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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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Getting Started with Hui E! Community Aotearoa

photo of dave HendersonFrom Dave Henderson
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?

photo of [name of author]from 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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