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A collaboration between U-Turn Plunket and various funders including the Catholic Church.

The Jarmy Army arose from the need to ensure children of Flaxmere were warm at night so they could sleep better and learn better during the day. Many of our houses in Flaxmere are cold and damp. Due to poor building standards parts of Flaxmere housing is substandard ie not insulated or no heating. There Flaxmere was known to have the highest rates of Rheumatic Fever -mainly due to cold damp homes and over crowding. Due to a targeted programme of throat swabbing all children who have a sore throat in Flaxmere coupled with insulating homes, curtain banks and in some cases heating devices, the rates have dropped over time. Funding provided to us has allowed us to make purchase PJ’s and thermals from the Warehouse. Last year we estimate we provided 2,700 garments covering most young people up to the age of 12 in Flaxmere. We also provided merino rompers to the HBDHB maternity services. Many people also donated good quality flannelette PJs and woollen ‘onesies’ for babies. Gabby Allen ‘Out and about with Kids in HB also donated.

If anyone would like to donate please contact Ana 027 5555 226


The programme, proposed by one of the U-Turn trustees, Taine Randell, is effectively a ‘culture specific’ eating programme that focuses on diabetes control. A pilot programme held at Te Aranga Marae was hugely successful and U-Turn is now looking to broaden the pilot to involve other marae and community groups in Flaxmere.

The enthusiasm and morale boost of those losing weight and keeping it off has been incredible to watch and the Ministry of Health has provided funding to investigate and report on the two programmes that were run out of the Marae by Ben Warren. A project is underway to build on this work to support healthy lifestyles and encourage successful long term weight loss.


U-Turn supports the transition from Prison to community.

Henare and Pam O’Keefe have been working with Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison in prisoner rehabilitation. They have assisted several recently released prisoners over the last six months, helping them to rejoin society and learn to live as good members of the community. Henare O’Keefe also provides visits to Prisons.


U-Turn advocates for better housing standards for Flamxere. There is the Flaxmere Friendly Landlord Scheme, accredited tenancy scheme (being developed) and supporting new building of houses with the land surrounding the Marae.


An event for the Flaxmere community, the duathlon consists of a 4km run/walk, a 10km bike and a 2km run/walk. The aim is to encourage whole families to take up the challenge and work as a team. The event included spot prizes and giveaways, making it a fun family day. The event also won Best Community Health Event at the DHB awards ceremony.


U-Turn assisted Paul McCardle with his passion for donating bikes to the community. Paul worked with the trust to donate over 40 bikes into Flaxmere and has now completed a major bike project with Peterhead school.

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