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Haere Mai to our new staff members! Liz Stewart has taken on the role of Research, Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Liz brings decades of experience in undertaking social research, particularly in drugs and alcohol and mental health.  Please contact Liz if you want to...

Launch of Mapping the Social Sector

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the launch and participated in the workshops.  We were rapt with the turn out, over 130 people, great to see so many social services interested in learning more about the social sector as well as being a...

Supporting Māori Leadership

For those of you in the western Bay of Plenty district (e.g. Katikati, Te Puke, Maketu and Waihi beach) you will be aware that residents have been asked to vote on whether or not to establish a Māori ward at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council...

Growing Pains

How are you grappling with the ongoing influx of people choosing to make Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty their home? Are there increasing numbers of people needing your services? Are you spending more time in your car to get to and from work, attend...

Diversity in our Community

By Stefan Doll of NZ Institute for Diversity and Wellbeing. People are different. I am not only talking about visible differences like age, gender or ethnicity. I am also talking about different needs, fears, habits, backgrounds, values, and different ways of...

Easter Bunnies and other important things

Easter Bunnies and other important things

Here in the Webb family household, we had a great Easter. Lots of sunshine, lots of ‘laxing out, lots of work around the house, lots of family chats and discussions about things important and unimportant and lots of eating with not too much chocolate. And...

March madness … in the Social Sector?

Is it just me, or do our workloads feel particularly stressful at the moment? In the business sector, this time of year is commonly referred to as March Madness due to the end of the financial year.  The end of the financial year for a social sector...

When it comes to people, 1 plus 1 rarely equals 2

I've been working in the community service sector for almost 8 months now and in my brief time alongside those at the heart of social service, among the many, many wonderful projects undertaken everyday with the needs and betterment of people placed very...

BALANCE?… MADNESS?… JUST RIGHT?

So it’s been a rather taxing week… Physically as my body fights to bounce back from an infection; Professionally as I try to be in two places at once and answer multiple phone calls while I’m moving between destination A and destination B; and, Emotionally...

The TECT Proposal

Welcome back everyone to 2018!  I hope you got to enjoy the amazing weather we’re having, being a Vitamin D addict I am in my element (ask my staff, if the weathers good we hold our meetings outside in the sunshine) but perhaps for some the heat has been a...