News and Some Blogs

The latest news and information from the social sector.

Tales from the Trenches

“Tales from the trenches: The realities of housing in New Zealand” is the latest report from The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit released today. This report shows seven stories...

Hooray for pay equity for social workers supporting those most disadvantaged

By Liz Davies, General Manager SociaLink We seem to get a relentless stream of bad news, so it  is heartening to finally hear good news. An historical decision was made by the Government late last...

Extension of Pay Equity Settlement

On 24 November 2022 the Government announced an extension of the pay equity settlement for social workers and those in social work roles. The information provided is relevant for community and iwi...

Inflation hitting community organisations hard

Inflation and the effects of Covid are hitting community organisations and charities hard, according to research by SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the Western Bay’s social agencies. SociaLink surveyed organisations about the impact of increasing inflation on...

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Waipu Hauora makes use of data insights

SociaLink’s Community Insights service is helping Waipu Hauora’s health and wellness service do more with the information it collects on the people it serves. The Hauora, based at Hungahungatoroa Marae, is the main health and social service provider for the community...

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Rārangi Hiahia

The Māori Social Sector Needs Assessment was carried out during November 2021 - January 2022 via a survey and a series of  personal interviews. Read about what Māori providers need and want.

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Families delighted with digital help

Families in need throughout the western Bay of Plenty are getting their children online for school, thanks to 50 Chromebooks funded by a group of funders. The 50 laptops for families in need have been funded by Western Bay of Plenty’s Covid-19 Recovery Fund,...

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Māori mental health trust looks for tutors

A Tauranga Māori mental health trust is looking for instructors who can teach traditional crafts to people struggling with mental health issues. Kessie Kohu of Rau Ō Te Huia Community Trust, which operates from 20th Avenue, says learning traditional crafts such as...

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COVID-19 Message Grid – 10 February 2022

This contains the most up-to-date and approved messaging on key COVID-19 matters. Information that changes or is added between grids will be highlighted. Please ensure you are using the most up to date version. This version was current at 10/02/2022 5:04 pm. Download...

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Mentoring on offer for social agencies

SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for Western Bay of Plenty social agencies and charities, is looking for experienced local leaders to mentor up-and-coming managers in the not-for-profit sector. SociaLink has appointed a Mentoring Programme Coordinator to link...

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Work Vaccine Mandates – are they lawful?

“We are confident and comfortable in the approach we took, including with our risk assessment to arrive at our decision to introduce a vaccine mandate. Every individual company needs to undertake their own risk assessment and get advice as it pertains to their own...

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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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