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AUCKLAND SURGES FORWARD The Auckland metropolitan area in the North Island of New Zealand is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. At the time of the 2006 Census, Auckland Metro had 32.4% of New Zealand’s population, but this statistic has dramatically changed since then with the amalgamation in November 2010 of the region’s eight districts into a single new entity called Auckland Super City. Between 2011 and 2031, this much larger super-city is projected to account for three-fifths (60%) of New Zealand’s total population. Today, it is home to many cultures the majority of whom claim European descent, but substantial Māori, Pacific Islander and Asian communities exist as well. Meantime, the proportion of Asians and other non-European immigrants has increased during the last decades due to immigration and the removal of restrictions directly or indirectly based on race. Ethnic groups from all corners of the world now have a presence in Auckland, making it by far the country’s most cosmopolitan area for settlement in the country. By 2031, Auckland Super City together with the smaller cities of Hamilton and Wellington in the North Island, will boast having the youngest population sets under the age of sixty-five compared with all the other 67 territorial authority areas in the country. But, three years following the move to amalgamate Auckland’s population and form a single super-council to govern them, cracks in the structure are still showing largely as a result from a lack of true partnership between the parties.
Even as much has gone well, not all promised benefits have materialised at the community level where it counts most. People’s confidence that the new Auckland Council will be able to build a more lasting, future-oriented and trust-based culture remains remain to be seen. THE CONUNDRUM OF EXPECTATIONS The amalgamation in 2010 of Auckland’s seven local councils and one regional council into the super-city was one of the most significant public reforms in recent years. At the time, it involved the collaboration of $32-billion in assets, a $3-billion annual budget and 8,000 staff that was unprecedented in New Zealand’s public sector history. As a result, it raised people’s expectations. But therein lays a conundrum. It is paradoxical in a sense because at its heart the super-council can only do so much without the active participation of the people and communities it serves. If the same failings, inadequacies and entitlements of the old ways are reintegrated into the new super-council by sheer habit in the way things have been always done, then what has been designed is a system that’s ultimately bound to fail if it lacks or is absent in what is called ‘acquis communautaire’. This term is derived from the French words ‘aquis’ – meaning, “that which has been agreed upon”, and ‘communautaire’ – meaning, “of the community”. It involves a continuous exchange of experiences, knowledge and deep understanding based on equal-level communication between twinning partners, which in this particular case are the civil servants and constituent parts of civil society.
SCOT FINDS THE WAY While it does sound like someone identified as being originally from Scotland, in this particular case the word â€˜SCOTâ€™ is the abbreviated version for a New Zealand non-profit organisation called the Street Childrenâ€™s and Orphans Trust whose trustees have a more proactive and down-to-earth approach towards combating child poverty. Children of the poor are always prophetic speaking quietly and infrequently. Their wounds are deep, words powerful. But if you pause and look more closely and listen to them carefully, they have something to teach us. It is the value of what is the essential in the human spirit. All children, regardless of their station in life, are more powerful, more precious than any other natural resource we can have. They are a force for life and represent our future. If we give them a chance, their generation may surprise us. But it is a far more fascinating experience to witness how street children and orphans manage to bounce back from their extreme deprivations and hardships. This is the arena where SCOT operates in and their stories about these children serves to define what the essential is. If we are to have faith that mankind will survive and thrive on earth, we must believe that each succeeding generation will be wiser than their predecessors. That is because we transmit to them the sum of our knowledge and ways. In turn, their responsibility is to use, add and transmit it to their own children. And when we receive them then in reverence, feed and educate them, and send them forth in freedom towards their own future, the very least we can ad-
mit to ourselves is that we have lived an inspired and purposeful life to create positive change and that the only limits in life are really those we impose on ourselves and others. A HAND UP, NOT A HAND-OUT SCOT is passionate about producing outcomes for disadvantaged children in New Zealand and the Philippines. Because it listens carefully to each and every child under its wings, it has learned to address their issues and concerns using a tool called â€˜encouragementâ€™. Encouragement makes it possible to make a child feel a strong sense of belonging. It is a dynamic process which produces powerful outcomes that creates pathways of success for each and every one of them. It is a hand up approach whose reward is the sum of all efforts a child invests in his or herself. It overcomes the sum of all fears children are burdened with daily when facing poverty. No country has ever succeeded in lifting its citizens out of deprivation without improving its education system or ensuring that all their children are adequately fed. Unless the gap between the education and health of rich and poor children in any society is narrowed, the world is likely to become an even more unequal and unstable place. A credible charity brand comes from strong beliefs, core values and just plain hard work. SCOTâ€™s work of setting up poverty-reducing and education intervention programmes through several of its Hope Training Centres in the Philippines where it employs its Slingshot Model for Empowerment has resulted in significant outcomes for hundreds of children.
THE ASIAN CONNECTIONS Those accomplishments produced by a Kiwi-based charitable organisation like SCOT in its overseas operations in the region of Southeast Asia haven’t gone unnoticed. Since 2010, the New Zealander of the Year Awards has been held annually and its recipients are selected by judges from many parts of the country who are either individuals or community organisations who provide a service that makes New Zealand either special or a much better place to be. In 2011, one of SCOT’s co-founders – Nanette Carillo, was awarded a Local Hero medal by Kiwi Bank, organisers of the awards. In the following year, SCOT itself was given a Certificate for being nominated as a Community of the Year for 2012. The recognition afforded by these high-profile awards are significant milestones not only for SCOT as a charitable organisation but also for the rest of the Asian migrant communities who now call New Zealand their home. People from diverse Asian countries have only come to this country in significant numbers in the past 20-years. Estimates are that by 2026 there will be over 700,000 bilingual Asian New Zealanders growing up in this country. As economic ties with Britain have waned, the ascending economic power of China buttressed by the rise of 10 countries of the ASEAN in Southeast Asia have refocused New Zealand’s gaze to look towards Asia to ensure its future economic sustainability. It is a fast-evolving reality and one requiring local businesses to engage this huge neighbouring region more proactively if they desire to unleash the boundless opportunities available
on store. This is what we mean when saying that New Zealand simply does not yet live up to its amazing potentials and why it is being left behind by other countries. OUR HOME COURT ADVANTAGE New Zealand’s relationships with the founding nations of the ASEAN, including the Philippines, stretch back decades. But the nature of those relationships has changed radically if not dramatically over time. Yet, there is still a long way to go. At one time, we were long-standing partners in aid and also defence and security. But our trading ties have only just started and could be significantly transformed by the remarkable economic growth that is taking place in this vibrant region near its doorstep. New Zealand now exports to Southeast Asia in a single week what it used to export in a single year to all its traditional trading partners in the early 1970s. This is a revolutionary game-changer that is helping to finally resolve one of New Zealand’s historic challenges – the tyranny of distance from our older major markets. In 1950, 90% of New Zealand exports were destined for the United Kingdom. Today, that has been turned on its head. Even as the UK remains an important partner, 70% of our exports are now detined for the Asia-Pacific region, including 10% to the ASEAN region. It is a small percentage which may now appear small to you, but trade with all the ASEAN-10 countries has recently overtaken the EU as the largest trading bloc with which New Zealand does business with. The optimism for this region supported the launch last July in Auckland of New Zealand’s ASEAN Strategy. Entitled “One
Pathway To Ten Markets”. This strategy encourages all New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses to focus on this region with some ambitious goals in mind. During the launch, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key emphasized that, “we are in a sound position to boost our relationship with the region. We have a free trade agreement in place, a strong shared history, and are geographically close.” IS IT ALL JUST BUSINESS? And yet, here we go designing a grand strategy to engage our ASEAN country neighbours abroad asking them to spend more money on our goods and services and lower their tariffs to zero while turning a blind eye to the needs of our ASEAN country migrant communities at home. Now that’s a shame. If there is one thing we all should not forget is that the same people who Mr. Key refers to living in these ASEAN countries have family members, friends, old schoolmates and acquaintances as their close and trusted cohorts who have migrated to New Zealand over the years and getting in touch with all of them here these days is just a click or a flick away using any smart phone or tablet. And just as we are too referee-orientated to get things moving along, so more so are they in Southeast Asia given the Asian mindset that reputations and familiar faces are what count most when embarking on establishing strong relationships that lead to long-term business opportunities. So if we want to make the most of things, we need to remember it’s always going to be a two-way proposition. We should give just as much as we’d like to take.
The work that SCOT undertakes here and overseas involve activities such as establishing child vocational and career training centres; feeding and nutrition programmes; giving instruction on correct life choices; setting up sponsored educational school scholarships; coaching and mentoring scholars to succeed; providing fun-based activities not able to be accessed by the young people; educating families on life skills and much more. Addressing basic needs, urgent issues and serious challenges which cripples disadvantaged children and protecting them from ignorance, hunger, abuse, exploitation and violence is a precious legacy we can leave behind if we but want to. We all have a stake in working for the welfare and well-being of all children and particularly those who are uneducated, poor and hungry because they too belong to the next generation of citizens who deserve a much brighter and better future. We need to wake up to the realities that surround and affect us. The future arrives not through happenstance or because isolated circumstances or events just happen. It is an environment which can be shaped and one that employs a judicious mix of resources through twinning, which is â€“ the coming together of disparate parts to take action with the aim of facing challenges through collaborative partnerships. SCOT itself is now actively networking seeking these partnerships with business organisations who want to leverage its contacts platform containing detailed market knowledge of Southeast Asian countries who are ASEAN members.
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