May 14, 2018
Issue 5 2018

A poverty-free New Zealand

The Massey Social Innovation Club held their first seminar of the year earlier this month which featured two very special guest speakers.

The topic of the seminar ‘A Poverty-Free New Zealand’ was delivered to a packed Wonder Room on the Albany campus.

The club invited two guest speakers, Sophie Spencer from Auckland City Mission and Sera Jeong from the Spark Foundation, to share their experiences in the social movement sector.

Spencer, a crisis care worker at Auckland City Mission, spoke about using innovation to more effectively assist people in need.

“We are currently working on innovating our food distribution system in an effort to better fit the needs of those using our service,” says Spencer.

Spark foundations Sera Jeong, shared her experience of working for the foundation and engaging with struggling communities.

“Spark Foundation has created the Spark Jump plan, a low-cost prepay plan to help keep those households on tight budgets connected to the internet.

“We understand that a lot of learning is now done online. It is essential that students can access the internet to avoid being left behind,” says Jeong.

The Social Innovation Club president Jesse Roberts says it was great to see so many like-minded students gather together.

“The purpose of the club is to bring students together, to work on creating innovative solutions to issues currently challenging society,” says Roberts.

“We will be holding more seminars throughout the year. Students can keep up-to-date by following our Facebook page,” he says.