support for South Auckland business community - November 2011

Mark Spring November 30, 2011 : 0

Earlier this month, Michelle Tasi, our Papakura Branch Manager, was invited to attend the ‘Teal Ribbon Breakfast’ at the Papakura Marae. Teal defines itself as a ‘Network of community services within Counties Manukau with a focus on Family Violence Prevention.’

The breakfast was a collection of local business leaders and spokespeople who had gathered to create awareness about family violence. The vast majority of people recognise family violence is unacceptable, but initiatives like this are intended to take the message of prevention and more effectively disseminate it within communities.

The breakfast was attended by local MPs, the Papakura business association and iwi representatives, as well as Work and Income New Zealand, and legal professionals. Representatives from the local Police and the Auckland Council also attended. Michelle was invited by Tony Kake, the CEO of the Papakura Marae after he had popped into the local branch.

Part of the breakfast involved an auction, where we contributed a Panasonic stereo system. It raised $400 for the Teal campaign against domestic violence, which was great to hear.

When I spoke to Michelle, she commented that plenty of people were interested in hearing more about dtr, and that was an added bonus of us attending. We are determined to play an active role in every community we operate in and want to have a positive impact, so it was great to be asked to show our presence. It’s also good to meet other business leaders and hear what they are getting up to.

We look forward to collaborating further with the South Auckland business community in 2012 and beyond.

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