Community Headlines

Do we really want guns in our schools?

Warren L 200x300Warren Lindberg
Chief Executive Officer
Public Health Association

Police figures show they seized 1227 firearms in the last financial year, Police Association president Chris Cahill told Otago University’s Summer School last month. Police know of 13,331 military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs), 40,605 pistols, 4676 restricted machine-guns and 1419 other restricted firearms. An AR-15, a type of MSSA, was used in 1990’s Aramoana massacre and in the recent Florida school shooting. Read more »

The quest for global citizenship education

ronjaievers-headshot1Ronja Ievers
External Relations Coordinator
Hui E!

Nobody would disagree that today, more than ever before, the globe is part of our everyday lives. We are linked to others on every continent. Socially through media and telecommunications, culturally through movements of people, economically through sharing one planet, and politically through international relations and system regulations. But, while globalisation draws us together, ongoing tensions and conflicts tear us apart. Read more »

2018 – bring it on!

marionblakeeditedMarion Blake
Chief Executive
Platform Trust

This has just got to be the year where the promises, ideas and pilots turn into serious action for the mental health and addiction services of New Zealand.  That’s because we just can’t keep on going around and around describing the problems and offering solutions that disappear into the vortex.  The idea that we can innovate our way out of this chaos is brave, however we’re going to need more than an app for this. Read more »

A better life for all

gill_greer_prencwGill Greer
National Council of Women of NZ

My grandmother spoke English with a very heavy German accent, having learned it from her parents as a small child. She left school at 12, and went on to run a general store in Upper Atiamuri as if she had an MBA. When I began university at 16, I learned German, and when she asked me to “say something in German” I’d recite, “ein, zwei, vier, funf, sechs” several times while she smiled. I did it to please her. Belatedly, I realised that when people are denied the chance to learn their own language their loss goes far beyond words. Read more »

Sanctions for Christmas

photo of Trevor McGlincheyTrevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer
NZ Council for Christian Social Service

Work and Income – A Caring and Supportive Environment?

Reports from the members of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Service (NZCCSS) consistently relate to the negative treatment of New Zealand citizens at Work and Income offices.  These citizens were seeking to access their rightful support from the New Zealand Government. NZCCSS acknowledges that fine people are employed at Work and Income and they are committed to ensuring individuals and families do get the income and other supports they need.  Yet, somehow, people exposed to Work and Income feel demeaned and threatened by the way these offices work. Read more »

Bitcoin, blockchain and what it means for NGOs


Josie PaganiJosie Pagani
Council for International Development

The least interesting thing about Bitcoin is Bitcoin. It’s not entirely clear what the problem is that Bitcoin solves – why not trade in  tulips? And if we can pay for stuff online using old-fashioned money without ever having to go to an ATM, why do we need Bitcoin? Our currency might go up and down in value, but at least its intrinsic value is backed by governments. And gold has a value aside from its worth as a currency (we fill our teeth with it and make jewellery out of it).  Read more »

Being a village

tess-2-copyTess Casey
Neighbourhood Support NZ

The big news of the year so far has been the announcement that our Prime Minister and her partner are expecting their first baby.   Admittedly the year has only just started and we’ve all been on holiday so there hasn’t been that much news – but judging by the scale of the reaction I think most people would agree that it’s Big News. Read more »

Let’s campaign to stop predatory lenders

Soraiya Daud
Communications Adviser
National Building Financial Capability Trustsoraiya-daud-1

The economic conditions that we live in mean that borrowing money has become part and parcel of making ends meet, whatever our incomes. Read more »

Does trust in Government = trust in democracy?

scott-miller-oct-2017-sScott Miller
Chief executive
Volunteering NZ

Trust. It’s a fundamental human value. As a society, it allows us to grow, particularly when there is complexity and alternative facts abound.

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Let’s do this – better

Brenda Pilott
National Manager
Social Service Providers AotearoaBrenda photo

Moving from Opposition to Government is a major life change for any politician (and so is moving in the opposite direction).  New and mainly first-time ministers are settling in to their new roles, swotting up on the Cabinet manual, appointing new staff, absorbing reams of briefing papers, facing an endless stream of requests for meetings, and getting the wheels turning on their policy plans. Read more »

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