Sector Showcase

Part of our role at Charities Services is celebrating and highlighting the work of charities across Aotearoa New Zealand. Our sector showcase is the chance to tell the stories of our charitable sector. Keep an eye out as we will continue to add to this page over the year. 

Island Child Charitable Trust

Island Child Charitable Trust provides temporary accommodation to whānau and a 12 week residential programme based on an indigenous empowerment framework that helps to restore whanaungatanga (belonging and kinship) to whānau. The Trust is all about showing aroha and manaakitanga (hospitality and generosity) to some of society’s most vulnerable.

Read more about Island Charitable Trust here [PDF, 571 KB]

Manukorihi Pā Reserve Trust 

Effective governance is vital for the success of any charity, however, in Māori charities, governance has its own unique challenges. When enforcing good governance Māori charities also need to think about tikanga principles

Manukorihi Pā Reserve Trust is a Māori charity that worked hard to put in place an effective governance strategy. Despite the effective governance and organisation of the Trust today, they have had to address certain areas of governance in the past. In the story linked below we talk to Manukorihi Pā Reserve Trust about their journey to effective governance and their best governance tips.

Read more about Manukorihi Pā Reserve Trust here. [PDF, 440 KB]

Para Kore

Para Kore (Zero Waste) is a registered charity that helps marae develop the tools to minimise their waste and reduce their impact through composting, growing their own kai and moving away from the ‘throw away’ mentality. 

We talked to Para Kore about the challenges they’ve faced in raising awareness of their cause and in achieving long-term financial stability. They also share their advice for other charities starting out on their zero waste journey.

Read more about Para Kore here. [PDF, 1.6 MB]

We also talked to Para Kore about their COVID-19 response. When Aotearoa moved to Alert Level 4 Para Kore responded by coming up with creative solutions to spread their message without face-to-face interaction. 

Read more about Para Kore's response to COVID-19 here.(external link)

Belong Aotearoa

Belong Aotearoa is a social change organisation that has supported over 70,000 newcomers to Aotearoa since 2003. Formerly known as Auckland Regional Migrant Services Charitable Trust – ARMS, Belong Aotearoa has been delivering settlement support programmes that assist and inform people of migrant and refugee backgrounds for close to two decades.

Read more about Belong Aotearoa here. [PDF, 828 KB]

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust

The Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust is a registered charity with the purpose of using music to promote the healing and personal growth of people with emotional, intellectual, physical or social challenges. When Aotearoa moved into lockdown, the Trust worried about how their clients would face the stress and uncertainty of isolation. They worked quickly to move their services online and they came up with creative ways to continue connecting with their clients.

Read more about The Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust here. [PDF, 969 KB]

Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand

The Citizens Advice Bureau is a registered charity that provides free, confidential, independent information and advice to anyone, about anything. It was founded to support individuals and communities through times of crisis, so it’s unsurprising that Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand has been flexible and responsive in supporting communities through COVID-19.

Read more about The Citizens Advice Bureau here. [PDF, 821 KB]

Volunteer Central and the Salvation Army

Volunteer Central is a registered charity that aims to connect communities through volunteering. They enable volunteering in Manawatu and surrounding districts by matching individuals with groups who need support.

When lockdown began the Salvation Army in Manawatu mobilised to organise, pack, and deliver care packages to vulnerable families in their community. There was a real need for essential supplies, and a real desire to help. Volunteer Central directed those wanting to help their community to the Salvation Army’s care package operation.

Read more about Volunteer Central and the Salvation Army here [PDF, 1.9 MB].

St Chads Communication Centre

St Chads Communication Centre is a registered charity in Rotorua that provides valuable support to adults with disabilities. They offer a range of different services to help their clients gain confidence and independence, and participate meaningfully in the community. When Alert Level 4 began St Chads worked quickly and creatively to move their services online, ensuring their clients continued to receive the support they needed to thrive.

Read more about St Chads Communication Centre here. [PDF, 257 KB]

K'aute Pasifika

K’aute Pasifika is a registered charity with the mission of improving the holistic wellbeing of all individuals, families and communities. They provide free health, education, social and employment services to Pacific communities, using pacific models of care. When New Zealand moved to Alert Level 4, K’aute Pasifika had to quickly adapt their services to meet community needs.

Read more about K'aute Pasifika here [PDF, 331 KB]

Re-Source

Re-Source is a registered charity that supports their local community and environment by collecting unwanted goods from homes and businesses. They supply quality donations to social workers who pass the goods on to their clients, while repairing or upcycling unusable items to keep them out of the landfill. When COVID-19 began to affect New Zealanders, Re-Source worked with their local community to sew face masks for healthcare workers, other support workers and homeless people.

Read more about Re-Source here [PDF, 327 KB]

Voice of Aroha

Voice of Aroha is a radio show that airs fortnightly on Access Radio. It was established by a group of former refugees with the vision of creating an inclusive platform for the diverse communities of Wellington. When New Zealand moved to Alert Level 4 as a result of COVID-19, Voice of Aroha faced challenges. But they came up with some creative solutions to continue their work.

Read more about Voice of Aroha here. [PDF, 243 KB]

Challenge 2000

Challenge 2000 is a professional youth development, community and family social work agency. When the move to Alert Level 4 was announced, Challenge 2000 was deemed an ‘essential service’. They worked quickly and efficiently to make a plan for how they would continue working while taking all possible health and safety precautions.

Read more about Challenge 2000 here. [PDF, 249 KB]

 

Student Volunteer Army

Student Volunteer Army was formed after the Christchurch Earthquakes in 2010 when a team of students organised 11,000 volunteers to shovel liquefaction out of the city. Today the University of Canterbury SVA Club has over 3,000 members every year! The Club works on over 50 community based projects per year, as well as responding to disasters such as the Christchurch Earthquakes, the Mosque Attacks and COVID-19.  

Read more about Student Volunteer Army here. [PDF, 675 KB]

Bellyful

Bellyful's founder, Jacqui Ritchie recognised the power of having a couple of cooked meals stashed in the freezer to ease family stress, and Bellyful was born, delivering meals to families with newborn babies, and families with young children struggling with illness. 

Read more about Bellyful here. [PDF, 481 KB]

One Percent Collective

One Percent Collective started as an idea in the shower after a volunteering stint on the Thai/Burma border where Pat says he saw the challenge of securing long term funding for charities and engaging a younger generation to give. 

Read more about One Percent Collective here. [PDF, 416 KB]

Wellington City Mission and Compassion Soup Kitchen

We spoke to Olivia Lange, Community Programmes Manager for the Wellington City Mission and Paula Jones, Volunteer Coordinator for the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Te Aro, Wellington to get some insight into how to make sure you have the right number of hands on deck and how to coordinate extra staff and volunteers.

Read more here. [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Christchurch City Chorus of Sweet Adelines 

Founded in 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sweet Adelines started as a small group of women who loved to sing. Since then it has evolved into an organisation of more than 21, 000 singers that spans the globe, connecting women around the world in sisterhood. We shine the spotlight on the Christchurch City Chorus of Sweet Adelines, often referred to as the "All Blacks of singing", and for good reason. 

Read more about Sweet Adelines here.  [PDF, 503 KB]