Pre-Election forum: Child Poverty Podcast

CPAG, PHA, ANZASW and Connect South co-hosted a General Election Forum on Child Poverty this week.

You can now listen to the whole thing online. We edited out interruptions. You can watch a TV news item below and read the ODT article about it here.

We asked three questions:

  1. All children need safe and healthy homes. What plans does your party have to address housing affordability and availability for low-income households?
  2. Do you think benefits and working for families tax credits should be indexed to median wages as superannuation is? If not, why not?
  3. Health begins where we live, learn, work and play.  What do you see as the most important actions you will take to enable healthy childhoods rather than simply fixing problems that arise?

Answering questions (in this order) were:

  • Green: Metiria Turei
  • Labour Party: Clare Curran
  • National Party: Paul Foster-Bell
  • NZ First: Warren Voight
  • Opportunities Party:Lindsay Smith

The other voice is Connect South and PHA Otago and Southland’s own Rob Tigeir.

Podcast Link:

Help improve OAR FM… and you could win free radio promotion for your organisation!

OUr friends and neighbours OAR FM are looking for your feedback:

Otago Access Radio (OAR FM) is Dunedin’s station, proudly serving our diverse local communities by providing them with a voice in the media and promoting the services that support families and whanau.

OAR need to know how effective and relevant their services are to your organisation, and would greatly appreciate your response to our short seven question survey by close of business Thursday 20 July 2017.

Every organisation participating in this survey goes into the draw to WIN $300 in FREE PROMOTION with OAR FM (for your organisation or a charity of your choice).

Take the OAR FM survey

Thanks – Lesley, Jeff, Domi and Geoff

Youthline have a released an App to help youth reach their full potential

Youthline (supported by Coca-Cola) have released an app that help youth explore who they are and become their best selves.

You can play online or get the app on Android or iPhone/iPad.

There are Good2Great weekends coming soon too – no dates for Dunedin or Southland yet but Oamaru is May 10-12.

Find out more from or watch the video below for an introduction.

Privacy Commissioner report on Individual Client Level Data

The Privacy Commissioner has reported back on the Ministry of Social Development’s collection of Individual Client-Level Data from NGOs.

The report strongly urges the government to implement recommendation one:

Recommendation one: MSD should consider alternative methods for accomplishing its goals such as having the information collated and analysed by Statistics New Zealand in the Integrated Data Infrastructure

We encourage everybody to have a read of the report, it is well written and clearly written and lays out the many issues and the Commissioner’s view on each.

Here it is in full:

2017-04-04 Inquiry into MSDs collection of individual client-level data ... (1)

Vacancy : Community Outreach and Marketing Coordinator

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Community Outreach and Marketing Coordinator



25 week Fixed Term Position. 18 Hours per week        

Otago Access Radio (OAR FM) is a growing community access station broadcasting in 

Dunedin on 105.4FM, 1575AM and online and on demand from

OAR FM’s four staff work with:

  • 210+ volunteer broadcasters (aged 12 to 92) contributing to
  • 90+ regular Dunedin-made radio programmes and podcasts in
  • 10 different languages

Attracting hugely diverse listenership!

The Background:

Recent Colmar Brunton research confirms that listeners and volunteer broadcasters value the benefits to the community derived from Access Radio. However the same research identified the need to raise the profile of Access Radio programmes and unique opportunities on offer.

OAR FM is excited to offer this role to champion our place on the media spectrum as THE voice of our local communities.

The Purpose of the Role:

To increase OAR FM’s visibility in Dunedin and grow engagement with OAR FM programmes and services.


  • Design and conduct research to identify and better understand OAR FM’s current and potential audiences
  • Research to investigate programme makers and community groups needs
  • Survey Dunedin public and conduct focus groups for community input into station direction
  • Develop targeted outreach and promotional collateral, in collaboration with station staff, tailored to core audiences (as revealed through research)
  • Coordinate application for funding the outreach and promotional collateral
  • Outreach campaign development and implementation (as a result of the research) develop targeted campaign strategies and activate them.
  • Refresh OAR FM station collateral and messaging to use at all OAR FM and public events
  • Develop collateral highlighting the benefits of exercising corporate social responsibility through sponsorship and/or advertising on OAR FM
  • Develop and implement campaign to engage local businesses and potential funders


Qualification: Marketing Graduate/or previous experience in research, development and implementation of effective marketing campaigns

Skills required:

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as a part of a team
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills to implement and coordinate initiatives
  • Knowledge of Internet technologies relevant to online advertising, podcasting and digital media
    • Ability to connect with a diverse range of people and appreciation of ethnic and niche community groups
    • Confident and friendly personality
    • Self-motivated and well organised
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Excellent command of verbal and written English
    • Ability to work effectively to deadlines and with tight budgets
    • Innovative and creative

Additional skills and experience in these fields will be an advantage:

  • graphic design
  • broadcast media
  • non-profit charitable sector
  • mobile app software development

Apply in writing to OAR FM General Manager Lesley Paris

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 19th April 2017


Vacancy: Fixed Term Counsellor, Rape Crisis Dunedin

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Rape Crisis Dunedin is a feminist organization which provides support for women survivors of rape and sexual abuse. We are seeking qualified persons for a fixed term counselling position to cover a maternity leave, beginning employment on 9 January 2017 until 31 December 2017.

The position begins at 16 hours a week and would suit people who are highly motivated, supportive of the Rape Crisis philosophy and able to work in a collective environment.

Application documents and a job description are available on our Facebook page:

Or call 474-1592 or email for more information.

Applications close 12pm, Tuesday the 15 November 2016.


Te Taketake 2017: Diploma In Applied Addictions Counselling


Is Your Workplace Prepared?

Are you Prepared for the Ageing of your Workforce?

The worldwide evidence is that organisations are not prepared or positioned to respond to, let alone, benefit from the ageing of the workforce.

The demographics are stark. We are experiencing what has been called the age wave. Growth in the 55+ population, increased longevity and declining birthrates.

The impact are being felt in workplaces with

  • Skill shortages in some occupations and regions
  • The scaling back on growth plans due to labour shortages
  • Increasing costs
  • Loss of critical skill, experience and knowledge
  • Health, safety and well-being challenges
  • Four/five generational workplaces
  • Missed new business opportunities

Do you know your risks?
Do you have strategies in place?
Are you realising your opportunities?

After extensive research and development we are pleased to be launching the Ageing Workforce Review Tool.

Find out if your Workplace is Ready

The Ageing Workforce Review tool has 18 questions across 6 fields. It will take you no more than 10 minutes to complete and will generate a 15 page report based on your responses. Using a traffic light indicator for each section the report will make recommendations and suggest resources you can access.

Click here to get started. You will be taken to a registration screen. Make sure you enter the promo code “Launch” to receive your 20% discount. On confirming payment you will be taken to the tool. Complete the 18 questions and you will receive the report in your email in-box.

Find Out Now  Ageing Workforce Review Tool.

Low Vision/High Visibility

Mary Butler of Otago Polytechnic’s School of Occupational Therapy has produced (along with her students) this video to help people with low vision stay visible to road users in order to reduce risk and increase safety.