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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 »

Royal Weddings and other Metaphors

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

I can’t call myself a royal follower, but I did watch the Royal Wedding explaining to my American husband that I loved the rituals and the frocks and the amazing horses and such.  Read more »

Old-fashioned views about gender roles hold us all back from true equality


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Gill Greer

Chief Executive, National Council of Women; spokesperson for Gender Equal NZ

As some readers might already know, Gender Equal NZ (led by the National Council of Women) has recently published the results from New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey, along with our Good Guys animated film and infographic. Read more »

Wellbeing is the new black

tess-2-copyTess Casey
Chief Executive
Neighbourhood Support

Since the government announced their intention to introduce wellbeing as a framework for policy making, everywhere you turn you seem to become involved in a conversation about well-being.  After years of trying to get this on the agenda and being met with polite smiles, overt eye-rolling and/or the irritated response of ‘Yes, that’s all very nice but how do you measure it?’, the community sector should be jumping and up and down with joy.  But experience has told us that when a concept becomes popularised the result is not always what we had wanted. Read more »

Working together to create social connection

louise-reesLouise Rees
National Coordinator Social Connection Services
Age Concern New Zealand

Loneliness has been in the news lately. We’re seeing headlines about a loneliness epidemic, and the health effects of loneliness. There is concern about lonely older people, and the economic impact of loneliness and social isolation as our population ages. We’re seeing articles about Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, and the UK’s new minister for loneliness. There are campaigns to end loneliness and promote kindness, and there are stories about people and communities coming together.
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Beyond Aid towards a ‘Pacific Union’

Josie PaganiJosie Pagani
Director
Council for International Development

There’s been a lot of talk about a ‘Pacific Reset’ recently and for New Zealand’s international NGOs working in the Pacific, this could be transformational. Our members are excited.

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Snap, Crackle and Pop

Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satyanand
Executive Officer
Ara Taiohi

I want to talk about hope. Yesterday I had the privilege of witnessing one community opening its space, arms and hearts to another community, full of hope and generosity. In the whaikorero much was made of the easiness of beginnings- but it’s what happens in the weeks and months that follow and how we deal with difference and difficulty that defines the real quality of a relationship. Afterwards kids ran around in the dusk and we talked about hope. The kind of hope that is always present at events like these, but hangs particularly heavy in the air right now around Aotearoa in all the places where people are doing it tough. It’s in these communities that the community and voluntary sector are doing their most important work. Read more »

What is a charity?

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

In a discussion the other day, the subject of ‘What is the definition of a Charity’ came up?

This is an interesting question because this subject has been grappled with for a long time. If we look to what is currently being held up as a definition, that which is used by the Charities Commission, the definition is actually based on the Statute of Charitable Uses which came into force in 1601 directly after the Poor Law of 1601.  Read more »

Waitetoko – Steaming Water

tim-barnettTim Barnett
Chief Executive
National Building Financial Capability Charitable Trust

For most weekends this year my partner and I have been travelling from Wellington up and down to Tauranga-Taupō, a small settlement about a third of the way up between Turangi to Taupō on State Highway 1. That’s because his (our) hapū, true to the name of its’ marae, has been bubbling away – maintaining that marae (Waitetoko), planning a strategy and structure for the next few years, and mounting a bold bid to amend a Settlement Bill (Tūwharetoa) currently before Parliament.  And playing their part with the 25 other hapū of the iwi, which have come together as the Post Government Settlement Entity; that body is developing its shape, values, character and mission before handling a host of Settlement issues. Including land, iwi advocacy, placement with other organisations aspiring to leadership, building up each hapū to the challenges of a hapū-centred settlement.  Read more »

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