Is the storm still coming? Brought to you by the Salvation Army...
In our previous Dashboard, we asked the question: Are we in the calm before the storm? In this Dashboard, the numbers indicate that the levelling off, or calm period outlined earlier, is in many ways still continuing. But these numbers, coupled with analysis and commentary from others and also feedback from our frontline Salvation Army services, definitely signal to us that more hardship is ahead. The Government clearly thinks there are storms coming and they have seemingly tried to provide some stability, hope and a safe path for the nation with the various Budget 2020 decisions made last week. This fourth Social Impact Dashboard continues to give updates across five key social areas.
PGF Group, Hāpai Te Hauora and the Salvation Army have long been concerned at the reliance many community groups have on grants from pokie trusts or societies to underpin their operations.
Many of these groups share our concerns because of the ethical dilemma it poses for them. The services that these organisations provide are largely essential to many people and they deserve to have certainty and sustainability in their funding providers. The current system of funding from pokies does not provide that surety, relying on a small group of people in our poorer communities putting money into the machines. Read the paper >
At Ākina, we’ve been doing some thinking about how we can contribute to that vital discussion. The result is Building New Zealand’s Impact Economy which details big-picture thinking about an impact focussed approach to our economic recovery. Impact represents a huge opportunity for our economy. We can consider positive impact in how we run our businesses, how we set up new ones, how we invest, and in the goods and services we procure. We hope that Building New Zealand’s Impact Economy sparks conversation, generates ideas, and helps to steer us on a path to positive change. Together, we can build an impact economy for Aotearoa New Zealand – one that prioritises social and environmental outcomes alongside economic growth.
Ākina are excited to announce we’re trialling a new platform just for social enterprise. Social Shifters is an online platform created by Canada’s Social Enterprise Institute. It supports online learning through downloadable tools and resources. Ākina has worked with the Social Shifter team to create a New Zealand version for those working towards positive impact here in Aotearoa. >>
A collaborated report on community food distribution during the COVID19 Lockdown
Working alongside a collective of amazing community food distributors during COVID19 lockdown has been an amazing experience for Rakau Tautoko. We have been very lucky to have received a grant from Foundation North to delivery kai support to our more in need wh?nau through Alert Level 3. Over this time, we decided to throw Business As Usual out the window and create a new way of working that changes the individualised approach of funding and distribution. Read the report >>
The Student Volunteer Army has launched a nationwide pandemic response to support people most impacted by COVID-19. Joining forces with New World, the SVA is providing a Grocery Delivery Service, which is available to anyone who can’t just 'pop to the supermarket', whether due to age, health or circumstance. You can order groceries for yourself or for someone you love by calling 0800 005 902 or by heading to >>
New Zealand is a melting pot of people with multiple ethnicities.
Statistics NZ, which asks Kiwis about their ethnicity at every Census, says on its website that New Zealanders often identify with multiple ethnicities: “It is not uncommon for people to change their ethnic identification, adopt additional ethnicities as their lives and families broaden or they learn more about their heritage, or locate themselves within multi-ethnic environments. New Zealand is no exception to this.” EeMun Chen, a senior analyst with MartinJenkins, has written about multi-ethnicity and the consequences of this for public servants — whether policy professionals or service providers >
Please find following a link to the COVID-19 Community Support Grant 2020 form: following costs will be considered:
• Costs incurred by the foodbank or community organisation that are temporary and additional to the normal operating costs;
• Reasonable costs that are directly related to the provision of food and other essential household items to people who have immediate needs as a result of COVID-19; and
• Costs agreed to or requested by your Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Welfare team.
The following costs are not covered by this funding:
• The provision of food and any other costs associated with animals that are not companion animals, including stock and animal rescue operations and support; and
• Business-as-usual costs that have not been impacted by increased demand, reduced donations, or additional costs due to COVID-19. More