Network News July 2016

Meet the Members

Welcome to another article in the series introducing the wonderful members we serve and the work they are doing in their communities throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Located in a part of the country known for its kiwifruit, avocados and good weather, SociaLink began in 2012 as the Social Sector Innovations Trust (SSIT). Recognising a need for a body to link and support nfp organisations working in the social sector, the Trust sought to fulfil this role for the Western Bay of Plenty. Having registered as a charitable trust and secured funding, it rebranded as SociaLink earlier this year.

Several years ago local government and other agencies in the area worked together on reviewing the growth strategy for the wider Western Bay of Plenty – Smart Growth. Originally looking at land planning it quickly became apparent that the four well-beings (social, economic, environmental and cultural) also had a part to play. SociaLink lobbied for a forum for social agencies to be represented at the table and the resulting Social Sector Forum ensures their voice is heard.

Governed by a board of seven volunteers who support the work of a part-time administrator, the organisation will soon welcome the arrival of a General Manager for 25 hours a week.

SociaLink manages a large database of over 300 organisations, which reach from Waihi Beach to Paengaroa and include Tauranga city itself. These organisations receive a newsletter every three weeks and the opportunity to participate in a wide range of events and workshops with a view to supporting the sector through research and capability building. 

The organisation identifies the widening income gap between rich and poor, homelessness, the changing nature of government contracts and, competing funding models as the main challenges facing SociaLink and its network during the coming 12 months. The appointment of the new General Manager however is an opportunity for the organisation to increase its ability to support and build the capability of its network organisations in order to face these challenges.

A wonderful resource for the area will be the upcoming construction of a community hub. Funded by the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT), the land for this project has been purchased and the design is nearing completion. This purpose built hub will be located in the Tauranga Historic Village and will be home to about 40 organisations. A number of social services organisations, such as Deaf Aotearoa and Volunteering Bay of Plenty, already make their home within the village which will therefore see the new facility essentially become a hub, within a hub, within a hub.  It is estimated this exciting new project will be completed by late 2017.

For further info about SociaLink please visit or contact Kathy Webb

On Air with Ros

Download and listen to Ros interview John Tulloch, General Manager Communications at WorkSafe New Zealand about the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 and what it means for your workplace.


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NZCCSS Vulnerability Report

After six years of producing Vulnerability Reports, the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) has recently produced its final edition. NZCCSS has used this opportunity to look back over the last six years to expose the post Global Financial Crisis impacts on those with the least. To read the latest Vulnerability Report click here.

Engineers Without Borders NZ

Engineers Without Borders NZ (EWBNZ) is a not for profit organisation that exists to connect, educate and empower through humanitarian engineering. The organisation takes a community-first approach to its work, believing the best drivers of development to be the communities themselves, and works throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Current projects include the Warm Homes initiative which aims to keep Christchurch students healthy and warm over winter by assessing their flats and doing any work necessary to improve them. The organisation is also currently working in Vanuata on the Wawan Project, focusing on providing much needed rainwater collection systems to several remote villages. 

EWB is comprised of engineers, students and non-engineers and for further information, or to become involved, please visit



Nominations are open for the 2016 Women of Influence programme. Entering its fourth year, the programme sets out to identify, recognise and celebrate influential women shaping New Zealand. There are ten categories including Community/Not for Profit, nominations close on 15 July and further information can be found here.

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…
Time to use our collective voice by Brenda Pilott, Manager Social Service Providers Aotearoa
Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence (ocean)? by Raewyn Fox, Chief Executive Officer New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services
Trust in a time of change by Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services
Are we OK with this? by Tess Casey,CEO Inclusive New Zealand

Upcoming Conferences

Gender Equality – National Council of Women NZ, 15 – 17 September 2016, Wellington
You are invited to join leading thinkers from across New Zealand and overseas to explore how we as a nation can do more to ensure women’s full and effective participation, and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in their political, economic and public life. For more information and to register please visit

Tonic Conference – Exult, 10 – 11 November 2016, Tauranga
Are you looking for a conference that offers something for your whole team? Do you want to get practical ideas, information, and advice without all the fluff and jargon? Now in its 8th year, Tonic Conference is one of New Zealand’s most vibrant, best value events for the community sector. Early Bird registration prior to 1 August. For more information please visit

And don’t forget, we’re here to help.  If you have any problems or issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on Wellington (04) 472 3364 or  Both Ros and Fionn are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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