Annual Report of Bridgebuilders Trust Inc June 2015 to June 2016
The Bridgebuilders Trust has completed another year of challenges. The work is rewarding and demanding, with the support of the Trust and our loyal members we will continue onwards and upwards. I would like to acknowledge Paula Warburton our Immediate past Convenor, thank you for leading the Trust. We wish you well and blessings on your new journey.
We continue to work at a steady and positive pace to ensure we achieve our ongoing commitments to our Trust members and within the local and wider communities.
While we have not had major events, we do celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bridgebuilders Trust a significant milestone reached in March 2016.
Today I did not expect to be here addressing the meeting a year later. I was hoping to be sitting down in one of the seats in front of me, however here I am again. This must be a sign Jane Prichard, that meeting you in 1996 would lead me here and still be associated with you. I am not sure if its punishment or a blessing from a higher power that you and I are destine to serve for life. However over the course of that time we have formed a friendship that has overcome many challenges. Because I cannot remember a time in our history that we have had such a high turnover of Conveners! Jane thank you for your patience and continued guidance of the Trust and the key founder of this organisation.
I would also like to welcome and introduce our new office manager Nastasija Davies. Thank you for accepting this role on behalf of the Trust; it has been over 10 years since we last had an office manager. I look forward to working with in updating the office and to raise the profile of the Trust in the community. Welcome once again and thank you for joining our meeting today.
The Bridgebuilders Trust works for 2015 – 2016 • Refugee Family support work, championed by Joan Brock, Joan Robb and Viv Wilson and our Bridgebuilders friends. The demand continues to be a high for support of families in need. Thank you Joan Brock for you tireless work with our refugee families, we are forever in your debt. God’s blessing is upon you always. To Joan Robb thank you for your loyal and continued support always. And especially to Viv Wilson for always being their taking on referrals from RAS and making the impossible possible, thank you. • We continue shared events with the Muslim community. This year we had a joined Interfaith Dinner Function held 4 July 2015, at the Ferndale House. The evening was to highlight Interfaith Awareness, the evening provided an opportunity for Auckland Muslim and non Muslim communities to join together and share a meal and conversation, after breaking fast an important part of Ramadan. Thank you to Viv Wilson and Paula Warburton for being on the committee to organise the evening with Jenny Janif from UMMA Trust. • Constant effort by board members to raise funds to help us carry out our bridge building tasks. A huge thank you to Viv Wilson for her jam sales that helps boost our funds. Thank you also to donations from our members and loyal supporters. • We had another successful Alberton Tea party fundraiser in November 2015, thank you to Viv and everyone that help organise the day. The entertainment provided by Oscar and his brothers – ‘The Brotherhood’, fabulous music. • The Trust launched its new educational Leaflet ‘Parenting Tips on Computer use for children’. This leaflet was written by one of members Alexandra McKenzie and the input from the board. I would like to acknowledge and thank you to Jan Ngatae and her son Adam Ngatae for the first printing of the leaflet. • The Postnatal Depression leaflet continues to be distributed to local and wide communities. Better Brains for babies continues to be requested by Plunket and the Birth Centre in Parnell. • Bridgebuilders International, Cook Islands has successful set up of their office and holds the current International board until the next consultation in 2017. • The Trust had a Planning day for 2016 and our Theme for the year is ‘Bridging Relationships with Networks’, with the aim to Build and promote ourselves in the community and build networks so that we grow our membership. To put this into action it was decided to hold a Panel Discussion with professionals. With further dialogue from the outcomes of the Panel Discussion. The Panel Discussion has been set for 19th August 2016, at Jubilee Hall, Parnell at 7pm. Title for the forum ‘Bridging the Gaps: Gender Justice. Mark this date in your diaries to join us on the evening.
Board Member Jane Roby – has retired from the board. We will sadly miss you, but thank you for being on the board for many, many, many years. The support you have given has been greatly valued and will be missed. I wish you well and good health.
I would like to thank all board members and loyal members for the contribution they have each made this year, especially to Jane Prichard (Patron) who continues to guide the Trust. I am grateful despite the small group we have and membership. God enables us to move on to builder new bridges and establish new friendships.
We are blessed to live in a peaceful country and thank God for this privilege we enjoy daily.
Rose Tauetule On behalf of the Immediate Past Convenor Paula Warburton. Bridgebuilders Trust Inc. 11 June 2016
BRIDGEBUILDERS TRUST INC ANNUAL REPORT JULY 2014 - JULY 2015
This year has had some challenges that has seen us all working together to overcome and make adjustments to changes. While we have not had major events, we do celebrate the milestone achieved by one our own long-time supporter and Bridgebuilders member Mrs Hazel Askew being named in the New Year's honour's list for a QSO Medal.
We continue to work at a steady and positive pace to ensure we achieve our ongoing commitments within the wider community. I would like to acknowledge the time we have had with Rev Marie Ropeti as Convenor, thank you for being with us in our our journey as Bridgebuilders. We wish you well and blessings for your Ministry.
Projects Continuing with the support of Refugee families, Vivienne Wilson and her team of Bridgebuilders friends have cared and found resources that are needed for these families. A warm thank you to Vivienne Wilson and team for continuing to support and assist these Refugee families. And to the generosity and time that has been taken by Jocelyn and Gordon Nicholson who have helped and worked along with Vivienne Wilson with the Refugee families.
This year we are releasing a new leaflet which is based on the lines of, 'Parental tips for children and computer use', the leaflet outlines and provides parents with tips and information about children with computers. A big thank you to Alexandra McKenzie and her team for the development of the leaflet, which will be released at the AGM. We continue to distribute our leaflet around communities and throughout New Zealand.
The Bridgebuilders International Office in the Cook Islands is now fully established. We have donated a computer to the office for their use. We acknowledge and thank Jane Prichard for her tireless work in making this possible. We look forward to the next Bridgebuilders consultation in the Cook Islands (2017).
Funding Though the majority of the work that we do requires time, fundraising has been a big support towards our projects. We continue to make and sell jams and preserves which contributes towards our income.
Over the many years we have appreciated the donations given by St David's Op shop, it is with great sadness the shop has closed due to safety hazards of the church building. We acknowledge and thank Somervile Presbyterian Church Op shop for their donation and continuing to support our work, also to individual donations that have been given to us.
Sharing the office with Pacific Women's Watch, it has helped with running cost.
Events Last year we held another successful Tea Party held at the Alberton Hall, this was a fundraising event to aid with our ongoing projects throughout the year. It was an enjoyable afternoon spent with friends and families, along with entertainment by St David's Ukulele Group and Gabrielle Togiatama who sung.
There was attendance to an interfaith dinner evening with the Muslim community, to celebrate Ramadan.
A big thank you to all board members on the trust and to our Patron Jane Prichard for the continuation of their support to Bridgebuilders.
We wish you warm and well wishes for the year ahead and continue on with the work of building bridges.
Blessings and love be with you all.
Rose Tauetule For and on behalf of the Convener Rev. Marie Ropeti
BRIDGEBUILDERS TRUST INC ANNUAL REPORT JUNE 2011 - JUNE 2012
The year has had some new challenges which has seen us all working together towards consolidation and adjustment to change. A big thank you to committee members and supporters. While there has not been major milestones achieved, there has been an ongoing and positive input.
In this past year Bridgebuilders International has returned to New Zealand following the International Consultation which was held in Samoa, August 2011. New Zealand, apart from the inaugural establishment of Bridgebuilders, has not held the International Board of Officers. An Auckland seminar was held on 26 May 2012.
PROJECTS There has been ongoing and continued support of Refugees. A big thank you to Vivienne Wilson for the input so readily given by her and the team of friends involved. For the many hours of transporting, delivering, listening, obtaining equipment and general mentoring provided, this has been and is a valuable service of reaching out to new New Zealanders, as they cope with life in a country different to their own homelands.
The Postnatal Depression Leaflet and Better Brains for Babies leaflet continue to be distributed to different areas of New Zealand. The leaflet on Restorative Justice is in the process of being updated. A new leaflet is raise awareness of computer and dangers is to be focused on, targeting primary school aged children, providing information and awareness to parents.
FUNDING Fundraising is a continuing requirement. Thank you to all that have made jams and preserves which are mainly sold through an arrangement Vivienne Wilson has, this is much appreciated and the funds raised provide an ongoing small income. We applied for and received a small COGs Grant and will be looking for a grant to launch the new leaflet to be produced. The office equipment which has served well for many years and had become inefficient is in the process of being replaced. Thank you to Vivienne Wilson and Rose Tauetule who has been managing change over and seeking good reconditioned equipment. We appreciate the skills Rose Tauetule brings. Thank you to Genieva T-Fakalaga who is working on the web site. Thank you to Adam Ngatae who has helped with technical aspects.
EVENTS In November 2011 a delightful afternoon Garden Party was held at Alberton in Mt Albert, we were very grateful for the opportunity to have this lovely property as a venue where we were able to provide musical items and afternoon tea. The homestead was open to be explored, which was most gracious of the curator. We are again to have an afternoon at Alberton on Sunday afternoon, 11 November 2012.
We will look forward to the year ahead with confidence, that our contribution to the world we live in while seeming small, will have wider positive outcomes because we were there.
I would thank all Board members and friends for their time and contribution to Bridgebuilders, realising the busy lives and commitments each have.
We all seek to work for a better world where there is understanding, tolerance, peace and harmony. We give thanks for the good things and blessings we have, in that our real needs are met. All go well.