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If it’s not gay, it’s not gay- Why our language matters

Misuse of the word ‘gay’ in place of words like ‘crap’ sends a clear message about acceptance and inclusion (or the lack of both of these). It says that we believe these words are interchangeable; that they mean the same thing.   I think it is also a subtle but damaging form of bullying. Unfortunately, a lot […]

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13 Reasons Why Season Two- still as controversial???

Last year I wrote an opinion piece about the first season of 13 Reasons Why ( 13 Reasons Why Matters- This is Why)  that was published on Stuff. The first season was hugely controversial and there were so many articles and information being shared about the risks linked to young people watching it that I […]

Stories, Tips & Tools

Our Online Tool ICON launched today

After almost two years in the making, finally being able to share our online tool ICON feels amazing The idea for ICON came when I was presenting at a conference on the Gold Coast. The topic of the conference was bullying and our presentation was around young people taking action against bullying. An earlier presenter […]

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How the World of Difference does ‘what it says on the box’

The Vodafone World of Difference Programme launched in November 2002 and finished in March 2018. Over that time, the programme enabled more than 80 passionate people to work for a New Zealand youth charity for one year. The Foundation supported them financially and professionally so they could concentrate on creating change. Being one of the […]

Stories, Recognition

Kiwibank Local Hero Medallists 2018

This year we had two current Sticks ‘n Stones members and a past founding member recognised with Kiwibank New Zealander of the year Local Hero Medals at a ceremony in Dunedin. We were really thrilled to see James continue his success after picking up the Central Otago Youth Award earlier in the year.  As well […]

Stories, Recognition

First NZ winners of the Diana Award

The Diana Award is the longest running award for young people that is given to individuals and groups through a retrospective nomination process only. We believe this is special. Young people do not work towards the award, rather they demonstrate their suitability through their actions, without any expectation of reward. This is especially true of […]

Stories, Recognition

Ashleigh Smith-NZs Queens Young Leader

In December last year, Ashleigh was named as New Zealand’s Queen’s Young Leader award winner for 2017. “I am absolutely thrilled to see the amazing work that Ashleigh has led nationally and internationally to fight cyber bullying has been rightly recognised by the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen,” said Aaron Hape, who is also […]

Stories, Recognition

NZ Youth Awards 2017

We were thrilled to be back at the NZ Youth Awards this year  to recognise two more of our incredible young people. These Awards recognise and celebrate young New Zealanders who have achieved outstanding results, as well as those who have made a significant contribution towards supporting young people in their communities. The Award categories […]

Stories, Resources

Vodafone Technology Grant- Creating an Online Help Tool

In 2016, the Vodafone Foundation launched it’s Technology Grant Pipeline approach. The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Technology Development funding is designed to support the development, implementation or growth of technology-focused solutions to youth development issues in Aotearoa.  Vodafone are looking for ambitious, innovative projects that must have clearly intended goals to enable vulnerable young people […]

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#Girltakeover at Facebook

For Safer Internet Day this year (February 7th) we were excited to again partner with Facebook Australia/NZ and Project ROCKIT, this time alongside Plan International Australia to run a #girltakeover at Facebook’s Melbourne offices. Our focus was on instant content and how we could collaborate with local students to create expectations of mutual respect, safety […]