Auckland businessman invests $450,000 in free lunches for Taita College students

Taita College students are being provided with free, healthy lunches as part of a programme that could one day be rolled out across New Zealand. Libelle Group, an Auckland-based school food and drink provider, is running a pilot programme providing sandwiches or a hot meal, fruit, muffin, yoghurt or milk at the Lower Hutt school. Principal Karen Morgan said the offer from chief executive Johannes Tietze was … Continue reading Auckland businessman invests $450,000 in free lunches for Taita College students

What is community development?

Community development is a process where community members are supported by agencies to identify and take collective action on issues which are important to them. Community development empowers community members and creates stronger and more connected communities. Community development is a holistic approach grounded in principles of empowerment, human rights, inclusion, social justice, self-determination and … Continue reading What is community development?

Poverty in New Zealand

Abstract Poverty is an important socio-political issue in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Children's Commissioner's Child Poverty Monitor has established the following measures of poverty: material hardship (where households income is less than 60% of the current median income). It was also identified that households in extreme poverty (including 80,000 children) are experiencing both material hardship … Continue reading Poverty in New Zealand

Rethinking the true impact of voluntourism in line with new community development standards

Abstract The volunteer tourism market now represents over $2 billion annually but its impact is not yet adequately understood. Studies that have considered the impacts of voluntourism on host communities have had some significant limitations as well as having very mixed findings, highlighting both the potential benefits but also the cost of this increasingly popular … Continue reading Rethinking the true impact of voluntourism in line with new community development standards

Placing youth in a volunteer framework

Abstract Volunteering Auckland faves an encouraging challenge: it has more youth volunteers than it has organisations willing to place them. As a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits find and maximise a volunteer base, Volunteering Auckland wants to discover what hinders and what might help organisations to effectively engage and retain volunteers between the ages of … Continue reading Placing youth in a volunteer framework