Eastern Courier : March 4th 2011
www.easterncourier.co.nz Friday, March 4, 2011 Mayor urges businesses to enter expanded awards The search is on to find top business achievers in south Auckland. Entries are open for the annual Westpac Auckland South Business Awards 2011. This year's awards feature expanded categories and eligibility that recognise busi- nesses of all sizes from those with a handful of staff through to major organis- ations. Auckland mayor Len Brown says the awards recog- nise and celebrate success, encouraging businesses to prosper while ultimately driving economic growth for the region. The business awards showcase the excellence that is being achieved by busi- nesses, urban and rural, large and small, throughout Auckland's south. I urge local businesses to take this opportunity to high- light their success and that of their business community as a whole through this initia- tive. This is a great chance to celebrate local people and a local focus.'' Council-controlled organis- ation Auckland Tourism and Events and Economic Devel- opment is running the event that culminates in a gala din- ner at the Pacific Events Cen- tre on August 12. Spokesman Clyde Rogers says the Westpac Auckland South Business Awards are a unique opportunity for busi- nesses to be recognised for their achievements, role as an employer and contribution to the wider community. All businesses in the south Auckland area have the opportunity to gain valuable recognition, increased ex- posure and important net- working and benchmarking opportunities by partici- pating.'' Entry to the awards is free but they must be in by June 3. Visit www.em.org.nz/awards for more information on the awards and entry criteria. Visit www.eastern courier.co.nz to see a video of last year's awards. Refuge pleads for help By NICOLA WILLIAMS Cash-strapped: Operations manager Rhonda Cox-Nissen says the Eastern Women's Refuge is desperate for funding. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS A VITAL service for victims of domestic violence is run- ning dangerously low on funding. The Eastern Women's Ref- uge is desperate for cash to boost its coffers. As our numbers increase I need more staff to work with these families,'' operations manager Rhonda Cox-Nissen says. I don't have enough staff but I'm not sure I have enough to pay the staff I do have. In the worst case scenario I would have to think about redundancies and that is not something I wish to do.'' She says four domestic- related deaths in the eastern suburbs since December shows just how vital the ser- vice is and the serious conse- quences of domestic violence. As far as we are aware we have had no previous engage- ment with any of these famil- ies so we can only assume there had been previous unreported family violence. We are hoping it will encourage women to speak up and ask for some help even if they aren't sure it's domestic violence.'' Ms Cox-Nissen says it's a wake-up call about how serious incidents can get. It's very disturbing -- people in this area don't realise we have an issue with family violence.'' She says the number of people turning to the refuge for support is increasing and they don't want anyone slip- ping through the cracks''. We have made funding applications but there is no guarantee they will be granted and there's no sign of when the money would be in our bank account.'' She says lots of practical things such as clothing, food and furniture are donated but it's money they need to keep the service going. Every scrap of funding goes into our service. We are purely looking for money for operational expenses. We can prove to funders that the work we do is achiev- ing outcomes,'' she says. Go to www.ewr.org.nz or phone 576-6551 to help the refuge.
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