News and Some Blogs

The latest news and information from the social sector.

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...

Democracy and co-governance are not mutually exclusive – Liz Davies

One of the main concerns people seem to have about Three Waters and health system reforms is a perception that democracy is denied in co-governance with Māori. Concerns seem to be driven by what...

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,...

Social agencies, Priority One meet on employment issues

Young people and those with disabilities face many difficulties in gaining employment, a meeting of social agencies, Priority One and other agencies heard in Tauranga last week.The meeting, organised by social agency umbrella group SociaLink, Priority One and the...

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Growing divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated

People need to fight the Covid virus, not each other, the general manager of SociaLink, the Western Bay’s umbrella social agency says.Liz Davies says there’s a growing divide between those who have had their Covid-19 vaccination and those who haven’t. “Facing the...

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TECT Community Awards

Nominations are now open Is there a volunteer at your community group who deserves some recognition? Have you ever thought about shining a spotlight on the work your community group does and getting some region-wide promotion? Make sure you nominate your volunteers...

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SociaLink’s AGM

Thursday 23 September at 4pm Guest speakers: Amohaere Tangitu followed by Tessa Mackenzie - Bi-cultural governance in practice - the journey so far.  An adaptation of the Two House Model. Watch the video 15 mins Keep checking back as we will be posting the other...

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Pay Equity and Funding

Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is a pay equity claim? A pay equity claim is made by workers or a union under the Equal Pay Amendment Act, which came into force on 6 November 2020. A claim must be for gender-based systemic undervaluation of roles, which has...

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From the lounge to a community

Tauranga’s Brain Injured Children’s Trust started small. Trustee Shirley Wilson said they worked out of her lounge with “50 bucks and a heap of passion and a vision to help other families experiencing the difficulties of raising a child with a disability”. The members...

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Anaru Palmer

Ko Mauao me Moehau ngā maunga Ko Te Awanui, ko Waihou me Tikapa ngā moana Ko Mātaatua me Tainui ngā waka Ko Toroa me Marutūāhu ngā tūpuna Ko Ngāi Te Rangi me Ngāti Tamaterā ngā iwi Ko Ngāi Tūwhiwhia, ko Ngāti Tauaiti, ko Ngāi Tamawhariua me Ngāti Pinenga ngā hapū Ko...

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SociaLink moves to bi-cultural governance

SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the Western Bay of Plenty's social agencies and charities, started moving to a bicultural governance model in 2019. The partnership approach is designed to build trust through sharing power, acknowledging individual strengths,...

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Social issues appearing in lockdown

People around the western Bay are more in need of food during this lockdown, according to the region's social agencies.SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the Western Bay's social agencies and charities, surveyed social service providers through its newsletter...

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