Community Networking Trust

Leading and enabling effective social service provision in Eastern Southland 

Heartland Service's provide a convenient meeting place for local people to discuss their needs directly with government agencies and community organisations. Each Heartland Service centre is managed by a coordinator who can help you arrange face to face meetings with government, and non-government services, identify and obtain the government forms you need, and access government and community websites and publications. Appointments and referrals to other agencies can also be made through our centre. Your Heartland Service Coordinator has information available about many other agencies and services. This service is free, convenient and friendly.  The Coordinator is available Mon-Fri 9am-4pm 03-2088480 

·        Need to set up an email account or MyMSD? 

·        Photocopying/printing/scanning/emailing

·        Do you need Internet access, support and a device to apply for employment? 

·        Support with your CV

·        Printed material and resources 

·        Need a free lawyer? Southland Community Law Centre visit for an Eastern Southland Outreach clinic 1st  and 3rd Wednesday's of the month 

·        Connection to budget advice services 

Strengthening Families pulls together support for families/whanau in New Zealand. The people helping your family may be a budget advisor, truancy officer, social worker, medical specialist, counsellor,teacher or other support worker.

You work out together what support your family/whanau needs and what each service is going to do.  It is set up so families/whanau tell their story once to everyone at the same time. Then everyone agrees on a plan to move you forward. Strengthening Families is free and 100% voluntary.

Strengthening Families might be right if you are facing challenges like: 

·        finding a warm, comfortable home for your family/ whanau

·        getting help with your child or young persons health or behaviour

·        money troubles

·        doing something about your child not doing well at school

·        coping with stress at home.

·        family relationships

·        family violence

·        addiction.

Gore and District's Youth Worker Service offers a strengths-based, client focused approach to empowering young people, removing barriers and advocacy. All young people have the right good health, well being, education, the prospect of good employment and participation in community life. 

The service is completely free for young people aged 5-18 and living within Gore and surrounding districts. Ali Boyle, Youth Worker, provides support, encouragement, guidance and positive role-modelling. The Youth Worker Service provides skill and tools to develop well being, communication, knowledge, understanding, positive relationships, conflict management and coping techniques. This can be delivered one-to-one, or in group sessions. 

The Youth Worker Service can support a client with difficulties in self-confidence, coping, social skills, education, peer relationships, self-esteem, problematic behaviour, or drug & alcohol abuse. 

Mataura Community Development - Working to a community led development model the aim of this project is to support & coordinate the local Mataura community to achieve healthy, prosperous and positive outcomes. This varies from leading or assisting with local projects and new initiatives or providing support or advice to various community groups. Check out the great article written by Inspiring Communities about Mataura....

Eleanor Ranstead (otherwise known as Ele) is the current Mataura Community Development Coordinator based in the Mataura office (the old public library) in McQueen Ave.The office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9am – 1pm as well as alternating Monday and Saturday mornings. The flag will be flying outside to show the office is open.  Please do feel free to drop in during those hours.  Ele is available by phone (03) 203 7083, cell phone 027 774 6588 or you can e-mail


As part of our commitment to networking and information sharing, the Community Connections Centre hosts a monthly Community Liaison Meeting.The purpose of the Community Liaison Meeting is to foster networking and information sharing within our district. These meetings are designed for people to be able to put faces to names, find out what types of social and community organisations are available, explore how we can use resources to their best potential, and gain greater understanding about each individual service. The meetings are scheduled once a month, on the third Wednesday from 9:30- 10:30am. These meetings are generally informal in nature, focusing on information sharing. 


The Centre maintains a large database used to distribute information across Eastern Southland. If you wish to join the database please contact Kelly at the Centre. Your information will remain safe and private and you will receive a copy of the Community Networking Trust Privacy Statement. If you have information/training/workshops/seminars you wish to share across our database please contact Kelly at the Centre. This can also be shared to the public using our Facebook page - @ConnectedEasternSouthland 

Hokonui Huanui - Success for all, no one left behind. 


The Hokonui Huanui (Highway) is the metaphorical pathway that young people
travel along towards adulthood. The Hokonui Huanui project aims to ensure that
no young person (age 0-24) is “left behind” by enabling the collaboration of
services available in the District and filling gaps where services may be required,
to provide improved support through transition periods. 

A Government driven social sector trial initiative, contracted to the Community Networking Trust from 2011-16, achieved very positive outcomes for our community, including reduced youth offending, youth unemployment and truancy statistics. 

Since the end of the trial work has been underway to understand how best to achieve these outcomes in a community-led way, and so the Hokonui Huanui project was born, with the overall goal of “success for all” by delivering a range of services and supports to Eastern Southland’s young people.  The development of a business case and funding application to the Provincial Growth Fund was successful and funding to the tune of $2.1 million over a three year period was confirmed in April 2019. 

 The Hokonui Huanui will deliver a range of initiatives in three workstreams:

 ·         Right Service Right Time – enabling intensive support for families and individuals with particularly complex challenges

·         Learning to Earning – supporting work-readiness of individuals aged 16 – 24 and looking at ‘whole person’ preparedness, including        addressing  mental health, resiliency and other barriers to employment

·         Health, Wellbeing and Resilience - will support the increased uptake of a range of nationally available tools to support low level mental health, addiction and resilience challenges.

 The project is led collaboratively between the Hokonui Runanga, Gore District Council, Community Networking Trust, Eastern Southland Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) and supported at implementation level by the Ministries of Social Development, and Education, Oranga Tamariki, Police, SouthernDHB, and local primary and secondary school principals. At an operational level a large number of local organisations and agencies will be connected and involved.