Welcome to the first issue of Catch Up, the newsletter designed to keep you up to date on the recent successes and upcoming activities of our Catch Programme partners.
Chapman Tripp contributing help
We are dedicated to being active supporters of the communities in which we work and our main vehicle for delivering this support is the Catch Programme – a substantial pro bono legal fund. The Catch Programme allows a range of not-for-profit organisations to gain access to our legal skills and expertise and gives us an opportunity to help organisations make a real contribution to New Zealand.
To ensure that the Catch Programme is as effective as possible, it is focused on three areas:
Investing in a stronger community
We help organisations working primarily with young New Zealanders as well as those supporting disadvantaged members of the local community. Key partners include: Project K Trust; Sir Peter Blake Trust; Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch City Missions; and the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuit Centre of New Zealand.
Contributing to New Zealand’s economic future
We help organisations working to promote better practice and increased capability in the New Zealand business community. Key partners include: The ICEHOUSE and AUT Technology Park.
Supporting a vibrant arts environment
We have given longstanding support to the arts in New Zealand. Key partners include: NBR New Zealand Opera and the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus; Circa Theatre; NGC Wellington Sinfonia and Arts Access Aotearoa.
Don Giovanni sneak preview
The Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus absolutely wowed AK05 Auckland Festival audiences in the concert staging of The Death of Klinghoffer at the Auckland Town Hall in February. The National Business Review said "it was the Chapman Tripp Chorus with members of Viva Voce that made the biggest impression" and the Opera Critic called it "a singular moment in the history of opera performance in this country."
The chorus will next be heard in The NBR New Zealand Opera’s not-to-be-missed season of Don Giovanni, Wellington 25 June – 3 July and Auckland 14 – 23 July. One of the world’s favourite operas, it tells the story of the charming but unscrupulous seducer and his hellish come-uppance. This is a ravishing production devised by theatre great Jonathan Miller and featuring an exciting cast of international and New Zealand opera stars.
Also hot off the press from The NBR NZ Opera is "Opera for Groups" – great discounts, incentives and service for groups of 10 or more coming to the opera. Read more at www.nzopera.com
Bold new recognition of leadership in New Zealand
The Sir Peter Blake Trust has launched an exciting new initiative that they believe will recognise, encourage and promote leadership in New Zealand.
The Blake Medal will be awarded to acknowledge one outstanding New Zealand leader every year, with independent nominations invited from all sectors of society. The winner of the medal will be expected to have shown leadership qualities consistent with those of Sir Peter Blake – mainly determination, a willingness to learn, a desire for constant improvement, empowering "team mates", and a willingness to succeed. He/she would also have wide-spread recognition and respect for their leadership contribution.
An accompanying set of awards – the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Awards – will also be presented annually to six people recognised as younger leaders of considerable potential.
Chairperson of the Leadership Awards selection panel, Sir Ron Carter, is backed by a strong team of six other extensively experienced New Zealanders: Ann Sherry, Sir Hugh Kawharu, Sir Wilson Whineray, Eion Edgar, John Graham and Dr Lester Levy.
The Sir Peter Blake Trust was established in June 2004 to honour the memory of Sir Peter Blake and keep his spirit alive through programmes developed to enable young New Zealanders to make a difference in the world through learning about environmental issues, and developing leadership skills.
A driving force
Teenagers are being helped to reach their potential through Project K programmes, which give 13 to 15 year-olds the opportunity to build self-confidence, find direction and learn life skills.
This year, more than eight hundred Year 9 and Year 10 students will be in Project K programmes in Northland, North Shore, Waitakere, Manukau, South Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Project K Trust, founded in 1995 by adventurer Graeme Dingle and lawyer Jo-anne Wilkinson, licenses local trusts to run the intensive 14-month, three-stage programmes.
For Mark Smith, Project K was the catalyst for making significant changes in his life, including improving his attendance at school. He is now a prefect at Burnside High School and holds the school’s Cross Cup for clear character development.
"After being accepted into the programme I did not miss one class, one form period or anything", Mark says. "My attitude has completely changed. I thought school was a joke. Now I have a driving force."
He puts that down to learning how to set and achieve goals with the help of Chris, his Project K mentor, and gaining confidence during the Canterbury programme’s Wilderness Adventure and Sony Community Challenge stages.
Mark says as prefect, he is passing on to others the things he learnt during Project K.
"If you can keep up the cycle like that, then everyone is going to be so much happier."