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tess-2-copyTess Casey

Chief Executive | Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

I sat down to write this blog on the afternoon of Friday 15 March.  It was supposed to be about Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa.  I think it still is.

It is hard to digest what has happened.  The terror attack in Christchurch was targeted at our Muslim community, and the people who bore the brunt of it were the innocent people in the mosques at the time and their families who are now dealing with grief, uncertainty and loss.  They are the people who first and foremost need our love, support and protection. The wider Muslim community is also grieving and feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Read more »

Surprising discoveries and critical friends at a Parliament Breakfast

rodbaxterRod Baxter

Director of Impact | Prince’s Trust New Zealand

When I first received the invite for this event, I had this preconceived vision of a fancy lavish breakfast with mountains of gourmet cuisine. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, the breakfast was described as “light”, which is evidently a euphemism for “insufficient”. It’s actually all my fault however, as I was too busy talking to interesting people and missed the vegetarian option. I enjoyed three slices of fruit.

It turns out I was never there for the kai; something more powerful was happening. Read more »

Youth sector following young people’s lead

kirsten-harivelKirsten Le Harivel

Digital Strategy Manager | Ara Taiohi

Young people and technology feel intertwined in our modern world. Yet we, the people working with young people, aren’t always taking up technological advances at the same rate as the young people we are working with. Read more »

What makes a good life for a young person?

profile-pic-meganMegan Thomas

Interim CE | Birthright New Zealand

When growing up in a single parent household or being a young single parent.

This week a report was released outlining children and young people’s views on what makes a good life.  This was a collaboration between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki, supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The aim was to ensure children and young people’s voices were heard in the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. It is fantastic to have this collection of first-hand children and young people’s voices to guide us in our work. Read more »

Doing well on wellbeing

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Imagine moving to a new country where the language, customs, and expectations radically differ from yours. On top of this, you are young. Maintaining good wellbeing as a newcomer is hard. However, multicultural young people have strong positive characteristics that supports their wellbeing despite the challenges. Read more »

What was that you said?

mothertongueposterNicola Sutton

Chief Executive

English Language Partners New Zealand

 

Maintaining a mother tongue matters. It is an important step in language learning for children and plays a huge role in the development of personal, social and cultural identity. And, in turn, knowing our identity is important to maintaining wellbeing. This all seems highly pertinent on Waitangi Day where spoken te reo Maori is a powerful reminder of identity and its connection with language. Read more »

♬ All I want for Christmas is ….. ♫

stephanie-popeStephanie Pope
Director | Te Wana Quality Programme

Well I guess I must have been on the Santa nice list because the very day I submit my blog copy bemoaning the delay in hearing any news about the Whānau Ora review report then this happens: Read more »

Rainbow competency for mainstream organisations

janeeditedJack Trolove

Director | Rainbow Ready 

Jane Zintl

CEO | Ara Taiohi

Youth suicide is at epic proportions in Aotearoa.  This is not news to many, in fact most of us are personally affected by this reality at some level.  Perhaps less well known is that young people from our rainbow communities (those who identify as LGBTQI+) are amongst the highest rates of youth suicide, especially trans and gender diverse young people.  We are doing something wrong, and this has to change. Read more »

Wasted talent: migrant volunteers

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Forty percent of Auckland residents were born outside New Zealand. Other regions also have growing numbers of migrants and former refugees, many whose first language is other than English. Diverse skills, different cultural lenses, resilience gained by uprooting and resettling in a new location, and a keenness to fit in and be part of what is going on are just some of the benefits gained from involving newcomers. Read more »

Moving forward and lessons from across the ditch

soraiyaSoraiya Daud

Communications Advisor | FinCap

As the Communications Advisor at FinCap I thought I would use this blog post as an opportunity to talk about FinCap and the changes that have happened in the financial capability and budgeting sector.

You might be thinking, who on earth is FinCap and what do they do? Read more »

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