Our incredible charities are up to big things every day. So to connect the generous people supporting them with the impact their contributions have, we share stories each month and produce a print and online publication: The Generosity Journal.
Recent stories & interviews.
Amanda Burgess didn’t know what to expect when she went into labour three months early. With the help of Wellington’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and our partner charity The Neonatal Trust, Amanda and her partner Michael made it through to the other side with a beautiful baby and smiles on their faces. Here is their story.
What is speech language therapy and how does it help children with Down syndrome? We chatted to speech language therapist Shannon Hennig about the importance of communication, the lack of funding for those who need it and the relief provided by our partner charity, UpsideDowns.
With the help of our partner charity DCM, Arthur has his own home, a new set of teeth, is on a path to employment, and is able to hear so much better. DCM is dedicated to supporting people like Arthur, people who are experiencing homelessness, into sustainable housing. Here’s his story.
Future Leaders is an initiative of our partner charity Inspiring Stories, with a vision to see every New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world. The Future Leaders programme started with a simple question: how might we make a bigger difference for young people in rural and provincial New Zealand?
For Vicki, spending three months in Wellington Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was the last thing she expected. We talked to her about the birth of her son Jack, the very real ups and downs of her time in the NICU and how our partner charity The Neonatal Trust helped get her to the other side.
Te Aro School is about as vibrant and bustling a learning environment as any kid could hope for. Hidden away at the south end of The Terrace, Te Aro is overseen by its remarkable principal, Sue Clement, and teaches children from over forty nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Te Aro is one of six Wellington schools engaged in the Garden to Table program.
If the walls of the Orongomai Marae could talk, there’s a good chance they would never stop. For over forty years, Orongomai has been at the centre of Upper Hutt, providing support, community and an incredible number of social services to people throughout the region. Our partner charity Kaibosh, provides food for one of these social services.
To start this piece-of-words thing I thought I’d come up with a clever title. What is the opposite of tunnel vision? Bridge vision? Panoramic vision? Paddock vision!? Not as clever as I’d hoped for, but has a bloody decent Kiwi ring to it so I’ll stick with that.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Lani Evans was New Zealand’s own Superwoman. She heads the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation, co-chairs Thankyou Charitable Trust, chairs Thankyou Payroll and is on the committee for the JR McKenzie Trust’s Peter McKenzie Project. Not to mention being involved in the first all-female traverse of the South Island, proposing to her partner at the end of the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker and fighting the crime of wastefulness through dumpster diving – plus being an amazing 1% donor and Future 50 member. Phew!
Inspired by the possibility of making someone’s life better gets Motif’s Director and One Percent’s Chair, James Bushell, out of bed each day.
A fan of millenials and their conscientious decision-making (go millenials!) and a member of the crew that sailed a vaka unassisted to Bougainville and back searching for sustainable cocoa beans for Wellington Chocolate Factory, James is pretty proud he hasn’t scared his family and friends away, yet.
Julian Moller is a self-proclaimed nerd and known here at One Percent as ‘The Wizard’. From Opoho, Dunedin, Julian grew up exploring the ’burbs with his brothers, building huts in the bush and playing touch down at the local park. Nowadays, he works his magic as a programmer and developer at 1000minds, dabbles in a bit of craft beer brewing with his mates (they’ve called themselves 1000Brews – shout out to the Occasional Brewer) and is our much-valued volunteer tech support wiz.
Jo Cribb’s portfolio includes working for gender equality, building the capability of the NGO sector and improving literacy rates. She holds a number of directorships, runs her own consultancy and coaching business and leads an NGO.
To be human is to be on a journey – in Samoan, faigamalaga. A journey to discover your own kaupapa, and to find ways to live it out. At DCM, we talk about picking up the paddle – ki te hoe. For me, that’s a journey to becoming and to being my best self. We call the people we work with taumai, meaning ‘to settle’. You could say that to be human is to be on a journey to a place where you are settled, where your wairua (in Samoan, agaga) is settled.
What is happiness? A perfect sunset? A mansion on the hill? A dog walking on its hind legs? It’s the question that lingers in our minds when we consider which job to take, what to have for lunch and the sort of person we should spend the rest of our lives with. But do any of us have the answer? Sigmund Freud was not convinced and insisted that ‘the pursuit of happiness is a doomed quest.’ Fortunately, it seems that few of us agree.
Joe Bloggs may be a tidy Kiwi, but ‘tidy’ is not the kind of Kiwi that New Zealand needs right now. It’s fine to keep rubbish off the streets, but the real problem is the amount of plastic being used and thrown away on a daily basis. Let’s have a look then, at some of the very real facts about single use plastics (or SUPs). Joe would be horrified to learn, for example, that of the 322 metric tonnes of plastic produced each year worldwide, only 14 percent are recycled. Or that every year, New Zealanders go through enough plastic bottles to fill 700 jumbo jets.
Have you ever wondered just how easy it really is to give 1%? Well we pitched a video brief to global boutique production company Sweetshop, they sent it out to their directors and the incredible Louis Sutherland came back with this gem of a script called ‘Mike & Mandy’. This pro-bono video campaign blew our minds! Here’s a wee sneaky look behind-the-scenes with director and fellow Wellingtonian, Louis Sutherland.
In true Kiwi fashion, over a hot cup of tea, we sat down with two of New Zealand’s most fascinating people to discuss the state of the world around us, what the future looks like and what matters most. Melissa Clark-Reynolds (ONZM) is a digital strategist, technological entrepreneur and Future 50 donor of ours. Sarah Longbottom (MNZM) is the founder and former executive director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa. Smart, successful and more than a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, Melissa and Sarah share with us four key areas to help unf*ck the world.
You’ll often find Cracked Ink halfway up a wall buzzing up and down in a cherry picker, doing what he loves, painting walls with his infectious style. We were lucky enough to pin him down for a day in his Whanganui studio, so he could capture the crazy collective world of his amazing B&W ink style characters.
Pregnancy isn’t always a walk in the park; in fact, it can feel more like a slog through a warm jungle. We chatted to Kimberly about the challenges she faced during the nine months before her daughter arrived and how Bellyful helped take some weight when she and her partner needed it the most.
The most dangerous thing in the Solomon Islands these days isn’t a rebel alliance; it’s a sugar-heavy diet. We talk to Janette Searle about the very real dangers of the Solomon’s diabetes epidemic and how our partner charity Take My Hands are fighting hard to keep patients well cared for.
“My life’s work is young people,” says Huia O’Sullivan. “They are what blow my hair back.” After two years at Ngā Rangatahi Toa, Huia has stepped into the role of Executive Director. We chatted to Huia about her new role, her lifelong commitment to youth development and the importance of having a kick-ass team behind you.
We had a Wellington-to-the-Burmese-jungle Messenger conversation with 28-year-old Kunu, to learn how our 1% donations to SpinningTop help bring education and opportunities to the children in her village. In a country with minimal government support, Kunu can make a little go a very long way.
Te Hāpai is just one part of the incredible work DCM gets up to in central Wellington. For those who have been sleeping rough on these cold winter's nights, it's an essential part of their morning routine. Here's an insight into what life at Te Hāpai looks like.
$2.00. It's not a lot of money but for a gold coin in Wainuiomata you can buy a pie and a can of fizzy drink. In the Lower Hutt suburb, the reality is that some youth don't have access to enough nutritious food. School finishes and they're starving, so they head to a local shop to purchase what $2.00 can buy. Our partner charity, Kaibosh Food Rescue is supporting Tihei Rangatahi to change this.
Elen had amazingly normal pregnancy so it was a complete surprise when baby Oscar showed up eleven weeks early. Before Elen had a chance to hold him, Oscar was whisked away from her and placed in an incubator in a hospital on the other side of town. This was the beginning of Oscar’s journey through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
This April, our partner charity Garden to Table launch the Ten Million Meals Project. This five-year venture aims to see every primary school in New Zealand taking part in Garden to Table and have kids across the country growing, harvesting, and preparing ten million garden-inspired meals each and every year.
Do tigers eat plastic? And why does it matter that plastic bags look like Jellyfish in the water? We went out to see our partner charity Sustainable Coastlines in action at South Wairarapa school Kuranui College, as they educate kids about the little things they can do to protect our marine creatures against the dangers of plastic waste.
Back in 2016, we spoke with wee Kieran's teacher to learn how he was doing in class and the impact his speech-language therapy with our partner charity UpsideDowns was having. A couple years on, we thought we'd check in again how things are going in Kieran's world.
A few weeks back, Sustainable Coastlines facilitated their 500th beach clean-up to date. On the back of this impressive milestone, their Co-Founder and General Manager Camden Howitt gives us the lowdown on what that number truly means.
When Kelly saw a need in her local community and a means to help, she jumped at the chance. She's just opened the doors of Bellyful’s 19th branch on Hibiscus Coast, with hopes of providing the type of support that meant so much to her when she first became a parent herself.
From a kid who used to lock himself in his room and shut up shop, to killing it in dance lessons at The Royal Palace, Leti’s come a real long way in just a few years. Huia O’Sullivan, and the rest of the Nga Rangatahi Toa wrap-around whānau support crew have been with him all the while.
Manurewa school Rowandale Primary is one of the latest to boast a Garden to Table programme and living garden in 2017, but it’s been the generosity of one local mum, Alphena Wiperi, that has seen something special take place here.
In 2016, Noa Woolloff received a scholarship from Inspiring Stories to attend Festival for the Future and has since launched his own social enterprise, Increase Clothing, to pay it forward and send fellow teen parents along to life-changing courses.
Maurethe was left with little in her tank as she dealt with two energetic boys, serious health issues, post-natal depression and the stresses of work. Luckily there was Bellyful to fill her freezer. Sometimes little things like that can make all the difference.
Sometimes it's not just about getting housed but about staying housed. After spending four years on the street himself, Wellington local Alexi knows what it's like to be homeless more than most. These days, he's a proud part of the team at DCM who offer a helping hand to taumai at risk of losing their accommodation.
Otis has Down syndrome, but since he’s been getting speech-therapy training from four months’ old and his communication skills are stellar, he’s been able to keep up. We caught up with Mum Asha and little brother Teddy to learn more.
Tihema brings her dentist skills to those who need it most as a volunteer down at DCM's Dental Service. She shares some of the recent stories from the dental chair with us, and how for some, addressing that debilitating pain is the first step that's needed on the journey to getting healthy and housed.
As a graduate of Inspiring Stories' Live the Dream programme, and key speaker at their recent Festival For The Future, Jody Burrell shares the experience with us of her journey with mental health, and how it helped shaped the organisation she runs with her two best friends now.
Janette shares the story of chucking in her role with TVNZ as organiser of anything and everything, to found and take up the helm at our partner charity Take My Hands, providing spare medical supplies and equipment to people who need them.
Oliver Vetter of partner charity Sustainable Coastlines shares the experience of getting lost at sea, how it only deepened his love for the ocean, and what the innovative charity are up to these days to fight for our waterways and coastlines.
Sarah Longbottom, director of our partner charity Ngā Rangatahi Toa, shares all about her weird and wonderful upbringing, how it's shaped her work and the huge focus they put on a simple human connection.
We asked Wellington mayor (and One Percent Collective supporter) Justin Lester and DCM director Stephanie McIntyre about common misconceptions around homelessness, what’s needed to end it, and how the average Joe can help.
New Zealand you’ve gone and done it! We’ve hit the mark where a cool $1,000,000 is raised through One Percent Collective donors every year for our partner charities and, looking around, we’re fizzing to see the results.
Life loves to throw curveballs, but Alexis tells us the support she’s been getting from Bellyful Hamilton is a game-changer in dealing with them. She shares the story of her most recent birth, and how the kindness of friends and strangers helped her through.
As a quiet kid from South Auckland who'd been kicked out of school at 15, Teina felt 'invisible' when he turned up at the Nga Rangatahi Toa door. Less than a year on, NRT founder Sarah Longbottom shares the story of the young man she sees today.
Ten-year-old Nikolai just moved to a new school, in a new town – a tough transition for anyone. Oh, and Nikolai’s got Down syndrome. His mum Jacqui shares the story, as well as how important his speech-language training has been during the move.
With two busy little girls clambering over Shaelyn's legs as she pens this article, you'd never be able to tell that they spent the first four months of their lives in hospital. Now, on their first birthday, she shares the incredible journey with us.
Mukhtar Ahmed, a barber in Pakistan, was hit by a truck and lost his leg above the knee. Now we're stoked to announce he's received a new leg all the way from NZ care of Take My Hands, who are gearing up to send another shipment of artificial limbs in the months to come.
For Nga Rangatahi Toa founder Sarah Longbottom, it's all about the human connection – good teaching happens when it comes from a place of compassion, love and kindness. So what's her story, and what does that look like behind the scenes?
Sustainable Coastlines' Oliver Vetter takes us to school on the clean water issue. In the wake of media commotion around what 'swimmable' really means, he gives us a rundown of the science and a plan for the future – Love Your Water.
Inspiring Stories Operations Manager Jo Bailey shares four of her top picks from this year's Making A Difference short film competition, where young film-makers strive to highlight those making a difference in the community.
Al Norman represents Wellington's homeless community in the Special Circumstances Court on behalf of DCM, where he recently worked with a man with 36 years prison-time under his belt to get out of the justice system's 'revolving door' and start to rebuild his life on the outside.
Mt Roskill school Wesley Primary lays the foundations for healthier kids as they kick off their Garden to Table programme. Wesley teacher Ana Tonga and principal Brenda Martin share the vision of what this will mean for their school.
Home from a four-month stay in the Wellington Neonatal ward with her baby Anatia, Porirua local Michaela shares how much it means to have the support of our partner charity Bellyful – they have been delivering home cooked meals so that Michaela can focus on caring for still-delicate Anatia.
The Flagship Education Centre is a game-changer. Just weeks before they open the doors, Sustainable Coastlines CEO Sam Judd shares the inside word with us on what it will mean for our beaches and waterways, and how on earth they've made it all happen.
A couple of days ago, two shipping containers full of much-needed hospital beds and medical supplies were unloaded in the Solomon Islands, where they will be put to use in hospitals with little to no access to resources – and there's 30,000kg more to come.
Until recently, every morning Mudaby would walk three hours through the jungle on her own to the nearest village school, Kwer Le Shue, and then three hours back again at the end of the day. SpinningTop manager Annie shares the epic story with us, and some seriously good news.
When wee Micah was born, all curled up he was no bigger than a bag of sugar. He had arrived over three months early and was immediately placed in neonatal intensive care, where he would spend the next 102 days. This is his story, written by Mum Naomi.
When Bradly met Dom, he pretty much cut the small talk on the spot and opened up about the bullying he'd been going through for years. Two weeks later, Bradly was on stage at Herald Theatre delivering a powerful monologue. This is their story together.
Inspiring Stories Live the Dream programme participant Irene Wakefield used to be in an abusive relationship, but at the time she wasn't aware. Now she's on a mission to give our young people access to education about relationships and early stage abuse.
Hannah-Ruth spent her first 97 days in the Dunedin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While it was a roller-coaster ride, we're stoked to see she'll be making it home for her first Christmas! To give hope to others going through a neonatal journey, Mum Megan and Dad Josh tell their story.
Why music? Well, why not music? This article is the product of our crowdsourced conversation on music. Why is it so important, and how can we use it to promote social change and bring more awareness to the charitable sector here in NZ?
As a baby, Ryan had an ear for music. He would perk up when a tune was played and beat his tiny hands or feet in time. The doctors told Julie that this was just a coincidence, a symptom of his condition.
These are a few of our favourite stories and vids from the past few years of our storytelling. Check 'em out, get inspired, and help make more awesome stuff happen with your 1%.