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Election Guide Special!

Anya Satyanand
Executive Officer
Ara TaiohiAnya_ComVoices (1)

This blog is a guide to spotting a problematic moral panic, and attempts to provide some advice on how to respond.
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“Don’t Panic!” – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

DianneDianne Armstrong
Arthritis New Zealand

It’s almost impossible to go a day without reading or listening to a heart rending story in the news media relating to insufficient funding for a myriad of services, drugs, individuals or charities. Read more »

Not rocket science at all …

anaru-fraser-huie-3Anaru Fraser
General Manager
Hui E!

Te Iwa o Matariki is upon us and soon the 9 stars of Pleiades will emit their brilliance….yes, that’s 9 not 7 as normally depicted. But as the Māori New Year beckons us so too does the promise of a new era, a new generation of people, planet and prosperity, yes, the dawning of the age of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more »

How do we know we’re making a difference?

Josie PaganiJosie Pagani
Council for International Development

It’s two years since 193 countries, including New Zealand, and many businesses and civil society organisation across the world signed up to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). So how are we doing? The report is unclear. Which isn’t surprising. There are 17 goals, 169 targets and about 240 indicators. Too many to measure? Too many organisations doing the measuring  – or not enough? Read more »

Celebrate Our Uniqueness – Plan the Way Forward

 photo of Trevor McGlincheyTrevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer, NZCCSS

What incredible value we, the community social services sector, provide to our nation. After over 8 years of operation without any increase in funding, we are still delivering better services to more clients, people and families, who have increasingly complex needs. Well done. Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back for this incredible work and celebrate the huge contribution we collectively make to the wellbeing of our clients, our communities and our society. Read more »

Budget 2017 – where’s the Justice?

Katie Bruce
Just Speak

It was hidden, but there was an announcement of housing 1800 more people, and we’re not talking insecure housing here. This housing is certainly secure…

There is five times as much money to house more people in prison than for social housing in this budget. A billion dollars. The same cost as the entire budget for Treaty Settlements. Ironic really given that over 1000 of the people ‘housed’ by this expansion will be Māori. Read more »

On the darker side of volunteer work

Scott Millar Aug 2015_croppedScott Miller
Chief Executive
Volunteering New Zealand

Conflict. Never particularly enjoyable,  but a reality for almost 80% of organisations that involve volunteers, according to our soon to be published State of Volunteering Report.

This darker side of volunteer work can obviously can take many forms, but through today’s blog, I want to shine a light on two forms of conflict that Volunteering New Zealand regularly hears about: bullying and the disregard for natural justice. Read more »

Budget 2017 and the voices of young people

Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satynand
Executive Officer
Ara Taiohi

Youth Week 2017 begins today! Over the next 9 days we’re encouraging young people to stand up, to speak, and to be counted. We want to amplify conversations about our astounding young people, and more importantly, conversations with them. We’ll count all the different ways that young people are making their voices heard, and remind the country about why we should listen to the perspectives of more of our young people in our communities, our democracy, and our economy. Read more »

This isn’t how we do things (or is it?)

Brenda photoBrenda Pilott
National Manager
Social Service Providers Aotearoa

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro didn’t have a very good day on Sunday 14 May.  Speaking to delegates at National’s Auckland regional conference, in a “presentation laced with political menace against those who question National’s performance on housing” as a reporter described it, he talked extremely frankly about how providers who express a political view or engage in political activity critical of the government may find themselves without contracts in future. Read more »

Imagine a world where community organisations such as the National Council of Women didn’t need to exist.

comvoices-picture-1Greta Parker
Marketing & Communications Mgr
National Council of Women of NZ

One day I’d like to do myself out of a job. One day I’d like organisations such as the National Council of Women, Age Concern, Women’s Refuge and Barnardos to close down – not because we’ve run out of funding – but because New Zealanders no longer discriminate based on gender, abuse older people, incite violence against women or leave our children to go hungry and cold. Read more »

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