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South African home away from home in our CBD
Those wanting a taste of South
Africa will have to go no further
than their own backyard.
The South African Govern-
ment, in a Rugby World Cup
initiative, has opened a centre for
South African sport and culture
in Wellington's CBD.
The village-like environment,
named Ekhaya -- home away
from home'' -- is on the ground
floor of the Amora Hotel in
It offers the tastes, sounds and
cultural vibrancy of South Africa
for Rugby World Cup supporters.
Several events will be held at
Ekhaya, including entertain-
ment, business forums, seminars
and breakfasts for New Zealand
and international business
people, enabling them to learn
more about South Africa.
There is also a Bok Bar, where
World Cup enthusiasts can meet.
By EMMA BEER
Challenging role: Heath Hutton enjoys seeing people reach their full
Photo: EMMA BEER
Heath Hutton believes all humans
have three basic needs.
Everybody needs someone to
love, to be loved by someone, and
something to do. It's as simple as
Mr Hutton, 24, works at Chal-
lenge 2000 doing social work in
the youth justice field.
Attending St Patrick's College
in Kilbirnie helped foster his
caring attitude towards the com-
munity and his need to right
injustices, he said.
At St Pat's, a good Marist col-
lege, you're exposed to people from
all walks of life. You become
friends with people with very dif-
ferent backgrounds, who have dif-
ferent struggles in life than you.''
He said he was often struck by
the inequalities that existed
within the community, particu-
larly people who struggled to pro-
vide their children with basic
That kind of inequality
sparked me to ask, Why does this
I've come from a fairly privi-
leged background. But it hasn't all
been easy; it's not butter and
scones every day.''
Mr Hutton studied law for three
years at Victoria University
before deciding it was not how he
wanted to spend his life.
Lawyers are great and are
needed. But where I see the most
difference is through the ability to
build great and ongoing relation-
ships with people.''
Strong relationships were some-
thing Mr Hutton said was crucial
in social work.
I have a very strong belief that
good social work practice is based
on long ongoing relationships.
Some [of the youth I work
with] are so surrounded by a lack
of self-belief. Part of my role is
helping them to see their
strengths, see what they can give
those around them, see that they
are worth something.''
Mr Hutton has also completed a
degree in psychology.
[That] gave me an insight into
the depth of human beings. It
helped me see that what people
see on the outside isn't always
what's going on for people.''
Those at Challenge 2000, which
is based in Johnsonville, came
across a wide range of young
Sometimes [helping them] is
quite basic. They might need
someone to catch up with them
once or twice a week. Walk along-
side them for a bit.
Everyone's got their own little
things in life that are hard.''
Mr Hutton said he thought
many people were unaware of the
extent of poverty in Wellington.
If you haven't really been
exposed to difference, through
meeting people or being in diffi-
cult or unusual circumstances,
you aren't aware of the extent of
poverty or the struggle that exists.
You've got to be open to asking
the questions and being aware of
people around you. It's easier to
ignore it because then you don't
have to do anything about it.''
One of the most important
things Challenge 2000 did was
bring together people from diverse
backgrounds, he said.
He said it was his view that
everyone could grow and everyone
had the ability to reach their
potential, given the right
situations and support.
The best part of my job is
seeing the growth of people,
including myself. If I can help that
happen, that's the best bit of my
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