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Nga Patai, nga patai (Questions, questions)

Tess Casey
Chief Executive
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Kia ora tatou!

I wasn’t going to write about the election but I can’t help myself.  I’m only recently back from a month away and I’m still struggling to figure out what has happened while I was gone.  When I left the election campaigning hadn’t really started but I wasn’t anticipating anything to be different from the other election campaigns in recent memory.  There’d be some debates, there’d be some policy announcements, there might be some election bribes, there’d be some mud-slinging and insults and there’d be some polls.  Quite frankly, we were all more interested in what was happening in US politics than we were with what was happening in our own back yard. Read more »

Strategising for change – elections and community-based social services policy

Trevor McGlinchy
Executive Officer
NZ Council of Christian Social Services                                                                                                                                                                   photo of Trevor McGlinchey

As we move towards 23 September and the General Election we know that we will have a new government in place. Whether that is a new version of the National Party led government we have had for the last 9 years or a Labour led alliance we do not know.   Read more »

What can we learn from the case of Jacinda Ardern?

Catriona McLeod
Information Analyst/Advisorcatriona
Platform Trust

Wouldn’t you know it, just as I was putting the final full stop on the blog I had written, Andrew Little stepped down as Labour leader and Jacinda Ardern was nominated as his replacement.  As a woman of a similar age, I couldn’t very well miss this opportunity to say a few things about my experience of being a woman of our generation in New Zealand. Read more »

Feed the passion

Ros Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks AotearoaRos 2015 short hair

Why did you originally get involved with a Charity or Not For Profit?  For me it was the experience in my 30’s of going through a divorce and ending up on the domestic purposes benefit.  To quote Monty Python “and you think you had it bad!!!” Read more »

Election Guide Special!

Anya Satyanand
Executive Officer
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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
CFRE 
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
Director
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
Director
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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 »

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