Hui E! Panui – February 2015

Invitation to our Sector Hui – Thursday 12 February 2015,
10.00am – Midday – Level 16, 171 Featherston St, Wellington

Kia ora koutou katoa, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou Greetings – All are Welcome to attend.
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Contents: In this Panui:

Hui E! News and Events

1. Quote of the Month

2. Agenda for the 12 February Sector Hui

3. Hui E! is Up and Running New Zealand

Sector News

4. The National Not-For-Profit Sector Conference 2015

5. Funding available for collaboration in 2015

6. Public Consultations on NZ Human Rights Report

7. Meeting with NZ Data Futures Forum

8. New Zealand Women’s Watch – Discussion Forum, Ponsonby

9. Seminar – Taxation issues for charities and not-for-profit organisations

International News about the Sector

10. Australia Revokes Status of 4000 Charities

11. Charities face ‘serious threat’ from government over their independence, UK report says

12. CIVICUS Welcomes the UN Secretary General’s Post-2015 report

About Hui E!

13. Hui E! Sector Hui dates

 

1. Quote of the Month

“The new development goals are far too important for us to leave to governments to self-report on. Instead we need more people-powered accountability in which citizens around the world take advantage of data and technology to monitor progress on these goals.” 

CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation responds to the UN Secretary General’s report ‘The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet’.
Hui E! is an active member of CIVICUS and its associated group the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA). Dave Henderson, Hui E!’s Manager External Relations, was elected Chair of AGNA in November 2014 and continues that role with Hui E!

2. Agenda for the 12 February Sector Hui

2.1 Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs

Minister Dunne will give a presentation and respond to questions and discussion. He is also Associate Minister of Conservation and Associate Minister of Health, with a particular interest in Mental Health. Minister Dunne has been a supporter of the sector in a range of portfolios, particularly as Minister of Revenue.
2.2 Update on Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Peter Glensor, General Manager/Kaiwhakahaere Matua, will report on developments. See the next item in this Panui for more detail.
2.3 Community Led Development

Like ANGOA before it, Hui E! begins with an affirmation about the importance of the community, voluntary and tangata whenua sector for building a strong healthy and resilient community and nation.  It’s the “social glue” that holds communities together – as many found out during the Christchurch earthquakes – and the connections of all those clubs, societies, trusts, and boards provide opportunities for individuals and groups to form bonds and be more fully human.
Claire-Louise McCurdy a former Chair of ANGOA and Tara D’Sousa, Manager of the Social Services Provider Association, will open a discussion. The language of community-led development seems to have become “flavour of the month” but there are fears that the essence of community being in the lead seems to get lost!
2.4 Open Hui

An opportunity for you to raise issues of the day, and seek collaborators on your projects, and make short announcements about upcoming events.

3. Hui E! is Up and Running

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is a charitable trust set up to promote, strengthen and connect the Community Sector tangata whenua organisations and the broad voluntary and community sector -charities, incorporated societies, clubs, boards, trusts, and informal community groups.

Hui E! began in 2015. We have six inaugural Trustees –all recognised Sector leaders: Simon Cayley, New Plymouth (Chair); Sonya Rimene, Wellington (Deputy Chair); Marion Blake, Wellington; Bronwyn Yates, Auckland; Julie Haggie, Wellington; Pat Watson, Auckland. The General Manager is Peter Glensor & Dave Henderson is Manager External Relations. Both have been senior leaders in the Sector over many years.

 

Core principles:

• Te Tiriti o Waitangi must be visible and real in our community and our nation and embedded within our organisation, using a Treaty relationships framework.

• The Community Sector is an essential contributor to our society.

• 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.
 

 

How Can You Be Involved? 

Hui E! is for the whole sector –that means you! Start now! Come to a Hui E! sector hui. Get a regular newsletter. Sign up for on-line discussions. Ask us to come to your event/ conference/ AGM. Ask how you can be part of Hui E!’s work.
 

Formal Supporters – you 

  • are a not-for-profit organisation 
  • affirm that you support the kaupapa of Hui E! 
  • pay no subscription or fee 
  • can elect some trustees each year

 

Sector Champions – you 

  • are a Formal Supporter of Hui E! 
  • make an annual financial contribution to Hui E!
  • have your contribution acknowledged on our website and other PR material

 

Hui E! Affiliates – you 

  • are an individual or a group that is not a not-for profit  
  • want to see a strong community & voluntary sector 
  • make an annual contribution to Hui E!

 

What will we do?

 

Hui – a forum for the Sector

  • Regular sector hui in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton for sector groups to discuss key issues
  • Convening meetings of umbrella groups to measure the pulse of the sector, deal with common issues, promote new initiatives 
  • On-line forums so people can be involved wherever they are based

 

Awhina – practical support for the Sector 

  • Practical advice for groups needing support 
  • Promote shared services, mutual support 
  • Support for groups dealing with Govt or tricky issues

 

Korero – a public voice for the Sector 

  • Advocating for individual groups or the whole sector 
  • Promotion of the sector in media, to decision makers

We are preparing the forms for groups to take up the opportunity to become a Formal Supporter and Sector Champion – watch for further information shortly.

 

How to Talk to Us?

Website: www.huie.org.nz  Email: info@huie.org.nz
General Manager/Kaiwhakahaere Matua: Peter Glensor  peter.glensor@huie.org.nz  Phone: +64 27 241 5152
Manager External Relations:  Dave Henderson  dave.henderson@huie.org.nz  Phone 027 4848 165

4. The National Not-For-Profit Sector Conference 2015

The National Not-For-Profit Sector Conference over the 24th and 25th of February 2015 will bring together some stunning speakers, managers, leaders and simply fine people. They will come to share their experiences and knowledge – those things that have either succeeded or failed for them and potentially provide you with ideas that you can use in your practice.
There with be New Zealand Case Studies from the front line with executives from organisations as diverse as Progress to Health, Te Aro Health Centre Trust, Nga Rangatahi Toa, New Zealand Aids Foundation and many more, along with experts speaking about governance, coaching, people management, social media and fund-raising. We guarantee that you will come away re-energised about your service and its potential with fresh insights and a network of like minded people who can support you through 2015.
Find out more about the speakers here, or see the programme here and don’t forget to register here

5. Funding available for collaboration in 2015

If you are developing or considering a collaborative project or merger, see how the Working Together More Fund (WTMF) might assist. Download the brochure or visit workingtogether.org.nz for criteria and case studies. The WTMF has supported collaborative initiatives and mergers since 2009. In 2014, 138 applications were received with 34 grants distributed totalling over $425,000.00. Details about the Fund including recent grants can be found on workingtogether.org.nz.

Close off dates for submitting applications in 2015 are at 5pm on:

§ Friday,27 March 2015

§ Friday, 10 July 2015

§ Friday, 30 October 2015

For further information contact Bede Martin – bedemartin@xtra.co.nz or 021 230 2908.

6. Public Consultations on NZ Human Rights Report

The Ministry of Justice Human Rights Team have announced two public consultation meetings on New Zealand’s draft sixth periodic report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
This is the UN instrument that guarantees the right of people and communities in Aotearoa to form associations and formal organisations as they wish, to support their aspirations, hopes and plans.
It’s of interest to Hui E!, and we will be making a submission. If you have comments or are making a submission, please share them with us vis dave.henderson@huie.org.nz

 

Wellington

Monday 2 February 2015, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Level 1

Vector Building

44 The Terrace

Auckland

Wednesday 4 February 2015, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Level 3

Zurich House

21 Queen Street

 

Note that submissions can be made before or after these meetings, up until 19 February 2015. Submissions can be made by email to humanrights@justice.govt.nz or by post to Civil Law and Human Rights, Ministry of Justice, Justice Centre, 19 Aitken Street, DX SX10088, Wellington 6011.  Further information, including a copy of the draft report, can be found at: http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy/constitutional-law-and-human-rights/human-rights/consultation

7. Meeting with NZ Data Futures Forum

The NZ Data Futures Forum stated in July 2014 that the release of open data by both government and nongovernment sectors would deliver economic and social benefits.  The expectations and motivations for the private sector to release open data are very different than for the government. For example, there is no legislation or mandate which requires this and the data is not publicly funded. Note that this is OPEN data, not sensitive/commercial data shared by arrangement.
Paul Stone who is the Open Government Data Programme Leader is meeting with Ros Rice; 2pm on 4 February, at: Level One Boardroom, Prime Property House, 2 Woodward Street (corner of Lambton Quay). Ros would like to invite anyone who is interested in this work to join her.
Paul would like to explain in person the intent behind the NZ Data Futures Forum and give some examples of how the community sector could be a part of the vision.
Please RSVP to eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz by Tuesday 3 February 2015.

8. New Zealand Women’s Watch – Discussion Forum, Ponsonby

Wednesday 11th February 2015, 6.30 – 8.30pm  Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby.

Focus: National Plan of Action for All New Zealanders 

Discussion points:

1. A Just and Safe Aotearoa

2. Enabling a Fair Go for All 

In conjunction with Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, The Human Rights Commission is leading the development of a National Plan of Action for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. Join us to contribute to this important initiative.
Everyone welcome – Gold coin Koha. Please RSVP to: info@pacificwomenswatch.org.nz;    http://www.pacificwomenswatch.org.nz/     or phone Christine King (09) 575 1523

9. Seminar – Taxation issues for charities and not-for-profit organisations

The Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research at Victoria University invites you to Seminar 4 of its Not-for-Profit Seminar Series: Thursday, 26 February 2015 from 8.15am – 11.45am

At the last seminar in the Series, many participants noted the need for more informed discussion about tax issues in the sector. This seminar will cover:

•          GST issues for not-for-profit entities in relation to branch registration and revenue generation

•          Remuneration and tax

•          Donations – definitions, overseas donations and donee status

•          Tax obligations in relation to de-registration from Charities Services (especially if this is due to an organisational re-structure)

Speakers:

Hon Todd McClay, Minister of Revenue, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Trade.

Sue Barker, Director, Sue Barker Charities Law.

Phil Fisher, Director, Tax Team Charles Ngaki, Senior Policy Analyst, Inland Revenue Department John Shewan, Adjunct Professor, School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Seminar Programme:

A full Seminar Programme is available here. Seminar Fee – $60 (excluding GST)

To REGISTER for the seminar, please go here.

Seminar Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Government Buildings, Lecture Theatre 1, 15 Lambton Quay. Enquiries to Vanessa Borg | Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research  School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria Business School, Phone +64-4-463 5078 | Fax +64-4-463 5076

10. Australia Revokes Status of 4000 Charities

In an exercise likely to be followed in New Zealand, the Australian national charity regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) continues to clean-up the national Charity Register, revoking the charity status of another 392 charities that it believes are no longer operating. The group of 392 charities were among approximately 56,000 charities transferred to the ACNC from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in December 2012.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said the group of charities had not been in contact with the ACNC or responded to multiple letters and calls since the charity regulator’s establishment. This brings the number of charities that have had their charity status revoked or been removed from the Charity Register to 4000 since the establishment of the ACNC. “We believe these charities are no longer in operation, hence we are revoking their charity status,” Pascoe said. “The ACNC is committed to providing the Australian public with a Charity Register that is credible, accurate, and up to date, and this exercise is a key part of that process. See the full article in Pro Bono Australia

11. Charities face ‘serious threat’ from government over their independence, UK report says

Sir Roger Singleton, chair of the UK’s Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, says there are insufficient guards to protect charities.
The third of four annual assessments from the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector, a group of sector experts established in 2011, says that the sector’s ability to act independently from government is being weakened. Increased government interference in state-sponsored charities, a weak and under-resourced Charity Commission, growing political opposition to charities acting as a voice for communities and measures contained in the lobbying bill have all been factors, the report says.

A particular concern it highlights is the emergence of “gagging clauses” in contracts for the government’s Work Programme, preventing subcontractors from criticising the programme or releasing potentially embarrassing data. Reductions in government consultation periods, challenges to charities’ ability to challenge government decisions in court and the number of “charities subject to levels of state control, such as museums and academies”, are also areas for concern.

The report says the Compact (the UK equivalent of New Zealand’s Kia Tutahi Agreement) that sets out how public sector and voluntary sector organisations should behave towards each other, “is important but is neither effectively enforced nor followed in spirit by the different arms of government”.

Sir Stephen Bubb, the chief executive of Acevo, said: “The insistence that the sector be defined by ‘independence of purpose, voice and action’ rather than its source of funding is quite right.”  See the full Article

12. CIVICUS Welcomes the UN Secretary General’s Post-2015 report

In response to the UN Secretary General’s highly anticipated post-2015 synthesis report ‘The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet’, CIVICUS issued the following statement:  We welcome the report as it captures many of the key issues raised by civil society. The central place given to tackling inequality is a great step forward, there’s an admirable attempt to bring climate change concerns into the development agenda and the need to protect civic space is underlined.

The key challenge now will be to get governments to agree to ambitious, game-changing targets for the new goals and, importantly, to put in place robust accountability mechanisms. The new development goals are far too important for us to leave to governments to self-report on. Instead we need more people-powered accountability in which citizens around the world take advantage of data and technology to monitor progress on these goals. The UN Secretary-General has done an admirable job in synthesising our collective aspirations; now we need our leaders to deliver. See this statement online.

13. Hui E! Sector Hui dates

Offers, suggestions or recommendations of presentations are welcome for any or all of the following events; please contact peter.glensor@huie.org.nz
Monthly Sector Hui in Wellington

  • 12 February, 10am to Midday; Level  16, 171 Featherston St (entry lobby next to Dick Smith Electronics) 
  • 12 March, 10am to Midday; Hon Jo Goodhew, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector will speak and be available for questions and discussion. 
  • Note that Hui E! is reviewing the format and frequency of these gatherings, including looking at establishing something regularly in Auckland and then possibly Christchurch.

Wellington Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum

  • The next forum will be 24th March 2015. 
  • DOWNLOAD! Information from past and future Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forums can be accessed from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/cvsr-forums

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