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.
Give a Kid a Blanket
Give a Kid a Blanket is a registered charity and an art project founded by social artists, Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten. In the beginning, GaKaB was about exploring the practice of ‘Community Activated Art Action’, but with its growth it has now become a ‘Community Action of Kindness’.
The relief of poverty and the social issues that surround it is a cause that remains close to the heart of this charity. Since 2015, GaKaB have gifted over 60,000 blankets and over 40,000 care items to children and their families across the Auckland region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer Central and the Salvation Army
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.