Community Headlines

Go for it!

photo of Peter Glensorfrom Peter Gelnsor
Chair of ComVoices

I’ve just come off the phone to Radio NZ.  They wanted to know more about the ComVoices survey we released a few days ago. Read more »

Leave No One Behind

photo fo Tess Casey

From Tess Casey
NZ Vocational and Support Services (NZVASS)

I’m feeling out of step with my fellow New Zealanders.

I’ve just watched successive Leaders’ Debates and followed the subsequent political commentary in the media. Most of it is obsessed with sound-bites and picking a winner and loser.

Read more »

Good news for charitable organisations that are promoters of a cause

Photo of Jan Hindefrom Jan Hinde
Director, Community Research

Today was a second day of small victories that will make big changes for the Community and Voluntary Sector, as the High Court delivers its second pro-Sector, pro-advocacy ruling in recent days.

Read more »

Strong community organisations count

2014 Vanisa CEO_portrait1-5497_scoopFrom Vanisa Dhiru
Chief Executive
Volunteering New Zealand

No one would argue that a strong community sector needs strong community organisations. But what does a strong community look like?

To me, it means organisations that are passionate, certain and understand the needs of the community. Read more »

Communities Count!

by Peter Glensor, Chair of ComVoices

The NGO sector is cranking into gear as the ‘pollies’ come out to woo us all and strut their stuff.  For many of us, this is a chance to ask questions and expect answers, in an environment where weasel words don’t have the same currency they do the other two and a half years.
Read more »

Community generosity rallies for fire-stricken whanau

While a devastating fire three days after Christmas may have taken away the Southgate house of Kaye-Maree Dunn, her son Te Rangiahuta and her brother Mita, this resilient whanau have received ample demonstration of the whakawhanaungatanga and community spirit standing ready to support them in their time of need.

A popular and talented social enterprise agent Kaye-Maree says she has been “blown away by people’s compassion, support and assistance”.

“We have been asked by countless people ‘how can we help?’ and must mihi to our beautiful friend Venice Madden and Regan Smith from the Tu Te Mauri Charitable Trust for setting up a fundraising site to help us back on our feet at

Neighbours came to their immediate aid and temporary accommodation and assistance was provided by Mokai Kainga – Matua Robert Te Whare and whanau. In addition to supporters such as Jo Paku, Miri of the Salvation Army travelled from Porirua with a massive kai hamper and the Warehouse provided storage containers with Storage King in Newtown providing free temporary storage for a month. In a growing list Geeks on Wheels performed an “awesome rescue” in retrieving data from a damaged laptop.

Community.Scoop has singled out this story because of the relentless good works performed by the Dunn whanau and incredibly positive resilience being shown in the face of adversity, exhibited by messages from Kaye-Maree on Facebook such as her exhortation that “2014 is a time for new beginnings”.

The fire was caused by an electrical fault and no one was injured. The family has no insurance and lost 90% of their belonging. Support is now needed to relocate to a new whare and to purchase necessities.


Enterprising business has pets covered for Christmas treats!


By Community Scoop

A recently founded New Zealand business, The Pet Kitchen, is being true to its name and has whipped up a range of boutique treats for your dog or cat for the Christmas holidays.

With the festive season in mind they have created a special line of Christmas dog treats containing a seasonal mix of apples, almonds and cranberries, as well as offering gift packs for dogs, cats and “blended families”.  All packs include fun toys in addition to the food treats.

This unique local enterprise specialises in producing vegetarian, wheat free treats for all diets – to human quality standards – and began business earlier this year with a range of sustainably made, preservative-free dog treats certified “yummy” by its panel of tasters.

Located on the Kapiti Coast, The Pet Kitchen ( seeks to be environment-friendly in all aspects of its growing business, is providing a lively stream of posts on its Facebook page at  and is also active on Twitter (@ThePetKitchenNZ)

So… here’s a big MERRY CHRISTMAS for the much-loved pet or pets in your life, and a big hat’s off to a local enterprise for finding a new niche in the world of sustainable businesses.

Getting Traction with Collective Impact – Lasting Community Change

Press Release – COMVOICES

Collective Impact was given ten years of funding to explore poverty reduction across 13 Canadian cities. They forecast they’d have a positive impact on the lives of 5000 people. In fact they affected the lives of 202,000 people!

Collective Impact is a framework and body of practice using multi-sector approaches to work on community change efforts that are focussed on the complex and often intractable problems of poverty, educational achievement and neighbourhood revitalisation.

Canadian Liz Weaver, Vice-President of Tamarack – an Institute for Community Engagement based in Ontario – was here in New Zealand recently talking about the power and benefits of the Collective Impact process. Read more »

Good launch for Good Enterprise series

The Sustainability Trust’s new HQ in downtown Wellington provided the perfect venue tonight for bringing skills in Social Entrepreneurship within the reach of anyone with an idea for a sustainable enterprise through the Good Enterprise workshop series beginning from next week.

Enspiral intern Kaye-Maree Dunn with interested social entrepreneur Miles Thompson.

Enspiral intern Kaye-Maree Dunn with Miles Thompson, an interested social entrepreneur in the making.
For more details and online registration information go to
Note: To ensure access for members of disadvantaged communities to workshops a crowd funding pledge is being run at Pledge Me until 30 March.


Brought together by the working example of interns from Wellington’s innovative business engine Enspiral, the 10-part Good Enterprise workshop series and additional masterclass promises to be an effective way to spread and plant the practice of being an active and successful Social Entrepreneur.

Speaking at the launch of the Good Enterprise workshop series, Wellington City councillor Paul Eagle praised the fleet footed energy shown by Enspiral and education platform Chalkle  for getting the Good Enterprise series off the ground.

Paul says he has been increasingly intrigued by what the concept of becoming a social entrepreneur encompasses. He had canvassed university students for their views, and particularly liked a definition from Louis Brown of the Student Volunteer Army to the effect that it means a “blurring and redefining (of) the boundaries between charity and commerce” (see Otago Daily Times article, Nov 2012)

A group of standout workshop leaders then stood up to outline the aspects of what each practical two-hour long workshop will entail, stacked up under headings such as Sorting Ideas, Building a Framework, Customer Validation and Make it Rain.

Each affordable workshop will cost participants only $30 (waged) or $20 (unwaged).  A day long masterclass will be run on Saturday 27th April at Kuratini Marae, Massey University to dive deeply into the lessons being delivered by the Good Enterprise series for just $85.

Photos from the Good Enterprise launch – with thanks to Stephen Olsen.

Wellington City councillor Paul Eagle with Enspiral intern and launch co-organiser Kaye-Maree Dunn.


GoodEnterprise_e  GoodEnterprise_g

GoodEnterprise_h GoodEnteprise_i




New opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship in Wellington

A series of Good Enterprise workshops for budding social entrepreneurs is beginning with a launch party this Thursday evening (14 March) in Wellington.

The Good Enterprise workshop series is being put on by the crew from Enspiral, a Wellington hub for Social Enterprise, alongside the team behind the innovative locally based education platform called Chalkle.  These organisations have collaborated with the Sustainability Trust – whose new base in Forresters Lane, off Tory Street, will be the venue for the workshops.

Enspiral intern and co-organiser Kaye-Maree Dunn says the momentum for the Good Enterprise series reflects the rise and rise of social entrepreneurship as a distinct way of starting and growing new businesses.

“We knew the time had arrived to create this type of launchpad because there is a very real demand for it,” says Kaye-Maree.

“More and more people want and need to know more about what it takes to manage a venture that contributes directly to social or community goals. That’s the driving force for these workshops, which are being targeted to be as affordable as possible for anyone in the community who might be seeking options to upskill and to learn about social entrepreneurship from several angles.

“The workshops themselves will be covering everything from testing ideas for viability through to ways to survive as an entrepreneur. There is also a strong connection to the social entrepreneurship intern programme established at Enspiral and we expect there will be some stories that will be emerging from that programme as well,” says Kaye-Maree.  

“The workshops wouldn’t be happening without access to workshop facilitators who have a real depth of experience and expertise in this field to share. We’re very fortunate to have people involved like Viv Maidaborn, Michael Elwood-Smith, Joshua Vial, Rochelle Furneaux, Ray Wolken and many others”.

A total of 10 Good Enterprise workshops and one masterclass will be run between 19 March and 30 April. Details of the full programme are available online at and


Next Page »