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Family Works celebrates with Rātana community

Regional Manager Jim Berry says his heart still fills with pride when he thinks of Family Works’ participation in T.W. Rātana’s birthday commemorations at Rātana Pā earlier this year.

“I was born at Rātana and I know just how much that event means to our community, so it was really special to be able to take the team out there,” he says.

Family Works Whanganui Regional Manager Jim Berry (fourth from left) shows off his trumpeting skills at T.W. Rātana’s birthday commemorations at Rātana Pā earlier this year. He says Family Works’ presence at the event reflects its strong and ongoing commitment to supporting local whānau in need.

Over the five days of celebrations (Jan 21st-25th), Family Works staff fielded questions from the public, handed out flyers and brochures, and held a very successful ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition, all to spread awareness of Family Works Whanganui’s programmes and services among the 20,000 people who attended.

Jim Berry says Family Works Whanganui’s attendance reflects its strong and ongoing commitment to supporting local whānau in need.

“We’re determined to make sure our tamariki and whānau facing tough times get the help they deserve, and to do that, we have to be out there getting the word out about our programmes, listening to what they tell us they need and showing them that what matters to them matters to us too.”

Over the past few years, Jim and his team have worked tirelessly to ensure Family Works staff acquire the cultural capabilities they need to best serve Māori communities.

In May 2017, he led the launch of Family Works Central’s Cultural Competency Framework at Rātana Pā, which introduces all new staff to Māori customs and tikanga through a series of specially-designed training resources.


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