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Selwyn Times: July 19, 2016

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18 Tuesday July 19 2016 News SELWYN TIMES Inmates help feed the homeless INMATES FROM Christchurch Men’s Prison have grown more than 2300kg of vegetables and herbs, as well as 3400 seedlings, for a very worthy cause. Over the past 10 months, men from Tirohanga Paeroa Unit have built vegetable gardens, and grown and contributed vegetables and seedlings to those in need. The programme has been undertaken with assistance from charity group, Help for the Homeless. Prison residential manager Graeme Hunter said the men wanted to keep busy and do something that would make a difference for people in need in the community. “The new gardens seemed the perfect way to do something useful with the land around the unit, engage the men in a helpful Youth offenders targeted in health partnership CORRECTIONS AND kaupapa Maori health provider Purapura Whetu have partnered to deliver better health outcomes and “crime-free futures” for youth offenders. Purapura Whetu will provide a wraparound service for Maori youth offenders and their whanau, aiming to connect them activity while they learnt useful lifestyle and, potentially, employable skills,” he said. Those who work in the garden gain credits towards a National Certificate in Horticulture qualification. The initiative has already proved a success for one prisoner. In his mid-40s, he has a background in crop farming and market gardens. He has been involved in the project from the start and has taken on a leadership role in the gardens. to their culture and traditions. Maori offenders make up 43.7 per cent of people on community sentences in the country. This is the first time Canterbury Corrections has partnered with a health provider specifically to provide targeted services for at-risk Maori youth offenders. Corrections Canterbury district manager Lisa Joseph said: “We are working together to intervene and steer this group of youth toward better health outcomes and crime-free futures.” Purapura Whetu chief executive Karaitiana Tickell said its goal was to empower tangata whaiora (people seeking wellness). GARDEN TIME: Prisoners from the Tirohanga Paeroa Unit have built vegetable gardens to grow food to help feed the homeless. ​ “I mentor others through the practical aspects of the course – weeding, turning soil over, planting seedlings into seed trays. Some of the men have a limited knowledge of gardening, but there is a correct way to do these things, to grow the best “By connecting Maori youth to their culture, traditions and values of our tupuna (ancestors), we are helping them to better understand and take ownership of their mental, physical and spiritual health,” she said. It would also connect youth offenders to health support, education, employment, housing and produce,” he said. Help for the Homeless was founded in 2014 by Amy Burke, of New Brighton, who saw homeless people hungry, cold, or going through rubbish bins in Christchurch. “Produce from the prison gardens is delivered to [Help for the Homeless] cooks who create dishes for our locals,” Ms Burke. “We also provide support to the recently housed, including youth and any family going through hardship. This filters to schools and community organisations, depending on surplus.” The 3400 seedlings, grown as part of the NZQA horticulture course, were given to the charity for their ‘recently housed’ homeless. This will enable them to learn to live off the land, too. transport, she said. Ms Joseph said: “It makes sense in terms of both our services to take the opportunity – while these youth are on sentence – to connect them with good health practices and to also look at addressing some of the lifestyle and health issues which may impact their offending.” A FREE TRIP TO FIJI with every Onyx Home! A PERFECT FIT! A purpose-designed plan to suit your lifestyle - for LESS than a standard plan! NEW SHOW HOME OPEN 1 Oak Drive, Flemington, Lincoln Open Fri-Sun 11am-4pm Examples of client custom designs No sales fees, no franchise fees and no top heavy overheads added to your cost file. The management team of Onyx Homes are quite simply some of the best and most experienced people in the industry. It’s through this experience that Onyx Homes wants to bring to their customers a better standard of home that is often less than the standard-plan-built homes of their competitors. Onyx believe that everyone is unique, so why settle for a standard-plan-home when you can have a purpose-designed plan to suit exactly your lifestyle and for less than a standard plan? A perfect fit! This is testament to our customers who have been amazed at the savings with Onyx, but also hadn’t realised their budget would allow for a such quality spec and design. Onyx Homes is the only company in the market that disclose their cost file to prove and ensure best price and quality. CHRISTCHURCH PH: 03 928 1505 | EMAIL: info@onyxhomes.co.nz Request a FREE brochure at: www.onyxhomes.co.nz

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