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SWIFTER LOOKING SWIFT.
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Invites you to attend
ONE MANS JOURNEY
11 April 2013, 7.00pm -- 8.30pm
The Fickling Convention Centre
546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings
American Mark Donham is riding a motorbike around the
world. Not just because he is an adventurer, but because
it continues the journey he began when his wife was
diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers Disease. Mark is
travelling New Zealand for the next few weeks, and on April
11th Alzheimers Auckland will be inviting members of the
public to hear Mark talk about his journey caring for his
wife Chris, and the importance of caring for the carer.
For advice and insight in to how to journey with courage,
hope, and love with someone with dementia, hear Mark
Donham speak on 11 April 2013. Includes Q & A time at
the end of the evening.
Gold coin donation appreciated.
Places are limited so registration is essential.
Confirm your place by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information
ring Marnie Burke, Alzheimers Auckland (09) 551 8787
Highwic is looking for
people who want to get
their hands on some
precious objects -- for all
the right reasons.
The NZ Historic Places
Trust property in New-
market is looking for
volunteers with good
dexterity to carry out
People don t need to be
experts, but do need to
be prepared to give four
hours of their time every
524 5729 or email
Shelters don't solve homelessness
By JESSICA MCALLEN
Community: Lifewise social worker Alex Frank at the organisation's cafe, Merge.
Funding pressure has forced Auck-
land s Lifewise to find new ways to
help the city s homeless.
The squeeze came after Auck-
land s only emergency night shel-
ter, on Airedale St, went into liqui-
dation last June.
The shelter had space for up to
30 sleepers and accommodated
many long-term tenants.
Lifewise service manager Corie
Haddock says several attempts
were made to source funding to
keep the shelter going but this only
delayed the closure for a couple of
He says once Lifewise realised
the closure was going ahead they
worked to find suitable accommo-
dation for its residents as soon as
But Mr Haddock says he would
not re-open the shelter now even if
he did have the funds.
It wouldn t solve the problem, in
fact in a way it hides the issue of
homelessness, he says.
Finding permanent accommo-
dation and offering counselling for
the homeless is a better option, Mr
He believes that is where govern-
ment funding should go.
There are still eight to 10
emergency beds available at the
James Liston Hostel which picked
up the slack when the shelter
The hostel provides a home for
those who struggle to live indepen-
dently. For $180 a week residents
get a room, breakfast, dinner, and
access to showers and a laundry.
The emergency beds are avail-
able at $20 a night and Lifewise
often pays board for those in des-
Hostel director Angel Renjith
works closely with the Lifewise
team and says there are still not
The hostel is always full. Even
now, there are 18 people on the
waiting list, she says.
Mr Haddock says he often meets
people in very desperate situations.
I ve paid for a family s hotel
room with my credit card because
there was nowhere else to go.
Lifewise is able to offer help in
other ways, like through its low-
cost cafe Merge where meals can be
bought for $3 to $4.
One cafe visitor is Lifewise social
worker Alex Frank.
She says the organisation has
received good feedback about the
We used to have a soup kitchen
on Queen St but it almost felt like
a prison, she says.
Homeless people would just line
up, get their food and leave.
Ms Frank says at Merge every-
one can mix together.
We have both homeless people
and businessmen eating together.
It is a community space, she says.
Profits from Merge go to Lifewise
but are not enough to see it run-
ning at its full potential.
The four social workers on the
team provide help for drug and
alcohol addictions, and counselling
for those with mental health
Lifewise staff also help people
find permanent housing by putting
them on the Housing New Zealand
waiting list and allowing them
access to a computer to search for
properties on Trade-Me.
When necessary, homeless peo-
ple are able to use their office
address to qualify for WINZ pay-
Despite the dedicated staff at
both Lifewise and the James Liston
Hostel, the organisations need
Ms Renjith says the government
needs to step in.
People associate the homeless
with a certain stereotype but don t
realise that many are just normal,
everyday people. You would see
them walking past and wouldn t
guess they had nowhere to stay.
Go to lifewise.org.nz or james-
listonhostel.co.nz for more detail.
Jessica McAllen is an AUT journalism
Family open day to view
revamp at reserve
Park makeover: An artist's impression of what Costley Reserve could look like after proposed improvements are made
to the park.
A draft plan of improvements to
be made to Costley Reserve in
Freemans Bay will be unveiled at
a family open day on Sunday.
Many safety issues have been
unearthed at the reserve includ-
ing moss growth on play equip-
ment and issues with lighting
because of tree overgrowth.
The Waitemata Local Board is
aiming to improve the park s
safety and create stronger links
between it and neighbouring
The family open day will give
the community a chance to have
their say on the plans and explore
A mini-beast safari , environ-
mental art workshop and free face
painting will be available on the
Board members and council
staff will be able to answer ques-
tions and collect people s views.
It will be held at the reserve
from 2pm to 4pm.
Go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
or phone 309 0101 for more infor-
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