Name change for Fanau Centre

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 10:32 06/11/2012

Relevant offers

Kapi-Mana News

Wellington trains back to normal after morning peak delays Top cop graduate looking forward to new role as Porirua constable and first time dad. Arohata Prison yoga teacher aims to curb re-offending and waistlines Porirua teenager says age doesn't define ability to be a good parent Registration time: who pays the most dollars for dogs? Heavy rain for the Wellington region Otaki to Levin highway plans back to drawing board Wellington man missing for 5 days Complaints of 'despicable' mould and leaking prompt Housing NZ to act Punching 'normal' in Porirua: proud transgender teen challenges mayor

The name will sound the same but a few different letters means a lot.

The Cannons Creek Fanau Centre, which has been operating with the Pacific "F" since its inception as a service centre in Cannons Creek in 1994, will this week become the Porirua Whanau Centre.

Manager Liz Kelly says there is nothing negative to be insinuated from the name change, just that they wanted to recognise it was a "family centre".

"'Fanau' does not fully represent what we do: a name change was appropriate."

Maori Party co-leader and Associate Minister of Housing, Health and Social Development, Tariana Turia, will unveil the new logo and name later this week.

Minister of Education Hekia Parata will open the revamped and upgraded childcare centre at the end of the month.

"This [name change] has been in the works for a while and the board and our community council are unanimously in favour," Ms Kelly says.

"The community council is an advisory body and has eight Pacific members and they were very supportive. There may be a few people in Cannons Creek who see the name difference in a negative light . . . but our philosophy and what we're doing here stays the same."

Ms Kelly says the name change recognises their clients come from right across the city and any future plans - such as entering the social housing market - could occur outside Cannons Creek.

Ad Feedback

- Kapi-Mana News

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content