Blue Mountain Adventure Camp is a Salvation Army outdoor pursuits business. In current times, these endeavours have become very difficult to operate and fund. Volunteers are now largely extinct, and an expensive bureaucracy around audit and health and safety has become part of the process. Looking back a generation or two, camps like this were common and provided a worthwhile service to society. By example, the salvation army had 4 such camps spread over NZ and there were many others run by groups or clubs. With declining support, and the governance required, most have closed. Takutai became involved at BMAC following the death of Peter Green, a long time Salvation Army member, in 2002. We offered to support an appropriate activity within the army as a legacy to him. After some time, Margaret, Peter’s wife, suggested BMAC. Due to a very wide range of social support initiatives the army is constantly under finance pressure – notwithstanding, their work is immeasurable in our modern … [Read more...] about Blue Mountain Adventure Camp Charity
The ongoing success of Takutai has allowed a focus on helping others. To ensure a real commitment, we try and contribute with more than just money - hopefully, by being involved we gain insight, and can direct any support more accurately. All the circumstances are unique and our involvements range from sitting on governing bodies which direct operations, to arranging “hands on” working bees. Philanthropy is succinctly described as; the love of humanity, in the sense of caring and nourishing. We like the variety and scale possible under this description – experience suggests an empathy to circumstances is also necessary to have the best outcome. A loose understanding of areas where you are prepared to help is essential. Whilst we value the ability to always be flexible, ours are simply described – young people, disadvantaged circumstances, Maori advancement, endeavours benefitting society, existing self-help evidence.
Hone Tuwhare, 1922-2008 – Nga Puhi iwi; hapu Ngati Korokoro, Ngati Tautahi, Te Popoto and Te Uri-O-Hau Hone Tuwhare is the people’s poet - he was loved and cherished by New Zealanders from all walks of life. Touring tirelessly, Hone shared his talent and inspired audiences in every corner of the country from primary and secondary schools to universities, factories to art galleries and prisons. As he travelled, Hone encouraged others to write, express themselves, create and celebrate life. Born in 1922 in the small settlement of Kokewai, just south of Kaikohe, Hone spent much of his childhood in Auckland with his father Ben, following the passing of his mother Mihipaea when he was five. Ben was a builder and in those years work proved difficult to find, which meant an itinerant life with many different lodgings. As a teenager, Hone started work at the Otahuhu railway yards. He became a qualified boilermaker and through his trade, a member of the trade union movement and the Communist … [Read more...] about Hone Tuwhare Charity