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Crushed or just bruised?: Voluntary organisations - 25 years under the bear hug of government funding in Aotearoa New Zealand

Third Sector Review
Volume 22 Issue 2 (Dec 2016)

Abstract: What has happened in the 25 years or so since purchase-of-service contracting was introduced for government funding of voluntary organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand? This article provides a brief commentary on the various iterations of public policy on funding over that time, and the impact on voluntary organisations. Just when efforts to ameliorate the extreme sharp edges of 'contracting', undergirded by Agency Theory, seemed possible, governments have changed but policies less so. Despite significantly increased funding, the period ends with voluntary organisations (especially those dependent on government funding) possibly at their most vulnerable and insecure, and the wider role of the voluntary sector in supporting social capital and strong communities less appreciated (if not actively undermined). The need for the sector to assertively rediscover its intrinsic value and the unique role it can play in society is perhaps greater now than ever before. And there are promising signs this is possible - especially when needed most.

To cite this article: Nowland-Foreman, Garth. Crushed or just bruised?: Voluntary organisations - 25 years under the bear hug of government funding in Aotearoa New Zealand [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, Dec 2016: 53-69. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=499492504744164;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1323-9163. [cited 29 Apr 17].

Personal Author: Nowland-Foreman, Garth; Source: Third Sector Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, Dec 2016: 53-69 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1323-9163 Subject: Social service--Finance; Social service--Government policy; Social planning; Volunteer workers in social service; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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