To provide social services to the people of Great Barrier Island that assists in addressing their social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs using the following values:
Tika – The right methods and procedures, that uphold integrity and confidentiality at all times
Pono – a commitment to provide quality social services.
Aroha – the desire to explore all possibilities that life has to offer while interacting with others.
Giving every island resident the opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives, and to fully participate in the community.
Our Aims & Objectives (from original Trust Deed)
- Education for the community through workshops, seminars, and making available literature on issues relating to the wellbeing of the people in the Community.
- To provide a link with resources and groups in Auckland (and elsewhere) who can provide appropriate support and information required by anybody in the community.
- To provide referrals to already established support systems available locally and on the mainland
- To provide back-up service for people in a crisis situation
- To provide a resource library and recognized contact for departments and individuals to feed new information into the community, relevant to social issues.
In 2020 the Trust has 5 trustees, 4 staff plus the Community Worker based at Claris, 3 external contractors, as well as employing over 25 part-time workers for home help and firewood supply. The trust is based in the Old School Building in Tryphena and also uses the extension office at the Aotea Health Centre in Claris, and at Okiwi School as needed.
The Community Worker Project has historically been central to our relationship with the Great Barrier Island Community Health Trust.