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Volunteer for an Inclusive Future – E whai wāhi ai te katoa, kia tūao te tū

michelle-kitneyMichelle Kitney

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

International Volunteer Day celebrates the contribution and impact volunteers make in their communities.

Volunteer for an Inclusive Future – E whai wāhi ai te katoa, kia tūao te tū’ highlights the power of volunteering to achieve SDG 10 and the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Funding non-profits without strings, do unicorns exist?

marionblakeMarion Blake

Chief Executive | Platform Charitable Trust

Every day community organisations wrestle with ways they can get money to do the work they’re good at. The wrestling match starts the moment someone utters the dreaded words “where can we get funding from”. Read more »

Bringing Te Tiriti alive in our work

Janet Miller

Organisation Manager | Community Research

“Our change will be driven and always has been driven from the grassroots, and that is why community organisations modelling and bringing Te Tiriti alive in their work is such an important part of a flourishing Aotearoa.” Jen Margaret Read more »

Tatou Tatou E! All of us together

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice

Executive Officer | Community Networks Aotearoa

On the 27th and 28th of August two National organisations, Community Networks Aotearoa and the New Zealand Council of Social Services are working together for their biennial conference.  To be held in Wellington this year, the theme of the conference is Tātou Tātou E! Everyone Together the value of relationships in building wellbeing. Read more »

Major steps towards a more just, equal and sustainable future

ronjaievers-headshot1Ronja Ievers

Pou Takawaenga – External Relations Coordinator | Hui E! Community Aotearoa

It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New Zealand – the government published its first progress report, the Voluntary National Review (VNR); a group of organisations launched New Zealand’s first People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and SDGs; and the School of Government of Victoria University of Wellington launched a new website with a view to providing a new hub for SDG discussions in New Zealand. Read more »

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