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A generous hospitality?

P1050738 (2)Phil McCarthy
National Director
Prison Fellowship New Zealand

 Recently, in the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, of which I’m part, we’ve focused on what ‘A Generous Hospitality’ might look like.  It’s easy these days to despair as we observe what is happening in this country and in the world around us.   The world is not majoring on hospitality!  The sight on our TV screens of American Republican political candidates is deeply troubling as they spew hatred, actively foster racism and violence, glorify war and even war crimes, seek to exploit people’s fear of minorities into votes for political office, and firmly divide the world into ‘us’ and ‘them’ camps Read more »

Sustainability and social enterprise: questions, questions, questions

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice, Executive Officer,
Community Networks Aotearoa

Is sustainability in the NFP community actually possible?  It’s something we hear about a great deal, and yet it is probably the most difficult thing to achieve.

It presumes that we should all be able to access regular funding or funds that will enable us to survive without going to Government or to Philanthropic organisations again, but where does this ‘magic’ supply of money come from. Read more »

Reflecting on resigning

Wren Green CID_croppedDr Wren Green, Director
Council for International Development

We lead busy lives. We juggle demands at work with obligations at home, and often community commitments as well. Time to reflect, to take stock on how well we are doing and how well we are coping seems hard to find. It’s like the mirage of water across the desert sands, desirable but forever out of reach. I’ve heard the clichés often enough: set aside time at the end of each day to review your accomplishments, have regular days for staff reflections, celebrate wins, etc.  Yeah right. Congratulations if you do all these things, but I confess they slip past me.  So call me disorganised and I’ll agree with you. Read more »

Complaints are constructive

Raewyn FoxRaewyn Fox, CEO
The New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services

Yes you did read that correctly, I said constructive not destructive.

In New Zealand no matter how much we try to break historic stereotypes, we do tend to still have a “she’ll be right” attitude and hesitate to rock the boat.

When it comes to standing up for our rights, we often hesitate. In the not-for-profit ‘helping’  sector, we are very good at standing up for other people’s rights, but not always for our own. Read more »

Donald Trump and mana

Tess Casey, CEO
Inclusive New Zealandphoto of Tess Casey

In the same way that other people binge-watch TV programmes on Netflix, I’m binge-watching the US Elections.  Who would have thought we would see Donald Trump (a billionaire TV personality) and Bernie Sanders (a self-described socialist) looking like they could have a chance at the US Presidency?  In some ways Bernie Sanders’ success is even more surprising than Trump’s.  Socialists are generally deeply mistrusted in the US.
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Get outside the box, then think!

photo of Gabrielle O'BrienGabrielle O’Brien, Chief Executive
Birthright New Zealand

Two months into 2016 and a steady flow of information has come across my computer screen.  Social change statistics, analysis of the characteristics of children at most risk, a report on support networks or lack thereof for some New Zealanders have all featured.  Within reason, I can find information about any subject that interests me.   Reports come from Government, independent research bodies and other NGOs. Often they disagree and contradict each other but there’s always food for thought whatever the angle.  These reports are written by a range of experts who have put intelligent thought, the discipline of their profession or training and a genuine interest in finding solutions into their work.   Increasingly, however, I am struck by the piece of the puzzle that’s often missing.  Read more »

Data is King

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

The need for government funded social services providers to have effective data collection methods has never been stronger.  Government contracted organisations must demonstrate they are recruiting the ‘right’ clients, delivering the ‘right’ services and achieving the ‘desired outcomes’ or risk losing their funding to organisations with better client data collection and outcome reporting systems. Read more »

The motherhood challenge

photo of Sue McCabeSue McCabe, Chief Executive
National Council of Women of New Zealand

The Motherhood Challenge – nope – that’s not the right title for this column.

The Women’s Challenge? Better but not quite there.

The Gender Challenge aka Our Challenge. Tick. Read more »

A better internet is up to all of us

photo of Vanisa DhiruVanisa Dhiru, Executive Director
2020 Trust

Whether we like it or not, the internet is part of our lives. I spent 30 minutes on Skype this weekend with a friend overseas, helping him set up a new iPhone he had gifted his mother.

In minutes we had set up her iCloud, Find My iPhone, email, What’s App, banking and local news apps. Together, we checked online that her contacts had synced in the cloud and we created new folders for her photos. Her online life was sorted out in just a few minutes. We even downloaded a few games for her – and in my travels around the App Store, a new ‘zen’ online colouring book app! Read more »

Outcomes are what our communities want

photo of Peter GlensorPeter Glensor, General Manager
Hui E! Community Aotearoa

As a sector the challenge for us is to reclaim a sense of who we are, and the values that drive us. During this coming year there will be a whole host of ways in which we can do this work. One of the things that’s on the agenda at the moment is outcomes based contracting. Read more »

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