Fundraiser provides wonderful boost for Gandhi Nivas

A big thank you to Global Women Breakthrough Leaders for organising a fundraising dinner on 4 October that raised about $130,000 to support the work of Gandhi Nivas in preventing family harm.

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Visit to Government House

Gandhi Nivas was excited to be invited by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy to visit her at Government House in Auckland to talk about its work to prevent family harm.

Founder Ranjna Patel was joined on the 8 August visit by those who helped establish and support the project including representatives from Total Healthcare PHO, police, Sahaayta Counselling Services and Massey University.

Ranjna says it is wonderful that Dame Patsy showed such a strong interest in the work of Gandhi Nivas and its unique way of helping prevent harm by providing early 24/7 help to support families.

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Gandhi Nivas celebrates fourth anniversary

December 2018 marks the four-year anniversary of Gandhi Nivas and its work to prevent family violence.

Founder Ranjna Patel paid tribute at anniversary celebrations to everyone who had put in “the hard yards” that led to the success of Gandhi Nivas, especially the “true heroes” – police and Sahaayta Counselling.

Gandhi Nivas has helped more than 1100 families through its first home in Otahuhu. Two new houses opened in Auckland this year – the Te Atatu house has helped 190 families and the Papakura house 65 families.

Overcoming the behaviour patterns that lead to family harm are difficult and the work police in Auckland put into making sure its officers are aware they can refer people to the services Gandhi Nivas offers is vital, Mrs Patel said.

She noted when men are referred to Gandhi Nivas for counselling and emergency housing, staff also offer support to the women who have the courage to call police.

Professor Mandy Morgan from Massey University’s School of Psychology spoke about the research projects under way on Gandhi Nivas.

Changing behaviour is a long and ongoing process and Gandhi Nivas provides support when men are ready and want help, Professor Morgan said.

Women who have been interviewed for research projects speak about how vital it is they can get support from Gandhi Nivas 24/7, seven days a week, and that helps give them strength to endure their family’s crisis, she said.

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Gandhi Nivas opens its Papakura house

The third Gandhi Nivas house has been officially opened in Papakura by Manukau East MP Jenny Salesa, Minister for Ethnic Communities and Associate Minister of Health.

At the 7 September opening the minister spoke of her strong support for the work of Gandhi Nivas in helping to prevent family violence.

Counties Manukau District Commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said the ability of police in Auckland to refer people to Gandhi Nivas made colleagues across the country jealous.

The Papakura house has been dedicated to the late Vivek Varma, husband of Sahaayta Counselling & Social Support manager Sucharita Varma, in honour of his contribution to Gandhi Nivas.

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Fundraiser allows Gandhi Nivas to help more families

A great night out, including an inspirational speech from Sir John Kirwan about resilience, helped raise about $50,000 for Gandhi Nivas.

The 2018 Gandhi Nivas Fundraising Dinner helped raise funds for the newest Gandhi Nivas house in Papakura that opens in September.

Papakura is the third house in Auckland allowing Gandhi Nivas to reach out and help protect more families from domestic violence.

So, Gandhi Nivas is grateful to everyone who supported the event including sponsors and people who booked a table.

Auction items included: a Trelise Cooper dress, My Food Bag vouchers, a five day stay at Millbrook Resort in Queenstown, lunch for two at Cassia restaurant with matching wine and a private event for 10 women in Annah Stretton's Howick store with champagne.

Thank you to everybody who supported the dinner, including Nirvana Health Group, Reddy Foundation, New World Rototuna, Medtech, BDO, Johnstone Construction, Nauhria, Patel Pike Financial Services, Oswin Griffiths Carlton, ASB and National and Labour Party members.

We are grateful for the prizes donated by Trelise Cooper, SuperThriller Jetsprint, My Food Bag, Cassia restaurant, Reddy Group, Elizabeth Arden, Annah Stretton, Beauty on Demand, Swiss Bell Hotel, Mikano, Suresh Chimanlal, Villa Maria, Tanoa Group, Kess Hair and Beauty, ANZ and Mittal Group of Companies.

A special thanks to Westpac for sponsoring speaker Sir John Kirwan and Shaun Foster for being the auctioneer.

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Gandhi Nivas expands its service in Auckland

The second Gandhi Nivas house in Auckland has officially opened and will help keep more families safe by providing early help to men involved in family violence.

ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway opened the Te Atatu service on 16 August.

ACC provides funding to Gandhi Nivas as part of its violence prevention strategy to reduce harm caused by violence at home. Early results from the first Gandhi Nivas house show a substantial reduction in the number of men offending after intervention.

The funding helps address the gap in available services for perpetrators and wrap-around services for families.

Gandhi Nivas also receives funding from MSD, Total Healthcare PHO and through donations.

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Open evening at new Gandhi Nivas house

Gandhi Nivas plans to officially open its third house in September in Papakura and held an open evening on 18 April.

The Papakura house is being renovated and the property is getting a clean-up with the help of a team of volunteers.

Counties Manukau South Police officers assisted on several working bees to renovate the Papakura house.

ANZ staff, pictured with Gandhi Nivas staff and police volunteers, also pitched in to help through its ANZ in the Community programme.

Local businesses Discount Woodchippers and Unit2go donated their services to the cleanup and renovation.

Papakura house cleanup

New partnership with NZ Police

Gandhi Nivas and Sahaayta Counselling & Social Support have signed a new agreement with NZ Police to reflect their expansion in Auckland.

The first Gandhi Nivas house opened in Otahuhu in 2014. The second house opened in Te Atatu in March 2018 and a third house is due to offically open in Papakura in September 2018.

Superintendent John Tims, Assistant Commissioner Districts, pictured with Gandhi Nivas founder Ranjna Patel and Sahaayta manager Sucharita Varma, signed the agreement on behalf of NZ Police.

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Gandhi Nivas house opens in Te Atatu

Gandhi Nivas opened its second house in Te Atatu in March 2018 and its official opening is in August.

This allows Gandhi Nivas to expand its services to help families in Waitemata and Central Auckland.

Men are referred by police for free counselling and emergency housing, providing them with early intervention services to prevent family harm.

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Honours for Gandhi Nivas founder

Gandhi Nivas founder Ranjna Patel has received numerous honours in recognition of her work to provide counselling and emergency housing for men to reduce family violence.

In 2017 she became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) and won the business and innovation section of the 2017 NEXT Woman of the Year Awards.

Ranjna was among six women honoured in the Woman of the Year Awards for their contributions in New Zealand and abroad, making history and transforming the lives of people in need.

In December 2016 Ranjna won the Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader award.

At Gandhi Nivas's one-year celebrations Ranjna was awarded a New Zealand Police honour – the Challenge Coin. Ranjna received the coin, usually reserved for police staff, for her commitment to reducing family violence through Gandhi Nivas.

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The Police Challenge Coin is awarded to Ranjna Patel

In the media

Police back scheme offering time out for family violence offenders

RNZ, 2 December 2018

A senior police officer has praised a 24-hour service helping the perpetrators of family violence, saying it has reduced the workload for officers.

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Gandhi Nivas opens its third branch in Auckland

Indian Newslink, 8 September 2018

Organisations like Gandhi Nivas are important contributors in reducing family violence and family harm and make our homes safer, Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa says.

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ACC grants $1.7m for venture gaining success in curbing family violence

New Zealand Doctor, 17 August 2018

In a who’s who of the great and the good, Ranjna Patel’s second shelter for perpetrators of family violence was officially opened yesterday in west Auckland.

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$1.7m funding boost for domestic violence organisation

Newstalk ZB, 17 August 2018

An organisation which provides support to domestic violence victims and the perpetrators has been given a $1.7 million funding boost.

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Auckland Centre helping reduce family violence by working with perpetrators expands service

NZ Herald, 15 August 2018

New Zealand's first service offering 24-hour counselling and accommodation to men removed from their homes for committing family violence is expanding.

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Service that helps abusive men calm down gets $1.7m

Stuff, 16 August 2018

Houses that give abusive men barred from the family house somewhere to go are getting $1.7 million from the Government.

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Gandhi Nivas gets funding support from ACC

Indian Weekender, 16 August 2018

Gandhi Nivas – the early intervention service that provides emergency accommodation and counselling for perpetrators of family violence – has received funding from ACC to support their actions in the community for the next three years.

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New home to prevent family violence

Stuff, 6 April 2018

Counties Manukau South Police officers are putting in the hard yards to give back to the community and help Gandhi Nivas to open a house in Papakura.

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NZ Police rewards community initiative

Indian Weekender, 18 November 2016

New Zealand Police recognises leadership efforts by Gandhi Nivas in filling a critical gap in the family violence cycle experienced by a large number of Aucklanders.

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Gandhi Nivas fosters peace as offenders embrace families

Indian Newslink, 14 November 2016

Ranjna Patel reflects on how and why Gandhi Nivas was established.

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We need a lot more Aunty Ranjnas in New Zealand

Radio New Zealand, 10 October, 2016

'Aunty Ranjna' Patel is a champion for high-needs communities in South Auckland and the first ethnic woman to become a finalist for New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Stop domestic violence – help the men

Radio New Zealand, 18 April 2016

One year since it opened, an early intervention family violence facility set up by the Indian community in South Auckland, is being used as an example for other communities around the country.

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Otahuhu's Gandhi Nivas helping to lower family violence rates

Manukau Courier, 13 April 2016

A 'house of peace' is celebrating its first anniversary - and confirmation that it's helping to cut family violence. Gandhi Nivas, a residence for men issued with police safety orders, has accommodated 103 men since it opened.

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New domestic violence approach in New Zealand focuses on men

ABC News, 7 April 2016

A new approach to domestic violence, which sees men removed from the family home rather than women, has had good results in New Zealand.

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Healthcare and philanthropy in Auckland

RNZ, 28 January 2016

Ranjna Patel and her husband are at the helm of an Auckland healthcare empire and they've used some of their success for philanthropic projects, including tackling domestic violence.

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Indian men ditch domestic violence after time out at Auckland home

TVNZ, 31 March 2016

A new initiative by Auckland's Indian community is claiming a 90 per cent success rate for preventing domestic violence.

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Gandhi Nivas: Keeping families safe

RNZ, 18 December 2017

'Don't take the women and children out of the home – put the man in a safe place instead', is the philosophy of Gandhi Nivas – a family violence facility in Otahuhu. The first centre has been so successful a second will open.

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Recognition for Gandhi Nivas work

Indian Newslink, 15 January 2017

Ranjna Patel is recognised in the 2017 New Year's Honours for her services to health and the Indian community, including Gandhi Nivas. Ranjna became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). The honour was another exciting surprise for Ranjna who in December won the Deloitte Top 200 Visionary Leader award for 2016.

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