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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 »

Money versus passion: parliamentary lobbying

Warren Lindberg
Chief Executive
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“It’s a great time to be a lobbyist,” according to Victoria University politics teacher and independent blogger, Bryce Edwards. Dr Edwards advises that lobbyists are in big demand whenever there’s a change of government.  It’s a prime opportunity for influence at a time when the new government has to move quickly on at least some of its promises and can’t rely entirely on the advice of government departments that have been driven by a different political philosophy from their predecessor.

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Reality bytes

Catriona McLagan
Icatrionanformation Analyst/Advisor 
Platform Charitable Trust

It’s interesting to notice that we have a natural tendency to imbue technology with either good or bad qualities.  The thing about technology, be it social media platforms or 3D printers, is that it’s us humans that are creating and using it.  It is neither good nor bad.  It has usefulness and it can create or exacerbate problems.  It can be used in ways that enhance our society and ways that undermine it.  At the recent NetHui I attended, these conversations were infused in almost every session.  Below are my three main observations from the hui. Read more »

Messages from Australia

 

Ros  Rice Ros 2015 short hair
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

At the recent NZCCSS and C.N.A conference we had three Australian keynote speakers travel to present to us. Read more »

Let’s make equality, reality for all New Zealanders

gill_greer_prencwGill Greer
Chief Executive Officer
National Council of Women of NZ

As I write this blog on Saturday, I see the paper sitting next to me. The Dominion headline is “Female leader will make a difference.” Read more »

Making it work

Tim Barnett
Chief Executive
National Building Financial
Capability Charitable Trusttim-barnett

When – months ago – I accepted the kind invitation to write a blog towards the end of October, the thought that it would be the one to herald the arrival of a government of Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens wasn’t exactly at the forefront of my mind.  But it happened, and here we are.  And what’s on offer is a journey like never before. We are promised a referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use, new law to prevent waka-jumping, a $1 billion regional development fund, 100 000 high quality, affordable new homes in the next 10 years, a full review of the social investment approach and much much more.  The context is the most significant and comprehensive questioning to date in New Zealand of the neoliberal approach, and the social damage generated by that approach is a strong driver. Read more »

Getting ready for government

Brenda photoBrenda Pilott
National Manager
Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA)

I’m writing this column as we near an announcement about which parties will form the next government.  It’s been a week since the final election results were declared and three weeks since the polls closed.  Read more »

A couple of things we can really influence

Anaru Fraser 
General Manager anaru-fraser-huie-2
Hui E!

Anei…post election…and we’re counting down towards the formation of our new government…will it be National-NZ First, or Labour-NZ First-Greens, or what’s possible but probably unlikely…a National-Greens coalition? Read more »

Nga Patai, nga patai (Questions, questions)

Tess Casey
Chief Executive
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Kia ora tatou!

I wasn’t going to write about the election but I can’t help myself.  I’m only recently back from a month away and I’m still struggling to figure out what has happened while I was gone.  When I left the election campaigning hadn’t really started but I wasn’t anticipating anything to be different from the other election campaigns in recent memory.  There’d be some debates, there’d be some policy announcements, there might be some election bribes, there’d be some mud-slinging and insults and there’d be some polls.  Quite frankly, we were all more interested in what was happening in US politics than we were with what was happening in our own back yard. Read more »

Strategising for change – elections and community-based social services policy

Trevor McGlinchy
Executive Officer
NZ Council of Christian Social Services                                                                                                                                                                   photo of Trevor McGlinchey

As we move towards 23 September and the General Election we know that we will have a new government in place. Whether that is a new version of the National Party led government we have had for the last 9 years or a Labour led alliance we do not know.   Read more »

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