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Enterprising business has pets covered for Christmas treats!


By Community Scoop

A recently founded New Zealand business, The Pet Kitchen, is being true to its name and has whipped up a range of boutique treats for your dog or cat for the Christmas holidays.

With the festive season in mind they have created a special line of Christmas dog treats containing a seasonal mix of apples, almonds and cranberries, as well as offering gift packs for dogs, cats and “blended families”.  All packs include fun toys in addition to the food treats.

This unique local enterprise specialises in producing vegetarian, wheat free treats for all diets – to human quality standards – and began business earlier this year with a range of sustainably made, preservative-free dog treats certified “yummy” by its panel of tasters.

Located on the Kapiti Coast, The Pet Kitchen ( seeks to be environment-friendly in all aspects of its growing business, is providing a lively stream of posts on its Facebook page at  and is also active on Twitter (@ThePetKitchenNZ)

So… here’s a big MERRY CHRISTMAS for the much-loved pet or pets in your life, and a big hat’s off to a local enterprise for finding a new niche in the world of sustainable businesses.

Good launch for Good Enterprise series

The Sustainability Trust’s new HQ in downtown Wellington provided the perfect venue tonight for bringing skills in Social Entrepreneurship within the reach of anyone with an idea for a sustainable enterprise through the Good Enterprise workshop series beginning from next week.

Enspiral intern Kaye-Maree Dunn with interested social entrepreneur Miles Thompson.

Enspiral intern Kaye-Maree Dunn with Miles Thompson, an interested social entrepreneur in the making.
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Note: To ensure access for members of disadvantaged communities to workshops a crowd funding pledge is being run at Pledge Me until 30 March.


Brought together by the working example of interns from Wellington’s innovative business engine Enspiral, the 10-part Good Enterprise workshop series and additional masterclass promises to be an effective way to spread and plant the practice of being an active and successful Social Entrepreneur.

Speaking at the launch of the Good Enterprise workshop series, Wellington City councillor Paul Eagle praised the fleet footed energy shown by Enspiral and education platform Chalkle  for getting the Good Enterprise series off the ground.

Paul says he has been increasingly intrigued by what the concept of becoming a social entrepreneur encompasses. He had canvassed university students for their views, and particularly liked a definition from Louis Brown of the Student Volunteer Army to the effect that it means a “blurring and redefining (of) the boundaries between charity and commerce” (see Otago Daily Times article, Nov 2012)

A group of standout workshop leaders then stood up to outline the aspects of what each practical two-hour long workshop will entail, stacked up under headings such as Sorting Ideas, Building a Framework, Customer Validation and Make it Rain.

Each affordable workshop will cost participants only $30 (waged) or $20 (unwaged).  A day long masterclass will be run on Saturday 27th April at Kuratini Marae, Massey University to dive deeply into the lessons being delivered by the Good Enterprise series for just $85.

Photos from the Good Enterprise launch – with thanks to Stephen Olsen.

Wellington City councillor Paul Eagle with Enspiral intern and launch co-organiser Kaye-Maree Dunn.


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New opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship in Wellington

A series of Good Enterprise workshops for budding social entrepreneurs is beginning with a launch party this Thursday evening (14 March) in Wellington.

The Good Enterprise workshop series is being put on by the crew from Enspiral, a Wellington hub for Social Enterprise, alongside the team behind the innovative locally based education platform called Chalkle.  These organisations have collaborated with the Sustainability Trust – whose new base in Forresters Lane, off Tory Street, will be the venue for the workshops.

Enspiral intern and co-organiser Kaye-Maree Dunn says the momentum for the Good Enterprise series reflects the rise and rise of social entrepreneurship as a distinct way of starting and growing new businesses.

“We knew the time had arrived to create this type of launchpad because there is a very real demand for it,” says Kaye-Maree.

“More and more people want and need to know more about what it takes to manage a venture that contributes directly to social or community goals. That’s the driving force for these workshops, which are being targeted to be as affordable as possible for anyone in the community who might be seeking options to upskill and to learn about social entrepreneurship from several angles.

“The workshops themselves will be covering everything from testing ideas for viability through to ways to survive as an entrepreneur. There is also a strong connection to the social entrepreneurship intern programme established at Enspiral and we expect there will be some stories that will be emerging from that programme as well,” says Kaye-Maree.  

“The workshops wouldn’t be happening without access to workshop facilitators who have a real depth of experience and expertise in this field to share. We’re very fortunate to have people involved like Viv Maidaborn, Michael Elwood-Smith, Joshua Vial, Rochelle Furneaux, Ray Wolken and many others”.

A total of 10 Good Enterprise workshops and one masterclass will be run between 19 March and 30 April. Details of the full programme are available online at and


Deaf community welcomed to WOMAD festival

Deaf community welcomed to WOMAD festival

Arts Access Aotearoa – Whakahauhau Katoa O Hanga

WOMAD New Zealand, recipient of the Big ‘A’ Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2012, is providing sign language interpreters for Deaf and hearing impaired festival-goers at this year’s festival in New Plymouth from 15 to 17 March.

For the first time, Deaf festival-goers will be able to book sign language interpreters at the festival’s information centre for stage performances, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

Chris Herlihy, Business Manager at Taranaki Arts Festival Trust, says the festival has been spreading the word about the sign interpretation services through the Taranaki Disability Information Centre, the local media and networks, and on its website.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how this new accessibility initiative for hearing impaired people goes,” Chris says. “It’s always rewarding to see everyone having a good time at the festival. Seeing so many happy faces at WOMAD makes it all worthwhile.” Read more »

Featured content: Prisoner artwork builds bridges with community


Artworks and carvings created by men in Te Whare Tirohanga Māori, the Maori Focus Unit at Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison, are gifted to schools, marae and other organisations in the community every couple of weeks.

“We’re always looking at ideas and initiatives to support the community,” says Lawrence Ereatara, Principal Corrections Officer. “When the men are released they return to their respective communities.

“A number of the men’s tamariki and mokopuna attend local schools. By gifting taonga to the schools and community organisations, we’re strengthening our relationships, assisting in reintegration, and opening up possibilities for future community support and opportunities.”

Earlier this year, for instance, Lawrence and some of his staff arrived at Flaxmere College and presented the school with a carved meeting table, a taiaha (spear), koikoi (short spear) and heru (ornamental comb).

“We presented the table to the school, the koikoi and taiaha to the head boy and girl, and the heru to the school principal,” Lawrence says. “Our aim was to uplift and enhance the mana of the school, the students and the principal with strong leadership and future direction.”

Flaxmere College principal Louise Anaru says the school was “overwhelmed and honoured” to receive the taonga.

“The kōrero tuku iho (history) behind the pieces means so much to all of us. It was a heart-warming and spiritual experience, which inspired our students,” she says.

There are 60 men in Te Whare Tirohanga Māori, all involved in tikanga programmes. They specialise in different areas, including bone and wood carving, flax weaving and painting. It is one of five Maori Focus Units in prisons around the country. Their aim is to reduce the risk of re-offending by helping prisoners understand and value their Māori culture.

Lawrence says the men take pride in creating beautifully crafted and often intricate work. “Knowing they are giving back to the community gives them a real sense of pride.”

The men create work that reflects a particular kaupapa, and acknowledges their Māori heritage, their whakapapa.

“With Flaxmere College, I gave the kaupapa to the carvers and we looked at certain taonga. So, for example, the taiaha and koikoi represent the challenges and the need to stand strong, while the heru represents wahine toa, encompassing love, nurturing, mana and respect.”

Some of the work created by the prisoners is commissioned; some is gifted. It might be work for awards at local wānanga and schools; carved works at kohanga reo and kindergartens; or large pieces for public places such as hospitals and hospices.

Other local schools to benefit recently from the gifting of work are Richmond School in Napier and Twyford School in Hastings. The Richmond School carvings depict the story of kaitiaki Moremore, son of Pania of the Reef, who was seen in many forms overseeing and protecting the rivers and coastline.

The Twyford School carvings are based around the tau ihu and tau rapa of a waka. They depict the blending of cultures in today’s world, the kōrero that comes down from the heavens, and life’s journey.

“When the work is presented to the community, there is a formal handover process,” Lawrence explains. “I ensure staff are in uniform, and we explain the history and kōrero behind the work. It helps to foster the relationship between Corrections and the community.”

It also helps break down barriers for the men when they are released back into the community.

“A lot of the men are broken and introverted when they come into the unit and the work we do with them brings them out of themselves. Knowing their work is very visible and appreciated by the community is a great source of pride for them. And any photos and letters of appreciation from the community can be added to their CVs.”

For more information, please contact:

Iona McNaughton, Communications Manager, Arts Access Aotearoa

Hutt Valley Arts Newsletter 22 Nov – 6 Dec

Press Release – Hutt Valley Community Arts

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