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Five reasons New Zealand business can engage with community to develop healthy partnerships

Added value and positive impact for both parties.

This diagram shows benefits that can occur through healthy partnerships between business and community.


J. Donvin-Irons circa 2008

Five reasons business can engage with community 

  1. To develop leadership through working in the community
  2. To improve and retain a workforce through better educational outcomes
  3. To influence behaviour through products & services with community knowledge
  4. To work with others to promote action and greater change
  5. To gain social equity



Yes, do it now... buy these people a cup of coffee! The best piece of funding we've seen in a long time

Emerge Supported Employment Trust is a not for profit organisation which provides a range of professional supported employment and transition services for people with disabilities in Wellington.

coffeeAs we’ve mentioned in our previous newsletters, we are always looking for additional funding to allow us to keep doing what we do.

Our Business Manager, Sue, worked out that in the 12 months from 1 September 2015  to 31 August 2016 the clients whom Emerge has placed and/or supported in employment have put $1.129 million back into the economy.

To put it another way, in this climate of low interest rates and investment returns:-
Every dollar that is invested in Emerge is returned to the NZ economy PLUS at least another dollar, that’s an amazing rate of return!

If you can spare the cost of a cuppa coffee, we’d really appreciate you ‘shouting us a brew!

Click the coffee cup above to see how you can donate!


Nicky Wagner

A special edition newsletter from The Hon Nicky Wagner, Minister of Disability Issues

Hi everyone

This special edition newsletter is about congratulating and recognising the 31 athletes who are representing New Zealand at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. The Games run from 8 – 19 September (NZST) and our athletes will be competing in athletics, cycling, sailing, shooting, canoeing and swimming.

The Summer Paralympic Games are the world’s largest multi-sport event for disabled athletes. Amongst the sweeping vistas of Rio de Janeiro, over 4,350 athletes from 178 countries are expected to compete in 22 sports, across 526 medal events.

Our Team

The team is targeting an ambitious 18 medals, including 12 gold medals, and hopes to retain its title as number one in the world with medals per capita – a title it first won four years ago at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Support Staff

Ben Lucas, Chef de Mission, New Zealand Paralympic Team 2016

I would like to acknowledge the work of the 33 support staff who will be accompanying our Paralympians on their endeavour. The team includes Chef de Mission, Ben Lucas, coaches, mechanics, medical personnel, managers, loaders and more. For full details of the entire team click here.

Yes I Can – turn it up and be inspired

Yes I Can! And yes, our athletes can too!

Countries all around the world have been getting behind athletes and promoting the Paralympics through trailers and clips. Our friends in the UK shared this jazzy trailer back in July. Turn it up loud and be inspired!


You can participate in the Paralympics too. ACC SportSmart and NZ On Air will bring us live coverage of the Rio Paralympic Games on TVNZ’s new channel DUKE. Attitude TV has also partnered with TVNZ to produce a captioned daily highlight packages on TV ONE at 9.30pm, every night of the Games from 8 – 19 September.

I would also like to thank the National Foundation of the Deaf for their valuable contribution which enabled the Rio 2016 Olympics coverage to be captioned.

Yes We Can!

All the best,

Hon Nicky Wagner
Minister for Disability Issues