News and Some Blogs

The latest news and information from the social sector.

Bridging the digital gap for families

Families struggling to connect with the internet are being helped by a group of agencies keen to bridge the gap.Tu Mai Digital was set up after Covid lockdowns when it was realised that families...

Mentoring support for not-for-profit organisations

SociaLink, which supports the Western Bay of Plenty social and community sector, is offering mentoring opportunities for managers and emerging leaders in not-for-profit organisations in theWestern...

Conscious Governance TV

Conscious Governance TV Using Your Vision Statement to Guide You This brief video on Conscious Governance TV offers valuable insights into determining the relevance of you vision statement and...

Kat’s volunteering for others saves her sanity

Kat Reihana’s efforts to help others in the Tauranga community have saved her mental health - and she says could help many more.Kat runs Kat’z Clothes on Wheels, a free clothing service for the homeless and those in need that she runs out of a van and a couple of...

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Fundraising Rena movie night for environmental groups

Volunteering Services and Envirohub are running a fundraiser screening of the Rena disaster movie Taking Back Our Beach next month to raise funds for two environmental groups.The screening will be held on Wednesday 11 October at 6.45pm, at United Cinemas Bayfair, and...

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What is strategic awareness

8 ways you can begin to use it in business and in life Strategic awareness rarely features in modern textbooks on management, yet is something that can fundamentally change conversations and decision-making at the Board level. In essence, strategic awareness is the...

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Volunteers care for The Blade

It’s Conservation Week this week, and all over the Western Bay of Plenty volunteers are out in all weather laying traps and ensuring native birds and flora can survive.Conservation volunteer John Rowlandson spends hours each week trapping “the baddies” - stoats,...

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A volunteering challenge for election candidates

SociaLink’s Volunteering Services is throwing down a challenge for election candidates in the Western Bay of Plenty - volunteer a couple of hours for social agencies and see what’s really going on in the city.Volunteering Services manager Angela Wallace says it’s an...

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Social Sector Commissioning

Action Plan and Reform Work is underway across government agencies (jointly led by the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki) to improve the commissioning of social services in New Zealand. Keri Huurdeman presented to a crowd of around 40 people at the...

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SociaLink cooking kai for those in need

Staff at SociaLink and Volunteering Services turned into chefs for a couple of days last week to provide meals for Kura Kai as their contribution to National Volunteer Week.In four teams they cooked up a tuna bake, pork ragu, spaghetti carbonara and butter chicken,...

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Legal Help for Not for Profits

While Community Law Centres are often able to help charities/not-for-profits with legal advice, if they do not have the capacity or expertise to assist,  then they can refer these organisations to Te Ara Ture: an online portal that was launched in 2021 to connect...

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Government moving away from addressing child poverty

The Government’s Budget showed it was moving away from addressing the consequences of child poverty, a discussion in Tauranga heard this week.Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and SociaLink, which supports the Western Bay of Plenty social and community sector, held an...

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Youth volunteers get busy around the city

Students from Aquinas College have ditched the school books for the day and are out in the community volunteering this week. It’s Youth Volunteering Week, and the students are spending the day doing service for others. Four of them are at The Kollective getting messy...

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‘No-frills’ Budget needs to cover basic living costs

It’s good to see the budget is investing in early childhood education, free public transport for children, additional classrooms and schools, health workforce, family and sexual violence services, says General Manager SociaLink Liz Davies.But it does not go anywhere...

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