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Ageing is the new black!

stephanie-clareStephanie Clare

Chief Executive | Age Concern New Zealand

Our population is ageing and we all need to know how to prepare. Age Concern New Zealand and The New Zealand Association of Gerontology are leading the way by co-hosting the Vison for Ageing in Aotearoa conference. Read more »

UN visit underlines importance of good homes as a basic human right

cushla-managhCushla Managh

Strategic Communications and Engagement Manager | Community Housing Aotearoa

In the past week we’ve had an unprecedented opportunity to shine an international spotlight on housing as a human right in Aotearoa – and while we’ve undoubtedly seen much to like, we’ve also seen firsthand what housing stress looks like for the many New Zealanders struggling to find somewhere good to call home. Read more »

Challenge racism arising from Covid-19

nicola-sutton-1websizeNicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

As the coronavirus bites into communities, with work slowing or stopping in a number of industries and disruption to school and tertiary education for students from China and other countries, the need for a measured and sensitive response is paramount. Read more »

Time to invest in social infrastructure

brenda-pilott-small-72dpiBrenda Pilott

National Manager | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

I wouldn’t want to be Grant Robertson right now.  As Minister of Finance he must have a mountain of decisions in front of him about what to prioritise with funding in this year’s Budget.  And I imagine most of the proposals have merit and all are important to some sector of our society.  Election year budgets always carry some extra pressure and take on a more political flavour, as they are part of the sales pitch for the incumbent parties to take to the electorate to show how well they are delivering. Read more »

Learn Now Me ako inaianei

elp_year_lifelong_learning_20_finalsmallNicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind working.” Henry Ford Read more »

Community and voluntary organisations continue to make a difference in our communities

chris-glaudelChris Glaudel | ComVoices Chair

Deputy Chief Executive | Community Housing Aotearoa

The country’s community and voluntary organisations are delivering services where they matter – to New Zealanders in need – even as they continue to grapple with a number of significant challenges. Read more »

What’s your superpower?

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

The saying, “I volunteer. What is your superpower?” seems apt as the world celebrates International Volunteer Day tomorrow (5 December). Read more »

Volunteer for an Inclusive Future – E whai wāhi ai te katoa, kia tūao te tū

michelle-kitneyMichelle Kitney

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

International Volunteer Day celebrates the contribution and impact volunteers make in their communities.

Volunteer for an Inclusive Future – E whai wāhi ai te katoa, kia tūao te tū’ highlights the power of volunteering to achieve SDG 10 and the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism. Read more »

What would a joined up approach look like?

dianne-armstrongcropppedDianne Armstrong | Arthritis New Zealand

Over recent years there have been gentle suggestions from a variety of sources that NZ has too many charities and perhaps some merging of those with very similar missions may be beneficial. But we seem to have a need to create a new entity that supports our passion and therefore the notion of some togetherness has gathered no traction. Read more »

A journey of change and evolution

simon-cayleyParting Reflections from outgoing Co-Chair

Simon Cayley | Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Having completed the two terms allowed under our Trust Deed I finished my time as Co-Chair of Hui E! Community Aotearoa at our AGM held on Monday 21st October.  This brought to a close my involvement with community sector umbrella organisations that has been an exciting journey lasting nearly a decade.  This journey has involved name changes, new partnerships, the creation of community hubs, winding up organisations and founding new ones within a constantly shifting political and funding context, but always with the aim of strengthening our voluntary and community sector and ultimately enhancing the wellbeing of our communities.  Read more »

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