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Relationship Work is important

 from Ros Rice RosRice-pic
Executive Officer, Community Networks Aotearoa (formally NZCOSS)

It’s 2015, and everything is already going crazy.  I have had meetings all over the place, and the first thing I notice is that things are changing.

Organisations are closing and opening, people have new jobs and other people have moved to new positions in the same organisations.  How do we keep track? Read more »

Who should our National Economy serve?

photo of Trevor McGlincheyfrom Trevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)

Happy 2015 – even in the face of negative international economic influences it seems we are confident with the growth of the New Zealand economy.  It is predicted by some leading economists that New Zealand will prosper. But what does this mean? Is the economy of the nation for all of its citizens or just a select few? Do some deserve an ever increasing proportion of the nation’s wealth while others stagnate of even find their quality of life diminishing?

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Don’t hide unless you’re being chased by a dog

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from Tess Casey
CEO of Inclusive NZ (formerly NZ VASS)

This being the first ComVoices blog for 2015, it seemed apt to focus on New Year’s resolutions.  Except that I’m not that big on New Year’s resolutions. They sound like hard work and a bit joyless.  And, like a lot of people, I’m not that good at them.  I find it hard to settle on one or two manageable and achievable goals so either I don’t start or I get distracted and forget I’ve started.  Read more »

To go far, we go together

Sue photo editedfrom Sue McCabe
Chief Executive of the National Council of Women of New Zealand

I’m a believer that New Zealand is a great country and could be greater. However, like other countries, we have some serious problems. There are far too many people in New Zealand with, to put it bluntly, crap lives due to poverty, violence, ill-health etc.

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Giving really is better than receiving

photo of Gabrielle O'Brienfrom Gabrielle O’Brien
CEO, Birthright New Zealand

December –the beginning of the season of goodwill to all…

No, it’s not a ‘Tui ad’ although you may be excused for thinking that is the case.  At a time of year which is punctuated by deadlines: the usual “busyness” of day to day business overlaid by end of year pressure; a layer of social functions, school break ups, concerts, and multiple other demands, it can simply seem easier to say “bah humbug!” Read more »

A driver licence required?

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from David Barrow
Communications & Development Manager, Social Development Partners

Look around the train carriage, the bus or in a cafe and see for yourself how many people are using technology these days.  Look into any high-rise office block and everyone is on a computer.  Our job descriptions inevitably require us to be ‘computer literate’.  It’s a fact of life.  We all use technology.

But it never ceases to amaze me just how in the 2ist century we actually interact with technology.

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The media, corporate welfare and other matters

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from Joan Isaac

Administrator, ComVoices

I was listening to Morning Report last week to news of John Phillip Smith’s escape. With a  fair degree of histrionics and high dudgeon It was covered from every conceivable angle. It was and  is a great story – it’s not often the media get one of such high drama.  And they did a great job of highlighting the appalling Corrections  shortcomings that allowed the escape to happen. Read more »

Have a stress-free Christmas!

photo of Raewyn Foxfrom Raewyn Fox
CEO, NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services

Yes I know it is only November but if you truly want to feel de-stressed by Christmas Day, you must start now.

Last weekend I went out and bought the first few Christmas presents for my family. It felt so good to have a head start that I will be doing more of this over the next weekend or two with the goal of being all finished and having it all wrapped up before December.

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A Letter from North America

photo of Peter Glensorfrom Peter Glensor
Executive Director of Social Development Partners

What am I doing writing a ComVoices blog when I’m on holiday…

It seemed like a good idea before I left, that’s why and now we’re in Seattle (family) and Vancouver (friends) for two weeks after the hard work and huge excitement of getting Hui E! established.

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Getting Started with Hui E! Community Aotearoa

photo of dave HendersonFrom Dave Henderson
Coordinator
ANGOA – the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa

A great feeling this week that after months of talk between two key organisations – ANGOA and Social Development Partners. We’ve registered a new entity that will take us forward with renewed energy, inspiration and excitement.

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