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Taking stock of New Zealand NGOs

Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satyanand

Executive Officer | Ara Taiohi

I’m currently in the middle of a complicated process of leaving and arriving. I’m leaving Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development, and preparing to arrive at the Prince’s Trust New Zealand, an organisation with the potential to make amazing things happen for young people. Laying it down, this is a difficult time and I’m having profoundly mixed feelings: I’m simultaneously full of sadness of leaving a job which I have wholeheartedly loved, while at the same time feeling full of hope about my new job, the future and what we can collectively accomplish in Aotearoa. For me, young people are at the centre of a more participatory, inclusive, just and peaceful future, and I’m really excited at the prospect of working on this kaupapa in a different way. Read more »

10 reflections on the state of volunteering in NZ

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Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

Recruitment has begun for my replacement at Volunteering New Zealand, so like Janus, I want to take this opportunity to look back and look forward on what I see as the state of volunteering in NZ.

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Working towards a more diverse NGO sector?

soraiya-daud-1Soraiya Daud

Communications Advisor | National Building Financial Capability Charitable Trust

New Zealanders, in general, acknowledge the importance of diversity. We all know it is important that people working in social services reflect the communities they represent. We know that we need to make space for people to come through that have different life experiences.

Making that happen, is much more difficult. Read more »

Black November: when neighbours risked their lives to help neighbours

Warren L 200x300Warren Lindberg

Chief Executive | Public Health Association of New Zealand

Following last year’s World War 1 commemoration, the names of those whose lives were lost and of the great battles – Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, Monte Casino, the Coral Sea – are respectfully recalled on memorials around the country. Read more »

Going hungry in New Zealand | it’s not on!

Trevor McGlinchy

Executive Officerphoto of Trevor McGlinchey

New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services


“Not having enough food means I have no energy and getting food consumes my thoughts” **

Not knowing where your next meal is coming from, or “food insecurity”, in a country like New Zealand is not on.  We are a food producing, first world nation.  Yet food insecurity is a reality faced by too many of us. Read more »

Ending homelessness in Aotearoa – will Budget 2018 do the trick?

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Chief Executive, and
Marc Slade
Senior Programme Manager
Community Housing Aotearoa

The Government has made a commitment to end child poverty, with housing at the heart of its policies to achieve this. Budget 2018 included a NZ$100m emergency housing package to tackle the growing problem of homelessness, and $2 billion towards the KiwiBuild affordable homes programme – moves heralded by some as ‘momentous’. Read more »

Royal Weddings and other Metaphors

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

I can’t call myself a royal follower, but I did watch the Royal Wedding explaining to my American husband that I loved the rituals and the frocks and the amazing horses and such.  Read more »

Old-fashioned views about gender roles hold us all back from true equality


Gill Greer

Chief Executive, National Council of Women; spokesperson for Gender Equal NZ

As some readers might already know, Gender Equal NZ (led by the National Council of Women) has recently published the results from New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey, along with our Good Guys animated film and infographic. Read more »

Wellbeing is the new black

tess-2-copyTess Casey
Chief Executive
Neighbourhood Support

Since the government announced their intention to introduce wellbeing as a framework for policy making, everywhere you turn you seem to become involved in a conversation about well-being.  After years of trying to get this on the agenda and being met with polite smiles, overt eye-rolling and/or the irritated response of ‘Yes, that’s all very nice but how do you measure it?’, the community sector should be jumping and up and down with joy.  But experience has told us that when a concept becomes popularised the result is not always what we had wanted. Read more »

Working together to create social connection

louise-reesLouise Rees
National Coordinator Social Connection Services
Age Concern New Zealand

Loneliness has been in the news lately. We’re seeing headlines about a loneliness epidemic, and the health effects of loneliness. There is concern about lonely older people, and the economic impact of loneliness and social isolation as our population ages. We’re seeing articles about Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, and the UK’s new minister for loneliness. There are campaigns to end loneliness and promote kindness, and there are stories about people and communities coming together.
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