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

 

Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust wins Mitre 10 Award


23 February 2018

Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust wins Mitre 10 Community of the Year

A hospital that provides free services including a wide range of surgical procedures was last night named Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year for 2018.

The Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust based in Christchurch provides surgery and medical care to people who are not able to access treatment through the public hospital system and do not have the financial means to use private services.

Mitre 10 Chief Executive, Neil Cowie, says the Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust stands out as the coming together of a community of professionals and community advocates determined to make a real difference.

“The Trust was judged the winner for its outstanding work, making what are often life-changing differences for the people using its services,” says Mr Cowie.

Since its doors opened 10 years ago, the Trust has received no government funding. It relies on donations, bequests and local business support, as well as a team of unpaid specialists supported by volunteers including nurses, technicians, receptionists and fund raisers.

Over this time it has grown from a single day surgery unit to a complex of three two-storey buildings housing two theatres with recovery wards, consulting rooms, a twin oral surgery unit, endoscopy unit, education and community meeting rooms.

Carl Shaw, Chief Executive of the Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust said winning the award will help to raise the Trust’s profile at a national level and may encourage others to do the same in other regions.

“It is also a very important way that we can acknowledge our volunteers – they are the heart and soul of what we do and without them we wouldn’t be able to offer our free services. By the community – for the community is our mantra.”

“The award money is another step toward the costs of a new dental service for vulnerable young adults – helping them to improve self-esteem and creating more employment opportunities. We hope the award will also highlight what a difference volunteers can make to people’s health and wellbeing and encourage volunteerism.”

The award was presented at the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards in Auckland last night and Mitre 10’s Neil Cowie also acknowledged the great contributions of the other Community of the Year finalists.

“As a co-operative of locally owned and operated stores also trying to do better for our communities, we are always conscious of the need for the type of services this year’s finalists are providing. They demonstrate what it means to be a New Zealander and the depth of community spirit within our country.”

Other finalists for the Mitre 10 New Zealand Community of the Year Award were:

Pillars - a mentoring programme that supports children with parents in prison; and
Whangawehi Catchment Management Group - dedicated to protecting the quality of local waterways.

Past winners of the Community of the Year Award are: Randwick Park, Community Fruit Harvest, the town of Paihia, Victim Support, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ, the town of Paeroa, Gibbston Community Association of Central Otago and the Victory Village.

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>

 

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>

ALSO:

Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>

ALSO:

eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels