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Wai Ora Christian Community Trust was established....

In1989 by Marama Dey for the purpose of working with “at risk youth” in Wanganui. In the beginning Marama and a group of volunteers took in youth who were homeless or who were not living at home due to violence or abuse from their parents or caregiver. She housed them in her own home and fed them and began to teach them some life skills. The training was to prepare and equip them for the time when they left so that they could live independently.

Marama’s ministry and reputation came to the notice of the city fathers, the churches and various Government Departments. Soon she was receiving referrals from Police and other Social Service Agencies who saw her programme as a valuable service to the community. The Department of Social Welfare contracted her to work with “youth at risk” and to run programmes on their behalf.

In 1991 The Wai Ora Christian Community Trust became a registered charitable trust under the Charitable Trust Act 1957. This legal entity allowed the Trust to become a Private Training Establishment and to contract to, and offer courses on behalf of Skill New Zealand and Work and Income New Zealand. The Trusts credibility was further enhanced when in 1995 they gained registration and accreditation to The New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The Trust continues to run courses for The Tertiary Education Commission, The Ministry of Education and to provide a Social Work support service for youth and families on behalf of The Department for Child Youth and Family.

Wai Ora has gained a reputation for handling the most difficult cases to the point where we now operate the largest Alternative Eduction School in the region, with over 16 students, 5 staff and a number of volunteers. Wai Ora employs a full time Senior Social Worker, a Social worker for Alternative Education and a number of social work support staff engaged as mentors and buddies. The Trust also has trained counselors on staff.
Wai Ora was born out of a mission that God placed on the heart of Marama Dey. That mission has grown to encompass more than just youth at risk. To help with the delivery of the mission, God has raised up a Maori Christian Fellowship that operates from Wai Ora every Friday night and will soon expand to include other services that are needed in our community. The name of the Maori Christian Fellowship is Te Puna O Wai Ora which literally means “The Pool of Living Water”.

The Wai Ora Christian Community Trust is seen as a creditable and ethical deliverer of training, education and social services in Wanganui.

 

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The Wai Ora vision is to build foundations for a self reliant community.

The Wai Ora Christian Community Trust was established 1989 by Marama Dey for the purpose of working with “at risk youth” in Whanganui.

In the beginning Marama and a group of volunteers took in youth who were homeless or who were not living at home due to violence or abuse from their parents or caregiver. She housed them in her own home and fed them and began to teach them some life skills.

The training was to prepare and equip them for the time when they left so that they could live independently. Her ministry and reputation came to the notice of the city fathers, the churches and various Government Departments. Soon she was receiving referrals from Police and other Social Service Agencies who saw her programme as a valuable service to the community.

The Department of Social Welfare contracted her to work with “youth at risk” and to run programmes on their behalf.In 1991 The Wai Ora Christian Community Trust became a registered charitable trust under the Charitable Trust Act 1957.

This legal entity allowed the Trust to become a Private Training Establishment and to contract to, and offer courses on behalf of Skill New Zealand and Work and Income New Zealand.The Trusts credibility was further enhanced when in 1995 they gained registration and accreditation to The New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

The Trust continues to run courses for The Tertiary Education Commission, The Ministry of Education and to provide a Social Work support service for youth and families on behalf of The Department for Child Youth and Family.

Wai Ora has gained a reputation for handling the most difficult cases to the point where we now operate the largest Alternative Education School in the region, with over 16 students, 5 staff and a number of volunteers.

Wai Ora employs a full time Senior Social Worker, a Social worker for Alternative Education and a number of social work support staff engaged as mentors and buddies.The Trust also has trained counselors on staff. Wai Ora was born out of a mission that God placed on the heart of Marama Dey. That mission has grown to
encompass more than just youth at risk. To help with the delivery of the mission, God has raised up a Maori Christian Fellowship that operates from Wai Ora every Friday night and will soon expand to include other services that are needed in our community.

The name of the Maori Christian Fellowship is Te Puna O Wai Ora which literally means “The Pool of Living Water”.The Wai Ora Christian Community Trust is seen as a creditable and ethical deliverer of training, education and social services in Wanganui. We have over the years trained: Teachers, enhanced the Social Workers skills to understand a Christian Maori Kaupapa , Counsellors.

Many courses were run through NZQA qualifications up and to the year 2015 but From the year 2012 the Tertiary education Commission changed its way of funding which set extremely high standards of which our high care youth could not always aspire to. Most of our youth come from a background of having received very little education in the state school system. They were then sent to us to teach numeracy and literacy.

While we were very successful with our results and the youth learnt to read and write to a survival standard this did not meet the criteria standard demanded by the Tertiary education commission.This then made us illegible to be able to offer courses funded by TEC.

However Wai Ora will continue to serve youth and whanau through the new courses we will be running. In the future years commencing 2016, supported by our Social service team of Qualified Social Workers.