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Collaboration in action – the importance of community

By Charlotte Van Doorn (Collaborative Practice Coordinator, SociaLink) As we all know, the last two and a half years of living and working with a pandemic in our midst has been challenging in many ways.Change is never easy and when change is ongoing it takes its toll....

Volunteer Bay of Plenty to close its doors

After 17 years of dedicated service to the volunteering sector and local communities, Volunteering Bay of Plenty will be closing as a registered non-profit charity, acting Chair Berenice Langson said. “Unfortunately, Covid has made its impact in various ways, and it...

TECT funding boost for Community Insights

TECT funding will allow SociaLink’s Community Insights to support Western Bay of Plenty community organisations with useful data for another two years. The website, www.communityinsights.org.nz, provides Western Bay of Plenty community organisations with up-to-date...

Interesting Research

Interesting Pieces of Research and ArticlesHealthcare workers in New Zealand already face life-and-death decisions daily. But as multiple winter illnesses add pressure to a system already stretched by COVID, staff now also have to deal with daily abuse, acute staff...

Shining the light on Child Poverty

Shining the light on Child Poverty 24 May, Post-Budget 2022 Speaker Event Shining The Light on Child Poverty included three speakers - Alan Johnson, National Deputy Convenor for CPAG, Hana Seddon, a social worker from the Salvation Army and senior associate at the...

What is fuelling the racist backlash?

The introduction of co-governance as part of the Three Waters reform and the establishment of a new national Māori Health Authority seems to have created a noticeable racial backlash, whether it’s due to opposition to co-governance or, at its worst, expressed as...

SociaLink meets with Minister

SociaLink Western Bay of Plenty met with the Minister of the Community and Voluntary Sector Priyancha Radhakrishnan, who was promoted to Cabinet this week.They also met with Minister of Women and Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti who is also Associate Minister of Education...

Matariki

Are you, like us, looking forward to Aotearoa’s new Matariki holiday (on Friday 24 June)?  The stars of Matariki will reappear in the morning skies of Tauranga Moana at the end of this week, signalling the start of an important time in the traditional Māori calendar....

SociaLink launches website to share social agencies’ data

Liz Flaherty and SociaLink Policy Advisor Liz Stewart check out the dashboard SociaLink has launched a new website this week which makes evidence-based information available for community groups about the communities they serve and the social issues they are facing. ...