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Responsiveness to Whānau

tim-metcalfeTim Metcalfe

Executive Officer | jigsaw whanganui

Last week I participated in a family hui convened by a colleague in our agency’s intensive social work team.  The household comprises 3 young children, their Mum and their Dad who has recently been released from prison. He identifies with a well-known local gang and describes himself as being heavily institutionalised having served several prison sentences over the past 15 years. Prior to his release he contacted our agency to support his intended transition to the home occupied by his partner and children. Considerable work was done alongside the family prior to his release.

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Māori Language Week: Te Reo and workplace wellbeing

michelle-kitneyMichelle Kitney

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori  | Māori Language Week we’re reflecting on the link between speaking te Reo at work and job satisfaction. There are many meaningful ways to learn and use te Reo and we hope to inspire you to try some of them.  Read more »

The $630 million funding gap – how do we work together to close it?

brenda-pilott-small-72dpiNational Manager | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

People working in the social services sector have always known their organisations are under-funded but now we have an independent study that shows just how big the gap is between the funding government provides to our sector and what it actually costs to operate. Read more »

Volunteer story map – giving volunteers a voice

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Michelle Kitney

Interim Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand recently launched an interactive map of volunteer stories from across Aotearoa. It celebrates the contribution of volunteers within their unique communities, from the top to the bottom of Aotearoa.  Read more »

Loneliness kills

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.” – Robert Waldinger.

A number of longitudinal studies out of Harvard show that “Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.”   Read more »

Funding non-profits without strings, do unicorns exist?

marionblakeMarion Blake

Chief Executive | Platform Charitable Trust

Every day community organisations wrestle with ways they can get money to do the work they’re good at. The wrestling match starts the moment someone utters the dreaded words “where can we get funding from”. Read more »

Bringing Te Tiriti alive in our work

Janet Miller

Organisation Manager | Community Research

“Our change will be driven and always has been driven from the grassroots, and that is why community organisations modelling and bringing Te Tiriti alive in their work is such an important part of a flourishing Aotearoa.” Jen Margaret Read more »

Tatou Tatou E! All of us together

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice

Executive Officer | Community Networks Aotearoa

On the 27th and 28th of August two National organisations, Community Networks Aotearoa and the New Zealand Council of Social Services are working together for their biennial conference.  To be held in Wellington this year, the theme of the conference is Tātou Tātou E! Everyone Together the value of relationships in building wellbeing. Read more »

Major steps towards a more just, equal and sustainable future

ronjaievers-headshot1Ronja Ievers

Pou Takawaenga – External Relations Coordinator | Hui E! Community Aotearoa

It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New Zealand – the government published its first progress report, the Voluntary National Review (VNR); a group of organisations launched New Zealand’s first People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and SDGs; and the School of Government of Victoria University of Wellington launched a new website with a view to providing a new hub for SDG discussions in New Zealand. Read more »

Community connectors

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive, English Language Partners New Zealand

 “How can I meet new people? How can I connect?” a migrant newcomer asked herself after arriving in New Zealand knowing no one. Read more »

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