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Umbrellas make us stand close together

photo of Peter GlensorPeter Glensor, General Manager
Hui E!

Last week we held a second meeting of national umbrella groups.  There were people from environmental, health and social services groups, groups giving advice, and groups working with old and young people.  We were reminded of the huge diversity of the community sector – faith communities, volunteering groups, cultural and sporting organisations, professional associations, the disability community, very large and very small groups. Read more »

Social investment is more than reprioritisation

photo of Trevor McGlincheyTrevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services

The government is actively promoting the Social Investment model – spending more now so that the tax-payer will spend less in the long run – as the mechanism to justify greater spending in the social sector.   This was first signalled in the Welfare Reforms where stopping people from being “welfare dependent” was the justification for greater expenditure in getting people into employment.   This model has now spread out to the wider social services. Read more »

Secrets Darwin could share

Tara D'SousaTara D’Sousa
National Manager, Social Service Providers Aotearoa Inc.

I am halfway through the fascinating David Quammen biography of Charles Darwin “The Kiwi’s Egg”, and given the antipodean reference in its title, I cannot but help reflect on its narrative in a way wholly unexpected by its subject, transposing a natural-history theme or two to the contemporary New Zealand social context. Read more »

What messages are NZ charities sending to the public?

Dianne Armstrong
Business Development Manager, Arthritis New Zealand


Definition: To avoid intruding upon, to treat with consideration


Definition: The transmission of ideas, information etc., between persons or places

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Nothing like a good dose of outrage – or is there?

photo of Gabrielle O'BrienGabrielle O’Brien,
CEO, Birthright NZ

Every day we are inundated by media stories that seek to spark an emotional response, or simply tell us how we should respond to local and world events. Read more »

OECD report a timely reminder about ICTs in Schools

LaurenceZwimpferLawrence Zwimpfer, Contracts Director
2020 Trust

The recent OECD Report on Students, Computers and Learning[1], raised some alarm bells for countries like New Zealand that have been investing heavily in ICT for education.  The OECD’s education director, Andreas Schleicher singles out countries including New Zealand and Australia which have high levels of computer and internet use in schools, but have experienced “significant declines” in reading performance as measured by PISA tests in 2012[2]. The report reaches a similar conclusion for declines in mathematics performance in New Zealand and Australia.[3] Read more »

A new dawn?

Wren Green CID_cropped
Wren Green, Director,
Council for International Development

One should be cautious about grand pronouncements. Will we be justified in trumpeting a new dawn out of that most unlikely of places, the UN Headquarters in New York? Read more »

Credit where credit is due

photo of Peter GlensorPeter Glensor, General Manager
Hui E! Community Aotearoa

We in the community sector too often get stuck in a “poor me” attitude.  Life is tough in our sector – there are always new demands, and there’s never enough time or people or money to do all the things we need to do.  And we’re surrounded by people who don’t really understand how we work, what drives us, and where our strengths and skills are.  These past years have been especially tough – as money is held and reduced, and expectations keep growing about what we’ll do. Read more »

Every NZ student should be a NZ student volunteer

Scott Millar Aug 2015_croppedScott Miller, Chief Executive
Volunteering New Zealand

There is no good reason why every student in Aotearoa shouldn’t volunteer.

As Volunteering New Zealand and the volunteering sector turns its attention to the inaugural Student Volunteer Week (7th – 13th of September 2015), I find myself thinking about why students should volunteer. I want to draw attention to the barriers and misconceptions around volunteering in the student community and how organisations can better support students in their volunteering endeavours. Read more »

Let’s mobilise against domestic violence

Sue McCabe
Chief Executive
National Council of Women of New Zealand

Words are no longer being minced when talking about New Zealand’s intolerably high rate of family and domestic violence.  Instead, everyone seems to be on the same page about the need to act. Read more »