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What makes a good life for a young person?

profile-pic-meganMegan Thomas

Interim CE | Birthright New Zealand

When growing up in a single parent household or being a young single parent.

This week a report was released outlining children and young people’s views on what makes a good life.  This was a collaboration between the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki, supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The aim was to ensure children and young people’s voices were heard in the development of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. It is fantastic to have this collection of first-hand children and young people’s voices to guide us in our work. Read more »

Doing well on wellbeing

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Imagine moving to a new country where the language, customs, and expectations radically differ from yours. On top of this, you are young. Maintaining good wellbeing as a newcomer is hard. However, multicultural young people have strong positive characteristics that supports their wellbeing despite the challenges. Read more »

What was that you said?

mothertongueposterNicola Sutton

Chief Executive

English Language Partners New Zealand

 

Maintaining a mother tongue matters. It is an important step in language learning for children and plays a huge role in the development of personal, social and cultural identity. And, in turn, knowing our identity is important to maintaining wellbeing. This all seems highly pertinent on Waitangi Day where spoken te reo Maori is a powerful reminder of identity and its connection with language. Read more »

♬ All I want for Christmas is ….. ♫

stephanie-popeStephanie Pope
Director | Te Wana Quality Programme

Well I guess I must have been on the Santa nice list because the very day I submit my blog copy bemoaning the delay in hearing any news about the Whānau Ora review report then this happens: Read more »

Rainbow competency for mainstream organisations

janeeditedJack Trolove

Director | Rainbow Ready 

Jane Zintl

CEO | Ara Taiohi

Youth suicide is at epic proportions in Aotearoa.  This is not news to many, in fact most of us are personally affected by this reality at some level.  Perhaps less well known is that young people from our rainbow communities (those who identify as LGBTQI+) are amongst the highest rates of youth suicide, especially trans and gender diverse young people.  We are doing something wrong, and this has to change. Read more »

Wasted talent: migrant volunteers

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

Forty percent of Auckland residents were born outside New Zealand. Other regions also have growing numbers of migrants and former refugees, many whose first language is other than English. Diverse skills, different cultural lenses, resilience gained by uprooting and resettling in a new location, and a keenness to fit in and be part of what is going on are just some of the benefits gained from involving newcomers. Read more »

Moving forward and lessons from across the ditch

soraiyaSoraiya Daud

Communications Advisor | FinCap

As the Communications Advisor at FinCap I thought I would use this blog post as an opportunity to talk about FinCap and the changes that have happened in the financial capability and budgeting sector.

You might be thinking, who on earth is FinCap and what do they do? Read more »

A Broken Welfare System

photo of Trevor McGlincheyTrevor McGlinchey

Executive Officer | New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services

New Zealand’s once proud social security system is broken.  You can help fix it, add your voice to the call for change. Go to http://weag.govt.nz/  and have your say (before 9th November). Read more »

Ignorance is not bliss – context is everything

Nina Herriman

Chief Storyteller | National Council of Women of New Zealand

When I was a kid, they told me girls can do anything, and I believed them.  I still do.  That career as a top gun fighter pilot?  Still on the cards.  Every time I score a try at touch rugby, part of me waits for that call from Steve Hansen.  (Narrator: Nina never scores a try at touch rugby.) Despite a lifetime of very honest feedback from my family on my musical abilities, I’m certain I could make it as a rock star . Read more »

Lies, damned lies and statistics? Telling accurate stories from data

Nina Herriman

Chief Storyteller | National Council of Women of New Zealand

Gender Equal NZ, led by the National Council of Women is currently working on a Gender Dashboard which will collate and analyse data to build a shared understanding of the status of all women in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I’m going to explain here how we’re going use the Gender Dashboard to tell accurate stories about gender inequality. Read more »

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