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Getting ready for government

Brenda photoBrenda Pilott
National Manager
Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA)

I’m writing this column as we near an announcement about which parties will form the next government.  It’s been a week since the final election results were declared and three weeks since the polls closed.  Read more »

A couple of things we can really influence

Anaru Fraser 
General Manager anaru-fraser-huie-2
Hui E!

Anei…post election…and we’re counting down towards the formation of our new government…will it be National-NZ First, or Labour-NZ First-Greens, or what’s possible but probably unlikely…a National-Greens coalition? Read more »

Let’s ponder while we wait

Dianne Armstrong
Philanthropy Manager Dianne
Arthritis New Zealand

The country is waiting for a political outcome and it seems that we will be waiting for at least another week. But for charities, are we really waiting?  I’m sure that every charity out there has continued since Election Day working across NZ and in their communities for the people and causes  they support. Read more »

It’s politics stupid!

Josie PaganiJosie Pagani
Director
Council for International Development (CID)

The election isn’t over until Winston says it is, so sticking with a political theme, I’m shamelessly misquoting Bill Clinton who once said –  ‘It’s the economy stupid’.

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Nga Patai, nga patai (Questions, questions)

Tess Casey
Chief Executive
Inclusive New Zealandtess-2-copy

Kia ora tatou!

I wasn’t going to write about the election but I can’t help myself.  I’m only recently back from a month away and I’m still struggling to figure out what has happened while I was gone.  When I left the election campaigning hadn’t really started but I wasn’t anticipating anything to be different from the other election campaigns in recent memory.  There’d be some debates, there’d be some policy announcements, there might be some election bribes, there’d be some mud-slinging and insults and there’d be some polls.  Quite frankly, we were all more interested in what was happening in US politics than we were with what was happening in our own back yard. Read more »

Strategising for change – elections and community-based social services policy

Trevor McGlinchy
Executive Officer
NZ Council of Christian Social Services                                                                                                                                                                   photo of Trevor McGlinchey

As we move towards 23 September and the General Election we know that we will have a new government in place. Whether that is a new version of the National Party led government we have had for the last 9 years or a Labour led alliance we do not know.   Read more »

Navigating the Election Policy Maze

Brenda Pilott
National Manager Brenda photo
Social Service Providers Aotearoa

In case you hadn’t noticed, but there’s an election at the end of September.  Recent events have placed a strong spotlight on the leadership of our parties and there’s no question the leaders are a critical factor in the calculation we all make about where to place our party vote tick. Read more »

Who cares about healthcare?

Warren Lindberg
Chief Executive OfficerWarren L 200x300
Public Health Association

Health is perennially near the top – if not number one – of election issues.  This year it’s outclassed by poverty, housing and immigration. Read more »

What can we learn from the case of Jacinda Ardern?

Catriona McLeod
Information Analyst/Advisorcatriona
Platform Trust

Wouldn’t you know it, just as I was putting the final full stop on the blog I had written, Andrew Little stepped down as Labour leader and Jacinda Ardern was nominated as his replacement.  As a woman of a similar age, I couldn’t very well miss this opportunity to say a few things about my experience of being a woman of our generation in New Zealand. Read more »

Feed the passion

Ros Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks AotearoaRos 2015 short hair

Why did you originally get involved with a Charity or Not For Profit?  For me it was the experience in my 30’s of going through a divorce and ending up on the domestic purposes benefit.  To quote Monty Python “and you think you had it bad!!!” Read more »

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