TirītiHui E! Community Aotearoa brings the wisdom from our founding organisations, ANGOA and Social Development Partners, into a new organisation focused on the needs of the broad Tangata Whenua, community and voluntary sector.

We believe that strong community organisations will help develop a strong Aotearoa.

Our Purpose

We contribute to thriving communities by promoting and strengthening the sector.

  • Te Whakakaha: strengthening the collective voice of the Sector to build a stronger Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Te Hāngai: applying Te Tirīti o Waitangi in the context of the Sector’s work and its contribution to charitable outcomes across Aotearoa.
  • Te Whakatairanga: engaging the Sector as a whole and enhancing its independence and relevance.
  • Te Āwhina: assisting communities to work collectively to progress their own aspirations and well-being, environmental, social, cultural, economic.
  • Te Whakawhanaungatanga: creating opportunities for the Sector to connect and learn from each other.
  • Te Whakanui: promoting the unique characteristics and impact of the Sector.
  • Te Tautoko: supporting strategic advocacy and leadership development within and on behalf of the Sector to enhance charitable outcomes within Aotearoa.
  • Te Tautoko: supporting Maori self-determination/Tino Rangatiratanga, especially within the sector.
  • Te Whakapuawai: developing the capacity of the Sector to succeed through meeting shared needs, supporting innovation, and participating in civic affairs.

Our Principles

We are committed to apply the following principles:

  1. Te Tirīti o Waitangi must be visible and real in our community and our nation and embedded within our organisation, using a Treaty relationships framework.
  2. The community sector is an essential contributor to beneficial outcomes in our society.
  3. As a linked and responsive organisation we are listening, acting, communicating – always engaged in dialogue with the sector, able to move quickly in response to new issues and always with full transparency.

What we do

Our work can be grouped in three broad categories:

Hui—: Bringing us together to test & build ideas

  • face to face and online meetings and workshops – sector-wide meetings, sub sectors, issues focused,, ideas sharing, in different centres, addressing tough issues and planning collaborative responses
  • using the tikanga and insights of both Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tirīti, affirming who we are as a sector
  • electronic discussions and forums open to all within the sector, linking the sector to new ideas, new tools, new models here and world-wide

Awhina—: Practical ideas and support for the sector

  • offering accessible and relevant support to groups within the sector
  • submissions and representations s so policy can be more effective
  • exploring and supporting new ways of building strong communities
  • liaison with people in local and central government so they can have best access to the strengths, skills and insights of the sector

Korero: —Helping Frame the Conversation

  • highlighting the many voices of the sector, and making sure we are being heard and seen
  • being a link between the sector and central government
  • promoting the sector – its value, its diversity, its success – to the media, the public, decision makers, and within the sector

Tirīti Working Group

We have established a Tirīti Working Group to support our work. The Group has a work programme and resources that ensure the principles of the Trust are enacted.  The Group will have an initial life span of five years.

Structure and Governance

Structure

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is registered as a Charitable Trust, with its powers vested in a Trust Board made up of between five and nine members.

The Trust Deed requires at least an annual meeting of formal support organisations, which will appoint some of the Trustees.

A minimum of three Trustees be elected by formal support organisations on a rotating basis, and that the remainder can be appointed.

The culture of the Trust Board will be one of listening, acting, reciprocity, communicating – always engaged in dialogue with the sector, able to move quickly in response to new issues, always with full transparency.

At least once a year, the Trust Board must conduct an accountability process with Formal Supporters of the Trust, using a format determined by the Trustees – both face to face and electronic meetings, for example.