New Zealand Projects / Organisations

WHAT:  This section provides a compendium of existing projects in New Zealand which are aligned with the vision and values / principles of NNZ – designed to create a better New Zealand for all people.

WHY:  To enable New Zealanders to

HOW: The information on these projects / organisations will be posted on the Website and a few will be presented in the Newsletters.  Two hundred word abstracts will highlight each project with an electronic, phone, fax, and/or address link. .  A full description is available upon request from the source.

HOW TO BECOME INVOLVED: If an project appeals to you, make contact and become involved in any way appropriate.

We invite you to contribute to this compendium by
1. Notifying us of existing projects which should be included and
2. Writing 200 word abstracts and complete descriptions of your project(s).  (You can submit more than one.)  Also submit complete descriptions (that would be made available upon request).  Information should include vision, purpose, objectives, methods used, etc.
Send information to Box 32, Albany Village or email to




Celebrating Your Community

Michelle Kahn (Charrette Coordinator), Box 17-361, Greenlane, Auckland
Tel (09) 636-0154, Fax (09) 636-0156, 021-820-430, or
Maria Bryant at the Glen Innes Family Centre.

Keys:  Community Development, Social Services, Communication, Planning

What:  The Charrette is a three day event which provides an opportunity for the whole community to get together, look at problems and assets within Glen Innes and create a workable vision of what the community could be on both a physical and social basis.  Many agencies are available to answer questions about how they work and hand out information on the areas they work within.  Entertainment and workshops are available for the community.

Why: SO PEOPLE CAN HAVE THEIR SAY!  To enable this diverse community encompassing many cultures to select their own agendas of social issues and take responsibility for implementing them.

Outcomes:  To develop a strategic plan of action that will have a positive impact on the community and will contribute to enhancement of the quality of life of Glen Innes residents.   Three projects are selected for implementation.

Looking at:

‘Have your say”, “Make a difference” and “Make a Change” for the future of your community.

The next phase of the  Glen Innes Charrette is completed in the first quarter of year 2000.  It is sponsored by the Auckland City Council.  For more information contact Michelle Kahn or Maria Bryant at the Glen Innes Family Centre.


Contact information:
Tel  (09) 528-2401
Fax (09) 528-2402
P.P. Box 3193, Auckland

Keys:  Education, Youth, Values, Social services, Health

Topical Links: Instilling the “I Can” principle in our young people will forever change their lives.

What is Kiwi Can?

The Kiwi Can Trust was established to develop this theme of I Can so it would become a positive part of a child’s life, their future and that of their family and the community, also they could fact and handle challenge in everyday life.

Kiwi Can is a life skills and values based programme working in primary and intermediate schools.  It is there every day – all day – hand in hand with the daily running of the school.  Kiwi Can has its own classroom with Kiwi Can trained educators / leaders forming a strong bond with mainstream classroom teaching.  The permanency of the Kiwi Can programme is it strength.  The children have something to hold onto and work with every day.  In this positive environment leaders become mentors to the children.

Kiwi Can challenges and develops the children in a positive way to increase their physical fitness, mental awareness, creative abilities, and their understanding, retention and implementation of values and life skills.

The Kiwi Can programme focuses on the importance of the children’s needs, we also include parents, families and whole communities within the programme.  Parent involvement is increasing – the parents attend Kiwi Can evening sessions.

Where the Kiwi Can programme has been running for 18 months the following positive signs have been noticed:



Contact Information:
Dr. Peter Parkinson
Tel (09) 378-4640 or 0800 MENTOR
Fax (09) 360-1521
7 Fife St., Westmere, Auckland
Website: (From June 1999)

Topical Links:  Personal Development, Education, Health

What is Mentor Professionals
We are a coordinating body for Mentors throughout New Zealand.  We provide mentoring and on -going quality control.  We train Mentors.

Mentor Professionals has grown from an initial focus on the well being of the medical profession.  Since then it has become apparent that the value of the process of mentoring applies equally to other professions and to the corporate word.

Our concept of mentoring has been developed in association and consultation with the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, the Goodfellow Unit at the University of Auckland and the Mental Health Foundation, and we have received supportive comments from all of these.

We provide both individual and group mentoring.  We have over 60 mentors nationwide, and the number is increasing.  You select a mentor suitable to you according to your situation.

What does mentoring do?  It increases prosperity by:

Mentor Professionals “adds values” by:


Tel (03) 338-1763

Keys:  Intellectual Capital, Education, Business, Sustainability, Futures

Vision:  New Zealand will be a world leader in the coming Information Age by releasing the intellectual capital of it’s people to create a society that benefits all New Zealanders.

Project Idea:

If Intellectual Capital were gold then New Zealand would look like California in the 1840’s; a natural source of significant value just waiting to be harnessed.

The New Zealand Intellectual Capital Foundation has a three-tier strategy:



Ross Merritt, Director
P.O. Box 9895, Marion Square, Wellington
Tel  (04) 801-6547, Fax (04) 801-6549  or

Topical Links:  Community, Education, Social Services, Families, Youth

Mission:  Project Adventure is a high quality provider in helping others use adventure education as a catalyst for personal, professional and community growth and development.

What is Project Adventure

Community Development

Training, consulting and programmes that fall within this strand use adventure and prevention techniques to develop community-based solutions to difficult social issues,  including substance abuse and community violence.  Community members, representatives of local youth, police, church, community, government and corporate organisations are trained in leadership teams.  Using a unique adventure-based prevention model, the teams assess local needs and develop and implement creative solutions.

Academic Strand

The focus of this strand is on creating schools and curricula where learning is an adventure.  Teachers develop the skills they need to create curricula that allow students to make meaningful connections between academic content and other situations in life.  Strategies for establishing and maintaining classroom environments that foster deep learning are examined.  Students discover that learning is fun, while teachers and administrators experience the adventure of teaching and working in teams.   Learning for all is accelerated.

Therapeutic Strand

For many people, adventure is exploring personal growth and development.  This strand focuses on developing counseling skills that use concrete experiences to help groups and individuals achieve personal goals.  Professionals from psychiatric hospitals, human service agencies, schools and private practices learn how to combine adventure activities and counseling skills into new or existing programmes.

Physical Education / Recreation Strand

Workshops in this strand highlight the use of adventure in health, physical education, outdoor education and recreation programmes.  Participants in this stand learn how to enhance their programmes by experiencing activities that encourage cooperation, trust and respect among students.


P.O. Box 1079, Shortland St., Auckland
Tel  (09) 379-2778,  Fax (09) 379-2780,

Keys:  Youth, Education, Social Services, Personal Development.

Mission:  Project K is an exciting journey of discovery through which young people achieve a strong sense of purpose and a measurable increase of self worth.  It will be acknowledged by young people and the community as the leading programme of its kind in New Zealand.

What Is Project K

New Zealand mountaineer and adventurer Graeme Dingle formed Project K, a concept for a national youth development programme, out of “desperation at seeing many of our young people’s potential going to waste”.

The programme concept, designed to build self-esteem and give life-direction to young New Zealanders, was developed nearly three years ago after consultation with leading educationalists and youth workers.  Graeme describes project K as a programme that helps young people to achieve their dreams.  It also builds strong, positive links between young people and their communities.

Project K aims to inspire young New Zealanders to be positive and focused using a three part programme:

1. The 3 week Wilderness is residential and is used to break down barriers and open students up to their real potential.  It teaches goal-setting, life-skills and self-knowledge and is used to show young people that they can achieve anything if they set their minds to it.

2. The 13 day Community Experience is non-residential and allows students to transfer the skills, knowledge and confidence gained in the bush into their communities. It challenges students to explore the resources and support available in their local area, and encourages them to take the first steps towards achieving their goals.

3. The final stage pairs each student with a trained personal mentor for a minimum of 12 months, to offer support in achieving goals and to help sustain changes made as a result of the Project K course.

Mentor training is provided through the Project K UNITEC Mentoring Course, the first tertiary based mentor training programme in Australasia.  It is expected that the course will be licensed to other Tertiary Institutions.

Nation-wide expansion has begun and by 2002 it is envisaged that up to ten Project K programmes will be established throughout New Zealand, helping some 1000 young people every year.  Contact Project K if you are interested.


Level 2, Union House, 193 Cashel Street, P.O. Box 4490, Christchurch
Tel  (03) 377-8566, Fax (03) 379-5554, email:
Common Ground:
Materials for the Future Foundation:
Canterbury Development Corp. email: , Web Site:

Topical Links:  Sustainability, Social, Economic, Environmental


Founded in 1995, Sustainable Cities Trust is a Christchurch based independent agency working to catalyse sustainable urban development.

Green Development
Developing and regenerating sustainable living environments with ecologically sound, affordable quality housing and amenities.

Community Enterprise
Assisting and supporting community organisations to increase their health, wellbeing and economic sustainability.

Dialogues and Indicators
Fostering / promoting an integrated vision and sustainability indicators through cross-sector agreements and community-based measures of progress.

Project Management
Partnership development, integrated and strategic planning
Systems focused human and technical solutions for sustainability
Community protocols, public relations and publications.


Website:,  email:
P.O. Box 33 1695, Takapuna, Auckland
Tel (09) 486-0734, Fax (09) 489-3232

Keys:  Environment, Sustainability, Employment, Futures, Science/Technology

Objectives:  To encourage and motivate all sectors of New Zealand society to achieve a target of Zero Waste to landfill by an agreed date.

Outcomes:  Increased employment, better use of resources, reduced impact on the ozone layer, reduced contamination of waterways, sustainable agriculture, no loss of amenity to the community, no escalating landfill costs and potential for future generations.

Charter:  Working toward the elimination of landfill as a disposal method and the re-use of all materials in an environmentally friendly manner.

Contact:  If your organisation or business would like to subscribe to the Zero Waste Charter, please contact us through the form provided below or through our postal address.

Identifying the Problem:  Of all the materials disposed of in landfills only 1% cannot be readily recycled by processes already available.   Landfill in all its forms has become on of the largest long-term problems facing urban society today.

The cost of landfill is not only the negative effects of the loss of thousands of tonnes of resources every year, but also the on-going monitoring of waterways and contaminants for many years into the future.

The insanity of incineration, often posed as an alternative to landfill, is even worse in that it in addition to losing the resources, it also contaminates the air along with the soil and water.

Offering the Solution:  Base criteria is:

There is only one option that can promise us employment, conservation, sustainability, rejuvenate agriculture and a future for our children – Zero Waste – there is not alternative!