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Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016

Save the Children NZ are calling for volunteers to train as Child Friendly Spaces volunteers in the event of an National emergency.

Child-Friendly Spaces is Save the Children's emergency response programme that helps ensure children are safe and protected in evacuation centres where families congregate during disasters.

The training covers the purpose and objectives of CFS: psychosocial support to children and their family within a CFS; encouraging children to practise positive behaviour within a CFS; best practices on site selection, organisation and set-up of the space; and the monitoring and evaluation of CFS.

Training takes one day only (with half day refresher training courses every two years or as necessary).  If you agree, your name would be on a National Register and, in the event of an emergency, you may be called upon to assist.  However, you are under no obligation to do -it is on a voluntary basis and entirely dependent on your own circumstances at the time.

The next training course will be held in Auckland on the 27th August at the Red Cross Training Centre in Manurewa and another course will be held in Dunedin on the 17th September.  If you are interested and are willing and able to help, then please download the CFS Registration form at:

For Auckland training, please email to by Friday, 19th August; and for Dunedin training please email to by Friday 10th September.

Child-Friendly Spaces are a critical component in providing support to children and families in temporary locations following a disaster.  They provide a safe place where children can play, socialise, and express themselves under the supervision of caring, trained and background-checked adults.  The programme's structured, supervised activities offer comfort to children who are used to daily routines and help strengthen their resilience.  These spaces enable parents to have time to register for emergency assistance and to get some much-needed rest.  They also provide a forum for sharing valuable child safety and recovery information with families.


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CREWED magazine July issue - out now!

Posted Monday 01 Aug 2016


The latest issue has features on several WIFT members - Ness Simons, Leanne Saunders, Hugh Calveley and the team at SPP. They are a little later out than usual this month, a victim of seasonal disruptions like school holidays and wintry ailments, plus a couple of less anticipated spanners in the works. While unwelcome, the delays have enabled them to take in the early parts of this year's NZIFF in Auckland.

While they don't touch the NZIFF titles in this edition of Crewed, they have been privileged to talk with the creators of a couple of independently-made titles - Christian Nicolson's long-coming award-winning sci-fi feature This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy and Ness Simons' webseries Pot Luck. They have also caught up with recent NZFC recruit Leanne Saunders, no slouch as a producer of lower-budget features.

At the somewhat better-paying end of the spectrum, they enjoy a slice of the celebrations of the first birthday of the Rebel Fleet, the arrival of some high-end VR gear in Auckland for Staples Productions, and take a look at the tricks of the trade facilitating SPP's recreation of the 1981 Rugby Park test in Hamilton for Westside.

Rounding out this issue costume designer Barbara Darragh talks blood, sweat and more blood and editor Jai Waite reflects on a career that's taken in Attitude and winning medals in Asia and at the Olympics.

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