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What we do

The 521 NGO members of the Network receive $1.75 billion in government funding annually to deliver a wide range of services to communities around New Zealand.

Much of this funding comes from the Ministry of Health and DHBs so the Network provides NGOs with opportunities to engage with these funders and each other on matters of common interest.

Non-profit Network members elect the NGO Council, which initiates projects and activities to build capacity in NGOs, inform consultation processes and support improved communication.

Since 2002, the NGO Health and Disability Network has:

  • Organised 20+ National Forums, which enable our NGO sector to hear from Ministers and key Ministry of Health officials, as well as providing an opportunity for NGO representatives and Ministry staff to network.
  • Conducted more than 10 research projects on issues as diverse as financial constraints, primary care, the compliance burden, a whānau-centred approach to service, workforce development collaboration, and a profile of the NGO sector
  • Arranged 10 Good Governance workshops to provide tangible support to 302 volunteers from approximately 163 non-profit organisations.
  • Initiated regional outreach relationship building activity and improved communication with the health and disability NGO sector
  • Conducted three surveys on NGOs relationships with the Ministry of Health:
  • Represented sector views on a range of issues (such as multiple audits, primary healthcare, health information, etc)
  • Developed a resource that links to 100+ capacity building webinars specifically for NGOs.

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