Currently only 4% of kiwis roll up our sleeves and donate, yet approximately 3,000 donations are required each week to meet hospital needs.
Clear head, better sleep, weight loss. There are plenty of reasons to take a break from the booze. Dry July encourages people to do that this month.
“I hope that one day people who don’t live out South realise we aren’t just window washers and criminals but a place full of deadline-meeters and high achievers”
As the tiny eyes of Matariki rise on the North East horizon just before dawn, Māori New Year celebrations begin. Welcome to Matariki 2018!
Elder abuse is a global issue and affects people regardless of their religion, income level, culture, sexual orientation or ethnic group they identify with. Over 2000 cases of abuse were reported in NZ last year.
Every year Aotearoa New Zealand receives intakes of humanitarian migrants under the United Nations resettlement quota, asylum seekers and family reunification programmes. A lot of misinformation and fear surrounds this process, and little is known about the people who are coming to restart their lives in this country.
Arbor Day, World Environment Day, World Oceans Day – three days to help heal our home – Planet Earth. See tips on mutual support for all that sustains us.
May 27-June 2 is Samoan Language Week. Here are a few tips for beginners who want to get tautalatala with their Samoan speaking friends and aiga…
The promoters of Pink Shirt Day aim to make a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.
For followers of Islam, Ramadan is a joyous month of spiritual growth and late night family meals. It ends with a three-day festival called Eid al-Fitr.
May is New Zealand music month and the theme is “Discover New”. There are gigs happening across the country throughout May, so get out there and find out who’s making great noise!
Its bountiful waters nourished generations of people before us. It provided food, leisure and livelihood. Now, it is overfished and often unswimmable. Join the move to save the Hauraki Gulf.
There are 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste on Earth. The theme for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution” and looks at solutions, including saying no to single-use plastics.
It is sad to have to avoid some of our beautiful walkways for a while… but not as sad as losing our kauri population. Forested areas and tracks in Waitākere will close from May 1.
From “pollination paths” to community gardens, work is underway to ensure our precious bee population can survive and thrive. Help make Auckland a bee’s most liveable city!
The Many Meanings of Easter are represented in our now commonplace eggs and rabbits. But why did these become the symbols of what we often think is a Christian festival?
Racial prejudice and intolerance starts small, in quiet places, in our everyday lives. Maybe we laugh it off, excuse it, diffuse it and so passively agree.
Sky Tower, Auckland Museum and other notable Auckland buildings are turning green for St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy the celebrations this week without turning green yourself!
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." – Gloria Steinem
Tonga has been smashed and needs your help now. Cyclone Gita has done her worst. It’s time for us to do our best. Please reach out to Tonga and donate cash now.
So how’s that going to go then? Ask your pooch . . . or read more about the Lunar Year of the Dog traditions and celebrations and link to those in your community.
Loving Auckland one plant at a time. From apartment gardening to bee fostering there are ways city dwellers can enjoy growing and eating from Nature’s plate. Learn about it in Aotea Square over Jan & Feb.
Gotta love Auckland in the Summertime! – so many special parks and beaches and chances to get outside for a picnic. Grab the gang and make an afternoon or night of it at Music and Movies in the Parks of Auckland
Auckland is a water world with stunning beaches, oceans, islands, shore and in-shore fishing, pools and spas in our gardens. Be smart, safe and alive – Stuff to know.
Aotearoa/NZ has the highest rate of melanoma in the world – not a winning statistic! This summer get to know your spots and take care to protect yourself in the sun.
White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women.
Planet FM radio show South Africa NZ Live is gathering shoebox gifts for those among us not doing too well this year. Over the past four years, the SANZ group has gathered 1500 boxes and gifted them to kids, adults and families.
Between two mighty suns in the Milky Way there appears from Earth a black, apparently starless void. For many cultures it is where the veil between worlds is fragile . . . .
Labour Weekend is a celebration of early attempts at work/life balance. First celebrated in 1890, Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day.
A celebration of light over darkness, Hindu New Year – Diwali is celebrated here and everywhere, your chance to enjoy dance, music, food, art and culture.
International Day of Older Persons is not about just one day but about lifetimes of contribution and experience, talents and knowledge and ongoing community connection.
From simple beginnings to a fully-fledged broadcaster, Access Community Radio has a rich history that demonstrates community desire to have their own voice and hear their own languages and interests. Read our story about a station that tells your stories.
We’re counting down to Tongan Language Week - 10! hongofulu, 9! hiva, 8! valu, 7! fitu, 6! ono, 5! nima, 4! fā, 3! tolu, 2! ua, 1! taha. From Sept 3-9 the theme is Enriching Aotearoa with the Tongan Spirit.
In Greenland and Colombia, Canada and Aotearoa, Australia and Indonesia – across the planet the original inhabitants of nations are struggling to retain their lands, their languages and lifestyles
The 2017 theme for Cook Islands Language Week is – `Ei rāvenga nāku i te tuatua i tōku reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani ka anoano au i te turuturu ā tōku ngutu`are tangata `ē te matakeinanga An encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani
Let’s be rid of plastic in our environment, starting with single-use plastic bags. In Plastic-Free July you can become part of communities that are helping solve the plastics problems.
It’s one of our three official languages… and the only one that can be spoken under water! Support Sign Language Week by learning some NZ Sign Language basics.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum has a wonderful list of events for every member of the family following on from the Dawn Service. From Peace Concert and Poppy badge making to film screenings, chorale events and poetry there is a wealth of ways to remember those lost in the wars.
Perspectives on the ancient continent, mighty Africa, its modern culture and challenges. Discover the stories, the politics, the gender issues, love stories, artists and musicians. Discover Africa right here.
Auckland has a wonderful setting and climate. We can grow and live with Nature in the nation's largest city. The EcoWest Festival has a programme of 100 events that show us the riches of our own backyard. Learn, share and be entertained by a month of good news about our environment.
Infidel. Heretic. Apostate. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has courted controversy over her years in the public eye, earning widespread criticism amongst the liberal left and death threats from the religious right.
One of the most compelling sculptures at the 2017 Sculpture on the Gulf Exhibition on Waiheke Island was a work by Tiffany Singh, developed in partnership with the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition.
October 1st is designated as International Day of Older Persons. It’s a reminder to celebrate the value of older people and a chance to acknowledge their contributions to our communities; in the work place, as volunteers, as caregivers and as whole people, with dreams, aspirations, wisdom and experience.
Age Concern is taking the opportunity of a special day to show the scale of loneliness among our seniors. Age Concern is launching Social Connections Matter. “It shows the grim reality of loneliness in New Zealand but also shows what works to combat loneliness and how we all have a part to play,” says Executive Director Stephanie Claire.
“Together we can rally against ageist attitudes, and come together to celebrate the talents, contribution and experience of older people in our life and not just on October 1st but every opportunity we get. I often hear of people whose only conversation each week is at the supermarket, post office or library. I know we can do better.”