Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Red Cross invest $50,000 in 'Project Independence'

Red Cross invest $50,000 in 'Project Independence'

The Red Cross Canterbury West Coast region today announced it would be providing $50,000 worth of free emergency training to people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Charities such as IHC, CCS, Foundation for the Blind and NZ Deaf Association will assist by identifying their clients who will benefit most from this training.

Regional Director Graham Wrigley explains "This is a really exciting project for us. The goal of Red Cross is to protect human life and dignity by alleviating suffering. This project is about protecting people and building dignity, its about providing people with the tools and skills they need to be more independent, safer, and more prepared."

Many of the clients of the selected charities would not normally access emergency training. This is one of the outflows of the recent Project Partners initiative. Under this programme 40% of the money donated by Cantabrians is invested back into Canterbury, and 60 % is invested in projects overseas, mainly in the Pacific.

"We will offer several courses," added Regional Marketing Manager Richard Blakeborough "including our Basic First Aid course and our People Savers course. Most of the training will be at Red Cross facilities (Birmingham Drive Training facility, Christchurch, Timaru Service Centre , Ashburton ) with trainers traveling over to the Coast for Courses in Greymouth.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election