August 2021 Meeting

25th August 2021 / 10:00 AM via Zoom

1.0 Attendees

Jan Wallace
Talia Maiaua
Sophie Parish
Vicky Mee
Joanna Kelly
Anahita Kanongata’a-Suisuiki 
Jason Sampson
2.0 Apologises 
Jessica Niemack
Julie Mariu
Pania Wilson
Emma Murtagh
Marisa Mencarelli-Skilton
Anne Doddrell   
Liesl Holtzhauzen
Judith Tucker
Shona Paterson
Alisa Sutthiko
Liz Tupuhi
Mata Kihi
Bridget Davies
Lyle Smith
Cherie Milne 
Leona White

3.0 Welcome

Jan Wallace welcomed everyone to the zoom meeting, all introduced themselves and the organisations that they represent and what work they are doing in the community while in lockdown. 

4.0 Guest Speaker – Jessica Niemack 

Jessica is the community’s engagement officer at Utilities Disputes, which was previously called Electricity and Gas Commission, an independent organisation. They have three schemes, a water scheme, broadband shared access to property scheme and an energy and electricity scheme. The schemes work by the retailers voluntary registering with Utilities Disputes organisation and ae governed by the processes that they have in place.  They operate in a way that is fair for the consumer and the retailers.  The retailers pay a registration fee every year. Utilities Disputes create data to make sure that they can support positive change, some of the work relates to listening to and helping people with complaints.

Jessica’s role is raising the awareness of Utilities Disputes profile within the community.  She works in the corporate and community space raising awareness of free services. 

Jessica Niemack

Community Engagement Officer

Please text 021 081 73 040 or email

Ring our Call Centre on 0800 22 33 40


Short Video presentation

Access to brochures and fact sheets to support your community.

Jessica recommended that when are selecting your power provider you should use “Power-switch” which will show you the best power provider based on your lifestyle and needs, there may be different plans and prices for the clients to consider. 

Compare power companies and price plans

Utilities Disputes are working with ERANZ, The Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand.  They do the ‘warmer dryer, healthy homes” programme. If you have people in a home where the power bills are high and it is unknown what has impacted on this Utilities Disputes can provide a referral to ERANZ’s.  They will send out a representative to go out to the property with the family to look for ways to reduce the power bill, such as seals around doors and windows, having curtains that help keep the cold out, whether the home has insulation or looking at heating of the home, looking at whether power socket covers may need to be used, safety of appliances and power leads.

ERANZ (Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand)- Referral Forms and Warmer Dryer Homes

ERANZ’s can make practical suggestions and provide referrals to other social service organisations, such as Habitat for Humanity for curtains or rugs, practical double glazing, blocking off drafts. 

Habitat for Humanity has a curtain bank as well and other support services for whanau.

Utilities Disputes call centre time staff have recently been on a Shine programme about domestic violence, on how to be aware and mindful of clients who maybe being affected by domestic violence.  The staff are trained to be empathic, non-judgemental and the role of the team is to facilitate a solution for the clients.

Christian Against Poverty (CAP)  is another organisation, that Utilities Disputes have aligned with. CAP work in the advocacy space, helping with total money debt management.  When clients are faced with back up bills or high power bills and the utilities retailer is wanting to recover the debt, clients can be referred to CAP to help manage the debt. 

CAP (Christians Against Poverty )

Where whanau are overwhelmed by debt and need advocacy and total money management CAP can help talk and negotiate with collection agencies etc.

Utilities Disputes are forming a relationship with Victims Support, the Ministry of Justice recently appointed a Victim Support community engagement team.  People or the police that are working with a victim often go into clients homes and see that there is a lack of food or the power is not on.  They can now make referrals to support the families.  

Where there is a client that may have a problem with their power meters and maybe faced with a high power bill, power poverty where a household is spending more than 10% of their income on power.  Utilities Disputes  will ask the clients if they have made contact with the power supplier, Utilities Disputes can help the client with an plan of approaching the power retailer.  Utilities Disputes can also facilitate a meeting between the client and the power retailer, this is done with the clients approval, this may take place as a three way phone call. 

Many consumers are not aware where they have a vulnerable person in the home that they can approach the power retailer if there are issues with payment, so that the power is not turned off and then works with the power retailer to address outstanding payments. 

If clients are facing disconnection of the power service for non-payment or high power bills, for MSD clients there is an energy hardship fund that can be accessed.   

For Utilities Disputes to be able to facilitate change, they need data which can then be used to write submissions.   

Action: CNF to canvas the members to see if a there is interest in having a meeting with Utilities Dispute at different times throughout the day?

5.0 September’s meeting 

Next month’s meeting theme is around sustainability, being held 22nd September at Franklin: The Centre starting at 10.00am . 

Waiuku Zero Waste organisation in Waiuku are making a difference in the community.  Often items that are  seen as waste can be recycled, reused or upcycled rather than going into landfill.   They also have a shed where they educate people on how to use tools, upcycle and recycle. 

6.0 October meeting 

How can we make our monthly meeting environment more culturally appropriate and welcoming. Input from the CNF members is welcome. 

7.0 November meeting

The last meeting of the year will be a celebration of the year and reflection on what has been achieved. 

8.0 What is happening in the community and what support do organisation need?

Organisations are busy in the community providing social services – 

Middlemore Foundation  – Lyle Smith  – Have had donated 5000 bottles of water, can’t distribute this currently, when we can will be distributing to the Pacific and Maori community. Also trying to get funding for hygiene packs. Any sources of food to help bulk up the food parcels are welcome. 

Continuing the spaces programmes via zoom for first time mum’s. 

CMDHB  – Shona Paterson  – The community  teams are visiting essential clients and doing tele-help checks for others.  They are asking standardised questions on their vulnerability and then following up with other social service organisations. 

If anyone is aware of someone that may need assistance please pass their contact details onto Shona.

PCA – Jan Wallace – Providing food parcels to the community, the value is $120, and are filled with the basics for a household.  

Papakura MP’s office – Pania Wilson – Initiated wellness check in to Kaumatua and  Kuia. Connecting the community with social service organisations.  

Franklin Family Support – Vicki Mee – For some families there is a lot of stress around paying their monthly debts, particularly around car payments where they may not be able to make a payment and their car is immobilised.  FFS can help with budgeting and will contact the company on the clients behalf and also will put in for hardship grants

Well woman Franklin – Bridget Davies – Continuing to support mums via zoom while in lockdown.

The meeting was closed by Jan Wallace.

Meeting closed at 11.15.

July 2021 Meeting

28th July 2021 / 10:00 AM at Franklin: The Centre, Stevenson Room, 12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe

1.0 Attendees

Andrew Beyers
Rebecca Knowles
Liz Tupuhi
Jan Wallace
Judith Tucker
Daniella Jansen Van Resenburg 
Sally Wallender
Mele Alatini
Emma Murtagh
Tammy Potini
Annemiek Van Dam
Vicky Mee
Shona Paterson   

 Bridget Davis
Frances Fuamata
Julie Mariu
Huia Cocker
Karyn Van Dam
Jill Lomas 

Christine Hurst
Kim Fitisemanu
Lynne Richardson
Sue Story
Melody Osborn
Cherie Milne    
Anne Doddrell

2.0 Welcome

Jan Wallace welcomed everyone to the meeting and provided an overview of today’s topic.  

Last October the monthly meeting was a workshop, which was to help the executive set the future direction for CNF and set priorities and programme development.  One of the topics that was raised at the workshop was a requirement for further education and training. 

How can CNF assist individuals and what are the requirements of the community? We will be asking our organisations to divide into groups to discuss what sort of projects would be benefit Franklin as a community or projects that would benefit individual organisations such as training in computer programming or an introduction to Te Reo.

3.0 Guest Speaker – Ministry of Social Development and Tertiary Education Commission

Each of the guest speakers introduced themselves and the organisation that they represent.  

Our guest speakers introduced themselves Mele Alatini & Frances Fumata, are relationship managers from Tertiary Education Commission, and Kim Fitisemanu, Pukekohe service centre manager & Shona Hili, regional contracts manager, from MSD. Each of the speakers gave a quick overview of the organisation that they represent and what they offer. 

In turn the meeting attendees introduced themselves and the organisation that they represent, the area that they cover and what their roles are.

Sue Story – Oranga Tamaki – Works in the partner for outcomes area and liaises with local social organisation. 

Rebecca Knowles – Kaleidocare – Runs a day programme for young adults with special needs and an after-school care and school holiday programme for children with special needs. 

Liz Tupuhi – CLM Community Sport – Working in schools, communities, and clubs.  Understanding what the needs are of the community and what is available.

Jan Wallace – PCA, CNF Chairperson & Rev at St. Andrews. Oversees programmes for first time parents, grief, and loss counselling for children, providing food parcels in the community, collecting pj’s for the community.  Run’s a variety of community programmes.  

Judith Tucker – CNF Executive member.

Daniella Jansen Van Resenburg – Haumaru Housing – Social housing services for 65+, we use wrap around services to help put services in place for them. 

Emma Murtagh – Kids Social Services – new to the role. 

Tammy Potini – The Generator – National Co-ordinator working across 10 communities, working with Maori and Pacific people.  Helping people to identify a a product or service that they can offer and turn that into a business.  

Annemiek Van Dam – Live Well Hypnotherapy – focuses on well-being, also assisting people with pain management.

Vicky Mee – Franklin Family Support as a budget mentor, and an expert coach to The Generator.  There is a gap for people starting small or micro enterprises understanding financial matters.  

Shona Paterson – CMH – Integration Relationship Manager – weave together the different services for clients and bring people together.

Julie Mariu – Vision College – new to the role, the purpose of the role is to connect with the community. 

Huia Cocker – The Generator – Event Stylish. Looking for courses on how to start a business. 

Karyn Van Dam – Music Educator – helps people to communicate through music. 

Lynne Richardson – support staff for Andrew Bayley – help constituents with problems, contact with local organisations and work with local community services providers to make sure they can point constituents to the right organisations. 

Melody Osborn – Auckland Council community hub manager overseeing the Franklin Library, Arts Centre, and Waiuku Library. New to the role and is interested to know what is in the community, who 

4.0 Workshop

All were invited to participate in a workshop to identify what does the community require.  What sort of projects would be benefit Franklin as a community or projects that would benefit individual organisations such as budgeting.

5.0 Next Month’s meeting

Next month’s meeting is 25th August 2021 and the topic for the meeting “Utilities Disputes”. 

Utilities Disputes is a free and independent service that resolves complaints about electricity, gas, water, and broadband installation on shared property. 

Meeting closed at 12.00.

July 2021 Meeting Agenda

The next meeting is 28th July, 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.


Welcome to all

Guest Speakers from Tertiary Education Commission & Ministry of Social Development

We’re very pleased that representatives from the Tertiary Education Commission and Ministry of Social Development will be with us at our monthly meeting on 28 July. They will share their thoughts on funding potential projects. We’ll be asking our organisations to divide into groups to discuss what sort of projects would be benefit Franklin as a community or projects that would benefit individual organisations such as training in computer programming or an introduction to te Reo.

There will be an opportunity to network and light refreshments will be served.

We aim to help local social service organisations to: 

  • inform community members of thewide 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

June 2021 Meeting

23rd June 2021 / 10:00 AM at Franklin: The Centre, Stevenson Room, 12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe


Robyn Hoffman Andrew Beyers Annemieke Van Dan Jan Wallace Judith Tucker Helen Pullman Jill Lomas Daniella Jansen Van Resenburg Nikita Naea Philippa Bell Chantelle Kaiha Rachel Cheeseman Maria Aka Judy Boyd Melissa Walker Tate Vicky Mee Angela Hanson D Thompson Coral Timmins
Beth Collings L Kakano Debbie Whiteside Cherie Milne Shona Paterson


Sally Wallender Lynne Richardson Bridget Davis


Jan Wallace welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Pukekohe North School Kapa Haka group performed several songs, this group has progressed from competing at the regional competition recently, they are now fundraising for the New Zealand National competition in Nelson in November.

Guest Speaker – Andrew Beyer

Andrew gave a presentation on how the lunar and solar calendars and how the calendars become accepted world-wide, and how Passover and Easter dates are determined. Chinese New Year is also celebrated based on the lunar calendar. Andrew outlined the significant stars that are well known Southern Cross, Seven Stars known as Matariki. These stars are recognised by other cultures around the world, although they may be known by other names and the stories of what the names mean and the stories behind the names.

A couple of videos were shown which outlined the history of Matariki and its significance and what each of the seven stars represent, and the last video Dr Rangi Mataamua explained how the date changes when Matariki is celebrated, from next year Matariki will be celebrated by a public holiday.

There are a number of events happening around Auckland and Waikato celebrating Matariki, both Auckland and Waikato Council websites.

New Zealand Steel Gallery at Franklin: The Centre has an exhibition running to celebrate Matariki and also how Franklin reacted in last year’s lockdown. There is a photography exhibition from Denise Mata.

Next month’s meeting is showcasing tertiary education, hoping to have a representative from MSD.

The meeting was closed by Jan Wallace, reminding everyone that there is a presentation tomorrow night at the Town Hall and a Hiko on saturday.

Meeting closed at 12.00.

June 2021 Meeting Agenda

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

April 2021 Meeting

Community Networks Franklin 

28th April 2021 / 10:00 AM at Franklin: The Centre, Stevenson Room, Harris Street, Pukekohe


Jan Wallace
Jill Lomas
Wasantha Marasinghe
Coral Timmins
Sarah Andrews
Joyleen D
Helen Pullman
Shivana-Maree Gordon
Adam Abdeldayem
Prue Mann
Sally Warrender
Anne Doddrell
Judith Tucker
Russell Daily
Rachel Maloney
Kevin Parekh
Troy Guest
Leona White 
Jane Walters
Cherie Milne
Anita Moleta
Yvonne Buchan
Lesh Dhesi 
Robyn HoffmanAndrew Beyers 

1.0 Welcome

Jan Wallace welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked the guest speakers for making time to attend the meeting.

2.0 Guest Speaker – Department of Internal Affairs 

Wasantha Marasinghe and Lesh Dhesi from the Department of Internal Affairs were the guest speaker for the April meeting, they introduced themselves and provided an overview of what their roles were within the department. 

The provided an overview of how the DIA can assist organisations access funding and what type of funds are available to community groups. 

Wasantha asked “How many had used DIA services to apply for funding” and how many had applied for funding from any source?

There are three main difference types of funders, Crown funding, Lottery funding and trust funds, these are set up for different purposes. 

Before you start to apply funding, the starting point is to gather information about your organisation:

Step 1.  Who is the organisation?

  • Organisation name
  • If you are registered with charity services, registration number
  • Incorporated society number
  • Constitution
  • Collect financial information about organisation
  • Board of trustee names 

Step 2 What is the project

Other information required before you start the application is 

  • How much money is required?
  • What is the timeframe that the money will be used for?
  • How many members of the organisation will the money be used for?

Step 3

What funding source will you be applying for funding.  

ANCAD, Auckland North Community and Development, produce a directory of funding sources, and this will assist with selecting the sources that organisation may want to approach.  This can be viewed on-line at

Different funding sources has different requirement for receiving applications, some maybe on-line, or a written application and may only have specific time frames of when funding applications will be considered, DIA use “grants and client management system”.  If you are applying for funding from the same funder used previously you should use your accountability step from the previous application as the first step in any subsequent applications. 

Submitting a grant application for the first time can be dauting, DIA can provide step by step instruction when applying. Literature on applying for funding was provided from the DIA for the meeting attendees.  

The website address is


COGS funding is Community Organisation Grants Scheme, provided grants to non-profit organisations delivery community based social services that contribute to achieving locally determined outcomes.  An average COGS grant is $2,500 to $3,000, and funding can be approved for up to 3 years, not for first time application, and is aimed at smaller organisations.  It is good to show how you are making an impact locally, how many people are you going to reach and what area does your organisation cover.  

You require three documents for a COGS application, bank account statement, budget, and annual accounts. 

Lottery Community Grants

Lottery Community grants are available for not-for-profit organisations with a community or social service focus for ongoing operating costs or projects which help improve the quality of people’s lives in the community. 65% of the income from Lottery Commission goes back into the community and is administered 

by the DIA on behalf of the NZ Lottery Grant Board. There are two funding rounds in a year, and they do not accept late applications, it is recommended that you get your application in early so that if you have missed something in your application there is time to respond.  If you have not had a response within a few days of your application, go back and check, you may need to contact DIA for assistance as to what you have not completed or included. 

Action: Wasantha Marasinghe to confirm if a DIA representation can attend the CNF Expo 25th May 2021. 

4.0 Auckland Council Grants

Adam Abdeldayem, senior grants advisor commercial and finance, from Auckland Council updated the attendees on to apply for funding from the Auckland Council.  Applications are made on-line via the Auckland Council, the grants calendar is also on the website which shows the name of the grant, open period for applying and when the project start date.  There are some specific grants that are only available for Franklin such as the Franklin Local Board Waterway Protection Grant.  

There are also regional quick response grants up to $2,000 which are available for a one-off community project, there is normally two rounds a year and can be viewed on the Auckland Council website.   The Auckland Council library staff can assist with navigating around the website.

5.0 Expo

Reminder that the next meeting will be the EXPO, which is being held in the Town Hall, Please get your registrations in, currently there is 5 organisations registered.  

Next meeting: Expo 26th May 2021 at The Town Hall, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe

Meeting closed at 11.55

The Expo is Back! 25th May 2021

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.

April 2021 Meeting Agenda

The next meeting is 28th April 2021 held at the Stevenson’s room at Franklin: The Centre, 10 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe. The meeting will commence at 10.00am and should be concluded by 12.00pm.

Do come along and learn more about what is available within our community.

Guest Speaker for April is from the Department of Internal Affairs and there will be a funding workshop.

“The Department of Internal Affairs is presenting free workshops for non-profit groups who want to deliver community-based social services or projects in South Auckland. During these workshops, we will share insights on planning and preparation for a funding application. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about what we fund, different grant options, and more about how we work together to support groups with a community or social service focus.”

Light refreshment will be served.

Please confirm your attendance by return email.

March 2021 Meeting & AGM

24th March 2021 / 10:00 AM / Franklin: The Centre, Stevenson Room, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe 


Sally WarrenderAnne DoddrellShirley EmmettLynne Richardson
Bridget DaviesAndrew BeyerJan WallaceJill Lomas
Coral TimminsJulie KerrAdriana van AltvorstJudith Tucker
Arlene FredricksCherie MilneCynthia KarikalaLisa Richards
Lyle SmithTricia Stevens


Christine Hurst Hazel Davis Helen Pullman Denise Ewe


A brief comment on a what the meeting attendees where grateful for.


Minutes from last meeting presented

1. Minutes from the last AGM that was held on the 24th of June 2020, at Pukekohe Service Centre, 82 Massy Avenue, Pukekohe were presented. There was one correction to the minutes, it was recorded that Judith Pellow had been appointed to the Executive, it should have been Judith Tucker Minutes from this meeting were accepted as being a true and correct record.

Moved by Jan Wallace/ Seconded by Judith Tucker

2. Chairman’s Report

1. The Chairman’s report was presented, and all meeting attendees were given the opportunity to read. The report outlined what Community Networks Franklin does in the community. Jan Wallace was so grateful to the Members of the Executive of their on-going support. There was a summary of what was achieved last year and what has been planned for 2021 which the incoming Executive may want to continue with. It was moved that the report was received and all in favor, no one was against.

Moved by Jan Wallace/ Seconded by Judith Tucker

3. Financial Report

  1. The financial statement was presented, which is in a healthy state. Some money will be allocated to ensure that the website, which has been completed, will be the hub for the community groups, this is a work in process.
  2. Due to Covid the Expo 2020 was not able to be held, the Expo will go ahead in 2021 and the money allocated for this in 2020 has been held over to 2021.
  3. No questions were raised about the financial report. The Chairman Jan Wallace moved that the financial report be received and approved.

Moved by Jan Wallace/ Seconded by Anne Doddrell

4. Nominations for the Executive

Jan Wallace Nominated: Judith Tucker / Seconded: Anne Doddrell

Andrew Beyer Nominated: Jill Lomas / Seconded: Judith Tucker

Anne Doddrell Nominated: Jan Wallace / Seconded: Judith Tucker

Jill Lomas Nominated: Andrew Beyers / Seconded: Jan Wallace

Judith Tucker Nominated: Anne Doddrell / Seconded: Andrew Beyer

Sally Warrender Nominated: Sally Warrender / Seconded: Debbie Whiteside

Helen Pullman Nominated: Judith Tucker/ Anne Doddrell

Declared all nominated and elected.

5. General Business

  1. The success of the CNF Expo is entirely dependent on the number of organisations that participate. Historically there have been 50 stands, registration forms for a table at the Expo 2021 were provided.
  2. There was a link on the CNF newsletter of a website that lists grant funders in NZ. At the April CNF meeting there will be a guest speaker from DIA, who will hold a workshop on funding for non-profit organisations.

6. Guest Speakers – Middlemore Foundation

Lyle Smith and Tricia Stevens spoke about what Middlemore Foundation do working in the community. Middlemore Foundation is based at Middlemore Hospital and was set up about 20 years ago, and the catchment area is Counties Manukau through to Tuakau/ Port Waikato. Lyle’s role is which is new is to help support the community, matching up resources with people and he has only been in the role for a month. He is involved with the Community Garden in Manurewa which is a collaboration with Manurewa High School, using the students and resources to produce fruit and vegetable to benefit the community and students. Lyle has just started work with a local Marae to reach out to the needy families. He has also provided basic hygiene items to Papakura High School, and blankets to Marae’s. Middlemore Foundation provide a new baby packs for every baby that leaves Middlemore Hospital if needed.

One of Middlemore Foundation’s role is to help get the projects started and once this project is up and running then the community organisations take it over, as well as helping through networking to match up resources with the needs of the communities.

7. Jammies in June

One of the major campaigns has been the Jammies in June. This has been over whelming in previous years with the number of jammies donated exceeding storage. Last year due to COVID there was an increase in money donated to purchase Jammies instead of actual jammies, which meant that they could be brought in bulk and the storage managed. With COVID last year it was not just jammies that were being given out, some basic hygiene items such as masks, hand sanitiser were given away with the jammies.

Pukekohe Community Action gave out 537 in 2019 and 953 in 2020 pj’s in the local community, supporting the local schools & Marae’s. Middlemore Foundation can promote that collection of pj’s in Franklin can be dropped off to a number of local drop off points so that they can be distributed to the local community.

8. Middlemore Foundation assistance to local organisations

Pukekohe Library staff have noticed an increased in homeless people using Franklin: The Centre during opening hours. Middlemore Foundation could provide a pack to give out by the Pukekohe library staff which could include toothbrush, personal hygiene articles & a blanket.

Lisa Richards from St John’s has a community cupboard that are donations from the community that are available. Middlemore Foundation can help promote this through their Facebook page.

9. Getting to know CNF Members

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Anne Doddrell

Grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG) supports grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, they meet monthly. This is a place to discuss problems, what assistance is required, talk through what issues maybe happening with the children or the grandparents or just to unload. At the March meeting they had representatives from Voice who advocates for the child.

Counties/Manukau District Health – Jill Lomas

Jill was the Service Development Manager for Community Hubs, developing hubs for both staff and outpatients’ resources. The services being provided at the Super Clinic are being expanded, with less outpatients more daytime surgeries.

Judith Tucker

Recently retired from the role of working in the office of Andrew Bayley. She has been attending CNF’s meeting for a couple of years and was elected to the Executive at last years AGM.

Well-woman Franklin – Bridget Davies

Well-woman offers five peer support meetings a week, this can be physically present or via zoom, and also offer life coaching. They also offer support for 2 hours a week by helping with cleaning, looking after the baby while the mother has a shower, this is often for families that are disconnected from family.

Bellyful Franklin – Sally Warrender

Bellyful was set up 12 years ago to cook meals for new mums or young families that are struggling.

Another one of Sally’s skills is to help with organisations with funding work and help non-profit organisations with strategic development.

Pukekohe Library – Debbie Whiteside

Works for Auckland Council at Pukekohe Library.

Franklin Local Board, Auckland Council

Coral Timmins

Auckland Council – Cynthia

Was previously part of the Auckland Council Environment team, conservation work. Coming into the operations team working with Coral.

Andrew Bayley’s Office – Lynne Richardson

Works for Andrew Bayley’s, with a focus on social media. A large range of issues come in on a daily basis.

St Johns – Lisa Richards

St John’s working more in the community. Providing hygiene products to schools. Trying to improve the health and wellbeing in the community.

Anglican Church – Andrew Beyer

From the Bombay and Pokeno Anglican Churches. Previous to COVD lockdown the Manurewa Methodist Church did food parcels. Post COVID lockdowns the Methodist Church has had a fire and the Manurewa Anglican Church is being set up to do food parcels.

Pukekohe Community Action & St Andrews Church – Jan Wallace

Minister from the St Andrews Church Pukekohe, runs a number of programmes. One programme is for seniors and also a number of programmes for new mothers. Playgroup on a Friday parents which is a gold coin donation.

Food parcels are also provided to the Franklin community. Pj’s
Another service is grief and loss programmes in schools. Also in Ryman, Hospice and Prisons. 

Next meeting April 28th. Meeting closed at 11.15 .