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Applications Open: General Manager Position

Posted on Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Applications are now closed.

 

 

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Wellington Coffee Group – Thursday 22 October

Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Coffee Groups are returning to Wellington!

It’s been a long time coming, but Cleft NZ is pleased to announce the return of coffee groups to the Wellington region.

Katherine Priddle is the new host of coffee groups in the Wellington area.

The first coffee group will be at 10.30am, Thursday 22 October at McDonald’s Lower Hutt (in the meeting room).

Please RSVP by Thursday 16 October to katherine.a.priddle@gmail.com.

New Position within Cleft NZ: Healthcare Officer

Posted on Friday, September 18th, 2015

Cleft NZ is excited to announce, as part of our commitment to growing our relationship with the healthcare sector, a newly established Healthcare Officer position on our board and within our organisation.

This is open to any health professionals working in any one of 10 disciplines outlined in the attached position description. The Healthcare Officer does not necessarily have to be actively working with cleft, but should have an interest in and understanding of cleft.

We believe this 1 year fixed-term rolling volunteer position is an excellent opportunity for a health professional who is keen to learn more about the support group, as well as develop broader, more holistic relationships with individuals and families in New Zealand affected by cleft lip and/or palate.

In return for your time and expertise, Cleft NZ also will offer you opportunities to attend professional development.

If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please see the position description for more information, including how to apply. Please feel free to share this with other health professionals and/or student health professionals in their 3rd+ year of study who you may know.

 

Healthcare Officer Position Description – Applications close Friday 16 October 2015

What if New Zealand had no support for people affected by Cleft?

Posted on Sunday, August 16th, 2015

How much harder would the cleft journey be without an organisation like Cleft New Zealand?

No 0800 line, no face-to-face support, no coffee groups, no email support, no help with challenging medical decisions, no awareness days, no camps.

Unless you act now, this reality is just weeks away.

Kia ora,

You are a member of Cleft New Zealand Incorporated. In addition to being a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005, we also are an incorporated society under the Societies Act 1908. This means that all those who have dealings with us are members of our society, which provides entitlement to vote and provide input on matters affecting the organisation. Under New Zealand law, I am also obligated to inform all members of significant changes affecting the organisation.

As I advised via email and website notices published on Saturday 6 June 2015, following the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 May 2015, there have been some important governance changes within the organisation which directly affect the services Cleft New Zealand provide. First, after three years as the organisation’s Chairperson, it is with regret that the quorum has accepted the resignation of Louise Ayrey from this role after a period of exceptional service. Second, the organisation has accepted with regret the resignations of Rachael Byles (Deputy Chairperson) and John Hellesoe (Executive Officer) after two years of loyal service. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Louise, Rachael and John for their contribution to the organisation in these roles and wish them well with their future endeavours. Louise will continue to be involved with the cleft community through her role in the Cleft Research Project with the University of Auckland.

Under the constitution of our organisation and to comply with New Zealand law, the board must have a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Treasurer at all times.

In June, I called for expressions of interest for the roles of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, as well as a third role of Board Secretary. We did not receive the minimum required number of applications to proceed with the recruitment process. To satisfy our constitutional requirements, the quorum on Tues 26 May elected Louise Ayrey as Acting Chairperson and myself as Acting Deputy Chairperson during this transition which ends on 31 August 2015. Ian Jensen will retain the Treasurer position for the 2015/16 year.

The time period for Cleft New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer to oversee this process lapses on 31 August 2015. After this time, the Department of Internal Affairs is within their right to replace the management and governance team with a commissioner who will likely have no background or expertise in working with individuals and families affected by cleft and will have the power to change the direction of the organisation without consultation.

This is your opportunity to be involved with Cleft NZ and make your mark on an organisation dedicated to serving all those in our country affected by cleft lip and/or palate. These positions are available to members of the organisation and members of the public aged 18 and over. These positions are open to people residing anywhere in New Zealand. Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed (more info in position descriptions). New Zealand Permanent Residency/New Zealand Citizenship is required to be offered a position on our board.

If you personally do not think you are suited to this role, please share this with someone who you believe is – it could be a friend, extended family member or other member of the community.
Please see below for further information and to apply.

Information Pack – Chairperson Role
Information Pack – Deputy Chairperson Role
Information Pack – Board Secretary Role

To be considered for any of the roles, please send expressions of interest to the Chief Executive Officer, by emailing kenny@cleft.org.nz. For Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson positions, please include a short cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good fit for the role.

If you have any questions surrounding the Chairperson roles, please feel free to contact the Acting Chairperson, Louise Ayrey, by emailing louise@cleft.org.nz.

Applications for all positions close Friday 28 August at 5pm. Please send applications via email to kenny@cleft.org.nz. Queries surrounding the application process should be directed to myself.

Kenny Ardouin
Chief Executive Officer (General Manager)
Cleft New Zealand
Te Manatopu Ngutu Riwha o Aotearoa
kenny@cleft.org.nz | 021 414 099

Summary of Important Changes within Cleft New Zealand – June 2015

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015

Kia ora,

Thank you for being a member of Cleft New Zealand Incorporated. In addition to being a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005, we also are an incorporated society under the Societies Act 1908. This means that all those who have dealings with us are members of our society (as opposed to ‘customers’), which provides entitlement to vote and provide input on matters affecting the organisation. Under New Zealand law, I am also obligated to inform all members of significant changes affecting the organisation.

Following the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 May 2015, there have been some important governance changes within the organisation. First, after three years as the organisation’s Chairperson, it is with regret that the quorum has accepted the resignation of Louise Ayrey from this role after a period of exceptional service. Second, the organisation has accepted with regret the resignations of Rachael Byles (Deputy Chairperson) and John Hellesoe (Executive Officer) after two years of loyal service. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Louise, Rachael and John for their contribution to the organisation in these roles and wish them well with their future endeavours. Louise will continue to be involved with the cleft community through her role in the Cleft Research Project with the University of Auckland.

Under the constitution of our organisation, the board must have a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Treasurer at all times.

Therefore, we are now seeking expressions of interest for the roles of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, as well as a third role of Board Secretary. To satisfy our consitutional requirements, the quorum on Tues 26 May elected Louise Ayrey as Acting Chairperson and myself as Acting Deputy Chairperson during this transition. Ian Jensen will retain the Treasurer position for the 2015/16 year.

I have endeavoured to see this board restructuring process completed within 3 months of the AGM.

This is your opportunity to be involved with Cleft NZ and make your mark on an organisation dedicated to serving all those in our country affected by cleft lip and/or palate. These positions are available to members of the organisation and members of the public aged 18 and over. These positions are open to people residing anywhere in New Zealand. Reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed (more info in position descriptions). New Zealand Permanent Residency/New Zealand Citizenship is required to be offered a position on our board.

Please see below for further information and to apply.

Information Pack – Chairperson Role

Information Pack – Deputy Chairperson Role

Information Pack – Board Secretary Role

To be considered for any of the roles, please send expressions of interest to the Chief Executive Officer, by emailing kenny@cleft.org.nz. For Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson positions, please include a short cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good fit for the role.

If you have any questions surrounding the Chairperson roles, please feel free to contact the Acting Chairperson, Louise Ayrey, by emailing louise@cleft.org.nz.

Applications for all positions close Friday 17 July at 5pm. Please send applications via email to kenny@cleft.org.nzQueries surrounding the application process should be directed to myself.

 

Kenny Ardouin
Chief Executive Officer (General Manager)
Cleft New Zealand
Te Manatopu Ngutu Riwha o Aotearoa
kenny@cleft.org.nz | 021 414 099

Positions Vacant: Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Board Secretary

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Cleft New Zealand is currently looking for a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Board Secretary to join our goverance team!

This is your opportunity to be involved with Cleft NZ and make your mark on an organisation dedicated to serving all those in our country affected by cleft lip and/or palate.

Please see below for further information and to apply.

Information Pack – Chairperson Role

Information Pack – Deputy Chairperson Role

Information Pack – Board Secretary Role

 

To be considered for the role, please send expressions of interest to the Chief Executive Officer, Kenny Ardouin by emailing kenny@cleft.org.nz. For Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson positions, please include a short cover letter outlining why you believe you would be a good fit for the role.

If you have any questions surrounding the Chairperson roles, please feel free to contact the Acting Chairperson, Louise Ayrey, by emailing louise@cleft.org.nz.

Applications for all positions close Friday 17 July at 5pm. Please send applications via email to kenny@cleft.org.nz. Queries surrounding the application process can be directed to Kenny via email or calling 021 414 099.

Notice of Cleft New Zealand Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The Annual General Meeting of Cleft New Zealand will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26 May 2015 at The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Auckland

This year’s meeting’s keynote speaker is Nicola Stock joining us via Skype link from The University of Bristol in the UK to talk about some of the psychological aspects of cleft – including the impact that it has on families, the individual growing up with a cleft, and some groundbreaking new research into the effect on dads. We are very privileged to have Nicola joining us, and look forward to seeing you there.

We also will have an update on what New Zealand is doing to help our counterparts in Indonesia and Cambodia affected by cleft, a brief report on the recent Cleft NZ Camp, as well as an update on the New Zealand cleft research project.

Please RSVP by Friday 22 May by emailing info@cleft.org.nz

 

Register your Interest for a 2015 Youth Camp!

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Registrations for the 2015 camp are now closed. If you have registered, please return your paperwork and payment now!

Our Youth Camp in December 2013 was a fantastic opportunity to bring people together from all around the country from all walks of life who were united by their experiences of being born with a cleft.

This was a very fun weekend with participants taking part in many fun activities such as rock climbing, bridge building, watersliding, riding NZ’s largest (and highest) flying fox, hanging out with Carmit Bachar from The Pussycat Dolls (via Skype) and making friends for life. See photos from the 2013 camp here!

We are now looking at offering another youth camp in April 2015 and registrations are now open for you to let us know that you would like to come, so whether you will be a first time camper, or a returning veteran, register now to let us know that you’d like to come!

 

Here’s what you need to know

  • Registering your interest here is exactly that – a registration of interest. It does not mean that if Cleft NZ offers a camp that you have to attend, nor does it mean that Cleft NZ has to offer a camp.
  • To register as a participant, you must be aged between 11-20 (inclusive) on 1 April 2015. You may register if you are 10 if you happen to be in Year 7 at school on 1 April 2015.
  • For insurance purposes, you must be ordinarily resident in New Zealand or Australia to attend. You must be resident in New Zealand in April 2015 to attend.
  • To attend camp, you must be available from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April 2015.
  • The camp may be held anywhere in New Zealand and whilst Cleft NZ will do their best to secure fundraising to assist with travel costs, you will be expected to meet some of these costs and/or fundraise for this yourself.
  • Cleft NZ will endeavour to make a decision as to whether or not a camp will be offered in 2015 by 28 February 2015. Should a camp go ahead, those who have registered will be invited to apply.

 

Become a Camp Volunteer!

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Apply now to become a 2015 Youth Camp Volunteer

Our Youth Camp in December 2013 was a fantastic opportunity to bring people together from all around the country from all walks of life who were united by their experiences of being born with a cleft.

This was a very fun weekend with participants taking part in many fun activities such as rock climbing, bridge building, watersliding, riding NZ’s largest (and highest) flying fox, hanging out with Carmit Bachar from The Pussycat Dolls (via Skype) and making friends for life. See photos from the 2013 camp here!

We are offering another youth camp from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April 2015 and applications are now open for you to let us know that you would like to come as a camp volunteer!

In exchange for your time, Cleft NZ will provide you with

  • An opportunity to experience all the fun activities that camp will offer
  • An opportunity to learn about cleft and work with some awesome young people
  • A written reference from Cleft New Zealand
  • A fun weekend away!

 

Here’s what you need to know to apply to become a Camp Volunteer

  • You must be aged 21 or over on 1 April 2015.
  • To attend camp, you must be available from 10-12 April 2015.
  • The camp is held in Auckland. If you live outside Auckland, you are expected to meet any transport costs to attend camp yourself.
  • You must be available to attend an information day in Christchurch on Saturday 4 April. We may opt to Skype you in to this session if you live a long way from Christchurch.
  • You must be able to assist in an emergency (and be physically fit enough to do so).
  • You may have no criminal convictions and must be capable of obtaining a full police clearance.
  • For insurance purposes, you must have been a New Zealand permanent resident for at least two years, or be a New Zealand or Australian citizen (we may ask for proof of this).
  • Not be a parent or caregiver of a camp attendee. Why?^

^Camp is a fantastic opportunity for many young people to come out of their shell and share stories that they may not always feel comfortable sharing with their parents which is natural and understandable. If a participant’s parent or caregiver is also attending the camp, the participant may not wish to fully participate. Therefore, in agreement with the way similar camps have been run internationally, we request that parents/caregivers do not apply to be a camp volunteer in the same year that their child is a participant.

Register your interest by filling in the form below today!

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Auckland Christmas Party

Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2014

Cleft NZ Xmas party in Auckland this weekend Saturday 6th December at Massey Ave Kindergarten, 21 Massey Ave, One Tree Hill.

 

Bring your water pistol if you have one (and maybe a change of clothes) and the older kids can have a good old fashioned water fight.

We will have a sausage sizzle and ice cream, but feel free to bring a plate if inclined!

Games, a bouncy castle and hopefully some sunshine should make for a lovely day

Hope to see you there 10am – 12.30pm

 

Louise and Rachael

RSVP to Louise – louise@cleft.org.nz