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Doing Real Justice

photo of Phil McCarthyfrom Phil McCarthy
National Director, Prison Fellowship NZ

I spent 14 years as a General Manager in the Department of Corrections, 10 of those with responsibility for the Prison Service.  I always used to say that I wasn’t in the job because I ‘was into keys’.

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Let’s Collaborate and Innovate

photo of Tara D'SousaRecently, Sally Davenport (New Zealand Productivity Commission) mentioned a past NZPC Housing Report which is often referred to by government and the housing sector as “the report that keeps on giving”.

In many ways this phrase epitomises the work we do in the not-for-profit sector. If one small action, one connection, one expression, one idea can spark collective action for whānau and tamariki, this is indeed human development.

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Managing volunteers, why is it important?

2014 Vanisa CEO_portrait1-5497_scoopfrom Vanisa Dhiru
Chief Executive, Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering takes a certain group of people who enjoy dedicating their time to making a positive difference—and for that we all need to be thankful. People who are really passionate about getting out there and giving their time to help communities.

While volunteers are the visible faces of their organisation, behind them are the behind-the-scenes people who organise them: The Volunteer Managers. It’s easy to overlook or underestimate their hard work.

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Communication – we’re in a different world…

img-ros-riceFrom Ros Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

Do you find sometimes that you come across people who proudly state their ability to be Luddites in this modern world?

It is often almost a badge of honour.  “I do not use Facebook!  I refuse to go onto websites!  I would never purchase anything off the Net!  This new-fangled inter-webby thing is just too much for me to get my head around!”

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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
CEO
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.

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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.

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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.
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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 www.givealittle.co.nz

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.

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