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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 with no internet access were falling behind in being able to participate...

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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 Bay. to help them grow staff capabilities.SociaLink Mentoring...

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Good Bitches show kindness to others

All around Tauranga, a bunch of women - and a few men - are busy in their kitchens baking cakes and slices they’ll never get to eat.It’s World Kindness Day on November 13, and many Good Bitches around the country are dropping off their goodies to women’s refuges,...

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Alzheimers Tauranga urgently needs volunteers

Alzheimer’s Tauranga is urgently looking for volunteers to help support families affected by dementia.The organisation provides a range of services to more than 600 families across the Western Bay of Plenty each year, a figure which is consistently growing. A number...

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Volunteer manager wears many hats

Katikati volunteer manager Lesley Ruf wears many hats - and she’s desperate for more volunteers to manage. Next week it’s International Volunteer Managers’ Day on November 5, and all over the Bay of Plenty, managers are being celebrated for the work they do for no...

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Talented youngsters off to represent their region

This week 180 talented youngsters from four primary and intermediate schools are packing their new costumes and travel uniforms to compete in the national schools kapa haka contest in Nelson. The children, aged between seven and 11, are from Matapihi and Maungatapu...

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SociaLink concerned at Aroha House closure

Western Bay social and community sector advocate SociaLink is concerned that a Tauranga emergency housing provider has been forced to close in the middle of the city’s homelessness crisis. Aroha House in Cameron Rd was set up by Memphis Robson-Frentz in 2020, who...

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The Kollective celebrates five years of working together

The Kollective, in Tauranga’s 17th Avenue, celebrates five years of bringing not-for-profit organisations together this month.The Kollective is New Zealand’s largest co-working space dedicated to the success of not-for-profits, socal enterprise and charitable...

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Candidates front up on social issues

Candidates representing some of the major political parties presented their ideas on social issues this week to an audience of about 50 people working in the social and charities sector.The meeting was organised by SociaLink and Volunteering Services which supports...

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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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