Te hira tangata ki Waikato, ki Raukawa ki Maniapoto, ki Hauraki



 March 2020
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Volunteering has a key role to play, now more than ever, as communities and neighbourhoods throughout the Waikato come to grips with what will be our new “normal” for the weeks that lie ahead.
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Steve Callagher-177 Black out for brain injury
In early 2016 a hit to the head sent Steve Callagher on a life changing journey. Steve suffered a life changing injury when he was severely concussed following an ill-timed rugby tackle at a family BBQ. What started as a bit of fun turned into an accident and has gone on to have a major impact on his life. 
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 February 2020
Ym's at pride in the park-613-587 Gender and Sexual Diversity
Like many non-profit organisations, Waikato Queer Youth (WaQuY) started because a vulnerable young person needed support. A few passionate people saw an opportunity to create a space for advocating and supporting young people to celebrate their diversity and identities and provide safe places where people can thrive and feel empowered to be themselves or support their loved ones.
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Inclusive Aotearoa (2)-744 Help build a socially inclusive Aotearoa, New Zealand
There are many people in our beautiful country who are made to feel like they don’t fit in. This could be because society is not structured well enough for them to move around easily, or because their culture is not treated with respect, or they are treated with suspicion because of how they look. There are any number of big and small ways that people feel excluded, and the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective want to hear and reflect both feelings of inclusion and exclusion.
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 September 2019
YWCA suffrage small YWCA Suffrage Day Political Speed Dating
In 1893, New Zealand's women became the first in the world to win the right to vote, and from this Suffrage Day was born.126 years later the YWCA of Hamilton is celebrating suffrage by hosting Political Speed Dating, an event where you can meet the women standing for local elections.
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 August 2019
Oscar and Hogan (1) Interacting with Horses benefits people with memory loss
Hamilton Riding for the Disabled (RDA) are offering a new pilot programme offering interaction and participation with horses for people experiencing memory loss or other challenges. 
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Photo for caption No Bats in Mangaiti Gully
Restoration is much more than just pulling weeds and planting native plants.The Mangaiti Gully Restoration Trust tackles restoration in a very holistic way. Rex Bushell, coordinator of the Trust is keen on encouraging the return of native creatures.
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 July 2019
Holly-Snape-and-Ali-Nation-43 Trust and Understanding the key to client relationships
Just as the long-term relationship between PKF and Community Waikato is built on trust and understanding, so too are Community Waikato’s relationships with the hundreds of organisations it serves every year.
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June 2019
100 9629-17 Grandview Community Garden
Grandview Community Garden is a multi-cultural community with over 16 languages spoken by gardeners who all share a delight in growing food and gardening together.
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May 2019
Mangaonua Esplanade-943 Increasing Hamilton's Biodiversity
At the moment only about 2% of Hamilton has indigenous forest cover.  The current aim for the city is to restore 10% of Hamilton to indigenous habitat as part of the conservation and restoration of the indigenous natural environment.
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IMG 1440-816 Arbor Day this May at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park
About 33 of the 60 hectare area at Hamilton’s Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park has now been planted, in an ongoing process since 2004. These plantings are a part of a huge community effort to reconstruct the forest, wetland and lake ecosystems, which are an integral, but a now rare part of the Waikato landscape.
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April 2019
Dion Wairepo-119 Riders Against Teenage Suicide
Aotearoa R.A.T.S (Riders Against Teenage Suicide) are a group of bikers formed to take a collective approach to tackle the issue of suicide within our whânau, our aiga, our families, our communities, our regions - our country.
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March 2019
Proposal A Rototuna Village Legend-161 Community Engagement for Rototuna Village
In 2018, Hamilton City Council set aside $19.6 million for community facilities in Rototuna as part of the Long Term Planning process. The area is to be known as Rototuna Village.
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February 2019
cropped pic 2-895 Family Fun at Children's Day
Enjoy a a fun family day out in Hamilton on Saturday 2 March, from 10am to 2pm. Children’s Day is a free event.
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Marion and Ella 2-296 Black out for Brain Injury
Black out for Brain Injury Awareness Week is 18-22 March
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January 2019
Tuwhirinui Falwasser cropped-667 The Waterboy builds strong communities
The WaterBoy is a Hamilton based charity that is breaking down barriers for New Zealanders to participate in sports.
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ELP-244 English Language classes improve settlement to NZ
Settling in a new country is not easy, especially when the language is unfamiliar. English Language Partners New Zealand offer language teaching, social support and a chance for new people to make a friend.  
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December 2018
foodbank-382 Seeking food parcel donations for Christmas
Methodist City Action are seeking donations of food and Christmas treats, for food parcels to give out this Christmas
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35294707 1540583759574524 343617617270931456 n-735 Build confidence through Toastmasters
Toastmasters is an organisation that can provide people with the encouragement and enthusiasm they need to feel confident that they can stand up and talk, and make a difference.
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November 2018
house-701 A place to unwind
It is not easy working in the not-for-profit sector, and Big Toe Foundation are offering a way for those in the not-for-profit, charitable, and community sector to rest, recover and retreat.
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Go Eco programme-826 Go Eco inspire kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle
Plastic can be very useful, and can be found almost everywhere. But, as the tamariki from Te Hihiri at Knighton Normal School can tell you, plastic can also be a big problem. Plastic, and its by-products are littering our cities, towns, oceans, and rivers, and contributes toward health problems for animals, and humans.
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October 2018
  Letting nature help your Mental Health
Mental Health Awareness Week is 8-14 October this year. Increased awareness of mental health is valuable to our people, our communities and our workplaces.
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  Let's do something grand
Inter-generational activities are proven to have positive effects on everybody involved. So on 2 November, everybody will benefit at Grandparents Day at Age Concern Hamilton
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September 2018
  Hamilton conservation groups making a difference
Hamilton has a variety of committed conservationist groups making a contribution to protecting and enhancing the environment of the city
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  A growing need for budgeting advice
Financial hardship has become a way of life for many people in New Zealand. Hamilton Budgeting Advisory Trust provide a free financial mentoring and budgeting advisory service.
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August 2018
  Horses change lives
Hamilton Riding for the Disabled enables people with disabilities to live life to the fullest
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  Citizens Advice Bureau sees increase in complex problems
Clients are coming to Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Hamilton for help with increasingly difficult problems.
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July 2018
  Community Waikato farewell longstanding board member
Community Waikato would like to thank and acknowledge the work of trustee and Chairperson Clint Baddeley
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  Working with diverse people
People have different needs, fears, habits, experiences, values and different ways of thinking. The diversity in our teams at work continues to grow
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June 2018
  Announcements regarding changes to the Len Reynolds Trust fund 2018
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  Waikato Volunteers vital to help stop NZ's single biggest killer
As the country marks National Volunteer Week, the Heart Foundation's Waikato branch says a heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who give their time to support the charity locally.
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  Dress for Success empowering women to succeed
Dress for Success Hamilton is transforming lives of local women.
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May 2018
  Donations needed for Blessing Bags for the Homeless
The BB project, is a non-profit, voluntary project that was put in place to simply assist those who will go without a warm house or adequate means of shelter this winter.  
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  Fabulous youth empowerment programme for young women
The Western Community Centre run a 6-week youth programme called Fabulosity, which is designed to empower young women in Years 9-10.
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April 2018
  Help Council understand our changing city
Hamilton City Council are currently running their Community Profile Survey. 
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  Starfish Social Services continues to serve the community
Starfish Social Services is a non for profit community based organisation that supports youth and family by journeying alongside them in a holistic way - meeting emotional, spiritual and physical needs.
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March 2018
  Applications are open for the Emerging Director Award for people with Disabilities
Two years ago Enrich+ partnered with the Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors to offer an emerging director award – Disability sector which allows an aspiring director with a disability, or with a close family member who has a disability, to take a place on a board for a year.
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  A new Health and Safety Toolbox
Community Waikato and Altus NZ Ltd have partnered to produce a Health and Safety Toolbox for community organisations and marae. 
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February 2018
  Brain Injury Awareness Month - Wear Black for Brain injury
With a new brain injury occurring every 15 minutes in NZ it is important that people are aware of the impact brain injury has on the person, their family and the community.  Researchers have only recently become aware that problems can persist long after the initial injury occurs.
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  Relay for Life: Calling all superheroes
One in three New Zealanders are affected by cancer.  Relay For Life is an inspiring community event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society.
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January 2018
  Shama helping teens explore sustainability in Hamilton
Teens aged 13-18 are invited to participate in an exciting and interactive multicultural youth community leadership programme run by Shama.
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December 2017
  The Serve: Serving those in need
The Serve is a charitable trust in Hamilton that serves food every night of the week to anyone in need of a hot meal. 
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  Seed Waikato grows vibrant region
Seed Waikato is a newly established not-for-profit organisation with a dream to see young people thrive in the Waikato
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November 2017
  Horses changing lives at Hope Rising Farm
Hope Rising Farm provides programmes aimed at youth from Ngaruawahia to Huntly. The programmes establish healthy connections between children and horses
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  Repair Coop Hamilton in Action
We live in a throwaway society. Rising consumerism and consumption have become a normal part of our lifestyles.
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October 2017
  Graeme Dingle Regional Excellence Awards
Fourteen students from the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato Kiwi Can, Stars and Career Navigator programmes were recently presented with Excellence Awards at the University of Waikato.
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  New Pan Pasifika Community Hub to be developed in Hamilton
After eighteen years of concerted work and effort, K’aute Pasifika have announced that the development of a new Pan Pasifika Community Hub can begin in central Hamilton. 
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  The State of Volunteering in New Zealand
Volunteering is central to the social development, economy and environment of New Zealanders.
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  Methodist Mission provides support for people in need
Most people in New Zealand will face a time when they need support. Social Service agencies such as Methodist Missions, are in place to provide support.
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September 2017
  YWCA urges a Suffrage Day Vote
YWCA Hamilton is promoting New Zealand's proud history of women gaining the right to vote, and asks people to vote early this year, on Suffrage Day, 19 September 2017.
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August 2017
  Local Charity turns visual planning tools into social enterprise
Local organisation, Interactionz, has been very excited recently about their transformation from charity to social enterprise.
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July 2017
  Three finalists announced for the Beca corporate prize
Community Waikato are proud to partner with professional services firm Beca to bring community organisations with projects in the Waikato the opportunity to win advisory assistance for their project from the Beca Hamilton team.
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  Property Link - a social enterprise supporting the community
PropertyLink is a Community Link Trust social enterprise that provides property maintenance to businesses and home owners, while engaging in various charitable projects.  
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  Thriving in the 21st Century, a Community Sector Conference
‘Thriving in the 21st Century’ is a conference run by Community Waikato. This conference is for the social service organisations within the Waikato region, and those who are involved with this sector.
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June 2017
  Dragons Den Finalists Announced
Six Waikato Community Organisations to compete to win a share of $20,000
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  A guiding light in the community to be honoured for her time given to helping others
Nola Edmonds passed away in October of 2016.  In October, Toughlove Waikato and Toughlove New Zealand lost a person in their organisation who was pivotal to its beginnings in the Waikato. 
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May 2017
  Community Waikato celebrate Pink Shirt Day and take action to stop bullying
On 26 May 2017 Community Waikato will celebrate Pink Shirt Day and Speak Up, Stand Together and Stop Bullying. 
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  Women's Heart Health Fun Walk
Heart disease is often overlooked as the biggest killer of kiwi women.
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  Brain Injury Waikato - a change of name and a birthday!
Brain Injury Waikato had a name change in December 2016, from THINK! The Head Injury Network for Kiwis.  They are turning 30 this year and will have a celebration with cake at the office in March 2018 during the Brain Injury Awareness Week.
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April 2017
  Kids hugely engaged with high energy values-based programmes
The Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato Kiwi Can programme has been run in Crawshaw School, a decile 1 school in Nawton, since 2010.
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March 2017
  The Catholic Church shows increased care for the environment and social justice issues
Parishioners throughout the Hamilton Catholic Diocese are being called on to answer Pope Francis’s call for action on social justice.
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February 2017
  Purple Walk
It’s the time of year again to have a hunt through your wardrobe for your purple threads and head along to the Hamilton Lake on March 8 for the annual Purple Walk for Endometriosis.
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  Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust
Epilepsy Charitable Trust to launch a children's book to help demystify epilepsy and break down barriers
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  The Venus Project
The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization.
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January 2017
  Poverty Action Waikato - Advocacy is our priority
The system is failing, many people are suffering, and the need to boldly advocate for social justice is increasing. This is the latest news from the local research and advocacy organisation, Poverty Action Waikato (PAW).
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December 2016
  Kids First Whanau Centre
Kids FIRST Whanau Centre (KFWC) is a place where women take back their life and their children flourish.
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  WEAVE Twilight market
Weave is a market that aims to celebrate, in particular, refugee background communities.
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November 2016
  Giving boys a big buddy to turn to
Big Buddy is a free mentoring service run by dedicated professionals who recruit and rigorously screen male volunteers from the community to become mentors to fatherless boys aged 7-14 years.
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October 2016
  The Hamilton Heart Foundation Atrial Fibrillation Session
Atrial Fibrillation is one of New Zealand's fastest growing forms of heart disease
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September 2016
  The Western Community Centre working toward Para Kore - Zero Waste
Humans are the only species on the planet that don't live by zero waste principles
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  The South Waikato Achievement Trust
The South Waikato Achievement Trust provides support for accident victims and people with disabilities in the South Waikato region
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August 2016
  True Friendships through the IHC Volunteer programme
The IHC volunteer programme is about one-to-one friendship in the community
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  Campaigning for accessible change places in public spaces
Accessible Change Places is a project that is advocating for public toilets that are fully accessible and have a hoist and change bench
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July 2016
  Reimagining Social Housing
Can the problem of social housing be resolved by an already stretched community sector?
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  Rauawaawa Kaumaatua Charitable Trust serving our elderly community
The Rauawaawa Charitable Trust are fundraising to upgrade their facility to meet the needs of a growing ageing population here in Kirikiriroa
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June 2016
  World Elder Abuse Awareness Week
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  THINK! The Head Injury Network for Kiwis
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May 2016
  Life Unlimited - Programme helps anyone to get fit, boosts confidence
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  The Forgotten Victims - PARS Waikato
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April 2016
  Hamilton Homeless Trust serves people in need
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March 2016
  Abbeyfield House provides affordable housing for elderly 
As population grows, affordable accommodation options for elderly are becoming more of a problem.  
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  Saving Maui Dolphins
Whaingaroa Environment Centre hold an annual event to raise the profile of the plight of the Maui Dolphin
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  Volunteering Waikato to recognise volunteers at the 2016 Volunteer Excellence Awards
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February 2016
  Purple Walk to raise endometriosis awareness
Endometriosis is a debilitating disease that can have long-term consequences for many women
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  Spotlight on Waikato Timebank
Timebanking shares community skills
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January 2016
  Spotlight on Agora Community Trust
Cafe Agora gives all profits back to local charitable causes
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  Special Olympics selects leadership ambassador
Hamilton's Alex Johnsen has been chosen as one of eight new Zealanders with intellectual disabilities selected to participate in Special Olympics New Zealands National Athlete Leadership Programme.
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December 2015
  Spotlight on Red Cross Refugee Services NZ
NZ Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world
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  Spotlight on Huggable Hearts healing families
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November 2015
  Community Waikato Kaiwhakarite visits China 
Gary Thompson visits China in his role as Ngati Paoa Kaiwhakarite to support an international partnership to secure a safe flight path for the bar-tailed godwit
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  Spotlight on Te Whakaruruhau
Waikato Women's Refuge is unique on many levels, but its driving force is to keep families safe.
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  Refuge a Safe Haven
Having fled an abusive relationship, Angela has been supported by Te Whakaruruhau
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October 2015
  Social Sector perfect fit for Community Waikato chief
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  Len Reynolds Trust 
Funding Round now open
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  Community Waikato Fundraiser
Buy your Village Press olive Oil today
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September 2015
  Community Waikato Tindall Annual Fund 
Funding Round now open
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August 2015
  Community Waikato announcement of new CE
Holly Snape announced as the new CE of Community Waikato
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  Taupiri Youth Group wins top prize of $10,000 in Dragons Den at the Rising to the Challenge Conference
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July 2015
  New Funder announced in the Waikato
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  Five Waikato community organisations to compete to win $10,000 in a local Dragon's Den
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  Community Waikato advertise for a new CE
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June 2015
  Community Investment Strategy
Minister Tolley has released the Community Investment Strategy
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  Children's Workforce Safety Checking Regulations Published
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May 2015
  Waikato Community Conference welcomes fantastic key note speakers
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April 2015
  Sponsored Free Spaces at Rising to the Challenge Conference
Apply to attend the “Rising to the Challenge” conference free of charge.
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  Changes to Community Development Scheme
Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has announced changes to the Community Development Scheme.
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  Te Reo Hapori - The Voice of the Community
Tune in each Wednesday from 2pm to Te Reo Irirangi o Raukawa
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