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Sweeping changes for social services?

Trevor McGlincheyTrevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)

Some government funded social services organisations report it’s been over ten years since they last received a cost of living allowance for the services they deliver.    The increase in inflation over that period is over 27% (    So during a time of huge demand for services, especially since the Global Financial Crisis, and increasing demands for accountability, achievement of outcomes, and payment of increased costs like KiwiSaver, social service organisations have effectively decreased their spending power by over a quarter.   During this period as well there has been a dramatic increase of the complexity of the services required by whānau, families and communities. Read more »

Leading within organisations for a digital future

from Vanisa Dhiruphoto of Vanisa Dhiru
Executive Director, 2020 Trust

I had a phone conversation recently where someone said their newly walking toddler was holding an iPod to her ear, acting and using it as if it was a phone. I was speaking to her laughing father, who explained to me that he sees his daughter use any object with buttons as a phone. She thinks the TV remote is phone, the iPod is a phone, the calculator is a phone… and realistically for this toddler, she will one day have a single device that will do all of those functions.



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It’s all about us but it’s not all about us…

photo of Sue McCabefrom Sue McCabe
Chief Executive, National Council of Women New Zealand 

I have temporarily hit the wall seeing all the opportunities there are for me and my fellow women to be more successful.

As Chief Executive of the National Council of Women, I’m in the information loops to receive updates on the seminars, networks, conferences, top tips etc that exist to help me because I’m a woman. Read more »

No longer business as usual – a new world order

photo of Wren Greenfrom Dr Wren Green
Director, Council for International Development

2015 is being called a year of global action – but not just by the activists. This year governments around the world, and that means New Zealand too, will adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), work out a way to finance the sustainable development agenda, and try to nut-out an effective climate change agreement. The 17 SDGs are currently being negotiated by New Zealand and other states in the UN and will be adopted at the UN in September. Read more »

Undermining Public Safety?

 photo of Phil McCarthyfrom Phil McCarthy
National Director, Prison Fellowship New Zealand

“Sex crims walk in park” screamed a front page Dominion Post headline last week.  Apparently “two paedophiles and a killer” had the temerity to be taking some fresh air together.

Had they escaped?  Were they on the prowl?  How had three such characters managed to get together in these circumstances? The headline and article opening were perfectly cast to generate a sense of moral outrage.  Read more »

Perfect Planning – a smooth year

 Raewyn Foxfrom Raewyn Fox, Chief Executive
New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services Inc.

Every year I promise myself, next year I will plan properly at the beginning so things go smoothly. Well, year after year I fail, muddle through and end up feeling stressed many times along the way. This time I decided it was time to break the mould.

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Governance and Management – Doing it our way

photo of Peter Glensorfrom Peter Glensor
General Manager – Kaiwhakahaere Matua
Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Like others, I’ve been working in the community and voluntary, the NGO sector, for many years.

This sector is a huge part of our community life here in NZ – “if in doubt, form a committee” was supposed to be the saying!!  Now, there are nearly 100,000 formal “Not for Profit Institutions” in NZ, according to the nearly 10 year old work of Statistics NZ.  A very large number of people are involved in leadership and in the active work of these groups – some with paid staff but many with none.  Some doing highly skilled and technical professional work, others, engaging with a cross section of ordinary people who have committed themselves to the organisation’s goals.

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Community is the Answer: What’s the Question?

TaraD'Souza-ComVoicespicfrom Tara D’Sousa
National Manager, Social Service Providers Aotearoa Inc.

In November last year I participated in the Wellington seminar facilitated by Margaret Wheatley which was captivatingly titled: “Community is the Answer”. It was inspirational. Whatever the issue, says Meg Wheatley, community is the answer. For me it continued to raise a critical line of questioning: what is the place of community in New Zealand, and what part does community development play in the New Zealand NGO sector? Read more »

Relationship Work is important

 from Ros Rice RosRice-pic
Executive Officer, Community Networks Aotearoa (formally NZCOSS)

It’s 2015, and everything is already going crazy.  I have had meetings all over the place, and the first thing I notice is that things are changing.

Organisations are closing and opening, people have new jobs and other people have moved to new positions in the same organisations.  How do we keep track? Read more »

Who should our National Economy serve?

photo of Trevor McGlincheyfrom Trevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)

Happy 2015 – even in the face of negative international economic influences it seems we are confident with the growth of the New Zealand economy.  It is predicted by some leading economists that New Zealand will prosper. But what does this mean? Is the economy of the nation for all of its citizens or just a select few? Do some deserve an ever increasing proportion of the nation’s wealth while others stagnate of even find their quality of life diminishing?

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