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Kiwi Can on its way to Rotorua
Rotorua Review, Bay of Plenty  by Benn Bathgate
26 Jul 2017
General News - page 9 - 349 words - ID 816504999 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 244.00cm2

It's a nationwide project aimed at helping our children help themselves - and it's finally coming to Rotorua.

It's called the Kiwi Can programme and is run by the Graeme Dingle Foundation, and it's set to start in Rotorua this coming January thanks to Rotorua's five Rotary Clubs raising $85,000.

The initiative builds capacity across a whole school community through longer term mentoring, and teaching values and life skills each week.

It helps the children to "selfadvocate" in terms of behaviour expectations with four key modules; Positive Relationships, Integrity, Resilience and Respect.

Getting the project into Rotorua is being coordinated by Robyn Skelton of the Rotary North Club.

"I was motivated to do this having discovered that Rotorua has 14 Decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools out of 21 schools," she said.

Skelton is also the Head of Registry at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and a former Western Heights High School student and later teacher.

Seeing the programme operating in schools in Tauranga encouraged her, since returning to Rotorua, to pick up the challenge to introduce the programme into Rotorua.

"I was motivated to do this having discovered that Rotorua had 14 Decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools, out of the 21 schools."

Skelton said she was thrilled with the great support from the Rotary clubs to date.

She said there is significant interest from the schools, with Sunset Primary and Kaitao Middle schools already confirming they wish to deliver the programme.

Kiwi Can's arrival has also been welcomed by Roana Bennett, general manager of the Te Taumata O Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake education initiative.

"It is an evidenced based programme that has been proven effective in a range of different settings.

There are a number of people committed to raising education and life outcomes for Rotorua youth and particularly for Maori youth. The Kiwi Can programme will be a great asset for our community".

As well as funding from the Rotary Clubs, the programme has also had $12,500 committed from the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

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Robyn Skelton with Sunset Primary's Paranapa Poaru and Anita Davis SUPPLIED

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