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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

ronjaievers-headshot1Ronja Ievers

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

paul_barber_may2019Paul Barber

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 »

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 »

Ending homelessness in Aotearoa – will Budget 2018 do the trick?

marc-and-scott-resizedScott Figenshow
Chief Executive, and
Marc Slade
Senior Programme Manager
Community Housing Aotearoa

The Government has made a commitment to end child poverty, with housing at the heart of its policies to achieve this. Budget 2018 included a NZ$100m emergency housing package to tackle the growing problem of homelessness, and $2 billion towards the KiwiBuild affordable homes programme – moves heralded by some as ‘momentous’. Read more »

What is a charity?

Ros 2015 short hairRos Rice
Executive Officer
Community Networks Aotearoa

In a discussion the other day, the subject of ‘What is the definition of a Charity’ came up?

This is an interesting question because this subject has been grappled with for a long time. If we look to what is currently being held up as a definition, that which is used by the Charities Commission, the definition is actually based on the Statute of Charitable Uses which came into force in 1601 directly after the Poor Law of 1601.  Read more »

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