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Centenary marked

Centenary cake

A celebration to mark 100 years of the opening of the Manurewa Children’s Home was held 23 October at Manurewa Baptist Church. Iosis and the Baptist Children’s Trust co-hosted the event. Approximately 80 former residents, staff, board members, supporters and family members came from as far as Australia to mark the centenary. The Home’s presence…

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Iosis CEO leaves

Ruby's farewell speech

Ruby Duncan stepped down from the role of Iosis CEO on 26 September 2014, to begin a new work with husband Mick in their Manurewa community. Ruby began her social services career in 1997, as a part-time support worker at Merivale. At that stage Merivale was located in Epsom and Baptist Action ran it as…

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New addictions programme launched

Programme facilitators

Iosis now offers a free eight-week group programme for individuals and couples struggling with dependency. Called ‘Getting a Grip on Addictions’, it will be run each school term. “Whanau can struggle with a number of issues. These might be alcohol, drugs, gambling, food or even sex,” Iosis service manager Megan Phillips says. She and co-facilitator…

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Unique research project with migrant mothers


Iosis community social worker Lydia Teatao is about to start research she hopes will inspire women and children who suffer from abuse. Mrs Teatao, who migrated to New Zealand from Kiribati in 2006, will focus her research on other migrant mothers from her home nation. Specifically she will be studying the strategies women have used…

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