Issue 36 - 23 September 2010
This regular e-newsletter features news about the community-government relationship, together with sector-related activities, events and publications – especially those that promote community engagement, participation and collaboration.
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Section 1: OCVS News & Activities
01: Quarterly generosity indicators show how Kiwis give
The OCVS published new quarterly data on giving last week following announcement of the key findings at Volunteering Auckland's 20th anniversary celebrations.
The quarterly giving report draws primarily on data from Nielsen Media Research's Panorama survey, and is a follow-up to the annual How do New Zealanders give? series. In collaboration with the Generosity Hub and Nielsen Media Research, the OCVS took up the opportunity to re-design survey questions to gain more timely and detailed data, including the number of hours volunteered and the amounts of money given.
The key findings for the December quarter 2009 and March quarter 2010 are:
- the percentage of people 10 years and over who volunteered increased from 28.3 percent to 30.3 percent. There was a corresponding increase in median monthly hours volunteered - from 8 to 10 hours per volunteer. This increase appears to be driven by male sports volunteering over the summer period.
- the percentage of people who donated money remained stable, at around 40 percent in both quarters. In contrast, the median monthly dollars donated decreased from $40 to $35. This appears to be a seasonal change influenced by Christmas fundraising activities in the December quarter.
- the percentage of people donating goods remained stable, at around 16 percent.
We will continue to release these indicators on a quarterly basis on the OCVS website. Once a full year of data is available in mid-February 2011, we will undertake more detailed analysis and reporting.
Many community organisations depend on the generosity of their volunteers and donors to sustain their work. Monitoring this support will aid evidence-based decision-making, as community organisations and government respond to identified changes over time. Inquiries about the research can be directed to James King in the OCVS (Phone 04 918 9521).
» See Minister Turia's speech delivered by Nikki Kaye at the Volunteering Auckland celebrations
» Read about the work of the Generosity Hub
» Find out how you can introduce payroll giving in your workplace
02: Code of Funding Practice to be available soon
The collaborative work of the OCVS, Standards NZ and a network of community and government people with funding expertise has led to the development of a Code of Funding Practice.
The Code of Funding Practice will help government funders and non-profit organisations work together when using public funds to benefit communities. The voluntary Code of Funding Practice contains seven core code areas, each accompanied by a set of criteria, success indicators and examples of good practice.
The Code of Funding Practice will be available online at www.goodpracticefunding.govt.nz within the next few weeks, with additional online resources to support its implementation to be added in coming months.
More than $3 billion of public money is provided annually to the non-profit sector - for services and activities as diverse as aged care, mental health, care and protection of children, sports, the arts, conservation and international aid. Although most of the 97,000 non-profit organisations in New Zealand receive no government funding, those that do require fit-for-purpose funding arrangements so they can achieve good outcomes for communities and make good use of public resources.
The Code of Funding Practice will complement official guidance from the Treasury and the Office of the Auditor-General, and will help parties to understand each other's motivations and purpose. The Code of Funding Practice is not prescriptive, but addresses behaviours that will lead to more productive relationships - focusing on improving trust and achieving outcomes.
Months of work went into development of the Code of Funding Practice. The OCVS and Standards NZ held a series of interviews with government and non-profits to inform the initial draft. In April, Standards NZ sought input via public consultation. The Code of Funding Practice was refined based on responses to the consultation, and the funding and accountability network and various government agencies helped to finalise content this month.
The OCVS hopes to run a Good Practice in Action seminar based around the Code of Funding Practice later in 2010. Enquires about the Code of Funding Practice can be directed to Hugh Lawrence in the OCVS (Phone 04 916 3987).
» Watch www.goodpracticefunding.govt.nz for news of the Code of Funding Practice soon
03: Feedback on draft Relationship Agreement helping to inform new version
The Kia tutahi Standing Together Steering Group is now working through all the feedback from consultation on the draft Relationship Agreement between the Communities of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Government of New Zealand.
Reaction to the draft Relationship Agreement varied considerably, with some of the areas generating the most comment being:
- the definition of one party to the Agreement as "communities" and feedback from some saying this is too broad
- a desire for more information about how the Agreement might be implemented and monitored, with some saying the draft is too high level at present
- whether local government could or should be included in some way.
All feedback has been compiled and summarised so Steering Group members can use it to guide the changes they are making to a revised version of the Agreement. Their progress will be reported at a later date.
04: Report on social enterprise and social lending now available
US expert and Ian Axford Fellow, Laura Benedict's seven-month co-placement with the OCVS and Philanthropy NZ culminated with the completion of her report entitled Social Lending: A Tool for Grantmakers, an Opportunity for Communities.
Laura presented her report findings at an Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand (IPANZ) seminar and ComVoices Parliamentary Breakfast in August.
Laura's report discusses the opportunity social lending offers New Zealand's public and private grantmakers, as well as social enterprises, non-profits, iwi, and low-income communities. It describes the three types of social lending.
ie: Lending to:
- social mission organisations
- small businesses owned by or employing disadvantaged people
- low-income individuals to help them avoid loan sharks and improve their financial stability.
The report explores the lending implications of Māori historical disadvantage and the challenges of Māori cultural preferences on accessing credit, especially for collectively owned enterprises.
It introduces intermediaries, which act as go-betweens for funders and communities, and it profiles Self-Help (the US organisation that Laura is from), and two Kiwi social lenders: Prometheus Finance and Awhi Credit Union. A table of New Zealand's other social lenders is included.
All these strands are pulled together into recommendations for a Kiwi social lending system that includes intermediaries to fill gaps in the current environment, a Māori-funded guarantee for loans secured by collectively owned land, and expansion of credit unions serving low-income communities.
The final chapter describes ways the government might support these developments - suggesting that social lending should remain outside government, while legislation, regulation, and tax policy could be designed to remove barriers and support the growth of social lending.
This comprehensive analysis makes a valuable contribution to our collective thinking about ways to support communities to develop local solutions in order to meet their own goals. Laura is now working with the OCVS until December to help shape a project aimed at strengthening opportunities for social lending in New Zealand.
» Download Laura's paper: Social Lending: A Tool for Grantmakers, an Opportunity for Communities
Section 2: Sector & Government News & Events
If you have news or major activities related to community and voluntary sector issues, you are welcome to send a brief description to us at email@example.com for inclusion in our email updates.
05: Kiwis and Aussies top givers according to global survey
The World Giving Index 2010 report, released earlier this month by the Charities Aid Foundation, has declared New Zealand and Australia as the two most giving nations in the world.
Based on data gathered through the Gallup WorldView World Poll, the World Giving Index 2010 is the largest study ever carried out into charitable behaviour across the globe. Gallup surveyed people in 153 countries, which represents 95 percent of the world's population. The Index shows New Zealanders are particularly generous when it comes to giving money and helping strangers, but also in terms of volunteering.
After hearing of New Zealand's top ranking, the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, the Hon. Tariana Turia said "as a nation we must celebrate our generosity and make sure that our decisions and our actions bolster it even further.
"Being identified as a generous nation reminds us that we have the capacity and the resource within us all to head off some of the complex challenges that we face as a society today.
"Let us be proud of our capacity to be kind - and work even harder to make sure that same generosity of spirit and kindness is valued in our homes as much as it is on the streets and across our communities".
The global study also found that people are more likely to give money to charity if they are happy, than if they are wealthy.
» See the World Giving Index 2010 report
» Read a New Zealand media report on the findings
» View New Zealand's Dec 2009/March 2010 Quarterly Generosity Indicators report
» Join the Give New Zealand Facebook group
» Read about the work of the Generosity Hub
06: Community spirit shines after Canterbury quake
Despite the destruction caused by Canterbury's 7.1 earthquake and the ongoing difficulties and unsettling aftershocks, many positive reports have come from the region over the past few weeks.
Stories of neighbours getting to know each other, communities supporting their own, students volunteering and Kiwis mucking-in have helped sustain the community spirit of the region and the country as a whole. As a nation, we are all thankful that no lives were lost as a direct result of the quakes and, while many face uncertain futures, the large and small examples of people supporting and assisting each other have helped everyone get thru.
The skills, preparation, planning and expertise of the trained professionals and civil defence volunteers ensured emergency assistance was provided during the early days of the quake's aftermath - helping to keep people safe.
Many others put their energy and initiative to good work as they overcame barriers and found ways to contribute and support others in need - volunteering their time formally or informally, or making donations of goods or money to help the region rebuild.
Community organisations and local and central government continue to work collaboratively to provide assistance where and when it is needed. Many have shown an ability to adapt quickly - such as the government assistance packages or Volunteering Canterbury using Facebook to connect volunteers to opportunities because their building was within the central city cordon and they were unable to update their website. Facebook also helped students mobilise themselves in increasing numbers to help with the clean up.
While it was reassuring to see such community spirit in action, it was a timely reminder for us all to be personally ready for a disaster. The importance of civil defence planning as individuals, whanau and communities was clear and Cantabrians were fortunate to have excellent support services to rely on.
The OCVS team wishes everyone in the region, and those coping with the snow further South, all the best on their road to recovery, and acknowledges all those community organisations, public servants, business people and individuals who have contributed in many different ways, and continue to do so.
» Learn about a special $7.5 million Community Response Fund for social service providers in Canterbury
» Find out how to prepare for a civil defence emergency
» Download the best practice guide: Community Engagement in the CDEM Context
07: NGOs need accreditation to apply for MFAT funding
The Government has announced a new partnership with New Zealand-based non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in international aid work.
The partnership has established two new funds - the Sustainable Development Fund to fund development work through NGOs, and the Humanitarian Response Fund to support humanitarian responses emergency relief work, as well as recovery and rehabilitation work during and after humanitarian disasters. The new funds replace the Kaihono hei Oranga Hapori o te Ao (KOHA) Partnerships for International Community Development (PICD) scheme and the Humanitarian Action Fund (HAF). The new funds are managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
All registered NZ organisations that wish to apply for MFAT funding from the Sustainable Development Fund and/or Humanitarian Response Fund will be required to become accredited in order to make applications for funding.
The process for accreditation is described in documents available on the New Zealand Aid Programme website at www.aid.govt.nz/what-we-do/nz-ngo-contestable-funds.html
Applications for accreditation should be received by 12 November 2010.
» All queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
08: Seniors can now apply for Super online
People turning 65 can now take the first steps in applying for New Zealand Superannuation from the comfort of their own home.
Completing the application form online provides people with personalised information about what they may be able to get, what to do next and what supporting documents they need to provide.
Carol Lankshear from Senior Services at the Ministry of Social Development was one of the first people to use a new online form recently, a week before she turned 65.
"It was much easier than I expected and really cool that I could do it from home," says Carol.
"I'm like a lot of people my age in that I'm still working full-time, so being able to do the form online is really convenient. I'd previously thought I'd need to take a day off work to get my super sorted out. The main bits of the form are quick and easy, but I was born overseas so I had to track down a bit of information about when I first arrived and when I've gone overseas since then," says Carol.
The new application form is Senior Services' first step in providing online service options for seniors, says General Manager Merv Dacre.
Senior Services can also occasionally email seniors-related information to clients, such as annual increases to superannuation rates or SuperGold updates, says Mr Dacre.
If you work with people who are 65 years and over and they would like to receive emailed information, tell them to send their contact details to email@example.com or call 0800 552 002.
» The Super form is online at www.seniors.msd.govt.nz.
09: Deadline looms for Rugby World Cup volunteers
Volunteers will play an important role in helping the country welcome an expected 60,000 international visitors to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup 2011 in September next year.
A team of 5,000+ volunteers is needed to be the face of New Zealand, on the ground, at stadiums and out in the streets, from one end of the country to the other. Registrations of interest from potential volunteers are due by 24 September 2010, so act now to put your name forward.
Applicants need to be at least 17 years of age at the time of registration. Volunteers need excellent people skills and be focused on providing customer service to a high standard. As such, you will need to be friendly and helpful, committed, enthusiastic and prepared to work hard. People who are passionate about their local area and country are encouraged to register.
10: Abstracts for volunteering conference 2011 due next week
The close off date for submitting abstracts to present at the Volunteering Conference 2011 - Raising the Bar is Monday 27 September 2010.
The conference, hosted by Volunteering NZ, will celebrate a significant year for the volunteering world. 2011 will be the International Year of the Volunteer Plus 10 and is a great opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in the decade since 2001.
There are two key themes for the conference, which will be held in the Wellington Town Hall on 23-24 May 2011. First, it will review progress and consider next steps in the development of the management of volunteer programmes and of the profession as a whole. Abstracts showcasing examples of quality management of volunteers or particular challenges faced by managers of volunteers are especially welcome for this stream.
The other stream will focus on episodic and event volunteering, reflecting that 2011 will witness New Zealand's single largest event volunteer programme for the Rugby World Cup. The theme offers the opportunity to share and highlight examples of volunteering in many different forms, where it has happened on an episodic basis or been for a particular event.
»Visit www.volunteeringnz.org.nz/ and click the Raising the Bar icon to gain more information about the conference, details about what might be covered under each theme and a link to the template for preparing and sending an abstract
11: Views sought on options to change the child support scheme
The Government is seeking feedback on options to change New Zealand's child support scheme.
The idea is to update the scheme so it better reflects shared care, actual expenditure for raising children, and the contributions made by both parents. The child support payment, penalty and debt rules are also considered.
Information on the options being considered is being published in two ways.
- Detailed information about the options, and why they're being considered, is covered in the discussion document.
- There is also an online consultation website that briefly describes the key options, and invites people's views on them. It will take about 10-20 minutes to complete.
Submissions can be returned by post or email. Comments made through the online consultation can't be viewed by others and no personal details are required in order to take part. Consultation ends on 29 October 2010.
» The discussion document is available at www.taxpolicy.ird.govt.nz
» Online consultation is available at www.supportingchildren.ird.govt.nz
» For more information, see the Minister of Revenue's media statement
» See other government consultations listed at www.newzealand.govt.nz
12: Changes to arts funding announced
Creative New Zealand will introduce two new and complementary multi-year funding programmes from January 2012 to provide clarity, stability and flexibility in the way it funds arts organisations and artists. The new funding programmes are:
- Arts Leadership Investment (Toi Tōtara Haemata) to provide support for between two and five years to well-run, financially sound organisations that fulfil a key role or roles in the creation, presentation and distribution of high-quality arts experiences to New Zealanders
- Arts Development Investment (Toi Uru Kahikatea) to complement the Arts Leadership Investment programme by offering greater flexibility in the range of activities it supports. Funding will be available for periods from six months to two years for arts organisations, groups and individuals. Applicants will not need to fulfil a key role (see above).
The changes follow a review, where the arts sector identified an ongoing need for skills development. Creative NZ will work to enhance existing capability building programmes to meet the needs of both emerging and established arts organisations. It will also look at ways to offer incentives for artists and arts organisations to collaborate on projects, such as the commissioning and presentation of new work or to provide support for young and emerging artists.
» Find out more about funding for the arts
13: Open data engagement pilot underway
The Department of Internal Affairs has launched an open data engagement pilot in a joint initiative with the Ministry for the Environment. The pilot aims to test the hypothesis that data is a useful ingredient in government policy consultations.
The discussion forum http://nesdiscussion.mfe.govt.nz/ is running in parallel with the Ministry for the Environment's consultation on the proposed National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry. The forum focuses on Erosion Susceptibility Classification and asks three associated questions, each supported by relevant datasets. The forum site aggregates land based datasets that look at land environment, cover, use and also climate and water.
Interested people are encouraged to look at the forum and the data and consider if anything interesting could come from the data to inform the discussion. There is also a brief questionnaire to help with the pilot evaluation.
14: Opportunities, resources & publications for Kiwi communities & government
- IAP2 seeks help to assess public participation in New Zealand
The International Association of Public Participation Australasia (IAP2) is focused on advancing the practice of community engagement and public participation, and putting public participation into the DNA of decision-makers. IAP2 will convene a small group of randomly selected practitioners, decision-makers and community members on 15 October to begin an assessment of the state of the practice in Australasia. To enable them to map and assess public participation practice, IAP2 invites you to complete an anonymous survey before 27 September 2010. IAP2 plans to publish the findings from the New Zealand summit before year's end, and will publish an Australasian-wide State of the Practice report in the new year.
» Queries about the State of the Practice work, can be directed to the IAP2 website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nominations sought for New Zealander of the Year Awards
These Awards seek out and honour the incredible achievements of individuals, organisations and community groups who inspire us through their commitment, hard work and achievements and create a sense of national pride, unity and inspiration through their example as mentors and role models to the wider community.
Nominations are invited for five award categories:
Nominations close Friday 22nd October 2010.
- The Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year
- The Countdown Senior New Zealander of the Year
- The Coca-Cola Amatil Young New Zealander of the Yea
- The Mitre 10 Community of the Year
- The Kiwibank Local Heroes Awards
- Government moves to improve auditor regulation
A bill that strengthens auditor regulation was introduced to Parliament on 14 September by Commerce Minister Simon Power. The Auditor Regulation and External Reporting Bill will require the Institute of Chartered Accountants to regulate auditors as a specialist profession, rather than as chartered accountants. The new licensing regime will apply only to major audits, such as the audits of issuers and large companies. It will not impact on audits of small and medium-sized companies and non-profit entities.
- Social Entrepreneur Fellowship features on National Radio
On 12 September, National Radio's Sunday Morning Ideas programme interviewed New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship's chief executive Vivian Hutchinson, and also spoke to some of the participants from one of its retreats in Auckland.
» Listen online
- State Services Integrity and Conduct Survey 2010
This survey measures the trustworthiness of State servants by asking them about integrity-related behaviour they are observing in the workplace. The results are compared with those from 2007 to identify trends, and recommendations are made for improvement.
- How New Zealanders access public services
This report contains more in-depth analysis of the 2009 Kiwis Count survey data. New Zealanders were asked how they had contacted services, their preferred ways of contacting services, and their satisfaction with the communication channels they had used. The report concludes that there is no "one size fits all" solution to public service delivery and that not all New Zealanders are able or willing to access public services over the internet. Different groups of New Zealanders (defined by age, ethnicity or income) prefer different channels, so agencies serving specific groups can invest in specific channels to maximise both uptake and satisfaction with services, using findings from this report.
- Changing democracy: Doing it to the politicians
Colin James' recent column in the Otago Daily Times explores the issues of representative democracy, direct democracy, greater availability of government information and statistics, and the use of technology and social media to influence decisions.
- Social Services in Masterton: The views of family and whānau
This Families Commission report takes a snapshot of all the social service providers in the Masterton area, how families know about them and which services they do, and do not, rely on when they need help. It takes a broad view of social services, including medical and educational services and policing, but the main emphasis throughout most of the report is on parenting and family support services.
- Vulnerability Report No. 6 published September 2010
The sixth Vulnerability Report from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) covers the trends experienced in government agencies and community based organisations in the second quarter of 2010. Data from July and August has been included when available.
- New Dialogue, Issue 31-Winter 2010
This regular publication from the NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations has a local government focus this time - portraying some of the issues, viewpoints and activities around the current local government scene. It also features an insightful report on NZFVWO's experience hosting two interns seconded from government.
- The New Era of NGO Campaigning: The Changing Context for Campaigning (PDF, 2.84MB)
This article by Keith Suter appears in Vol. 3 of Future Times published by the NZ Futures Trust. It comments on how the campaigning context of today is much more complicated than it was.
- Hamilton City uses online methods for input to District Plan Review
Hamilton City Council is running seven online forums to seek public input on topics such as transport, heritage, business, facilities and events and public spaces.
- 2009 Māori Language Attitudes Survey findings
This report shows significant gains in positive attitudes towards the Māori language over the last decade. Non-Māori acceptance and support for Māori people speaking Māori in public places has almost doubled since 2000, from 40 percent to 77 percent. Māori support for the Māori language has remained consistently high over the decade.
» See also, the announcement of the review of the Māori Language strategy and sector
- Ten Going on Sixteen: A profile of young New Zealanders in the transition years
This Ministry of Youth Development report uses data collected by Victoria University's Youth Connectedness study, which followed 1,800 young people between the ages of 10 and 14 over three years from 2006 to 2008. The study canvassed young people's experiences and relationships with family, friends, teachers and the wider community, as well as their general wellbeing and attitudes to life. The study is the first time the views of the 10-12 year age group have been surveyed in any depth in New Zealand.
- What Works in Social Marketing to Young People?
The Ministry of Youth Development, co-funding with the Partnership Programme of the Health Research Council of NZ, has web-published this systematic review, which was undertaken by Louise Thornley and Kate Marsh (Quigley and Watts). The review provides evidence of success factors in social marketing interventions that have improved outcomes for youth, and explores unintended consequences of social marketing interventions.
- Community Collective Toolkit
This resource from the Community Sector Taskforce can enhance communities' ability to increase cohesion and collaboration and help ensure that community activity is community driven.
- The Seriously Good Guide to Fundraising now available on CD
This hands-on guide includes information and advice about: Getting Started with Fundraising, Planning an Event, Securing Sponsorship, Choosing a Fundraising Product, Marketing and Promotion, and Applying for Grants. It also includes contact details for funders and local and national media.
» See the website for ordering details
15: International initiatives about communities & government
- Valuing Volunteer Management report - United Kingdom
This new report commissioned by Skills Third Sector says 42 percent of people who manage volunteers in the United Kingdom have not received any training. Despite identifying much good practice in volunteer management, the study by the Institute for Volunteering Research concluded it is undervalued and underfunded in many charities.
- Orange launches landmark mobile volunteering project in the UK
Orange UK's innovative new project aims to make minutes matter by introducing convenient, snack-size volunteering, so consumers can volunteer anywhere, anytime. Using mobile technology, people can do acts-of-good while on the move, and generate thousands of extra hours of volunteering each year. Social entrepreneurs, charities and developers interested in starting something similar in NZ can watch an introductory video on YouTube or visit www.mobilevolunteering.co.uk
- UK begins second wave of National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises
First run in 2008, the responses of 49,000 organisations provided a wealth of information on the factors supporting organisations' success, including: opportunities to influence local decisions, the availability and nature of local funding and income, and satisfaction with local support and guidance. This new survey aims to take the results further - building an accurate picture of the current environment and assessing progress made. The survey gives United Kingdom charities, social enterprises and voluntary and community groups in every local authority area an opportunity to have their voices heard.
- UK's Compact Voice issues revised draft text for Compact
The Compact, which governs relationships between the public and voluntary sectors in the United Kingdom, has been slimmed down in a new draft version to 37 key principles compared with 95 in its existing form. A spokesman for Compact Voice said it had been slimmed down because UK government departments were more likely to observe its principles if they were presented in a clear, straightforward way.
- Do Nothing About Me Without Me: An Action Guide for Engaging Stakeholders
This new US publication from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Interaction Institute for Social Change argues that involving multiple stakeholders isn't a ‘nice-to-do' but a ‘must-do' if grantmakers want to get a true sense of problems and be innovative in developing solutions. The guide outlines the value of engaging diverse stakeholders, highlights grantmakers bringing stakeholders into the centre of their decision making, and offers a variety of tools to help grantmakers assess and increase opportunities for engaging stakeholders in their work. » Copies are available from Philanthropy NZ
- City of Portland Public Involvement Principles - USA
These newly-launched principles explain what the Portland public can expect from city government.The principles include partnership, early involvement, building relationships and community capacity, inclusiveness and equity, good quality process design and implementation, transparency, and accountability. The principles were developed by the Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC), which was established in 2008 to strengthen and institutionalise the city's commitment to public involvement and create consistent expectations and processes for public involvement activities.
- Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies data on non-profit employment
Initial analysis of data on 21 states spread across the USA reveals that non-profit employment grew by an average of 2.5 percent per year between the second quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2009, during the worst part of the recent recession. By contrast, for-profit employment fell by an average of 3.3 percent per year. Non-profits in some fields and some states did worse than others.
- World Economic Forum: Thought leaders on innovation say revolutionise relationships
An international group of thought leaders on innovation, business strategy and ethics say a revolution in human relationships, and how people and organisations relate to each other, is required to foster the innovation needed to address critical, global challenges. At the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, one member suggested existing business schools be replaced by "tri-sector leadership schools" that focus on developing "social technology" and improving the quality of societal relations by boosting people's awareness of others and their shared understanding and values.
16: Key dates, events & conferences
Check the Events calendar on CommunityNet Aotearoa to see what is happening around the country.
Forthcoming events include:
- International Day of Older Persons (1 Oct)
- International Day of Non-Violence (2 Oct)
- Mental Health Awareness Week (4-10 Oct)
- National Criminal Justice Conference in Wellington (7-10 Oct)
- National Recreation Conference in Wellington (18-20 Oct)
- Blind Week 2010 (26 Oct to 1 Nov)
....and much more.
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