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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 »

There’s an election coming. Why vote?

Warren L 200x300Warren Lindberg
Chief Executive Officer
Public Health Association/ 
Kahui Hauora Tumatanui

Much concern has been expressed about the ‘missing million’ who didn’t vote in 2014 (actually 729,560 or 23.23% of the 93% of those eligible and enrolled to vote).

The angst is particularly targeted at younger citizens, generally 18-29, particularly those of Maori, Pasifika and Asian ethnicity, but a proportion of all ages did not vote, the majority under 45. Public debate about this phenomenon has tended to leap to negative judgment about the reasons for not voting: most often phrased as “didn’t bother”. Consequently, solutions proposed have tended to the punitive, ranging from making it compulsory (as in Australia), to making it easier by doing it online. Read more »

Having a choice – “some people have all the luck!”

Gabrielle OBrienGabrielle O’Brien
Chief Executive Officer 
Birthright NZ

Yesterday was my day off (or “day on” as another working parent named it), when I got to do lots of different things and be “Me” in lots of different ways.

The day started with “Exercise Me” and my regular Wednesday run with a good friend – it’s never pretty, we’re not fast and if it wasn’t for the peer pressure and chance to catch up, it wouldn’t happen! Read more »

Waihoa ko ōku whengu Mauria mai ko ōku painga: Heed not my weaknesses, Nurture my strengths.

Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satyanand
Executive Officer
Ara Taiohi

Alongside the smorgasbord of natural disasters we’ve experienced as a nation over the last 6 months, a tectonic shift is quickening across our policy landscape. Social investment has been getting real. Yesterday we heard that a predictive risk index may form the centrepiece in the redesign of the school decile system. The community sector is being rocked to the core at organisational and professional level by MSD’s new contracting requirements which include individual client level data to support their social investment approach. Read more »

MSD IT Enquiry Not Enough

The announcement of an enquiry into the privacy failure of MSD’s online reporting platform for community organisations required to provide individual client data (ICLD) addresses only one of the Privacy Commissioner’s four recommendations, says ComVoices.

“The just announced enquiry is deflecting us from the real question”, said Trevor McGlinchey, ComVoices Spokesperson.  “The question at the heart of the enquiry should be why are we collecting data that the Privacy Commissioner has said is ‘…excessive, disproportionate to government’s legitimate needs and therefore inconsistent with the privacy principles’?”. Read more »

Collaboration – a view from small NGOs

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

Why is the idea of collaborating so hard?

Well, first of all let’s look at the word.  Collaboration can mean many things and not always positive things.  In World War 2 collaborators were considered to be people who worked with the enemy against their own communities.  To be exposed as a collaborator could literally mean your death. Read more »

Fiction is the new fact

photo of Tess CaseyTess Casey
Chief Executive
Inclusive NZ

Truth has always been a bit of a movable feast.   Any student of history, or parent who has tried to get to the bottom of an argument between their kids, knows that there are two sides to every story.  It’s the reason that the Romans portrayed the goddess of justice holding scales.  Getting to the truth isn’t as straightforward as you’d think. Read more »

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