Comments from Anaru Fraser, Hui E! General Manager
E ngā mātā waka tēnei te mihi atu ki a koutou.
As the new Kaiwhakahaere Matua – General Manager for Hui E! I’m excited and optimistic about the future for our communities.
I’d like to begin by wishing Peter Glensor all the best for the next part of his journey. I’m sure he will remain an influential part of the community sector in some shape or form. But for the meantime he’s taking a well deserved break. Haere rā e Peter, kia pai tōu huarahi hou – farewell Peter, may your new journey be blessed.
In regards to some topical issues around the community sector there are concerns around the proposed amendment to section 61 of the Charities Act 2005 and whether or not the there may be unintended consequences for charities’ access to justice. Other issues relate to the states contracting and procurement process and concerns around community groups being required to do more for less. On the other hand, we’ve seen some wonderful news about democracy in action.
Hui E! has a wonderful opportunity to help connect community groups to the state and the business community. To achieve this we must continue to develop and maintain the trust, respect and integrity Hui E! has throughout the community, business and state sectors. I look forward to working with you all towards developing that mutual value.
Heoi anō, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.
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Hui E! Community Aotearoa Annual AGM
Our hui was well supported by the community sector including the Deputy Prime Minister Bill English coming along to farewell our outgoing General Manager Peter Glensor.
E aku nui, aku rahi, tēnei te mihi kau atu ki a koutou ngā Kaitiaki o mua. Nā koutou e whakapau kaha kia maia ai te haere o Hui E! i runga i tēnei huarahi hou. Nā reira, e kore he mutunga o te mihi mahana atu ki a koutou. Otirā, nau mai haere mai e ngā Kaitiaki hou. Mā koutou nei hei whai atu i ngā tapuwae o rātou ki anga whakamua tēnei waka o Hui E!.
To the outgoing Trustees, thank you all for your commitment and passion that helped to bring Hui E! to this point of our journey. Welcome to our incoming Trustees, we look forward to your guidance as Hui E! continues our journey.
Kaye-Maree Dunn is an entrepreneur and Permaculturalist from Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake, Ngāti Mahanga me Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and resides in Wainuiomata, Wellington. She is fascinated with family, community and technology and has been working in the realm of Maori and Community Development for over 16 years.
Natasha Kemp Tribal Affiliations: Nga Rauru, Ngati Tuwharetoa me Ngati Kahungungu. Natasha is the CEO of Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust, a Maori Youth Health and Wellbeing Provider located in South Auckland, New Zealand/Aotearoa. She is also one of three CEO’s who are part of the Kotahitanga Whanau Ora Collective.
Dorte Wray is based on Waiheke Island and is the Executive Officer of the Community Recycling Network Aotearoa which supports community organisations working on waste and resource issues. She has developed a strong respect for the role of networking organisations and peak bodies whilst in this position and believes that more can be achieved by working together than separately.
Our outgoing Trustees are: Pat Watson, Bronwyn Yates and Julie Haggie.
Read more about our new Trustees here
Quote for November
“The investment approach has the right idea at its core. But its funding is mean and grudging. That meanness is a product of our politics. We need to add a little bit of empathy, love and civic duty, to competition in our politics. We will be a better and fairer economy and society for it.”
Hui E! Events
22 November 2016
Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum
Victoria University and Hui E! host this Forum. Presentations by:
- Dr Phyllis Anscombe, ‘Policy Advocacy in Government-Funded Charities’
- Louise Parkin, ‘Putting the Bones in the Meat: The Benefits of Pursuing a Postgraduate Degree in Philanthropy and Not-Profit Studies’
- Dave Henderson and Brad Jackson, ‘How Can Academics and the Third Sector Professionals Work Better Together?
From 3 pm-5 pm with refreshments provided from 2.45 pm at Victoria University Pipitea Campus – Rutherford House Mezzanine Room 03 (This is the first time that we will be holding CVSR Forum in the newly renovated Rutherford House facilities. This will give you an opportunity to see these first-hand). Contact: Lynn.Barlow@vuw.ac.nz by Friday 18 November.
8 December 2016
Hui E! Sector Hui
Readers will recall we decided to take a break from holding these every month, so the next one will be in December. Come and meet Anaru Fraser, Hui E!’s new Kaiwhakahaere Matua, share your issues and get an update on what is currently happening for others in the sector.
Hui E!’s Dave Henderson will report fresh from the CIVICUS Peer Learning and Global Exchange in Johannesburg – many of the issues that sector organisations face in New Zealand are being faced in other countries as well – can we learn from their experiences? Other presenters to be confirmed.
From 10-12pm at the Community Hub, Level 4, 120 Featherston St, on the corner of Waring Taylor St, above Kapai Foods.
29 November 2016
Update on the New Financial Reporting Standards for Charities
We invite you to attend this complimentary seminar to learn about the key impacts of the new financial reporting standards, and access resources and information that can help your organisation thrive in this new reporting age. Who should attend: Those involved in governing or managing charities, and the preparers of financial statements.
The accounting world in New Zealand has been going through the most significant changes in the last 20 years. Much of this has been the result of comprehensive legislative reform now in effect. Registered charities were not previously required by their own legislation to prepare financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP). Whilst many have, many others have not, which has led to a broad spectrum of quality of financial reporting being presented by charities.
With guest presenter Julia Fletcher (DIA Charities Services), RSM and Foundation North will present on ‘New Financial Reporting Standards’ – Six months on from the implementation of the standards, you will learn from the good, the bad and the ugly cases! You will also learn about the opportunities these provide for you to enhance stakeholder support.
From 12-2pm at the Kolmar Sports Centre, 295 Great South Road, Papatoetoe. Light refreshments available. Carparking available on site: Great South Road or Sutton Crescent entrances. For further details visit the RSM website or contact RSM directly.
15-17 February 2017
Conference: Sustainably Yours, Community Development and a Sustainable Future
The Aotearoa Community Development Association and the International Association for Community Development invite you to participate in their conference which will address the challenge of Agenda 2030 to Community Development practitioners, agencies and academics. The Sustainable Development Goals apply to both the developing and more developed world recognising that the opportunities to improve social, economic and environmental wellbeing are present in all societies. Call for papers open until 10 October 2016. Find out more
3-5 November 2016
Dementia Today: Diverse Communities, Collective Action Conference
Speakers from New Zealand and overseas will share the latest research, evidence, learnings and insights, and discuss how we can address this challenge. With real life case studies, and an emphasis on what works, this conference has practical relevance to the real world of people affected by dementia, policy makers, service providers, health and care professionals, researchers and NGOs. People living with dementia and their care partners can attend the conference free of charge after registering. This is a dementia-friendly conference with facilities for people with dementia at the venue. Find out more.
25 November 2016
UNANZ Bean Dinner to Celebrate the United Nations Year of Pulse
For more information contact the United Nations Association of New Zealand
27-29 September 2017
Social Enterprise World Forum
If you haven’t already heard, Ākina are incredibly humbled to be bringing next year’s Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) to Christchurch. SEWF is the principal international forum for social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship and takes place in a different country each year. SEWF 2016 was held in Hong Kong at the end of September, where a delegation of New Zealanders led by Minister Jo Goodhew attended and represented Aotearoa New Zealand. Whilst in Hong Kong, Ākina launched the theme for SEWF 2017: ‘Ka koroki te manu – Creating our tomorrow’. More than just a three-day event, SEWF 2017 will be a catalyst for New Zealand’s social enterprise sector and a step forward for global conversations. To ensure the success of the event, Ākina is taking a very participative approach to planning the Forum and is seeking input and feedback from anyone passionate about social enterprise and about creating positive social change in general. If you want to get involved: Visit the website and sign up for emails or attend one of the SEWF 2017 public events this month in Christchurch (November 10th), Wellington (November 14th) or Auckland (November 16th). For more information on these events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
24-25 November 2016
Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference
Social Justice, social enterprise and the market: Challenge or Opportunity? In dynamic and uncertain environments a group of interdisciplinary researcher academics and practitioners seek to know more about how communities can overcome resource pressures and think creatively about addressing social and environmental problems. A call for papers, presentations, workshops and panels is now open. Find out more about the conference and how to submit a proposal.
23 November 2016
Free Webinar on Strengthening Whānau Aspirations
In conversation with Kaye-Maree Dunn, Martin Kaipo talks about Te Hau Awhiowhio O Otāngarei, a large multi-agency service provider in Northland, and about strengthening whānau aspirations and empowering people to bring about social change. In this free, 30-minute event you will:
- Learn from practical examples of ‘what’s working’
- Hear examples of ‘strengthening whānau aspirations’
- Hear about leadership of a large, multi-agency service provider in Northland
- Be informed by community sector expertise
From 10:00 am. Register here
The holes are getting bigger in the safety net provided by the Community Sector
“The second ComVoices State of the Sector Survey of the Community Sector shows that stresses on our organisations are increasing” says Scott Miller, Chair of ComVoices.
“We are facing greater demand for our services, are dealing with greater complexity with less funding from government, and have a greater reliance on alternative funding sources to support the delivery of services.
“The crisis in the sector is worsening and despite discussions with government and its agencies no one appears to be listening” he says.
Tess Casey, convenor of the Survey Working Group, says that the issues of cost, complexity and compliance were repeatedly highlighted in the survey.
Read the full press release and download the reports here
Open Government Partnership: Action Plan Released
The State Services Commission (SSC) has released New Zealand’s National Action Plan 2016 – 2018, as approved by Cabinet. Commitments in the 2-year plan are not as aspirational as we at Hui E! would have liked, but they do respond to some of the issues that were raised in our consultations. Hui E! warmly thanks everyone who made input to the draft Commitments that we put forward into SSC’s process – together we created some great proposals! During October we met with staff from Dept Internal Affairs and SSC, and those two agencies have now committed to collaborate on an improved civil society consultation for the next plan.
You can download the National Action Plan 2016-18 or read the plan via the links below:
Foreword from the State Services Commissioner
Commitment 1: Open Budget
Commitment 2: Improving official information practices
Commitment 3: Improving open data access and principles
Commitment 4: Tracking progress and outcomes of open government data release
Commitment 5: Ongoing engagement for OGP
Commitment 6: Improving access to legislation
Commitment 7: Improving policy practices
Appendix A – Plan development and engagement.
Our friends at Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University, have a more detailed critique here
2017 Ngā Karahipi o Te Rau Matatini
Te Rau Matatini is excited to announce that the 2017 Scholarships opened on Tuesday, 1 November. Fantastic opportunities for those intending to study or aspire to work in the Mental Health and Addiction sector (AoD). Find out more
Police Vetting Bill – Exemption for the Voluntary Sector
The Government’s announcement that the explicit exemptions have been provided for the voluntary sector in the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill is ‘democracy in action’ says Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand. The recent announcement signals fee-waivers in the Regulations of the Bill which will include exemptions for registered charities and agencies making 20 police-vetting requests or fewer per year. Read the full media release from Volunteering New Zealand
SSPA News: Client Level Data Reporting in MSD Contracts
There is a high level of concern from Social Services Providers Aotearoa Inc members and others in the sector about new contracts for some programmes that require providers to provide individual data on clients to MSD. Budget services are the latest group to be presented with this requirement in their contracts. The lack of consultation has added to the concern. Brenda, the SSPA National Manager will shortly be meeting with other sector groups on this matter to develop a sector-wide response. She says “I have heard from some members with these reporting requirements in their latest contracts but would welcome hearing from any others so that I have a full picture.” Contact Brenda Pilott for more information.
Social Enterprise growth report released
Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has launched the new report ‘Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth’, which shows that social enterprises have significant potential to deliver positive social and environmental outcomes for New Zealand. Social enterprises are organisations that trade as a business to support their social or environmental mission. The new report proposes a range of actions to enable social enterprises to grow and unlock new sources of capital.
“I am pleased to release this forward-looking report. It outlines a range of actions for the Government and other sectors to consider, in order to build the capability and contribution of social enterprise,” says Mrs Goodhew.
“The report is an important step, spelling out the potential role of social enterprises in innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional economic development. “The 2014 Government Position Statement on Social Enterprise, outlined the Government’s commitment to facilitate further growth of the social enterprise sector, and that commitment has taken another step forward today,” Mrs Goodhew says. The Government is currently considering the report, and will release its response soon.
The report will also provide a useful basis for conversations between social enterprises and their supporters about how to further grow this sector in the lead up to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, to be held in Christchurch next September. Read the press release and download the report.
The Shaky Basis of Government’s Investment Approach
Recommended blog post: “Gordon Campbell On The Police (And MSD) Abuses Of Power”
“… MSD … seem more than happy to use the tentative conclusions of the Treasury paper in question to legitimise their new policy on information disclosure. That tendency has marked the Big Data project on welfare from the very outset – the drawbacks and circular reasoning are duly recorded in footnotes, and are then ignored by the policy makers, as each validating paper piles its shaky rationales atop the similar tentative rationales contained in the previous paper. In the Treasury paper for instance, there is a plaintive footnote abut the “four indicators” that supposedly signal future welfare dependency:
The four indicators do not necessarily cause poorer outcomes directly, but they are likely to be correlated with other factors that lead to poorer developmental outcomes, such as having insufficient parental support and supervision, or having unmet health or learning needs.
Right. Unmet health needs? Poor housing? Unmet learning needs in the education system? Shouldn’t this data be being used to promote the need for vastly increased government funding in health, education and housing, in order to alleviate those unmet needs?” See the full blog
Making tax simpler for small business Inland Revenue is making tax simpler for New Zealanders.
IRD is at the start of a major change programme that will transform the way that people and organisations manage their taxes and social policies. An important focus is on helping small businesses to reduce compliance effort and costs. We want to help you spend less time on tax and more time on running the organisations that support and guide Aotearoa’s communities.
Improved services for managing GST: The first changes will be introduced in early 2017 and will involve improved online services for managing GST. If you are a not-for-profit organisation who pays GST, you will receive communications from Inland Revenue from October to start preparing your organisation for the changes.
Future changes: GST is just the beginning. From 2018 Inland Revenue will begin to streamline the administration of income taxes and social policies that may affect your employees such as student loans, child support and KiwiSaver. Some of these changes are subject to the introduction of new legislation. We will keep you well informed before these changes come into effect, so that you can continue to support your employees and communities.
For further information on how a simpler tax system could work in the future click here or to read more about the Government’s vision for simpler taxes and have your say visit here
ACE Place is a free, online learning hub that will help you kick-start your learning journey. You might want to find a better job, adopt a healthier lifestyle or explore things you are interested in. ACE Place is all about working out what you want for yourself and working out how to accomplish it, with the help and support of the community. Watch this short video to find out how to list your organisation.
United Nations SDGs
Leave No One Behind
Last month at the opening of the UN General Assembly, civil society and world leaders came together to review progress on the Leave No Behind commitment, identify those most in need, and discuss how resources and programmes can be mobilised to reach impoverished and marginalised groups around the world.
To help raise awareness for the universal commitment, a short film has been produced by the critically acclaimed director, Richard Curtis, to tell the stories of people whose lives will change if we put the Leave No One Behind principle at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals.
To get involved in the Leave No One Behind agenda, civil society groups are currently coordinating a series of national dialogues to help engage the most marginalised and excluded communities in the Sustainable Development Goals.
These national dialogues aim to:
- Identify the groups of people and communities in need of priority access to the resources and programs being mobilised by the Sustainable Development Goals
- Support innovative solutions from civil society that reach those most in need
- Coordinate civil society´s engagement in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals and Leave No One Behind commitment
National Dialogues are happening in various countries as well as online. Participate here. Learn more about the Leave No One Behind Partnership and access capacity building materials here
Leave No Girl Behind: 5 Ways the SDGs should help girls and young women
Girls make up around 1.1 billion of the world’s population: a significant demographic that continues to experience high levels of discrimination, violence and marginalisation. While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have made gender equality a top priority, there are some key actions we need to take to truly ensure that no girl is left behind:
- Investing in research and improving data gaps
- Targeting barriers that prevent girls accessing and staying in education
- Engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls
- Encouraging girls to participate in inclusive programming
- Providing locally relevant protection for young women and girls
See the full article by Himali Dave on the UK Bond website
Research and Resources
Report on recent Social Security Summit
With the theme of Investing in children – the Summit brought together academics, economic commentators, and a number of community sector groups involved with children. The Summit was hosted by the Auckland University Business School on 2 September 2016 and supported by the Child Poverty Action Group, and the University of Auckland’s Centre for Applied Research in Economics and Retirement Policy and Research Centre. A report of the Summit is available here
Civic Charter – The Global Framework for People’s Participation
The Civic Charter provides a global framework for people’s participation in shaping their societies. The two-page document, which people and organisations can sign on to and use as a basis for joint action, articulates a common set of civic and political rights. Based on universally accepted human rights, freedoms and principles, the Civic Charter serves as a reference point for people claiming their rights. It can be used as a tool for awareness-raising, advocacy and campaigning. The Civic Charter promotes solidarity among local, national, regional and global struggles to defend the space for civic participation.
We, the people have the right and the duty to participate in shaping our societies.
Human rights and fundamental freedoms are increasingly violated worldwide. In a growing number of countries, people and their organisations face severe restrictions and are deprived of their rights to participate in shaping their societies. Activists are threatened, persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and killed. Legitimate civil society organisations are hindered in their work, deprived of funding, forbidden to operate and dissolved. Avenues for people’s participation in public decision-making are restricted or closed down.
Yet, unless people genuinely participate, the world will be unable to overcome its most threatening challenges, including persistent poverty, growing inequality, and climate change. The Civic Charter is grounded in our common humanity and universally accepted freedoms and principles. It provides a framework for people’s participation that identifies their rights within existing international law and agreements.
See the Charter, and sign up if you wish, here
NFPs Not Prepared for Extreme Weather Events
The Australian welfare peak body, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), said community organisations were still poorly prepared to respond to extreme weather events and the significant impact on their own operations.
Research carried out by ACOSS in 2013 found that 25 per cent of not-for-profit organisations would be likely to close permanently if seriously impacted by an extreme weather event.
The report said community service organisations (CSOs) were highly vulnerable and not well prepared to respond to climate change and extreme weather impacts to physical infrastructure and that this underlying organisational vulnerability also worsened the vulnerability of people experiencing poverty and inequality to climate change.
To help community organisations be better prepared, ACOSS has launched the Resilient Community Organisations website and produced a disaster resilience benchmarking tool. See the full article in ProBono News
Grant Thornton’s Latest Not for Profit Sector Report – The Challenge of Change
Discover the challenges faced by NFPs on both sides of the Tasman. Of all the findings, one stands out; in today’s ever evolving business environment, NFPs in New Zealand and Australia are intrinsically striving to develop and maintain professional standards in how they manage, operate and govern their enterprises. Read the full report. Apologies for broken link in last month’s Panui.
Like so many others, we mourn the passing of Helen Kelly – leader of the Council of Trade Unions, and lifelong activist for social justice.
Helen’s contribution to the Trade Union movement, and the country, has been immense. All of us were awestruck by the way she kept on fighting for people to the end of her days. This is a time for us to acknowledge the important role that trade unions play in our sector. They are included as one of the 12 categories of non-profit organisations used by Statistics NZ and internationally. Hui E! has strong links with unions generally. The PSA is a Sector Champion of Hui E! and we regularly have union people at our hui and joining our programmes. Thank you to Helen, and to all those who work for and lead trade unions in New Zealand.
Peter Glensor ends his term as Hui E! General Manager on November 4. After that, his email address is: email@example.com. Peter’s cell number stays the same – 027 241 5152.