues regarding the borders having not been anticipated.  The guidelines on crossing the borders have not been as clear as they could have been.

Using PPE

Where community service groups are operating across the borders they are following COVID PPE protocols for level 3 even if they are working in a level 2 area.  Also if transporting anyone in a community services vehicle they are being asked to sit in the back to maintain a distance from the driver.  It is also essential that the COVID app is being used while out and about in the community.

People are wearing masks but are not necessarily wearing them correctly, or changing them often enough if using disposable masks and also disposing of them correctly. If using a reusable mask how long should the mask be worn before it should be washed.  People are removing their masks to eat or talk and then putting the mask back on but may have contaminated the mask.  Make sure that you are practising good hygiene practises by washing hands and using hand sanitiser. 

Next meeting: 23rd September 2020 at The Franklin Centre, The Stevenson Room, 12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe, this is dependent on number of people being able to gather changes from the current 10 people.  

Meeting closed at 11.45

Regional Community Development Grant 2020/2021

The Regional Community Development Grant 2020/2021 round is now open. 

Applications will close on 18 October 2020 and a decision will be made in early December. 

The maximum grant is $40,000 from a total of $295,000 available.

Only regional projects for these grants. Funding is not available for local projects, general operational costs, or individuals. For information on eligibility and what the programme supports, see About the Regional Community Development Grants Programme webpage.

The purpose of these grants is to support initiatives that will help create a strong, inclusive, and fair society that ensures opportunities for all Aucklanders. We recognize that this is now more important than ever. The grant will prioritise communities who need us most. In addition, priorities will be applications that:

  • Achieve Māori aspirations
  • Support diversity
  • Support social innovation 
  • Support transformative social change
  • Support community-led placemaking
  • Build organizational capacity and capability

Please find the link to create your application here:

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Catherine George ( after 7 September 2020, or send any urgent queries to Sam Mills (

Community Networks Franklin Monthly Meeting 30th September 2020

At the next Community Networks Franklin meeting there will time set aside for a workshop on the organisation directions. This will build on the areas that were identified by the community groups at the 2019 Community Networks Forum. There was representatives from the community groups, Iwi and voluntary organisations who used the 2019 Community Networks Forum to explore some of the community issues facing us in Franklin, and, importantly, seek a path to solving them.

The six themes that were identified and prioritised at the Forum were:

  • Developing a community of information support
  • Collaboration
  • Effective leadership and participation
  • Funding matters
  • Events that are culturally appropriate
  • Training programmes and opportunities

Community Networks Franklin will ensure effective facilitation for the workshop. With the focus of the workshop being for the participants to have their say, share their learnings and stories across the six themes.