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The Importance of Culture, Identity and Social Connectedness to Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

tayo-agunlejikaTayo Agunlejika

Executive Director | Multicultural NZ

The Treaty of Waitangi, as a founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand, provides a framework to strive for racial equity, partnership, kindness and fairness. We have made major gains in getting along with each other compared to other OECD, Commonwealth and francophone countries. Notwithstanding, we still have a long way to go in achieving racial justice especially now that we are witnessing foreign cultures and foreign toxic race politics infiltrating our polity, institutions and community – our kiwi culture of respect, DIY and fairness. Read more »

Student Volunteer Week 2019 celebrates youth leadership and Kaitiakitanga

katie-bruceKatie Bruce

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

Young people are stepping up and taking on some of the most important issues our world has ever seen. From those who spend their weekends protecting native birds from predators, to the students responding with acts of kindness in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch, the contributions of young people in Aotearoa New Zealand should not be underestimated. Read more »

Reaching out to each other

coalition-photo-13-feb-2019Louise Rees

National Social Connection Adviser | Age Concern New Zealand

On Friday afternoon, one week after the terrorist attack in Christchurch, I went to the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington to be with others during the two-minute silence. As we waited, there were quiet conversations as people shared their reactions to the attack. A prevalent theme was that racism does exist in New Zealand, and that we need to recognize and challenge it, in ourselves and in others. Read more »

FRIDAY

tess-2-copyTess Casey

Chief Executive | Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

I sat down to write this blog on the afternoon of Friday 15 March.  It was supposed to be about Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa.  I think it still is.

It is hard to digest what has happened.  The terror attack in Christchurch was targeted at our Muslim community, and the people who bore the brunt of it were the innocent people in the mosques at the time and their families who are now dealing with grief, uncertainty and loss.  They are the people who first and foremost need our love, support and protection. The wider Muslim community is also grieving and feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Read more »

Surprising discoveries and critical friends at a Parliament Breakfast

rodbaxterRod Baxter

Director of Impact | Prince’s Trust New Zealand

When I first received the invite for this event, I had this preconceived vision of a fancy lavish breakfast with mountains of gourmet cuisine. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, the breakfast was described as “light”, which is evidently a euphemism for “insufficient”. It’s actually all my fault however, as I was too busy talking to interesting people and missed the vegetarian option. I enjoyed three slices of fruit.

It turns out I was never there for the kai; something more powerful was happening. Read more »

Youth sector following young people’s lead

kirsten-harivelKirsten Le Harivel

Digital Strategy Manager | Ara Taiohi

Young people and technology feel intertwined in our modern world. Yet we, the people working with young people, aren’t always taking up technological advances at the same rate as the young people we are working with. Read more »

What makes a good life for a young person?

profile-pic-meganMegan Thomas

Interim CE | Birthright New Zealand

When growing up in a single parent household or being a young single parent.

This week a report was released outlining children and young people’s views on what makes a good life.  This was a collaboration between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki, supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The aim was to ensure children and young people’s voices were heard in the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. It is fantastic to have this collection of first-hand children and young people’s voices to guide us in our work. Read more »

Doing well on wellbeing

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Imagine moving to a new country where the language, customs, and expectations radically differ from yours. On top of this, you are young. Maintaining good wellbeing as a newcomer is hard. However, multicultural young people have strong positive characteristics that supports their wellbeing despite the challenges. Read more »

What was that you said?

mothertongueposterNicola Sutton

Chief Executive

English Language Partners New Zealand

 

Maintaining a mother tongue matters. It is an important step in language learning for children and plays a huge role in the development of personal, social and cultural identity. And, in turn, knowing our identity is important to maintaining wellbeing. This all seems highly pertinent on Waitangi Day where spoken te reo Maori is a powerful reminder of identity and its connection with language. Read more »

♬ All I want for Christmas is ….. ♫

stephanie-popeStephanie Pope
Director | Te Wana Quality Programme

Well I guess I must have been on the Santa nice list because the very day I submit my blog copy bemoaning the delay in hearing any news about the Whānau Ora review report then this happens: Read more »

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