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

 


Women Blossom At Camellia House

Women Blossom At Camellia House

Living proof of the term ‘unsung hero’ can be found in the suburbs of South Auckland, where women and their young children seek refuge from situations that force them from thier family homes.

Camellia House, a unique women’s refuge centre which has been helping families for more than two decades, relies on the generosity of the public to ensure the women who need its services receive the best possible care.

And, though it does for most of us, Christmas does not feel like a distant memory for the residents of Camellia House, after members of the Auckland Downtown Rotary Club made it a holiday to remember.

Marlene Bolton, the Chief Executive Officer of Camellia House, has been with the organisation for close to 20 years and says this past Christmas was the best she has seen. “We were blown away not only by the support of the Auckland Downtown Rotary Club, but by the volume of gifts, which meant that both the children and their mothers were able to feel special and open a present.

“It was also heart-warming to know that these generous individuals had gone out of their way and specially bought gifts, instead of passing on used items they no longer need.

Each year, we make a promise to give the kids who stay with us a jolly good Christmas, and in my 19 years with Camellia House, I have never seen such a high-calibre selection Working hand-in-hand with varying referral agencies, such as doctors, counsellors and Housing New Zealand, Camellia House offers sanctuary to victims of physical abuse and women with disabilities or mental health issues. The centre helps residents with protection orders and school enrolments for children, and recently opened a new walk-in centre in Manurewa where locals can find assistance with day-to-day support, from paying power bills to accessing the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Auckland Downtown Rotary Club member David Graham says the club has stepped in to support Camellia House over a number of years. “We are truly inspired by the work of Camellia House, and for our club to be able to offer assistance in this way really resonates with what Rotary sets out to do – support the community.

It is a very worthy cause and the work of Marlene and her team in empowering women to live independent lives, free of violence, is invaluable.”

Members of the Auckland Downtown Rotary Club rallied together to donate a total of 150 gifts to Camellia House residents.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news