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Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satyanand
Executive Officer
Ara Taiohi

I want to talk about hope. Yesterday I had the privilege of witnessing one community opening its space, arms and hearts to another community, full of hope and generosity. In the whaikorero much was made of the easiness of beginnings- but it’s what happens in the weeks and months that follow and how we deal with difference and difficulty that defines the real quality of a relationship. Afterwards kids ran around in the dusk and we talked about hope. The kind of hope that is always present at events like these, but hangs particularly heavy in the air right now around Aotearoa in all the places where people are doing it tough. It’s in these communities that the community and voluntary sector are doing their most important work. Read more »

Strong future neighbourhood community celebrated

Press Release – Paetutu

The Wellington Company and Te Tumu Kinga today celebrated the upcoming construction of Paetutu: a high quality, affordable new neighbourhood development of 56 homes at 429 Jackson Street, Petone. Read more »

BAS’ Vision for Beneficiaries

Press Release – Beneficiary Advisory Service

We have been noticing positive change recently in societys attitude towards beneficiaries. This more positive view of the previously maligned group will lead to some much-needed changes in the benefit system. Things will only improve for beneficiaries with better … Read more »

ANZASW Response to Report on Registration Legislation Bill

Press Release – ANZASW

ANZASW Response to the Social Services Select Committees Report on the Social Work Registration Legislation Bill: Read more »

Spearhead Leaders hit the ground running in Upper Hutt

Press Release – Upper Hutt City Council

With an ambitious vision, To empower youth voice and leadership in Upper Hutt the newly appointed Spearhead Leaders are off to a strong start. Read more »

Kiwisport Funding Recipients Announced for Round 1 of 2018

Press Release – Sport Hawke’s Bay

The successful applicants for the first round of KiwiSport funding for 2018 were announced last week. A total of $55,078.95 was distributed between 29 applicants, including 19 schools, 8 organisations and 1 sports club. Read more »

Law Society announces regulatory working group membership

Press Release – New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society has announced the members of the working group which will consider if improvements can be made to enable better reporting of harassment in the legal profession to the Law Society. Read more »

Growing diversity strengthens mental health services

Press Release – Capital and Coast District Health Board

The changing face of local communities is being increasingly reflected by those working to support people with mental health needs. Read more »

NZ losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year

Article – RNZ

A new report has found New Zealand is losing 192 million tonnes of soil every year from erosion. Read more »

Auckland prisoners create opshops from containers

Press Release – Department Of Corrections

Auckland Prison and Shakti Community Council Inc. (New Zealand) today signed an agreement to have prisoners turn two six-metre containers into opshops for Shaktis Sustinnoworx project in west Auckland. Read more »

CPAG education expert appointed to education Taskforce

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG education expert appointed to Tomorrows Schools Taskforce Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is thrilled with the Minister of Educations appointment of Professor John ONeill to the Independent Taskforce to Review Tomorrows Schools. … Read more »