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Māori Language Week: Te Reo and workplace wellbeing

michelle-kitneyMichelle Kitney

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori  | Māori Language Week we’re reflecting on the link between speaking te Reo at work and job satisfaction. There are many meaningful ways to learn and use te Reo and we hope to inspire you to try some of them.  Read more »

Loneliness kills

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.” – Robert Waldinger.

A number of longitudinal studies out of Harvard show that “Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.”   Read more »

Te Rautaki mō Whanaungatanga

katie-bruceDr Katie Bruce

Chief Executive | Volunteering New Zealand

The last few weeks have demonstrated the power of volunteering and the need to connect through our differences.

Volunteering brings communities together, allowing people to work with and across our differences. Volunteering is time you spend for the benefit of the community without expectation of payment. It is a language of care and aroha. The meaning of volunteering, mahi aroha and social action differs. For Māori (mahi aroha) and Pacific peoples, for example, it is deeply rooted in culture. Read more »

Reaching out to each other

coalition-photo-13-feb-2019Louise Rees

National Social Connection Adviser | Age Concern New Zealand

On Friday afternoon, one week after the terrorist attack in Christchurch, I went to the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington to be with others during the two-minute silence. As we waited, there were quiet conversations as people shared their reactions to the attack. A prevalent theme was that racism does exist in New Zealand, and that we need to recognize and challenge it, in ourselves and in others. 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 »

‘Uber’ is coming to the NGO Sector

Josie PaganiJosie Pagani
Director
Council for International  Development

International NGOs are changing the way they work. Part of that is a response to the public who are changing the way they give.

While the New Zealand public continues to be the principle source of funding for international NGOs, providing 56% of revenues, that support has declined by nearly 15% over a decade (18% of NGO funds comes from government, and 26% from self- generated income – selling goods and services).

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