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Fair Funding: unfair funding practices must change

Fair Funding aims to re-establish an equitable funding system and stop the decline of the NGO system of community care. This follows exhaustive attempts to resolve these issues over successive years but with no meaningful response from DHBs. They continue to ignore the situation.

New Zealand must see a return to fair funding practices for NGOs to be at their best and fully responsive to community needs. Every year many DHBs compromise this and as a result are placing great strain on a previously effective working partnership with the NGO sector.

Unless DHBs take immediate corrective action, New Zealand faces a future without sufficient community-based mental health and addiction care. This would see a return to days gone by when people couldn’t access services in a timely way, resulting in them and their families in distress, and crisis and emergency services overrun with people desperate for help.

Link here for more information and to add your support.

NGO Social Work Study Awards – 2013: Applications Close 12 October 2012

The next application round for the NGO Social Work Study Awards is now open and will close on Friday 12 October 2012 – approximately 70 new study awards will be available commencing in the 2013 academic year.

Programme Success

A student, who has the support of the NGO Social Work Study Award programme, including the active support of their employer, is more likely to successfully complete a qualification at bachelor level (Level 7) than the “average” student studying inNew Zealand.  To date, 582 study awards have been made over the seven years these awards have been available – of these, 561 students commenced study and accessed funding through this award.  272 of these students have now graduated with a recognised qualification in social work, 184 students remain active within the programme (i.e. yet to qualify) and 102 have withdrawn before qualifying, most often because the student has moved to “non-qualifying” employment.

This means that, as a minimum, 73 % of the students who have so far exited this programme have left with a qualification in social work recognised by the SWRB.  Of those students who have exited early, many carry on with, and successfully complete, their study.  By way of comparison, based on reports published by the Ministry of Education, the overall completion rate inNew Zealandfor Level 7 (Bachelor) qualifications for those students studying part-time is 47 %.

This data suggests that a student who has the additional support of the NGO Social Work Study Award programme, including the active support of their employer and Family and Community Services, is more than 50 % more likely to successfully complete a social work qualification at bachelor level (Level 7) than for the “average” student studying part time in New Zealand.

This outcome will clearly vary for each student based on their abilities, the programme and the education provider, and a range of other factors.  While a range of other factors will impact on individual student success, the support provided through this study award is an important positive factor in study success.

About The Awards

Each study award has a maximum possible value of $33,244 (Inc. GST):

  • Students / tauira can receive help with their course fees of up to $3,500 per year and up to $10,500 in total over the duration of the award.
  • Employers can receive a contribution to help support their student / tauira in study of up to $4,600 per year and up to $13,800 over the duration of the award.  This can be used to help with a range of study-related expenses, including backfilling the employee’s position while they are studying.
  • Employers can also receive a contribution to help with the cost of backfilling their employee / kaimahi while they are on their final three month external placement of up to $8,944.

Application Process

Application is a joint process between an NGO employee / kaimahi and their employer.  There is a standard application form to complete and it is recommended that employees / kaimahi and their employers work together to complete the application process.  Complete and well-presented information is likely to assist in the selection process.

Pre-Application Workshops / Hui

A series of pre-application workshops / hui will be held in September and October 2012.  These workshops / hui will explain more fully the information available contained in the Applicant’s Booklet, and on our website, and also provide an opportunity to have any questions answered.

All interested students and employers are invited to attend a workshop near them – all attendees are welcome – it is not necessary to register to attend.

Pre Application Workshop Schedule 2012


Geographical Catchment




Masterton Waiarapa Wednesday – 05/09/2012 Open Home Foundation,

81 Lincoln Rd.


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Palmerston North Manawatu Thursday – 06/09/2012 Salvation Army,

431 Church St.

Palmerston North.

10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Whanganui Whanganui Friday – 07/09/2012 Te Puawai Whanau Family Start Kaihautuora,

282 Victoria Ave


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Gisborne East Coast (Inc. Wairoa) Tuesday – 11/09/2012 TWOA Campus,

630 Childers Rd.


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Opotiki EasternBOP Wednesday – 12/09/2012 Te Ha O Te Whanau Trust,

29aKing Street,


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Rotorua BayofPlenty(Tauranga / Whakatane / Kawerau, etc) Thursday – 13/09/2012 Te Puna Whaiora – Princess ofWalesHealth Camp,

Moana Terrace


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Auckland Auckland Tuesday – 18/092012 AucklandYouth Horizons,

42 Vestey Rd.



10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Whangarei Northland Wednesday – 19/09/2012 Maunu Children’s Health Camp,

436 Maunu Rd.


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Kaitaia Northland Thursday – 20/09/2012 Te Runanga O Te Rarawa Te Oranga,

16 Mathews Ave.


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Christchurch Canterbury(Inc.Christchurch& West Coast) Tuesday – 25/09/2012 Stepping Stone Trust,

126 Linclon Rd.



10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Dunedin Otago Wednesday – 26/09/2012 Barnardos,

392 Hillside Rd.


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Invercargill Southland Thursday – 27/09/2012


Invercargill Family Works,

183 Spey St.


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Wellington Wellington/HuttValley/KapitiCoast Monday – 01/10/2012 Wesley Community Action,

Epworth House

75 Taranaki Street,

Wellington. 6141.

(Behind Café Doria & behind old wooden church – very last building after the church & the wooden buildings.  Alternative entry viaHolland StreetoffTory Street.)

10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Nelson Tasman / Marlborough Tuesday – 02/10/2012 PHO,

20 New St.


10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Hamilton Waikato / Hauraki /Thames Thursday – 04/10/2012 TeAraHouVillage,

Anglican Social Services,

100 Morrinsville Rd.



10.30 am – 1.00 pm

Further information

These awards are administered by Family and Community Services (FACS), a service line of the Ministry of Social Development.  More information about these study awards is available on our website http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/working-with-us/programmes-services/connected-services/ngo-social-work-awards.html or by calling our free phone 0508 346 376.

Information booklets and the standard application forms are available:

  • From the Family and Community Services website (see above)
  • Through attending one of the Pre-application Workshops / hui (see above for details of these workshops)
  • From Schools of Social Work (i.e. Universities, Polytechnics, Wananga, etc)
  • By calling free phone 0508 346 376.

If you have questions or simply wish to discuss aspects of your application or how the study award works, please call free phone 0508 346 376 in the first instance.

Consultation on Changes to Public Health Service Specifications

If you are a non-profit organisation contracted to provide Public Health services, we invite you to attend one of four pre-consultation meetings about possible changes to the Public Health Tier 1 Service Specifications.

The Ministry of Health will formally consult on a new Public Health Tier 1 service specification later this year.

Tier 1 specifications are used as part of the service contracting processes, so changes will affect many NGO providers.

The NGO Working Group thinks it important that community providers have an opportunity to help inform development of the consultation document BEFORE likely changes are identified.

To assist with this process and give you a chance to influence the contracting process, the Working Group has organised four face-to-face events (in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch) in conjunction with the Public Health team in National Services Purchasing within the Ministry of Health.

9:30am-12:30pm, Monday 25th June 2012
Clifton’s Training & Seminar Centre,
Level 2, Tower Centre, 45 Queen Street, Auckland Central

1:00pm-4:00pm, Tuesday 26th June 2012
St John’s Conference Centre,
Cnr of Willis & Dixon Sts, Wellington

1:00pm-4:00pm, Thursday 5th July 2012
Kakapo Room, Ground Floor, Otago Museum
419 Great King Street, Dunedin

10:00am-1:00pm, Thursday 12th July 2012
Pohutakawa Room, Airport Gateway Motor Lodge
45 Roydvale Ave, Christchurch

There is also an online discussion space where you can share your thoughts.

To RSVP for one of the workshops, please e-mail your details to secretariat@ngo.health.govt.nz or grant.ald@xtra.co.nz

Grant Aldridge, Secretariat, Health & Disability NGO Working Group

The Public Law Toolbox Book Launch

You are invited to the Auckland launch of Mai Chen’s book, The Public Law Toolbox. Mai is the Business School’s Adjunct Professor in Commercial and Public Law and will be talking about how The Public Law Toolbox makes business more successful with government (and profitable).

  • Date: Thursday 7 June 2012
  • Time: 6pm for a 6.15pm start. Refreshments will be available after the presentation
  • Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12Grafton Road,Auckland
  • Please RSVP online by Tuesday 5 June.

The business case for working with government

The Public Law Toolbox helps to “level the playing field for businesses dealing with government and makes them more successful, ultimately benefiting the bottom line”. With more than 25 years’ experience in public law, Mai has created what will be an indispensable resource for business people, lawyers, advocates, industry associations, citizens, Maori and non-governmental organisations to more successfully interface with government.

Often working with government can be a daunting process but Mai has created an entire “toolbox” of public law mechanisms that sit alongside traditional commercial law remedies, which can help businesses successfully resolve government, regulatory or policy and law reform issues.

The Public Law Toolbox will assist those wanting to influence policy and law reform issues for business by describing the tools available for them to make the most of these avenues. It will also help those wanting to resolve disputes around administrative and government decision-making, and advise businesses on how to use the toolbox to resolve disputes with competitors. The book sets out the government’s unique legal, transparency and accountability obligations and the risks that they face, taking political and public opinion factors into account, when interfacing with business.

“The book provides formidable evidence of the depth of Mai’s knowledge and experience and the examples cited are relevant and topical. I believe it is not only a ‘must read’ for business people in New Zealand but it is also a ‘must keep’ in that it is unmatched as an ongoing reference tool on the subject.” Joan Withers, Chair Auckland International Airport Ltd, Chair Mighty River Power Ltd, Deputy Chair TVNZ Ltd, Director The Treasury Advisory Board

“An appropriately named book and ‘must have’ for directors and CEO’s to increase their understanding of the dynamics of Government. The book is diverse and all encompassing. An easy read, and a great reference tool as well, that establishes the history and framework of decision making, and offers a set of directions for all to traverse the Government maze.” Janine Smith, Chair of AsureQuality and Cerno NZ Limited, Director of Warehouse Group and Steel and Tube Limited, Principal The Boardroom Practice Limited