July Newsletter 2016

July Newsletter 2016

July has been a big month of milestones for the RAW women!



CLICK HERE to listen to Gina’s Tedx talk



Two of our women have made important steps towards employment


Awhea is beginning a full time job with Placemakers in a week. She is very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to start. We wish you all the best Awhea!



There has been a lot of laughter, fun and love over the school holidays as the women reconnected with their children. While the weather hampered some of the outdoor activities they had a lot of fun at excursions like LEAP, the movies and ten pin bowling.

We are very pleased to welcome Auckland Sky City as a funder for a second year.


Men’s Pilot


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Derek, Tony and Robert being staunch

Derek and Robert joined us in June and have settled in quickly. Both are enrolled at WINTEC, Rob in IT and Derek in Media Arts.

Derek especially enjoys bone carving – one very talented man as you can see for yourself.


Bino Smith has agreed to share his journey with our men from the Mongrel Mob to film set finisher on Lord of the Rings to artist in his own right.

He is truly inspirational having beat the odds to become who he was always meant to be, describing both his Maori culture and art as immensely important to him.

In recent years Bino has been working with troubled youth: “I do know that being able to offer someone else an option, when they thought they would never have options, is what drives me to inspire and ignite others; through my attitude, my actions and my words. To see into someone’s eyes when they realise their potential is my biggest inspiration.”


 Help Us RAW

Incubator homes

We are always on the look-out for good quality household items for our homes  – whiteware, especially washing machines, fridges and microwaves, TV’s, lawnmowers, linen and floor mats, and for spring vegetable gardens bags of compost/vegetable mix and plants.

RAW – 92 Commerce Street, Frankton

The store is always looking for more stock.

Furniture stays in the shop only days so if you’re replacing your lounge suite or redecorating any of your rooms please contact us to donate.

Employment Opportunities

The opportunity for one day of paid employment while they study to provide on-the-job training and work discipline is an important element of reintegration. We are looking for opportunities for our women and men in hospitality, retail, IT (high competency), administration, garden maintenance, labouring and gym work.

Can you help? Contact Tony on 027 498 2844 for donation pick-ups or to discuss employment opportunities.