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Are today’s NGOs destined to become tomorrow’s social enterprises?

Josie PaganiJosie Pagani

Director | Council for International Development (CID)

Social enterprise is the buzz word right now, and new ones are popping up everywhere.

Some are getting amazing results. Eat My Lunch is feeding kids in schools. Indigo and Iris sell mascara and use the funds to help Fred Hollows prevent blindness. Trade Aid imports products like coffee from all around the world and helps small scale farmers package and sell stuff in the New Zealand market. Read more »

Great Expectations

Brenda photoBrenda Pilott

Chief Executive | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

The Labour-NZ First – Green coalition government came to power, somewhat unexpectedly, on a wave of enthusiasm and great hopes on the part of many.  After nearly a decade of low investment, low wages, funding freezes and targeting, it’s hardly surprising that the lid has come off and expectations are bursting out all over. Read more »

The community sector – key allies for Localism

marionblakeeditedMarion Blake

Chief Executive | Platform Trust

Revitalising democracy was the message from Dave Cull, President of Local Government NZ (LGNZ) as he opened their annual conference last weekend. He then went on to launch the ‘Localism’ policy project. This joint project between LGNZ and The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a shift in the way public decisions are made in New Zealand. Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities, Localism calls for councils and communities themselves to make such decisions. The principles and values describe, amongst other things, a world where New Zealand citizens will have a meaningful say about the range and nature of local services in their communities. Localism ensures that a “place-based” and integrated approach will be taken to the provision of services and local governance. Read more »

Taking stock of New Zealand NGOs

Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satyanand

Executive Officer | Ara Taiohi

I’m currently in the middle of a complicated process of leaving and arriving. I’m leaving Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development, and preparing to arrive at the Prince’s Trust New Zealand, an organisation with the potential to make amazing things happen for young people. Laying it down, this is a difficult time and I’m having profoundly mixed feelings: I’m simultaneously full of sadness of leaving a job which I have wholeheartedly loved, while at the same time feeling full of hope about my new job, the future and what we can collectively accomplish in Aotearoa. For me, young people are at the centre of a more participatory, inclusive, just and peaceful future, and I’m really excited at the prospect of working on this kaupapa in a different way. Read more »

10 reflections on the state of volunteering in NZ

Scott MillerScott Millar Aug 2015_cropped

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

Recruitment has begun for my replacement at Volunteering New Zealand, so like Janus, I want to take this opportunity to look back and look forward on what I see as the state of volunteering in NZ.

Looking back Read more »

Working towards a more diverse NGO sector?

soraiya-daud-1Soraiya Daud

Communications Advisor | National Building Financial Capability Charitable Trust

New Zealanders, in general, acknowledge the importance of diversity. We all know it is important that people working in social services reflect the communities they represent. We know that we need to make space for people to come through that have different life experiences.

Making that happen, is much more difficult. Read more »

Black November: when neighbours risked their lives to help neighbours

Warren L 200x300Warren Lindberg

Chief Executive | Public Health Association of New Zealand

Following last year’s World War 1 commemoration, the names of those whose lives were lost and of the great battles – Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, Monte Casino, the Coral Sea – are respectfully recalled on memorials around the country. Read more »

Going hungry in New Zealand | it’s not on!

Trevor McGlinchy

Executive Officerphoto of Trevor McGlinchey

New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services


“Not having enough food means I have no energy and getting food consumes my thoughts” **

Not knowing where your next meal is coming from, or “food insecurity”, in a country like New Zealand is not on.  We are a food producing, first world nation.  Yet food insecurity is a reality faced by too many of us. Read more »

A civil society perspective

anaru-fraser-huie-3Anaru Fraser
General Manager
Kaiwhakahaere Matua
Hui E! Community Aotearoa

On Sunday afternoon, 22 April, we packed the upstairs conference rooms at St Andrews Conference Centre in Wellington for the Civil Society SDG pre-Summit consultation. It provided an opportunity for civil society to come together ahead of and in preparation for the Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals the following day at Victoria University. Read more »

Ending homelessness in Aotearoa – will Budget 2018 do the trick?

marc-and-scott-resizedScott Figenshow
Chief Executive, and
Marc Slade
Senior Programme Manager
Community Housing Aotearoa

The Government has made a commitment to end child poverty, with housing at the heart of its policies to achieve this. Budget 2018 included a NZ$100m emergency housing package to tackle the growing problem of homelessness, and $2 billion towards the KiwiBuild affordable homes programme – moves heralded by some as ‘momentous’. Read more »

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