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Loneliness kills

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.” – Robert Waldinger.

A number of longitudinal studies out of Harvard show that “Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.”   Read more »

Funding non-profits without strings, do unicorns exist?

marionblakeMarion Blake

Chief Executive | Platform Charitable Trust

Every day community organisations wrestle with ways they can get money to do the work they’re good at. The wrestling match starts the moment someone utters the dreaded words “where can we get funding from”. Read more »

Bringing Te Tiriti alive in our work

Janet Miller

Organisation Manager | Community Research

“Our change will be driven and always has been driven from the grassroots, and that is why community organisations modelling and bringing Te Tiriti alive in their work is such an important part of a flourishing Aotearoa.” Jen Margaret Read more »

Tatou Tatou E! All of us together

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice

Executive Officer | Community Networks Aotearoa

On the 27th and 28th of August two National organisations, Community Networks Aotearoa and the New Zealand Council of Social Services are working together for their biennial conference.  To be held in Wellington this year, the theme of the conference is Tātou Tātou E! Everyone Together the value of relationships in building wellbeing. Read more »

Major steps towards a more just, equal and sustainable future

ronjaievers-headshot1Ronja Ievers

Pou Takawaenga – External Relations Coordinator | Hui E! Community Aotearoa

It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New Zealand – the government published its first progress report, the Voluntary National Review (VNR); a group of organisations launched New Zealand’s first People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and SDGs; and the School of Government of Victoria University of Wellington launched a new website with a view to providing a new hub for SDG discussions in New Zealand. Read more »

Community connectors

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive, English Language Partners New Zealand

 “How can I meet new people? How can I connect?” a migrant newcomer asked herself after arriving in New Zealand knowing no one. Read more »

Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together

michelle-kitneyMichelle Kitney

Director of Communications and Sector Development | Volunteering New Zealand

This week, 16-22 June people, communities and organisations throughout Aotearoa have collaborated and connected to celebrate National Volunteer Week (NVW).

When we volunteer our time we send a message about what is important in our communities. This NVW we celebrate the diversity of volunteers and volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action in Aotearoa. Read more »

Identity: Working with 2sLGBTQI+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Canada

brendan-halamaBrendan Halama 

MaCYC Student/ Intern for Youth Week and Rainbow Ready | Ara Taiohi 

 “There was something in the air that night, that shone so bright”- ABBA. Many of the times I think things are going wrong in the world, there are reminders of why I keep going. Read more »

Empathy birthed out of challenges: newcomers strengthening Kiwi communities

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“His empathy towards victims, I imagine, is birthed out of his own challenges and trials in El Salvador,” Inspector Brendon Keenan said about Eric, a member of the police force. “He brings a greater degree of trust and confidence to our community.” Read more »

Will a solid foundation for housing be laid in the Wellbeing Budget 2019?

chris-glaudelChris Glaudel

Deputy Director | Community Housing Aotearoa

The first Wellbeing Budget will be released this Thursday, 30 May.  Expectations are high across many sectors for new or increased levels of funding.  Community housing is no exception.  A warm, safe and dry affordable home is the foundation for wellbeing. This came through clearly in the Mental Health Inquiry and the Welfare Expert Advisory Group reports. Read more »

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