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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

marc-and-scott-resizedScott Figenshow
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 »

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 »

Snap, Crackle and Pop

Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satyanand
Executive Officer
Ara Taiohi

I want to talk about hope. Yesterday I had the privilege of witnessing one community opening its space, arms and hearts to another community, full of hope and generosity. In the whaikorero much was made of the easiness of beginnings- but it’s what happens in the weeks and months that follow and how we deal with difference and difficulty that defines the real quality of a relationship. Afterwards kids ran around in the dusk and we talked about hope. The kind of hope that is always present at events like these, but hangs particularly heavy in the air right now around Aotearoa in all the places where people are doing it tough. It’s in these communities that the community and voluntary sector are doing their most important work. Read more »

Sanctions for Christmas

photo of Trevor McGlincheyTrevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer
NZ Council for Christian Social Service

Work and Income – A Caring and Supportive Environment?

Reports from the members of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Service (NZCCSS) consistently relate to the negative treatment of New Zealand citizens at Work and Income offices.  These citizens were seeking to access their rightful support from the New Zealand Government. NZCCSS acknowledges that fine people are employed at Work and Income and they are committed to ensuring individuals and families do get the income and other supports they need.  Yet, somehow, people exposed to Work and Income feel demeaned and threatened by the way these offices work. Read more »

Let’s do this – better

Brenda Pilott
National Manager
Social Service Providers AotearoaBrenda photo

Moving from Opposition to Government is a major life change for any politician (and so is moving in the opposite direction).  New and mainly first-time ministers are settling in to their new roles, swotting up on the Cabinet manual, appointing new staff, absorbing reams of briefing papers, facing an endless stream of requests for meetings, and getting the wheels turning on their policy plans. Read more »

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