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Community Investment Update

April 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

A message from Murray Edridge, Deputy Chief Executive, Community Investment 

Read the update online here

In this issue:

[e-news image] A message from Murray Edridge, Deputy Chief Executive, Community Investment
[e-news image] Minister launches guidelines for safer children’s workforce
[e-news image] Lead professionals share their Children’s Team experiences
[e-news image] It’s not OK insights welcomed at international knowledge exchange
[e-news image] Commitment to violence-free future
[e-news image] Emergency housing funding – survey
[e-news image] Ministry appoints Chief Science Advisor
[e-news image] Report shows importance of whānau and community
[e-news image] Leadership for the new normal
[e-news image] Study awards support NGO social workers
[e-news image] Fale Pasifika leads the march against bullying
[e-news image] KickStart Breakfast Awards honour unsung hero
[e-news image] Young film winner continues her success
[e-news image] Noticeboard


Tēnā koutou katoa

Welcome to our first Community Investment Update of 2015.

If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering where time has gone. It’s six months since Community Investment came into being, but that has passed in a flash!

I’m pretty sure that you’ll agree with me that the pace of everyday business makes it difficult to step back and look at the bigger picture of what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and why.

That’s a challenge we set ourselves as a new entity, and one we continue to work on. Our focus lies on working in the best way possible with you, the providers of social services, to achieve the best outcomes for vulnerable New Zealanders.

In this issue of Community Investment Update you’ll read about some of the great work being done in communities towards changing attitudes and promoting positive behaviour. The story about the E Tu Whānau Charter of Commitment at Waitangi reinforces for me the findings of a recent survey - that E Tu Whānau resources are a great conversation starter and have wide appeal across a diverse range of people. The E Tu Whānau movement was developed by Māori for Māori, but its messages and values are ones that resonate with all New Zealanders.

You’ll also read about new guidelines for the children’s workforce. These are part of Children’s Action Plan initiatives aimed at fostering a safe and competent children’s workforce to make sure children have their needs met and are safe from abuse and neglect.

I hope you all had the opportunity for some time out at Easter – maybe even an opportunity to look at that bigger picture! Better still, an opportunity to be with friends, family and loved ones, or to enjoy some peaceful solitude.

Ngā mihi nui,