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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 »

Exploiting temporary migrants

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” Mahatma Gandhi.  In New Zealand, temporary migrant workers, including international students, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Read more »

Home is more than a roof over our heads…

cushla-managhCushla Managh

Strategic Communications and Engagement Manager | Community Housing Aotearoa  

…but it’s a start.

And today one of the country’s many community housing trusts opened a new housing development designed to put a warm, dry, temporary roof over some of Auckland’s many families in need. Read more »

Minority communities gaining equitable access

vanisa2019Vanisa Dhiru

President | National Council of Women NZ

New Zealand is now home to more than 230 different ethnic groups speaking in excess of 160 different languages. To service and engage with such diversity is a challenge – not only for the public sector but the community sector as well. This was the back drop for the ComVoices Parliamentary breakfast held last week in Wellington where supporting minority communities to gain equitable access to meet community need was the focus. Read more »

Responsiveness to Whānau

tim-metcalfeTim Metcalfe

Executive Officer | jigsaw whanganui

Last week I participated in a family hui convened by a colleague in our agency’s intensive social work team.  The household comprises 3 young children, their Mum and their Dad who has recently been released from prison. He identifies with a well-known local gang and describes himself as being heavily institutionalised having served several prison sentences over the past 15 years. Prior to his release he contacted our agency to support his intended transition to the home occupied by his partner and children. Considerable work was done alongside the family prior to his release.

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Māori Language Week: Te Reo and workplace wellbeing

michelle-kitneyMichelle Kitney

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori  | Māori Language Week we’re reflecting on the link between speaking te Reo at work and job satisfaction. There are many meaningful ways to learn and use te Reo and we hope to inspire you to try some of them.  Read more »

The $630 million funding gap – how do we work together to close it?

brenda-pilott-small-72dpiNational Manager | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

People working in the social services sector have always known their organisations are under-funded but now we have an independent study that shows just how big the gap is between the funding government provides to our sector and what it actually costs to operate. Read more »

Volunteer story map – giving volunteers a voice

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Michelle Kitney

Interim Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand recently launched an interactive map of volunteer stories from across Aotearoa. It celebrates the contribution of volunteers within their unique communities, from the top to the bottom of Aotearoa.  Read more »

Loneliness kills

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.” – Robert Waldinger.

A number of longitudinal studies out of Harvard show that “Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.”   Read more »

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