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Managing volunteers, why is it important?

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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…

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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 Gelnsor
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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Success at international student winter games

New Zealand snowboarder Natalie Good has won the Gold Medal in the women’s competition in the snowboard slopestyle event at the International University Sports Federation’s 2013 Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.

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It is the seven-strong New Zealand team’s first medal and the first gold medal for New Zealand in the history of the biannual event. The awards ceremony is being held overnight on the final day of the event.

Good won the event with 81.25 points. Further details and a photo are available at www.investintrentino.it/News/Snowboard-first-gold-medal-for-New-Zealand

Good is studying a conjoint degree combining a Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Law at the University of Waikato.

She currently holds a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship – awarded to students who are high academic achievers who are also achieving in the arts or sports – and in 2014 has the opportunity to travel to Khumba Valley in Nepal next year, and work with and see first-hand the community projects Sir Edmund Hillary started.

Slopestyle is a type of winter sporting event where the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest amplitude off of jumps, with an emphasis on performing different types of tricks instead of doing one great trick repeatedly. Slopestyle is one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games. It will become an Olympic event, in both skiing and snowboarding forms, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Enterprising business has pets covered for Christmas treats!

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By Community Scoop

A recently founded New Zealand business, The Pet Kitchen, is being true to its name and has whipped up a range of boutique treats for your dog or cat for the Christmas holidays.

With the festive season in mind they have created a special line of Christmas dog treats containing a seasonal mix of apples, almonds and cranberries, as well as offering gift packs for dogs, cats and “blended families”.  All packs include fun toys in addition to the food treats.

This unique local enterprise specialises in producing vegetarian, wheat free treats for all diets – to human quality standards – and began business earlier this year with a range of sustainably made, preservative-free dog treats certified “yummy” by its panel of tasters.

Located on the Kapiti Coast, The Pet Kitchen (www.thepetkitchen.co.nz) seeks to be environment-friendly in all aspects of its growing business, is providing a lively stream of posts on its Facebook page at facebook.com/ThePetKitchenNZ  and is also active on Twitter (@ThePetKitchenNZ)

So… here’s a big MERRY CHRISTMAS for the much-loved pet or pets in your life, and a big hat’s off to a local enterprise for finding a new niche in the world of sustainable businesses.

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