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Does Government understand what New Zealanders expect of it?

photo of dave HendersonDave Henderson
Manager, External Relations, Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Writing a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’ Draft Report on Social Services caused me to do some thinking about the relationship between government and the community and voluntary sector, how that is changing, and why.

It’s pretty clear in the ongoing confusion of ideas and announcements around the future of community housing that government is being forced by public opinion to take on responsibility for some things it is not ideologically comfortable with.


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Undermining Public Safety?

 photo of Phil McCarthyfrom Phil McCarthy
National Director, Prison Fellowship New Zealand

“Sex crims walk in park” screamed a front page Dominion Post headline last week.  Apparently “two paedophiles and a killer” had the temerity to be taking some fresh air together.

Had they escaped?  Were they on the prowl?  How had three such characters managed to get together in these circumstances? The headline and article opening were perfectly cast to generate a sense of moral outrage.  Read more »

Managing volunteers, why is it important?


photo of [name of author]from Vanisa Dhiru

Chief Executive, Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering takes a certain group of people who enjoy dedicating their time to making a positive difference—and for that we all need to be thankful. People who are really passionate about getting out there and giving their time to help communities.

While volunteers are the visible faces of their organisation, behind them are the behind-the-scenes people who organise them: The Volunteer Managers. It’s easy to overlook or underestimate their hard work.

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Communication – we’re in a different world…

img-ros-riceFrom Ros Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

Do you find sometimes that you come across people who proudly state their ability to be Luddites in this modern world?

It is often almost a badge of honour.  “I do not use Facebook!  I refuse to go onto websites!  I would never purchase anything off the Net!  This new-fangled inter-webby thing is just too much for me to get my head around!”

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Go for it!

photo of Peter Glensorfrom Peter Glensor
Chair of ComVoices

I’ve just come off the phone to Radio NZ.  They wanted to know more about the ComVoices survey we released a few days ago. Read more »

Good news for charitable organisations that are promoters of a cause

Photo of Jan Hindefrom Jan Hinde
Director, Community Research

Today was a second day of small victories that will make big changes for the Community and Voluntary Sector, as the High Court delivers its second pro-Sector, pro-advocacy ruling in recent days.

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Communities Count!

by Peter Glensor, Chair of ComVoices

The NGO sector is cranking into gear as the ‘pollies’ come out to woo us all and strut their stuff.  For many of us, this is a chance to ask questions and expect answers, in an environment where weasel words don’t have the same currency they do the other two and a half years.
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NZ Election Reactor #1 Tests Reaction to Cunliffe’s Apology

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Article – NZ Election Reactor

Labour Leader David Cunliffes apology over male violence seems to have polarised many voters, but the first run of the Roy Morgan Research / Scoop NZ Election Reactor showed the response was largely negative across the spectrum. Read more »

Social sector makes gains in BPS targets

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Results released today show good progress is being made to achieve the Governments Better Public Services targets, say social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.

“This National-led Government is committed to ensuring New Zealand children are getting a better start in life,” Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

“We all need to work together to support children, young people and their families and the Better Public Services targets help us do this,” says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

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Community generosity rallies for fire-stricken whanau

While a devastating fire three days after Christmas may have taken away the Southgate house of Kaye-Maree Dunn, her son Te Rangiahuta and her brother Mita, this resilient whanau have received ample demonstration of the whakawhanaungatanga and community spirit standing ready to support them in their time of need.

A popular and talented social enterprise agent Kaye-Maree says she has been “blown away by people’s compassion, support and assistance”.

“We have been asked by countless people ‘how can we help?’ and must mihi to our beautiful friend Venice Madden and Regan Smith from the Tu Te Mauri Charitable Trust for setting up a fundraising site to help us back on our feet at www.givealittle.co.nz

Neighbours came to their immediate aid and temporary accommodation and assistance was provided by Mokai Kainga – Matua Robert Te Whare and whanau. In addition to supporters such as Jo Paku, Miri of the Salvation Army travelled from Porirua with a massive kai hamper and the Warehouse provided storage containers with Storage King in Newtown providing free temporary storage for a month. In a growing list Geeks on Wheels performed an “awesome rescue” in retrieving data from a damaged laptop.

Community.Scoop has singled out this story because of the relentless good works performed by the Dunn whanau and incredibly positive resilience being shown in the face of adversity, exhibited by messages from Kaye-Maree on Facebook such as her exhortation that “2014 is a time for new beginnings”.

The fire was caused by an electrical fault and no one was injured. The family has no insurance and lost 90% of their belonging. Support is now needed to relocate to a new whare and to purchase necessities.

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