Ko Mauao te maunga, ko Tauranga te Moana, 
ko Taakitimu me Mataatua oku waka,
Ko Ngati Ranginui me Ngaiterangi oku iwi,
ko Ngai Tamarawaho me Ngai Tamawhariua oku hapu,
ko Huria md Te Rereatukahia oku marae. 
Ko Rihi raua ko Morehu Ngatoko-Rahipere oku maatua. 
Ko Joy Ngatoko Jack-Kino ahau

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. 
Nau mai ki te wahaanga Maori, o te panui mo SociaLink.

To kick-start Te Reo Maori week we combined a morning tea with a quiz, in collaboration with organisations based here at The Kollective, what a great way to start Te Wiki o te Reo Maori.  (Maori Language Week). Congratulations to the winning team for their awesome prize of – Knowledge!

SociaLink is also contributing to this kaupapa, by profiling some of the Maori artwork and designs at The Kollective, their meaning and/or significance to Maori.  We will do this over time beginning with Te Poutama – Stairway to Heaven (pictured on either side of this korero).  Te Poutama also adorns the reception area at The Kollective.

Te Poutama, is displayed within a tukutuku (weaved/plaited) panel inside the whare tupuna (meeting house) at Huria marae, home to Ngai Tamarawaho.  It’s also a part of many other marae throughout Tauranga Moana, and Aotearoa.

Te Poutama – has significant and educational meanings. 
Resembling a stairway or stepped pattern, it symbolises genealogies as well as various levels of learning and intellectual achievement.

The mythical origins of Maori society, symbolises the spiritual power of Taawhaki(s) climb to the top most heavens, to bring back sacred knowledge, with challenges at each level, before he succeeded.

 According to Tainui (Waikato) tradition, Taawhaki scaled the heavens to reach a higher understanding of all aspects within the world, an understanding that he would bring home as a platform of knowledge for his people.

Te Poutama – Stairway to Heaven – Whakapapa (genealogies), levels of attainment and advancement, and the growth of man striving for superior knowledge and religion.

Outcomes and next steps following the launch of the research Opening the Blinds to the Real Life of Us

Thank you to those of you who attended the launch, we hope you found the research, videos and art installation of interest and of use to your mahi.  We are very grateful for your feedback on next steps for SociaLink, in concert with the social sector, we have listened!  

Key themes from the feedback we received from the social sector was the need for collaboration, with many types of collaboration suggested, that initiatives be community led, to undertake advocacy and to raise community awareness.

Following the launch SociaLink met with Minister Poto Williams, Minister of the Community and Voluntary Sector and Associate Minister for Social Development.  The Minister advised a good approach is to identify a pressing local community issue and for the sector to take a collaborative approach to present to central government in seeking a partnership to addressing the community issue.  She has offered to arrange meetings with relevant Ministers to present a proposal. 

Next steps

The suggestion of the Minister aligns nicely with the feedback from the social sector.  The first step is to identify a local community issue that is well evidenced, ideally aligns with government priorities and if possible where the sector is already working together. SociaLink is utilising the research and sector feedback to identify a local community issue.  We aim to identify an issue and then bring together or support any other organisation who wishes to progress a collaborative, sector driven and community led approach.

Other next steps are:

  •  Raise community awareness and empathy about social issues in the western Bay of Plenty
  • Hold a session with providers of education, training and professional development about the research related to the capability building needs of the social sector
  • Continued dissemination of the research and videos.

Action to date:

  • Inclusion of the art installation depicting family violence in Red Square as part of the Groundswell festival and circulating the video about the local prevalence of family harm
  • Utilisation of information about sector training needs to inform professional development that SociaLink offers
  • As a result of a meeting with Treasury they have offered to assist the collaborative effort to address a local community issue by utilising the Living Standards Framework to build a business case to present to central government
  • Dissemination of the research to central government and national NGO umbrella organisations

SociaLink – AGM

You’re invited to come to the Social Sector Innovation WBOP Charitable Trust’s AGM on

Tuesday 24th September 2019 at 2pm at The Kollective

Hear about our achievements and activities. Meet board members and some staff. Enjoy a cup of tea and hear from our guest speakers.

Guest speakers: Bill Murphy Purpose Capital Impact Fund and Enterprise Angels: on Impact Investing

Peri Kohu – Partnerships with Māori

Please rsvp: kathy@socialink.org.nz


Board Matching Service

Do you know about our Board Matching Service? If you would like to donate your time to being a member of a charitable board, or you have a vacancy on your board, you may find what you want here.

We already have a number of candidates and vacancies. Check them out!

Disability Support Services Community Conversations 2019

Disability Support Services are travelling to towns around New Zealand to talk about the supports and services you or your whânau may access – and we want you to join us.

This is also your opportunity to meet our new Deputy Director-General, Adri Isbister, and hear about her vision for disability support services.

Thursday 3 October at Classic Flyers, 1pm – 4pm

Register: disability@health.govt.nz, Call:         0800 855 066

When you register please include the following information: session you’re attending, the location you’re registering for, your company or organisation you’re representing (if applicable), If you have any requirements for equipment or interpreters, if you have any dietary requirements.

Cultural Support for your Organisation

SociaLink is now offering individual support in Māori culture on a one off basis from our Māori Engagement Advisor. Email to book a session. This is a limited but free service.

Kiwi Leaders ‘Kai & Korero’ is a forum that brings together young Māori studying, working or interested in the primary industries to share ideas and knowledge, create opportunities and connections with peers and the business community, increase confidence, raise profiles and professional development.

Our first session is all about the benefits of networking. Special guest Anthony Ririnui (National Manager Māori Banking Services at ASB Bank) will present an interactive workshop on why networking is valuable and how we can maximise on networking opportunities.

Thursday 3 October at 5.30pm at The Kollective

This event is free of charge. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Register here


Want to know more about our Digital Technology Programme?

Bryan our DT expert has created a new website that gives you all the info you need. Take a look around.





Connecting Through Kōrero Videos – Suicide Prevention Videos

He mihi tēnei ki a koutou katoa i runga i ngā tūahuatanga maha o te wā.  Nga mihi ki ngā mahi hauora e kawea nei e koutou ki te manaaki i ngā tāngata, whānau, hapū, iwi, hapori katoa o Tauranga Moana me Te Tai Hauauru o Te Moana o Toi

Yesterday the Chief Coroner released Aotearoa’s provisional suicide statistics. Sadly, 685 people died by suspected suicide in the last year – a disproportionate number of these people were Māori.

We want you to know you don’t have to be an expert to kōrero about suicide with your whānau – you just have to be willing to listen with aroha. The below video highlights the importance of checking in with whānau if you notice something is up. It was produced in collaboration with our whānau at Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust.

The video is part of our new suicide prevention video suite Connecting through Kōrero – Kōrerohia ngā mahi whakamomori ki te hunga taiohi.

 Please pass on this email and the links to everybody and anybody in your professional or whānau networks who you think would like to or benefit from these resources.


Funding Gap for community social services

Report shows $630 million government funding shortfall for community social services

The government is underfunding social service providers delivering services that are essential to the wellbeing of New Zealand children, families, whānau and communities by an estimated $630 million a year, an independent study has found.

The study found that the government funds social service providers for less than two thirds of the actual costs of delivering the essential services they are contracted to provide, often for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable people.

It found that providers generally don’t receive enough to cover basic running costs, are unable to pay enough to attract and retain the staff they need, and are struggling to meet demand. They are often relying on philanthropic funding to make ends meet on basic costs such as rent and wages.

According to the study:
• Basic operating costs are being underfunded by about $130 million a year;
• Wages are being underfunded by about $300 million a year;
• The gap between funded and actual (absorbed) demand is nearly $200 million a year;
• 83% of providers surveyed are reliant on philanthropy to meet their core costs

The research and analysis was completed between April and August this year by MartinJenkins. Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) commissioned the study on behalf of New Zealand social service providers and philanthropic organisations. It looked at the funding gap for organisations contributing to the wellbeing of children, young people, individuals, families, whānau and communities around New Zealand.

SSPA National Manager Brenda Pilott said the provider services are essential to the wellbeing of New Zealanders and it is imperative that the government fully funds them.

The report makes 39 recommendations — some immediate and some longer term.

Download the full report here: Social Service System – The Funding Gap and How to Bridge It

Sitting for nine and a half hours a day linked to early death

New research data found that spending nine-and-a-half hours or more each day sedentary is associated with a statistically significant increased risk of death. Read more:

Male Survivors BOP is a Peer Support service for boys and men who are suffering from trauma following sexual assault.

We would be delighted if you and your colleagues could come along and find out what service we provide and how we can be mutually beneficial. This is also an opportunity for everyone to meet and build on existing relationships and to forge some new ones. We can share stories and explore opportunities to enhance our success and the impact of our services.

Where? 31 Gloucester Road, Bayfair.

When?  Tuesday 17th September at 12:00-2:00pm OR 6:00-8:00pm

RSVP: to Andrew Buckley


23rd September, 1.00pm – 2.30pm

The Impact of Climate Change on the social sector – Dr Nikki Harre,

Dr Nikki Harre

25th September

9.30am – 4pm

Growing great volunteer teams – Exult

EastBay REAP


30th September at 4.30pm

Mayoral Forum, all Mayoral candidates focusing on the social sector RSVP here

The Village Hall

30th September – 9.30am –

How to tell your story with impact – Part 1. with Dawn Picken, Journalist, TV anchor presenter, tutor.

The Kollective

8th October

6.00 – 8pm

Running a Meeting – Exult


14th October 10.00am – 3.00pm

Going the Extra Mile Without Killing Yourself!!!!

Getting your life and work balanced – Barbara Hill

The Kollective

14th October

Coaching Programme begins – 6 coaching sessions for Chief Executives, Board Chairs, senior leaders or emerging leaders.

By phone

15th , 16th October

FREE 2 day evaluation workshops and support for public health organisation

Millenium Hotel, Rotorua

21st October, 11am – 12.30pm

Māori Culture – last session

The Kollective

24th October –part 2

How to Pitch your story – Part 2 with Dawn Picken Journalist, TV anchor presenter, tutor.

The Kollective

28th October 12noon – 1.00pm

Impact Investing – Terri Eggleton, Bay Trust

The Kollective

21 October

6.00 – 8pm

Running an Effective Meetings – Exult


30 October

6.00 – 8pm

The Power of Policies


4th – 5th November

Beyond Diversity – a powerful 2 day workshop  designed to transform your understanding of how race impacts our lives, our work and our communities.

Club Mt Maunganui

45 Kawaka St

Mt Maunganui

7th – 8th November

Tonic Conference – Exult

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport

14th November

Running an Effective Meeting – Exult


28th November

Designing and analysing feedback forms email: easy.evaluation@massey.ac.nz


With thanks to our funders