Community Scoop

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 »

Same Same but Different Different

Press Release – Heretaunga Women’s Centre

The Heretaunga Womens Centre, based in Hastings, is gearing up for its annual September month of celebrations. Margot Wilson Centre Manager says this is special time for the centre, because its when the centre takes a pause to look outward … Read more »

Parliament: Questions and Answers – August 20

Press Release – Hansard

1. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister : Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions? Read more »

Harcourts Dancing for Hospice reaches new heights

Press Release – Harcourts

What do you get when you take 20 local personalities that have virtually no dance experience, put them through a rigorous 15-week training programme and put them in front of full house of over 2,000 people? Read more »

Real prison justice requires more than punishment

Press Release – Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes new proposals for prison reform put forward by the Minister of Corrections and non-government organisations recently. Read more »

Importance of support services highlighted this Daffodil Day

Press Release – Cancer Society

20 August 2019 Cancer Society puts importance of support services in spotlight this Daffodil Day The Cancer Society is asking people to dig deep to help Kiwis facing cancer when they donate on Daffodil Day, Friday 30 August. Read more »

Unintended consequences for prisoners

Press Release – Office of the Ombudsman

The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier says the Northland Regional Corrections Facility is persisting with policies that are preventing it from achieving its full potential. Read more »

SOH Storytelling: Odyssey House partnership story

Press Release – Switched On

Switched On is proud to have supported Odyssey House in Christchurch to set up a social enterprise supplying window sashes and frames for social housing projects. The initiative provides training opportunities for men in Odysseys residential … Read more »

‘Living after midnight’ report highlights local policy

Press Release – Local Government NZ

LGNZ welcome The New Zealands Initiatives Living after midnight report as an important step to advance the debate around how councils protect their communities, but also allow the night-time economy to thrive. Read more »

Marae experience for international students

Press Release – Great South

Some of Southlands international students now know the true meaning of manaakitanga. On Saturday 17 August, 26 international students were hosted on Murihiku Marae for the opportunity to learn more about Te Ao Maori (the Maori world). Read more »

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei To Benefit from New Health Initiative

Press Release – Zoom Pharmacy

Thousands of Ngti Whtua rkei hap members are set to benefit from a new health care initiative designed to improve their access to prescription medication. Read more »