New Kapiti youth support centre opens

TALIA CARLISLE
Last updated 10:56 30/10/2012
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TALIA CARLISLE / Kapiti Observer

Health check: Tuki Takiwa blesses the premises and food at the opening of Otaki's new Kapiti Youth Support, with staff Andrew Croft, left, manager Raechel Osborne, Darryl Gardiner, Sue Wilson, Becs Howe and Sue Gardiner.

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Kapiti Youth Support opened a new Otaki premises on Monday, offering free health services for 10-24 year-olds.

Eighteen months in the planning, the Matene St property houses a doctor and a nurse's clinic, and will be open from 11am-4.30pm every Tuesday.


Centre manager Raechel Osborne said it was important for young people to have their own health services easily accessible.

''Transport has been identified as an issue for young people in the Kapiti Coast. [So being able to] access something in their local community, is incredibly beneficial.''

Cost was also a barrier for young people, which is why the service was free, said Mrs Osborne.

''Young people don't often access traditional health services, they're more likely to go to a youth specific service if it's available.

''It's about confidentiality, it's about cost, it's appropriate that staff are non judgmental, and they take the time [needed].''

The new property is owned by Otaki residents Rob and Angela Kofoed, who rent it to Kapti Youth Support at a minimal rate.

MidCentral District Health Board will cover the cost of staff.

All furniture was second hand or donated from health practices on the Kapiti Coast.

KYS takes a holistic approach, and would be able to draw on the other counselling, advice and mentor services linked with their Paraparaumu centre, Mrs Osborne said.

A blessing was held for the centre on Monday by kaumatua Tuki Takiwa and Ake Taiaki, and kuia Makuini Johnson.

- To book an appointment with KYS Otaki, call 06 364 7305 and specify the booking is for Otaki.


627260282  Health check: Tuki Takiwa blesses the premises and food at the opening of Otaki's new Kapiti Youth Support, with staff Andrew Croft, left, manager Raechel Osborne, Darryl Gardiner, Sue Wilson, Becs Howe and Sue Gardiner.

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