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Have your say: ComVoices Covid-19 and State of the Sector survey 2020

comvoices-2020-survey-social-media-postCommunity and voluntary organisations are urged to take part in the biennial ComVoices State of the Sector survey.

The survey provides vital information about the wellbeing of our community organisations which then helps ComVoices advocate effectively on your behalf.  We could not have begun to imagine what has transpired over the last few months.  Covid-19 has meant new ways of working and changed the landscape for our community organisations. Read more »

Join us at the Election Forum this afternoon

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Community organisations are today asking Members of Parliament and political party members to spell out their plans for the community and voluntary sector in the lead-up to New Zealand’s general election in September.

Being able to access services and feel connected with the communities we live, work and socialise in are essential to New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Read more »

Time to invest in social infrastructure

brenda-pilott-small-72dpiBrenda Pilott

National Manager | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

I wouldn’t want to be Grant Robertson right now.  As Minister of Finance he must have a mountain of decisions in front of him about what to prioritise with funding in this year’s Budget.  And I imagine most of the proposals have merit and all are important to some sector of our society.  Election year budgets always carry some extra pressure and take on a more political flavour, as they are part of the sales pitch for the incumbent parties to take to the electorate to show how well they are delivering. Read more »

Exploiting temporary migrants

nicola_2018-200x300Nicola Sutton

Chief Executive | English Language Partners New Zealand

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” Mahatma Gandhi.  In New Zealand, temporary migrant workers, including international students, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Read more »

The $630 million funding gap – how do we work together to close it?

brenda-pilott-small-72dpiNational Manager | Social Service Providers Aotearoa

People working in the social services sector have always known their organisations are under-funded but now we have an independent study that shows just how big the gap is between the funding government provides to our sector and what it actually costs to operate. 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 »

Major steps towards a more just, equal and sustainable future

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Pou Takawaenga – External Relations Coordinator | Hui E! Community Aotearoa

It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New Zealand – the government published its first progress report, the Voluntary National Review (VNR); a group of organisations launched New Zealand’s first People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and SDGs; and the School of Government of Victoria University of Wellington launched a new website with a view to providing a new hub for SDG discussions in New Zealand. Read more »

Welfare That Works For All

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Policy Advisor | New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services

We have reached a turning point for social welfare in this country with the release of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) report Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand.

The report sets out what we must do to rebalance our social welfare system in a way that ensures the dignity and mana for all. The coming months are crucial as the Government makes decisions about adopting the 42 recommendations.  Read more »

The Importance of Culture, Identity and Social Connectedness to Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

tayo-agunlejikaTayo Agunlejika

Executive Director | Multicultural NZ

The Treaty of Waitangi, as a founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand, provides a framework to strive for racial equity, partnership, kindness and fairness. We have made major gains in getting along with each other compared to other OECD, Commonwealth and francophone countries. Notwithstanding, we still have a long way to go in achieving racial justice especially now that we are witnessing foreign cultures and foreign toxic race politics infiltrating our polity, institutions and community – our kiwi culture of respect, DIY and fairness. Read more »

FRIDAY

tess-2-copyTess Casey

Chief Executive | Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

I sat down to write this blog on the afternoon of Friday 15 March.  It was supposed to be about Neighbours’ Day Aotearoa.  I think it still is.

It is hard to digest what has happened.  The terror attack in Christchurch was targeted at our Muslim community, and the people who bore the brunt of it were the innocent people in the mosques at the time and their families who are now dealing with grief, uncertainty and loss.  They are the people who first and foremost need our love, support and protection. The wider Muslim community is also grieving and feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Read more »

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