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Perfect Planning – a smooth year

 Raewyn Foxfrom Raewyn Fox, Chief Executive
New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services Inc.

Every year I promise myself, next year I will plan properly at the beginning so things go smoothly. Well, year after year I fail, muddle through and end up feeling stressed many times along the way. This time I decided it was time to break the mould.

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Governance and Management – Doing it our way

photo of Peter Glensorfrom Peter Glensor
General Manager – Kaiwhakahaere Matua
Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Like others, I’ve been working in the community and voluntary, the NGO sector, for many years.

This sector is a huge part of our community life here in NZ – “if in doubt, form a committee” was supposed to be the saying!!  Now, there are nearly 100,000 formal “Not for Profit Institutions” in NZ, according to the nearly 10 year old work of Statistics NZ.  A very large number of people are involved in leadership and in the active work of these groups – some with paid staff but many with none.  Some doing highly skilled and technical professional work, others, engaging with a cross section of ordinary people who have committed themselves to the organisation’s goals.

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Community is the Answer: What’s the Question?

TaraD'Souza-ComVoicespicfrom Tara D’Sousa
National Manager, Social Service Providers Aotearoa Inc.

In November last year I participated in the Wellington seminar facilitated by Margaret Wheatley which was captivatingly titled: “Community is the Answer”. It was inspirational. Whatever the issue, says Meg Wheatley, community is the answer. For me it continued to raise a critical line of questioning: what is the place of community in New Zealand, and what part does community development play in the New Zealand NGO sector? Read more »

Relationship Work is important

 from Ros Rice RosRice-pic
Executive Officer, Community Networks Aotearoa (formally NZCOSS)

It’s 2015, and everything is already going crazy.  I have had meetings all over the place, and the first thing I notice is that things are changing.

Organisations are closing and opening, people have new jobs and other people have moved to new positions in the same organisations.  How do we keep track? Read more »

Who should our National Economy serve?

photo of Trevor McGlincheyfrom Trevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)

Happy 2015 – even in the face of negative international economic influences it seems we are confident with the growth of the New Zealand economy.  It is predicted by some leading economists that New Zealand will prosper. But what does this mean? Is the economy of the nation for all of its citizens or just a select few? Do some deserve an ever increasing proportion of the nation’s wealth while others stagnate of even find their quality of life diminishing?

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Don’t hide unless you’re being chased by a dog

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from Tess Casey
CEO of Inclusive NZ (formerly NZ VASS)

This being the first ComVoices blog for 2015, it seemed apt to focus on New Year’s resolutions.  Except that I’m not that big on New Year’s resolutions. They sound like hard work and a bit joyless.  And, like a lot of people, I’m not that good at them.  I find it hard to settle on one or two manageable and achievable goals so either I don’t start or I get distracted and forget I’ve started.  Read more »

To go far, we go together

Sue photo editedfrom Sue McCabe
Chief Executive of the National Council of Women of New Zealand

I’m a believer that New Zealand is a great country and could be greater. However, like other countries, we have some serious problems. There are far too many people in New Zealand with, to put it bluntly, crap lives due to poverty, violence, ill-health etc.

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Giving really is better than receiving

photo of Gabrielle O'Brienfrom Gabrielle O’Brien
CEO, Birthright New Zealand

December –the beginning of the season of goodwill to all…

No, it’s not a ‘Tui ad’ although you may be excused for thinking that is the case.  At a time of year which is punctuated by deadlines: the usual “busyness” of day to day business overlaid by end of year pressure; a layer of social functions, school break ups, concerts, and multiple other demands, it can simply seem easier to say “bah humbug!” Read more »

Have a stress-free Christmas!

photo of Raewyn Foxfrom Raewyn Fox
CEO, NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services

Yes I know it is only November but if you truly want to feel de-stressed by Christmas Day, you must start now.

Last weekend I went out and bought the first few Christmas presents for my family. It felt so good to have a head start that I will be doing more of this over the next weekend or two with the goal of being all finished and having it all wrapped up before December.

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A Letter from North America

photo of Peter Glensorfrom Peter Glensor
Executive Director of Social Development Partners

What am I doing writing a ComVoices blog when I’m on holiday…

It seemed like a good idea before I left, that’s why and now we’re in Seattle (family) and Vancouver (friends) for two weeks after the hard work and huge excitement of getting Hui E! established.

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