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Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) Birthday

Who are Community Networks Aotearoa?


Community Networks Aotearoa: providing local and regional social service networks with information, support and a national voice; encouraging the development of networks in new areas and more generally acting as a conduit for social change and community development.

With over fifty member organisations throughout the country, CNA brings together some of the smallest, least well represented groups with some of the largest networks.  With a staff of two and an Executive Committee from around the country, and the support of our Kaumatua, we see ourselves as the voice of the regions and work hard to ensure that voice is clearly heard in as many places as possible especially Wellington where policy is often set and political will influences us all.

Please visit our website www.communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz for further info about who we are and what we do and remember, as Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

In November this year, Community Networks Aotearoa will celebrate a special birthday.  Forty years ago the NZ Council of Social Services, as it was then known, was established by the government of the day under the Department of Social Welfare Act 1971.  Initially a quasi-government body, NZCOSS emerged as a fully-fledged voluntary organisation a decade later when various COSS community representatives took ownership of it following its disestablishment by government. To find out more click here.