Exploring Communities in the Hawkes’ Bay and Tairāwhiti
This online book is the result of an assessment completed by first-year social work students at the Eastern Institute of Technology (from both the Taradale and Tairāwhiti campuses), Aotearoa New Zealand. Students were placed into small groups and invited to explore a specific community in which social work is practised locally. Their instructions included that they could only use information found in the public domain via secondary sources.
Each chapter of this EBook represents the work of one group. Each chapter begins with an exploration of the concept ‘community’, followed with a discussion on one particular community that the students have chosen to research. Each chapter discusses some features and needs of the chosen community, followed by some discussion around the services available, and not available, to that particular community. The students were invited to comment on a power dynamic that they believed influenced the availability of services to their chosen community. The list of references at the end of each chapter identifies where the students located the information that informed their writing. The students’ work has been edited for accuracy with some input from the communities being researched. The students’ work has not been edited for grammar, spelling etc
Before making the information in this online EBook available to the general public, written consent was gained from all the students whose names appear in this publication, and from a representative of each community. The consent forms that were used have been added as Appendices in this online EBook.
We are making the information in this online EBook available to the general public in the hope that the communities mentioned, those working alongside these communities, and anyone involved in policy development or resource allocation that might impact on these communities, will benefit from accessing this information.
Editors: Karen Fagan and Florrie Brooking
Communities in this study include: Hohepa, Alzheimer’s Napier, WIT (Whatever it Takes), Bellyful, William Colenso College Teen Parent Unit, and Tauawhi Men’s Centre
The students who contributed to this work include : Georgia Fun-nell; Karen Mata; Kathryn Sexton; Rachel Eaves; Nicole Johnstone; Jemma Russell; Emma Harrison; Rebecca Mitchell; Renae Van der Meer; Shanelle Hemi; Karalyn Tavendale-Brooks; Kelly Thomson; Samantha Smith; Rose Price-Mcphee; Lucrecia Perumal; Shalbie Bowan; Holly Gempton-Lamonte; Leanne Chase; Liitania Seumanutafa; Penny Earnshaw; Jo Crawford; Atli Wainohu; and Colleen Smiler.
Davinia Wainohu, Bachelor of Social Work Graduate
Social Work gave me the opportunity to challenge systems that oppress us from being the best that we can be. This qualification means a sense of achievement, an inspiration to my whanau that with their support all things are possible. The first step is always the hardest, but with an awesome choice of study programmes, good facilities and high quality, supportive tutors – EIT is the place to be – the world is your oyster!!