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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 GlensorWhat 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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Getting Started with Hui E! Community Aotearoa

photo of dave HendersonFrom Dave Henderson
Coordinator
ANGOA – the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa

A great feeling this week that after months of talk between two key organisations – ANGOA and Social Development Partners. We’ve registered a new entity that will take us forward with renewed energy, inspiration and excitement.

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Doing Real Justice

photo of Phil McCarthyfrom Phil McCarthy
National Director, Prison Fellowship NZ

I spent 14 years as a General Manager in the Department of Corrections, 10 of those with responsibility for the Prison Service.  I always used to say that I wasn’t in the job because I ‘was into keys’.

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Managing volunteers, why is it important?

2014 Vanisa CEO_portrait1-5497_scoopfrom Vanisa Dhiru
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…

img-ros-riceFrom Ros Rice
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 »

Leave No One Behind

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From Tess Casey
CEO
NZ Vocational and Support Services (NZVASS)

I’m feeling out of step with my fellow New Zealanders.

I’ve just watched successive Leaders’ Debates and followed the subsequent political commentary in the media. Most of it is obsessed with sound-bites and picking a winner and loser.

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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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Guest Opinion: Government and NGO partnerships

Community Scoop Op-Ed By Iris Clanachan CEO Community Housing Aotearoa

NGOs have the capacity to innovate and adapt more quickly than Government and this can be a threat to ministries. If, however, Government and NGOs are working together and sharing their knowledge and skills, New Zealand as a whole can benefit. NGOs suffer from a lack of resources and a general estrangement from the State. Unless they become partners with Government, and not competitors, capacity-building initiatives will continue to be stunted. Read more »

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