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Election 2020 political parties respond on community and voluntary sector

michelle-kitneyMichelle Kitney
Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

Delivering on policy agendas relies on a partnership between the government and the community and voluntary sector.

Volunteering generates the flows of wellbeing, public service, community building and social cohesion that are necessary for our communities to grow and thrive.

Volunteering New Zealand’s Election Manifesto 2020 called on political parties to protect and grow the mahi aroha, volunteering effort and effect in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read more »

Prompting and promoting participation

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Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Having more time to educate and support people to enrol and vote in the election is an upside of the date being moved to 17 October. But, how much do you know about participating in the election? Read more »

Community housing providers calling for bold, innovative action to fix the country’s housing crisis – participate in the webinar

Scott FigenshowScott Figenshow

Chief Executive | Community Housing Aotearoa

New Zealand’s community housing providers are asking politicians with their sights set on the Beehive to commit to bold, innovative action to fix the country’s housing crisis.  Community housing providers have written a ‘letter of expectations’ detailing a set of specific actions required in order for all New Zealanders to have somewhere that is safe, warm affordable and permanent to live.  Read more »

Time for those in Parliament to listen to the voice of the Community Sector

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Janet Miller

Organisation Manager | Community Research

“The view while one is in parliament that all change stems from there is far from correct. Nearly all causes with any value start outside parliament and are far ahead of parliamentary debates.  There is much more ability to change lives in the community than in parliament, particularly in the hands-off neoliberal age.” Liz Gordon The Daily Blog
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Have your say: ComVoices Covid-19 and State of the Sector survey 2020

comvoices-2020-survey-social-media-postCommunity and voluntary organisations are urged to take part in the biennial ComVoices State of the Sector survey.

The survey provides vital information about the wellbeing of our community organisations which then helps ComVoices advocate effectively on your behalf.  We could not have begun to imagine what has transpired over the last few months.  Covid-19 has meant new ways of working and changed the landscape for our community organisations. Read more »

Join us at the Election Forum this afternoon

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Community organisations are today asking Members of Parliament and political party members to spell out their plans for the community and voluntary sector in the lead-up to New Zealand’s general election in September.

Being able to access services and feel connected with the communities we live, work and socialise in are essential to New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Read more »

What does a thriving community and voluntary sector look like as we move into a post-pandemic era?

Insta Generic - WebinarElections matter and are a good opportunity to engage directly with those who make the decisions which impact the wellbeing of our society.  The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the inequalities which have festered far too long. Now is the time to shape a new way forward which provides as much focus on our social, cultural and environmental needs as the economic obsessions of the past. Read more »

Reflecting on March 15th 2019

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President | Multicultural New Zealand

There is something all New Zealanders are pausing and reflecting on this week. The tragedy that took place at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, where 51 people were killed and 49 injured by a white supremacist terrorist, is now a year old. Our country and people have moved through fear, grief, shame and outrage. Read more »

UN visit underlines importance of good homes as a basic human right

cushla-managhCushla Managh

Strategic Communications and Engagement Manager | Community Housing Aotearoa

In the past week we’ve had an unprecedented opportunity to shine an international spotlight on housing as a human right in Aotearoa – and while we’ve undoubtedly seen much to like, we’ve also seen firsthand what housing stress looks like for the many New Zealanders struggling to find somewhere good to call home. Read more »

Time to invest in social infrastructure

brenda-pilott-small-72dpiBrenda Pilott

National Manager | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

I wouldn’t want to be Grant Robertson right now.  As Minister of Finance he must have a mountain of decisions in front of him about what to prioritise with funding in this year’s Budget.  And I imagine most of the proposals have merit and all are important to some sector of our society.  Election year budgets always carry some extra pressure and take on a more political flavour, as they are part of the sales pitch for the incumbent parties to take to the electorate to show how well they are delivering. Read more »

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