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Communities Still Count

Trevor McGlinchey - Executive Officer, NZCCSS

Trevor McGlinchey – Executive Officer, NZCCSS

From Trevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer, NZ Council of Christian Social Services

The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National Government led by John Key. New Zealanders have voted for a centre right government but they remain concerned about our high rates of inequality and child poverty. We must ensure we continue to advocate for policies that will support vulnerable members of our communities to realise their potential.
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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

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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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Success at international student winter games

New Zealand snowboarder Natalie Good has won the Gold Medal in the women’s competition in the snowboard slopestyle event at the International University Sports Federation’s 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.

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It is the seven-strong New Zealand team’s first medal and the first gold medal for New Zealand in the history of the biannual event. The awards ceremony is being held overnight on the final day of the event.

Good won the event with 81.25 points. Further details and a photo are available at www.investintrentino.it/News/Snowboard-first-gold-medal-for-New-Zealand

Good is studying a conjoint degree combining a Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Law at the University of Waikato.

She currently holds a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship – awarded to students who are high academic achievers who are also achieving in the arts or sports – and in 2014 has the opportunity to travel to Khumba Valley in Nepal next year, and work with and see first-hand the community projects Sir Edmund Hillary started.

Slopestyle is a type of winter sporting event where the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest amplitude off of jumps, with an emphasis on performing different types of tricks instead of doing one great trick repeatedly. Slopestyle is one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games. It will become an Olympic event, in both skiing and snowboarding forms, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Enterprising business has pets covered for Christmas treats!

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By Community Scoop

A recently founded New Zealand business, The Pet Kitchen, is being true to its name and has whipped up a range of boutique treats for your dog or cat for the Christmas holidays.

With the festive season in mind they have created a special line of Christmas dog treats containing a seasonal mix of apples, almonds and cranberries, as well as offering gift packs for dogs, cats and “blended families”.  All packs include fun toys in addition to the food treats.

This unique local enterprise specialises in producing vegetarian, wheat free treats for all diets – to human quality standards – and began business earlier this year with a range of sustainably made, preservative-free dog treats certified “yummy” by its panel of tasters.

Located on the Kapiti Coast, The Pet Kitchen (www.thepetkitchen.co.nz) seeks to be environment-friendly in all aspects of its growing business, is providing a lively stream of posts on its Facebook page at facebook.com/ThePetKitchenNZ  and is also active on Twitter (@ThePetKitchenNZ)

So… here’s a big MERRY CHRISTMAS for the much-loved pet or pets in your life, and a big hat’s off to a local enterprise for finding a new niche in the world of sustainable businesses.

Getting Traction with Collective Impact – Lasting Community Change

Press Release – COMVOICES

Collective Impact was given ten years of funding to explore poverty reduction across 13 Canadian cities. They forecast they’d have a positive impact on the lives of 5000 people. In fact they affected the lives of 202,000 people!

Collective Impact is a framework and body of practice using multi-sector approaches to work on community change efforts that are focussed on the complex and often intractable problems of poverty, educational achievement and neighbourhood revitalisation.

Canadian Liz Weaver, Vice-President of Tamarack – an Institute for Community Engagement based in Ontario – was here in New Zealand recently talking about the power and benefits of the Collective Impact process. Read more »

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