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The Collaborative Trust Update: August 2020

Wednesday, August 19, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, young people, youth, Training

COVID-19 Update from The Collaborative Trust

Kia ora koutou. We want to send our aroha and manaaki to our Auckland whānau and anyone else affected by the current restrictions. It is great to stay connected during these changing times.

Ara Taiohi has some great resources available on their Digital Youth Sector Hub. It would be a good idea to check this out - if you haven't done so already.

All of our online workshops are still going ahead as planned at this stage. We are also looking forward to connecting together with you all virtually at Involve Digital.

Please get in touch with us if there is anything that we can help or support you and your team with (info[at]

Please stay safe, stay well and be kind.

Upcoming Online Workshops

The majority of our workshops will be held online until the end of 2020. This means that any of our online workshops are now available to anyone in New Zealand to attend!

Supporting Young People's Positive Development and Wellbeing: A Resource-Building Workshop (Tuesday 1st September - 9.30am to 12.30pm)

Wellbeing is often portrayed as equating with Health, Wealth and Happiness.  Yet, anyone who works with young people knows there is much more to being well, and it doesn't look the same from one young person to the next.

Find out more about this workshop on supporting positive wellbeing and development.

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Young People (Thursday 10th September - 9.30am to 12.30pm)

New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the Western World. Suicide is not inevitable and it can be prevented. This evidence based best practice workshop will take you through the latest research about suicide and provide practical tools to help to identify people who might be suicidal.

Find out more about this suicide prevention workshop.

The Critical Nature of Sleep Workshop (Tuesday 22nd September - 9.30 to 11.30am)

We avoid sleep with bright lights and coffee. We consider sleep an annoyance, an inconvenience and a disruption to productivity. However, sleep is crucial for us because during sleep our bodies and brains recover from the busy-ness of daily activities.

Find out more about this workshop on the importance of sleep.

Find out more about these and other upcoming workshops from The Collaborative.

Research Reflection: Whenua as the foundation for health

By Sharon Moreham.

I’ve been thinking about whenua/land a lot lately and its bearing on our health and wellbeing. My cousins and I are planning a trip to Rakiura/Stewart Island to visit whānau/family whenua. They smile wryly and laugh as they refer to themselves as ‘landless natives’: those who have relationship with this whenua under the 1906 South Island Landless Natives Act.

It’s the first time any of us have been there. There will be tears. Tears for our tīpuna/ancestors; particularly those who passed too early. Tears for the collective suffering of Māori. Tears for ourselves and our loss; disconnection from whenua, language, culture and people.

Read more of Sharon Moreham's reflection on whenua as the foundation for health.

Community News

Connect meeting: Wednesday 26th August 2020

Canterbury Youth Workers Collective  and Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) are happy to present The Cannabis Referendum and Young People – looking at information and arguments regarding the merits and risks of the legislation based on evidence.

Register to attend this meeting on the upcoming Cannabis Referendum.

Dancing for 298: Saturday 5th September 2020

Leading Christchurch dance companies and schools come together to bring you one unforgettable dance performance. All proceeds will go to the 298 Youth Health Centre - providing FREE medical care and social services for those aged 10 to 24 years.

Get more information on this fundraising event for 298 Youth Health Centre (Facebook).

Be sure to keep up to date with 'What's On' via the Collaborative website.

Contact The Collaborative Trust for more information (info[at]

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch