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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 »

The Harcourts Foundation Reaches $6 Million Milestone

Press Release – Harcourts Foundation

The Harcourts Foundation, the charitable arm of Harcourts, has reached the milestone of $6 million raised since its launch in 2008. That translates to 732 charities supported, 356 communities impacted, and over 970 grants made through Harcourts offices in New … Read more »

Women empowered with cycle workshops

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Cycling workshops for migrant, former refugee and low income women are coming to local communities with an aim to empower people with a safe, low cost form of transport. Read more »

Royal Commission of Inquiry into Mosque Attacks

Press Release – Royal Commission of Inquiry into Attack on ChCh

Four months into the inquiry, the Royal Commission is gathering significant information and continues to receive valuable submissions from the public, from current and former State servants, experts and community groups. Read more »

‘Whole of Organisation’ Approach Leads to Award Nominations

Press Release – Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology has been announced as a finalist in two categories of the Westpac Auckland Business Awards. Read more »

Today we celebrate our smokefree future

Press Release – Hapai Te Hauora Tapui

This morning, the tobacco control sector and community members will be welcomed onto Kkiri marae to celebrate the launch of the Whakah o Te P Harakeke research programme which aims to help reduce smoking disparities and achieve a Smokefree Aotearoa. Read more »

Govt tells big cities: grow up and out

Article – BusinessDesk

Nimbys, carparks and the status quo under threat as govt tells big cities: grow up and out Read more »

LGNZ welcomes a fresh look on urban development policy

Press Release – Local Government NZ

LGNZ will carefully consider the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) to assess if it meets the Governments aim of enabling urban development or simply adds more red tape to the planning process. Read more »

Ngāpuhi elder ‘shocked’ by conditions at Ngawha Prison

Article – RNZ

A prominent Ngpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard. Read more »

Auckland Needs a Pacific Cultural Centre Now

Press Release – Edwin Puni

For too long our voice has gone unheard. It’s time for us to stand up and be counted. Auckland has the largest Pacific population (300,000) of any city in the world. That’s a compelling point of difference and cause for celebration. A Pacific Cultural Centre … Read more »

Hapū ready to occupy mountain to stop cell phone tower

Article – RNZ

Hap in Northland are willing to occupy a mountain in Hokianga, and be arrested if necessary, in order to stop the construction of a cell phone tower. Read more »