I feel really good when … strengthening youth mental health and wellbeing in Murihiku Southland

A report commissioned by Te Rourou in partnership with Community Trust South and the Invercargill Licensing Trust channels the voices of over 140 students throughout Murihiku Southland on what it will take for youth mental health and wellbeing to thrive.

Read more about this report here.

Thriving in Murihiku – Our Funding Approach

Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation is committed to working with rangatahi (young people), community, Iwi and other stakeholders to create positive change for the rangatahi of Invercargill.

We have spent 2021 building relationships in the region, listening to local perspectives; talking to rangatahi; hearing the community’s thoughts on what is needed; and exploring where our funding, skills, technology, and relationships might help create better outcomes for the region’s rangatahi. We have landed on four focus areas for our funding that we believe will turn the dial for rangatahi (young people) in the region: supercharging the sector, building future pathways, supporting Māori aspirations and creating connection. We’re excited to begin funding in 2022.

You can read the details of our funding approach here.

Invercargill Funding Approach

Thriving in Murihiku Research Report

An integral part of the Vodafone Foundation’s Invercargill Initiative is to understand the hopes and aspirations of rangatahi in Waihōpai and Awarua (Invercargill and Bluff). We want to know where they see their future pathways, and understand their biggest challenges.

This research has been framed around participatory engagement and understanding the needs of rangatahi as they experience and voice them. The research forms part of our process of discovery — learning about the community, the key players, the levels of service provision, the systemic drivers of disadvantage specific to Invercargill and, most importantly, understanding the dreams of the young people, the challenges and opportunities for them, their whānau and communities.

Building on the relationships built with communities in Invercargill by the Vodafone Foundation, the research component of this project was led by Toi Āria: Design for Public Good.

Thriving in Murihiku Report – 2021

Taiohi Insights Report

This annual report aims to build on the work bringing data to life through stories. Lifting up rangatahi voice and learning from them as experts on their own experiences, aspirations and needs.

We don’t need to fix our young people. We need to fix the systems that view them through a deficit lens – systems which consistently exclude them from opportunities.

Our intention is not to prescribe actions – no one set of actions will get us to the changes we need. Instead, our goal is to influence a multitude of small and large decisions made by government, funders and community members each day; decisions that can collectively lead us to a more equitable and aspirational future.

We urge you to read the paper and reflect on the findings, to engage your sense of urgency, and to consider your role in creating the conditions for change.

TaiOHI Insights Report 2023

Taiohi Insights Report 2022

Thriving Rangatahi Data-driven Perspectives Report 2021

Community remote working guide

Novel coronavirus has forced businesses and organisations around the world to work remotely and we appreciate that for some of our community partners this sudden change might not be an easy one.

With this in mind, we have created this toolkit to help our partners enable remote working and grow their online collaboration skills, wherever they are in their digital journey. We hope this resource is useful and please feel to share it with anyone who could benefit from it.

Thanks to everyone who provided insights and recommendations.

Community remote working guide

Thriving Rangatahi: A Review of Protective and Risk Factors

This resource presents findings from a literature review undertaken to identify protective and risk factors for young people in Aotearoa. The review prioritises recent literature with relevance to Aotearoa New Zealand context and where possible draws on literature that privileges the voices of young people.

This literature review will help support the development of an Impact Model including a Population Explorer tool and other resources, which will be shared, with the Philanthropic and youth sector. The Impact Model intends to provide insights into factors that influence the life experience of young people, offers insights into the key levers of change that have the greatest potential to generate positive change for young people and identifies where and how philanthropic funders can have the greatest impact and influence.

Thriving Rangatahi – Literature Review (10MB)

2018 Vodafone Foundation Annual Report

Since 1991, the Vodafone Foundation has invested into positive social change in the 27 communities in which Vodafone operates. In Aotearoa New Zealand, we’ve been working since 2002 and invested more than $27m in our local communities. Read our latest annual report to learn more about our 2018-19 journey.

Vodafone Foundation Annual Report 2019 (1.6MB)

Making philanthropy more powerful

When philanthropic trusts come together to share their time, wisdom, selves and money – incredible things can happen.

This has been the experience of a collaboration between four NZ philanthropic funders; the Tindall Foundation, the Todd Foundation, the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation (Vodafone Foundation) and Foundation North – the story of which has just been published in a new report.

The trusts harnessed ‘the power of four’ to generate significant change in the foster care system through establishing VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai in April 2017, an independent charitable trust for children and young people in foster care. https://www.voyce.org.nz/

“The Power of Four: Lessons from the VOYCE collaboration”, written by Rachael Trotman, of the Centre for Social Impact, focuses on the funders’ experience of the VOYCE collaboration, which also actively involved care-experienced children and young people, central government, iwi and the foster care sector.

As well as telling the story behind the collaboration, the funders are keen for their shared experience to provide learnings for others in the sector, to “identify what we learned and what works, so we can do it again; to show what collaboration looks like to us”.

The Power of Four: Lessons from the VOYCE collaboration (2MB)

2017 Vodafone Foundation Annual Report

For over 25 years, we have used our fundraising capability and access to Vodafone networks, technology, customers and employees to connect communities with the tools they need to make a difference. This report is a brief overview of our 2016-17 financial year.

Vodafone Foundation Annual Report 2017 (350KB)

2017 World of Difference Programme Evaluation

We commissioned Point Research to undertake an evaluation of our World of Difference programme, as part of our 2017 Strategic refresh. The evaluation looked at the impacts and effects of 12 years of World of Difference Funding, as well as key learnings for the Foundation to take forward.

World of Difference Programme Evaluation – Summary (1.2MB)

World of Difference Programme Evaluation – Full (2.5MB)

Effective Interventions for Vulnerable Young People Literature Review

We commissioned the Centre for Social Impact to pull together a landscape mapping and research scan for successful interventions for vulnerable young people.

Effective Interventions for Vulnerable Young People Literature Review – Summary (240KB)

Y-NEET: Empirical evidence for NZ

This study was completed by Gail Pacheco at the Auckland University of Technology and employs data from the Household Labour Force Survey for the years 2004-2015 to paint a comprehensive portrait of the Y-NEET population in NZ. This is done in terms of age, gender, education, region, and a range of other individual and household characteristics. The literature on predictors of NEET status, as well as outcomes after a period of being NEET are summarised from the relative international and NZ studies. The cost of youth disengagement is also highlighted in terms of the lost productivity, as well as the additional burden on public finances. This cost is constructed for both NZ and Auckland in particular, as well as estimates for different ethnic subgroups across the country.

Y-NEET Empirical evidence for NZ