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Communities and wellbeing

Brenda photoBrenda Pilott

National Manager | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

At the weekend, the Prime Minister outlined the government’s plan for “a modern and prosperous New Zealand”.

Wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families is one of the key themes and is to form the basis of the 2019 Budget.  That seems like a good idea – it doesn’t make sense to have a strong economy if citizens aren’t doing well or if significant portions of the community are left behind. Read more »

Good business sense and ethical: the case for employing refugees

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

While New Zealand’s welcome for refugees is warm, our nation’s employers are less inclusive when it comes to offering jobs to newcomers from other countries. With persistent reports of skills shortages by employers, and a government commitment to increasing New Zealand’s refugee quota to 1,500 people, it is timely to discuss employing refugees. Read more »

The Missing Middle

chris-glaudelChris Glaudel

Deputy Director | Community Housing Aotearoa

Housing continues to receive lots of attention in the media, government and in everyday conversation.  The availability and cost of both rentals and homes for purchase is a challenge in many communities.  Government programmes are targeted to the ends of the housing continuum with increased funding to help those who are homeless and first home buyers. Read more »

Volunteering and Wellbeing

vnz-logoMichelle Kitney

General Manager | Volunteering New Zealand

The introduction of Treasury’s Living Standards Framework into the 2019 Budget is being greeted enthusiastically by a number of organisations including Volunteering New Zealand. The Wellbeing Budget, as it is known, will take a more holistic approach to valuing what is important to New Zealanders, including for the first time, social and environmental indicators as well as measures of economic health. Work in the area of wellbeing has become established over the last decade both internationally and in New Zealand and many of the objections and obstacles to measuring “intangibles” such as wellbeing have been overcome. Read more »

First of a Kind Research Award

gill-greer-2-ncwGill Greer

Chief Executive | National Council of Women


Gender Equal NZ, led by the National Council of Women, has won a platinum Research Association award for New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey, carried out with Research New Zealand, in the Community Advancement category.

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“So, what exactly is your job?”

Nina Herriman 

Chief Storyteller | National Council of Women of New Zealand

“So, what exactly is your job?” is a question I’ve heard a lot since May this year when I started as Chief Storyteller (Data and Visualisation) at the National Council of Women of New Zealand. Read more »

Changing perspectives : two sides of the ageing coin

Stephanie Clarestephanie-clare

Chief Executive | Age Concern New Zealand

Where do older people actually live?  Where will older people live in the future?  Changing lifestyle patterns and living environments in New Zealand are exposing some hidden impacts for older people. Read more »

Are today’s NGOs destined to become tomorrow’s social enterprises?

Josie PaganiJosie Pagani

Director | Council for International Development (CID)

Social enterprise is the buzz word right now, and new ones are popping up everywhere.

Some are getting amazing results. Eat My Lunch is feeding kids in schools. Indigo and Iris sell mascara and use the funds to help Fred Hollows prevent blindness. Trade Aid imports products like coffee from all around the world and helps small scale farmers package and sell stuff in the New Zealand market. Read more »

Great Expectations

Brenda photoBrenda Pilott

Chief Executive | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

The Labour-NZ First – Green coalition government came to power, somewhat unexpectedly, on a wave of enthusiasm and great hopes on the part of many.  After nearly a decade of low investment, low wages, funding freezes and targeting, it’s hardly surprising that the lid has come off and expectations are bursting out all over. Read more »

The community sector – key allies for Localism

marionblakeeditedMarion Blake

Chief Executive | Platform Trust

Revitalising democracy was the message from Dave Cull, President of Local Government NZ (LGNZ) as he opened their annual conference last weekend. He then went on to launch the ‘Localism’ policy project. This joint project between LGNZ and The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a shift in the way public decisions are made in New Zealand. Instead of relying on central government to decide what is good for our communities, Localism calls for councils and communities themselves to make such decisions. The principles and values describe, amongst other things, a world where New Zealand citizens will have a meaningful say about the range and nature of local services in their communities. Localism ensures that a “place-based” and integrated approach will be taken to the provision of services and local governance. Read more »

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