To our Community,
In the year ending December 2022, New Zealand families lost 125 people in crashes involving drivers who were under the influence of Alcohol. A further 206 were seriously injured.
Whilst New Zealand Police officers are on the roads 24/7 conducting alcohol breath screening tests, in the weeks leading up to Christmas and the New Year the intensity of the testing and number of checkpoints increases.
Why? Because traditionally this is when businesses and workplaces finish up for the year and have ‘End of Year’ functions which leads to an increase in the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol.
This Christmas / New Year, NZ Police will be putting more staff on the roads and conducting an increased number of alcohol checkpoints. Whilst you will still see some larger checkpoints on the main roads, we will also be conducting smaller ‘Pop Up’ checkpoints on rural and urban routes which are traditionally ‘back roads’ taken by motorists to avoid checkpoints. These ‘Pop Up’ checkpoints will take place both during the day and the evenings.
Why are we telling you this?
Because we do not want anyone impaired by alcohol to be driving. A 100% successful campaign for Police will be thousands of breath screening tests conducted with zero drivers over the limit. We do not want to catch people drink driving we want to prevent them doing so.
Whilst ultimately the driver is responsible for his or her actions, we would like to see more businesses and employers considering their employee’s well-being by ensuring either designated sober drivers or alternative transport is available, and please do not let an employee, colleague, or work mate drive when they are impaired by alcohol. By doing this you may save their life or someone’s else.
How can you help?
We would appreciate your organisation distributing this messaging through your communication channels to as many businesses / Industries as possible. We are taking a prevention approach that needs your support in spreading this messaging.
Our messaging is ‘ We are not the fun Police, have your fun but please be safe on our Roads and do not drink and drive’. If you drive impaired, you may lose your licence or worse someone’s life.
Kind Regards and safe travels
1, CNSST Foundation Introduction
CNSST Foundation(CNSST), formerly known as Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, began in the founder Jenny Wang’s home garage in September 1998. As a registered charitable trust, CNSST Foundation offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services to both Ethnic new settlers and the community as a whole in New Zealand.
To improve the quality of life of the Ethnic New Zealanders.
To establish Ethnic community multi-service centres and to help all the new settlers to integrate and contribute to New Zealand society through our services delivery.
To work towards meeting the needs of the Ethnic seniors, children and young people, and all other new settlers, and to facilitate the successful integration of the new settlers into wider New Zealand society.
Our Key Services:
Social Services: NZ government approved L2 community service provider:
• Professional social work and counselling interventions;
• Employment and enterprise services for both the migrant job seekers and employers;
• Newcomers’ settlement support;
• Maternal health, nutrition and physical activity programme;
• Asian cultural events & traditional festival celebration.
Education: NZQA approved PTE delivering tertiary education to both international and local students, including:
• The English language and kiwi culture programme for newcomers;
• Free adult literacy and numeracy English courses;
• Employment coaching and vocational training, e.g. MYOB & XERO courses to local small business and new graduates, NZQA Approved Food Safety certificate;
• Chinese Cultural Competency Programme for the Non-native speakers.
• Holiday programmes, Chinese language and cultural training and after school programmes for local young people at our five cultural learning centres in Auckland on site and online.
Social Housing: NZ government approved social housing provider, in partnership with HUD to run a social housing for local senior migrants and local families with wraparound wellbeing support services.
• Licensed Immigration consultation services for NZ and Australia;
• Asian community engagement and research projects;
• CNSST volunteer and student centre;
• Qualified translation services;
• User pay CV writing & employment skill training for job seekers;
• International study tour projects and student placement programmes;
• International cultural experience trip to China.
Five E Group Ltd:
Social enterprise projects;
Website: www.cnsst.org.nz www.cnsst.org.nz
Address: 15 Clifton Court, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand 1072
2, Jay Acton Kiwi-Dragon Cultural Exchange Scholarship Introduction
About the Scholarship
CNSST Kiwi-Dragon Cultural Exchange Scholarship (hereafter: KD Scholarship) was initiated and is administered by Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST).
The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide financial support to the local young Kiwis who are not of Chinese descent with financial difficulties a meaningful Chinese cultural experience trip.
The scholarship is funded by CNSST through its organized fundraising events.
The aim of the Kiwi-Dragon Scholarship is to provide an opportunity for local students to gain an understanding of or enrich their knowledge of Chinese culture so as to bring positive impact to the development of their social and cultural values in their life journey.
The scholarship covers:
At least 10 hours of Chinese language learning and a cultural learning programme in New Zealand before departure;
A bout 10 days overseas cultural experience trip to China, including international round-trip ticket, international travel insurance, visa application fees and etc,.;
All food and accommodation costs in China, transportation and tuition fees for a series of Chinese cultural programmes and activities in China;
Essential traveling cost, eg: luggage or T-shirt etc,.
Please note: the scholarship excludes all spending on personal items or items unspecified above.
Scholarship Eligibility Criteria & Application Process
To be eligible, the applicant needs to show:
They are between 13 – 18 years of age, are in good health and of good character, and
Evidence of NZ citizenship/residency, and
Not of Chinese descent, and
Aspiration to learn Chinese language or culture, and
Evidence of good academic achievement at school, or
Evidence of active participation in social or cultural activities, or
Evidence of positive contribution to local community, and
Evidence on a low household income (WINZ or community services card etc,)
All successful Scholarship recipients may require to give a speech at the CNSST Fundraising Gala Dinner;
All successful Scholarship recipients are required to submit a written reflection of their Chinese cultural experience and learning journey of the programmes they attend after returning to NZ;
Some Scholarship recipients may be invited to share their experience with other local youth at CNSST events;
Some or all the Scholarship recipients will be asked to allow use of their written reflections on their experience for CNSST’s promotional purposes or to attend in person CNSST events to relate their experience.
– Important to Note:
– Application deadline: 5pm on 8th December 2023
– CNSST’s panel will review each application and invite suitable candidates for
an interview and will make a final decision on selection.
– The successful candidates will be informed respectively by the panel within 5 working days.
Please note: CNSST reserves the discretion to make any amendments to the application process and reserves the right of final selection of candidates.
Disclaimer: CNSST Board reserves the discretion to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the programmes on an individual case basis or in general, and at any time without notice.
Application Form download from here.
Executive Director of CNSST Foundation, Jenny Wang responds to media reports claiming that the organisation is silencing Asian workers and new settlers to speak out
Auckland, New Zealand – 9 August 2023 – The CNSST Foundation is responding to the recent media reports claiming that the organisation is silencing Asian workers and new settlers to speak out to the media.
Contrary to the claim, CNSST Foundation is clarifying that this is an unfortunate case of misunderstanding that has been taken out of context.
“We acknowledge that there has been a misunderstanding per the informal text exchange between a staff member in a group chat setting,” says CNSST Foundation’s Executive Director, Jenny Wang.
“CNSST provides a range of services to workers and new settlers which include education, assistance with housing and social issues and employment advice, but media advice is not a service we offer.
“The staff member, who is not an authorised spokesperson, was trying to explain that CNSST do not provide advice on how to talk to the media, and if any exploited workers wanted to speak to the media, they can do so on their own responsibility.
“Unfortunately, this was not communicated well by our staff member and some people in the group misunderstood what our staff member was trying to say.
“To clarify CNSST has never told any client or person we have advised not to talk to the media. We respect the right of our clients to seek support from third parties for other services we don’t provide.
“As a community service provider, we deeply care about the wellbeing of the new settlers and workers, and we are committed to supporting them and their families during their most challenging times.
“Regretfully, this misunderstanding was caused by a staff member who was not able to communicate what they really meant to say, and we apologise for any offence it may have caused.”
About CNSST Foundation
CNSST Foundation, formerly known as Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, has been registered as a charitable trust in New Zealand since 1998. The trust provides culturally and linguistically appropriate social services, education and social housing to over 15,000 Asian and ethnic persons in Auckland and further afield in New Zealand every year.
Love Food Hate Waste – Chinese Community Campaign
In acknowledgement of the support from Auckland Council Love Food Hate Waste Fund
Project period is from July 2021 to September 2022.
Project target is Chinese community in Auckland.
Through mass media promotion, the LFHW Chinese Community Campaign have reached out 10,000 Chinese people in Auckland and New Zealand via TV and Radio Campaign.
CNSST run an educational campaign in Chinese community that focus on delivering innovative activities aimed at changing wasteful behaviours including:
- Planning food purchases and meals
- Creative collecting for potentially wasted food
- Nutrition tips and recipes for cooking the commonly wasted food
- Tips for good storage of food
- Raising awareness of the problem of household food waste
The purpose of this project responds to the initiative of Auckland Council’s Love Food Hate Waste to reduce food waste:
- Improving Chinese community awareness
- Reducing Auckland’s reliance on Landfills
- Preventing community food waste and Reducing home food waste
- Promote healthy eating and lifestyle
- Empower communities and promote social involvement
- Maximising local economic development opportunities
“Unite Against COVID-19” Online Mental Health Workshop
This workshop is aimed to help diverse populations including seniors, parents, and couples to cope with their common mental issues during COVID-19. It provides integrated support in the basis of mental wellbeing guidelines and social supporting resources.
“Unite Against Covid-19”- CNSST Service Response System
With the sudden reappearance of community cases of Covid-19, the New Zealand Government has announced a Level 4 National Alert from 17 August 2021. In immediate response to this, the CNSST Foundation team has resumed its “Unite Against Covid-19” CNSST Service Response System as of 18 August 2021. During these especially difficult times, with the community’s health and safety as our top priority, CNSST has united to work together with you to provide a range of essential and responsive services. With a spirit of mutual support and collaboration, we can all confidently look forward to brighter days ahead. The nine categories of services available are as follows:
1. COVID-19 Welfare Support (Direct referrals from NRHCC)
To support confirmed COVID cases of Asian families and their close contacts in self-isolation, CNSST has formed a team to provide COVID-19 related culturally appropriate welfare support. Referrals are received directly from Northern Region Health Coordination Centre.
2. COVID-19 Vaccination Booking (Please contact CNSST Head Office 09-5701188)
The CNSST Volunteer Centre has partnered with Vaccination Centres and WDHB’s Asian Health Services to empower community members to book for vaccination and to access language support. We have 10 vacancies per day open for community to book.
3. Community Connection Service (CCS) and Important Information Updates (Please contact Gloria 021 990 082):
CCS provides connection, and functions as a bridge between government and community, and empowers our community to understand better the NZ welfare system, and their entitlement to support and services. Our team follows up with various government sectors, and provides the community with a weekly combined list of important guidelines and links to those sectors. This list is updated every Saturday. Please access this weekly release on the CNSST WeChat and Website.
- CNSST WeChat Account: CNSST-NZ-2014
- CNSST Website: www.cnsst.org.nz
4. CNSST CCS Discretionary Fund (Please contact Rachel 0222 760582)
The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has designated CNSST Foundation as one of the managers of their CCS Discretionary Fund on account of our cultural competency and responsiveness in working with ethnic communities. Families, with no access to other financial assistance, are eligible to apply through us for a grant under this funding where they require financial support for:
- Covid-19 related emergency support
- Legal assistance in relation to family violence
- Immigration assistance in relation to family violence
- Children and Youth related wellbeing and educational support
- Home-based support services for seniors and disability
- Other emergency purposes with no access to any other financial support
For inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Online Education & Wellbeing Programmes：
CNSST Foundation have an established online educational system to ensure the continuation and accessibility of our educational options for our community. The comprehensive package of online education includes Tai Chi wellbeing courses, tertiary education, vocational training, Chinese and other subjects for children and young people, cultural education, online parenting courses, and online mental health courses. The professional and accredited trainers and teachers from CNSST Foundation are committed to ensure a high quality of education. Please feel free to make enquiries:
- Online Senior Tai Chi Wellbeing Courses (Please contact Don 021 760 258)
Provided by CNSST Kung Fu World with support from Auckland Wushu Association. These are free online Tai chi courses, prioritised for seniors aged 60 or more of any ethnicity with the aim of improving their health and wellbeing during the lockdown period.
- Online Learning for Chinese Language and Other Subjects for Children & Young People (Please contact Susan 021 760 399 or Lucy 021 760 596）
Provided by the Chinese Language Teaching Model School CNSST Cultural Learning Centre. Subjects available: Chinese, Mathematics, Chinese Martials Arts, etc. All After-school programmes are available online and will continue through the school holidays.
- Online Adult NZCEL English Courses (Please contact Penny 021 0919 9680)
Provided by the NZQA accredited CNSST Education Institute, MOE No: 7158. Available courses range from Foundation to Level 2. Whether you are a newcomer or longer term migrant, as long as you are currently living in Auckland and in need of a basic English course, we will have something for you.
- Online Chinese Cultural Competency Programme (Please contact Cathy 021 760 998）
Provided by NZQA accredited CNSST Education Institute, MOE No: 7158. The CCC programme targets non-native speakers. The course enables learners to understand Chinese culture and basic language skills for use in their industry or vocational field. It has been successfully delivered to groups from Auckland District Police, Counties Manukau Police and Waitemata District Police, with very positive feedback and much appreciation from the officers who took part.
- Online Introductory Food Safety (Please contact Jay 021 276 0555）
Provided by NZQA accredited CNSST Education Institute, MOE No: 7158. This NZQA approved one day (6-hour) training scheme delivers basic skills and knowledge around food safety. From legislation, food hazards, prevention of contamination and cross-contamination, to personal hygiene and industry best practice, this 1 credit, Level 1 short course will give you what you need to get started working in the food-related industry.
- Online Employment and Enterprise Courses
Provided by the CNSST Employment and Enterprise Team（Charities Commission No. 24999 and CNSST Accounting Training Centre (ATE No: 2082228)
– Online employment consultation & coaching including professional CV writing, interview skills & preparation, strategic job search and NZ employment law (Please contact email@example.com or Alex 021 760 586 ）
– Online Industry Certificate Courses: MYOB & Xero accounting software trainings, provided by accredited and licensed trainers (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Connie 021 808 068）
- Online New Mums Health and Nutrition courses (Please contact Fangfang 021 760 121)
Provided by CNSST HBHF Project Team including NZ registered health professionals and dietitians. HBHF is a maternity care project to improve women’s health during pregnancy as well as to promote healthy feeding of babies and physical activity of toddlers. As the Asian HBHF provider, CNSST is offering a free Community Learning Programme to Asian pregnant women and mothers who have a baby or toddler under 4 years to support their health and wellbeing through what can be a difficult period for them. A range of classes are available including: Pregnancy yoga and nutrition class; New mum support class; Toddler class; Cooking class, etc.
- Online Parenting Programmes (Please Contact Hanying 021 760 581):
• Teenage Parenting Workshop
• Triple P Parenting Programme
• Toolbox Parenting Programme
- Online Mental Wellbeing Workshops (Please contact Abby 021 760 834)
Provided by a registered social worker or counsellor from the CNSST Social Work and Counselling Team. Course content includes mental health, stress management, family relationships, etc.
6. Online One-to-One Consultation and follow up support services：
- Immigration Consultation and Services (Provided by a CNSST Licensed Immigration Advisor. Please contact Rachel 0222 760 582): Online visa facilitation & lodgement; Employment Accreditation; Special visa categories consultation & support: S61/Domestic Violence/Humanitarian.
- Employment and Enterprise Consultation Services
– COVID-19 government support including Wage Subsidy, Resurgence Support Payment, Leave Support Scheme and Short-Term Absence Payment information (Please contact email@example.com or Scott 021 760 583）
– Essential workers employment support (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex 021 760 586)
- Newcomers’ Settlement Information Consultation and Services (Provided by CNSST Newcomers’ Settlement Services. Please contact Brian 021 760 818) This is for newcomers in Auckland, Permanent Residents in New Zealand who have been here for less than 2 years, or recently graduated international students. We provide information, consultation and wrap-around support services through your settlement or transitional stages.
- Social Work and Counselling Services (Please email email@example.com)
During Level 4 lockdown period, all social work and counselling cases and programmes are delivered remotely via Phone/Zoom as follows:Family Violence Intervention
Individualised one to one case management to support individual Asian migrants and their families who have experienced or caused family violence and want help to make positive changes to their lives.Children Who Witness Family Violence
A registered social worker/counsellor offers a one-to-one confidential counselling service (up to Six sessions) for children and young people who are growing up in an atmosphere of family quarrels or violence and who are likely to suffer short-term or long-term psychological effects. The aim of the program is to help children reduce the negative emotional impact from family violence, to provide them with them positive guidance and help them create a healthy life style for themselves.
The Strengthening Safety Service provides free, confidential and immediate assistance to victims of family violence.Safety programme is available for adult, children and any other person who’s specifically named in a protection order as a protected person. The programme is available for adult, children and any other person who is specifically named in a protection order as a protected person. The programme aims to help protected people understand family violence and the laws relating to it, to understand the effects of this violence on families, and to learn how to protect themselves from family violence in the future.
The Children’s Safety Programme is specifically developed for children and can help them understand and deal with family violence and its effects on them and the family. Although they cover very serious issues, these programmes are designed to be interactive and fun so that children will enjoy them.
SWCT provide individual/couple/group counselling for adults, children and young people that focuses on: Family Conflicts, Couples and Marriage, Communication, Stress Management, Addictions, Adolescent Issues, Anger Management, Depression/Anxiety, Trauma Healing, Cultural Issues, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, etc.
7. CNSST Social Housing Services (Please contact Don 021 760 258)
CNSST Foundation has established a communication channel and monitoring system for its tenants at CNSST Kotuku House, aiming to keep all tenants out of harm’s way and ensure their health and safety during the lockdown period. The Social housing team is on call 24/7 and ready to provide support to its tenants whenever needed. A free online Tai Chi Class is offered to encourage all tenants to stay healthy and active, and during this difficult time, we are committed to providing ongoing support. For any social housing related matter, please contact CNSST Foundation Staff via firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Multi-language Support Services:
CNSST Foundation team possesses multi-lingual professional workforce. In this special period, we are committed to offer multi-language support to assist your communication for emergencies or important matters.
English: Jay: 021 276 0555
Greek & Mongolian: Peter: 022 276 0581
Mandarin & Cantonese: Rachel: 022 276 0582
Japanese & Shanghainese: Jiajia: 021 760 591
Korean: John: 022 276 0580
Malay, Hokkien & Hakka: Magdalene: 021 760 589
9. General inquiries:
Dear Stakeholders, in this special time, CNSST Foundation is always here to provide services and support for you. With regard to our “Unite Against Covid-19” CNSST Service Response System, should you have any further questions or suggestions, please contact Jenny WANG QSM, Executive Director at 021 760 582 or email to email@example.com
He waka eke noa.
We’re all in this together.
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One Full Time Social Worker Recruitment – Auckland
CNSST Foundation is one of the largest Asian-focused community organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand, which offer culturally and linguistically appropriate wrap-around services to over 15,000 people on a yearly basis.
We currently have a vacancy for a Qualified Social Worker who speaks Mandarin and/or Cantonese as well as English.
We are seeking a social worker with a proven understanding and ability to work effectively with families around issues of domestic violence, safety, and protection. Ideally, you will liaise with families at risk of continued family violence offenses and assist them to engage in services that will help to improve their safety and parenting, and relationships.
We are looking for the person:
- NZ qualified or registered Social Worker
- Knowledge of domestic violence, safety planning, and risk management
- Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Minimum of one year’s experience in a social service agency
- Positive attitude with an ability to work independently and as part of a wider team
- Flexibility, reliability, and strong professional boundaries
- Competency in using PC Software products and new technologies
We can offer you:
- Full-time Employment
- A challenging, fascinating, and rewarding career
- On-going training and regular supervision
- Commitment to the highest standards of strengths-based social work
If you are looking for a challenge and you are keen to support migrant families in making positive changes, please submit your CV and a cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application close: Monday 22nd November 2021
Check out the link posted in the News & Media menu to view the ‘CNSST Foundation 20 Years Anniversary Documentary‘ (a link is also posted in the Video Section of the Media Centre page). This documentary traces in detail the history and development of CNSST Foundation from its very beginning to the present. Once the link opens, just click on the arrow at the bottom of the page to play. Enjoy!
Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST) annual Chinese Moon Festival celebration in Auckland. Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the event is one of the most important holidays in China and is recognised and celebrated by Asian communities around the world. The festival serves as an occasion for friends and family to gather in celebration of the fall harvest and to pray for longevity and good fortune.
308 Kiwi Chinese children attended the CNSST Chinese Cultural Camp held in Auckland.