Hui E! Panui – March 2016

         Panui-March 2016        

 

Comments from Peter Glensor, Hui E! General Manager:
This month, there is a line up of meeting opportunities – Sector Hui in Auckland and Wellington.
The first of our Ethnic Summits. The Comms2Comms Network. Incorporated Societies Act changes – and more!
Check out the opportunities to meet others, to learn, and to build links with others. In Hui E! we want to help frame conversations (Korero), bring people together (Hui) and take practical action (Awhina). But we can’t do that alone.We need to work together and keep one another informed. Let us know if there’s more we can do with you.Click on the image below to play Peter’s video ‘WHO ARE WE?’
 

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Whakaarohia a Papatūānuku i mua i te tānga mai i tēnei īmera.
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Contents: In this Panui:

1. Quote for the Month
UNDP supports SDGs against hunger and poverty 

The United Nations Development Programme is pledging its support of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those focused on reducing poverty and hunger in 2030.


UNDP’s core mission continues to be “
to support countries to eradicate poverty in a way which simultaneously reduces inequality and exclusion, while protecting the planet on which we all depend,” says UNDP chief Helen Clark. 

Inter Press Service

2. Hui E! – To make the choices that create the future for the community(ies) we serve
Such a simple definition of the role of governance but it embodies the key responsibilities of the board of any community good organisation.
‘To make the choices’ implies that the board spends time considering the alternatives available to achieve the organisation’s purpose.
‘that create the future’ makes it quite clear that the board must spend time peering into the future.
‘for the community(ies) we serve’ means the board recognises that its responsibility and authority are derived from those who elected the board.
If you would like to explore the role of the board, the role of a board member, agenda construction, or other aspects of governance please visit www.boardsense.co.nz.


3. Hui E! Events 

See our Events page at www.huie.org.nz

Auckland Sector Hui

Wednesday March 9
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Lynfield Room, Fickling Centre, 646 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings

  1. Report back on Auckland Council links 
  1. Beach Haven Whanau Community Trust – who they are and what they do  
  1. Community – Campus Connections – a proposal for research seminars in Auckland – Bill Ryan – Victoria University School of Government  
  1. Sandy Thompson – changes in the Unitec NFP Management programme  
  1. Local Body Elections – how could the community sector engage? 
  1. National issues from Hui E! and others – Ethnic Summit April 30, National Umbrellas April 6, Inc Socs Act Roadshow, Sustainable Development Goals 
  1. Round Robin – news, issues and ideas – your input 
 
Future Auckland Sector Hui
1.30pm. to 3.30pm
Fickling Centre
Tues May 3
Wed July 6
Tues September 13
Tues November 15

Wellington Sector Hui

Thursday March 10
10 am to 12 noon
Community Hub, Level 4, 120 Featherston St

Discussion with Megan Thomas – recently returned from Tamarack Institute, Canada – about collective impact and adaptive leadership. 
First reports of the Incorporated Societies Act Roadshow 
National issues from Hui E! and others – Ethnic Summit April 30, National Umbrellas April 6, Sustainable Development Goals

Comms2Comms Network 

Wednesday March 23 – 10am to 12 noon at the Community Hub. 

By popular demand we have re-started this Wellington network of people working in Communications and Marketing in any NGO.
The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Community Hub- Level 4, 120 Featherston St.  The March meeting will have two main items – a discussion of on-line Forums, and “workshopping” of an issue brought by one member.
But it’s also a great chance to meet your peers, and share ideas.
Let us know if you aren’t already on the Comms2Comms mailing list.

National Umbrellas/ Networking meeting 
Wednesday April 6 at St Johns in the City. 
This will be the third meeting of national umbrella or networking groups across the Sector.  We’re looking at issues around contracting, and our priorities as a sector, looking ahead to the next General Election.
A first notice has already gone out – if you are a national umbrella group but haven’t heard from us – let us know – peter.glensor@huie.org.nz

Ethnic Migrant and Refugee Communities Engagement Summit

Theme: “I know what the Media tells you, but do you know Who I Am?”

Saturday April 30, 2016 9am to 4pm

Venue: WG308 Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT – 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland

The purpose of the summit is: To create a platform for better understanding and engagement, and celebrate the role of the many cultural groupings within New Zealand society. To build a sense of unity among other peoples, to explore how they can contribute and add value to the community and to the nation. Keynote Speech – Dame Susan Devoy

The day will have three main sessions:

1. Cultural and Ethnic communities and their engagement with Maori and the Treaty of Waitangi
2. Cultural and Ethnic communities’ perceptions and understandings of themselves and of each other
3. Cultural and Ethnic communities and the media. There will be performances from members of the community, and an opportunity to network.

For catering purposes please register at: www.ethniccommunitiesforum.org.nz by the 15th of April.

Jointly sponsored by Hui E!, Multicultural NZ, AUT, Migrant Action Trust, Auckland Ethnic Peoples Panel, Pacific Media Centre

A Wellington-based Summit with the same sessions is planned for Saturday May 28 – Victoria University Pipitea Campus – following the same themes – Jointly sponsored by Hui E!, Multicultural NZ, Changemakers Refugee Forum, English Language Partners, Victoria University, Wellington Multicultural Council

We haven’t set a date yet for a Christchurch-based Summit – we’ll let you know.

 
The Hui E! Trustees 
met in mid February in Auckland where 5 of the 9 Trustees are based.
We nominated Trustee Marion Blake to the Board of CIVICUS – the International Civil Society organisation Hui E! belongs to.
We wrote to the Prime Minister, calling for stronger coordination of NZ’s responses to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and to the Pay Equity Working Party.
We confirmed a 2016 work programme including work on the SDGs, Ethnic Summits, Incorporated Societies Roadshow, Blow our own Trumpet, and work with National Umbrellas, Large NGOs, Tertiary Sector, Local Government, ComVoices, Communications Network.
All that alongside our normal run of Sector Hui, Panui, Tiriti Working Group, and ongoing links with sector and government groups.  It will be a busy year!!

Unitec Not for Profit Management Programme to close 
Due to shifting priorities Unitec will be phasing out delivery of the Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management. Delivered in 5 centres around the country, this was New Zealand’s only qualification specifically targeting not for profit sector managers and leaders.  
Since it started over 20 years ago the programme has graduated hundreds of organisation leaders and build a learning community where graduates and students can come together to share best practice and build individual and organisation capability.  This will leave a gap in the education sector for not for profit managers and leaders who are seeking values based leadership development that specifically addresses the complexity of the environment community organisations work in. 
In response to the closure of the programme the teaching team have setup a Centre for Not for Profit Leadership as a means to keep the kaupapa of the programme going. They will shortly survey the sector to determine what type of leadership development organisations are seeking and will develop training and mentoring programmes in response. 
For more information on the Centre for Not for Profit Leadership contact: 
Sandy on sandyt@xtra.co.nz; 0225726398 or Aly on aly@coachingandmentoring.co.nz or Garth on nowlandforeman@vodafone.co.nz  
Sandy Thompson will be at our Hui E! Auckland Sector Hui on Wed March 9 to discuss these developments.

4. Treasury: Cross-agency data informing investment in young lives


The Treasury has released Characteristics of Children at Risk, a paper with information about children aged 14 and under who are at risk of poor future outcomes. Deputy Secretary Fiona Ross says the analysis is based on data provided through Statistics NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure which collects and anonymises information from across the public sector.

The paper has been published with a supporting infographic and an interactive tool which displays the data by geographic location.
Interactive tool:  http://www.treasury.govt.nz/sii

5. Grassroots groups in Syria, peacemakers and rebuilders

This Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom article, Five Things you Need to Know About Syrian Women’s Grassroots Organisations in the Context of Syria aims to bring to light particular characteristics of Syrian women’s grassroots organisations that form crucial actors for change on the ground, but are far too often marginalised from negotiations and the peace process in general. The below information is primarily based on findings included in a study on women peace activism in Syria conducted by Badael, a Syrian non-governmental organisation, entitled Peacebuilding defines our future now (2015).

6. Aotearoa Ethnic Network calls for Doubling of NZ’s refugee acceptance 
Aotearoa Ethnic Network (AEN) have called for a doubling of the refugee quota and a corresponding doubling of government’s budget allocation for support of people newly arrived in New Zealand, using the catchy byline “Double the quota, double refugee support New Zealand—it’s the very least we can do.
Watch the video on YouTube and share around your networks.

7. Comms2Comms network up and running once again

On Feb 24th we held the second meeting of the re-freshed Comms2Comms network – open to anyone who is involved with communications and/ or marketing anywhere in the community sector.

This is a self-managing group – for people to share both successes and failures – good ideas, great people or companies, new technologies, and generally help one another be the best they can be be.

About 20 people joined this meeting, including a number of new faces. The topic was Campaigning – people shared stories and insights from both successful and unsuccessful campaigns, and we looked together at some current work people are doing. We were reminded that a good way to frame your preparations for a campaign is GAME – Goals, Audience, Messaging, Engagement.

People agreed we will continue the pattern of a monthly meeting – on the 4th Wednesday of each month –so in March we meet on Wednesday March 23rd – 10am to 12 noon – at the Community Hub (Level 4, 120 Featherston Street, Wellington)

We agreed that we can “workshop” specific issues that people bring – hear about the situation, and discuss practical ways to deal with it, or resources – ideas, people – that could be accessed.

One of the network members will bring something to the March meeting to workshop. The main topic for the March meeting will be On-line Forums – where are they working well, or badly? What alternatives are there if they aren’t working?

Please feel free to invite others to this network meeting.

8. Neighbours Day Aotearoa, 19-20 March 2016

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a collaborative campaign organised and supported by Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, The Mental Health Foundation, Neighbourhood Support NZ and Public Libraries of NZ. Thousands of neighbours, organisations, local government and local businesses have been involved, bringing neighbours together over the last weekend in March each year.

Neighbours Day continues to be a catalyst for thousands of Kiwis to connect with their neighbours and turn their streets into neighbourhoods, atawhainga te pa harakeke.
Atawhaingia te pa harakeke – this whakatauki or proverb speaks to the essence of what Neighbours Day is looking to achieve, nurture familial bonds in the solidarity and unity of community. Atawhaingia is to nurture, protect, cultivate and love. The Pa Harakeke is the Harakeke (flax) grove of the village, used as a metaphor for an intertwined community.

Find out more about how you, your neighbourhood, or organisation can get involved here.

9. Join the IACD
Consider joining the International Association for Community Development (IACD) – a global network of practitioners, activists, educators, trainers, volunteers and community development organisations.

IACD is the only international membership association committed to supporting those working in community development. We do this by: – facilitating an exchange of knowledge and good practice across the world; – creating a global voice, advocating for community development principles and practice worldwide.
By becoming a member, you will support this international network for community-led change, grounded in the principles of social justice, equality and environmental sustainability. You will also gain access to a number of member benefits: opportunities to take part in our study visits, conferences and learning events; opportunities to contribute to our policy work;  discounted subscription to the Community Development Journal; opportunities to share your work through our website, e-bulletin and social media, and to connect with fellow practitioners; have a vote at our Annual General Meetings; right to nominate yourself to serve on IACD board and sub-committees.Find out more here.

10. International Civil Society Week 2016

Register Now for International Civil Society Week 2016!



CIVICUS and Confederación Colombiana de ONG (CCONG) are pleased to invite you to join them at ICSW 2016 in Bogotá, Colombia from 25 to 28 April.


http://civicus.org/ICSW/index.php/en/


Hui E!’s Dave Henderson will be there – to chair a meeting of National NGO Associations – AGNA – and sponsored by AGNA.

11. Independent monitor critical of NZ Government performance


PM John Key signed NZ up to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) project in 2013 but NZ’s actual progress since then has been underwhelming, says independent monitor Steven Price.

Steven, a QC and law lecturer, is appointed by the global OGP organisation to report on what NZ has done in-country, particularly State Services Commission (SSC) which is the lead government agency.

Hui E!’s experience is that SSC has not allocated enough resources to achieve much at all – especially the building of a genuine Partnership with civil society as is required under OGP guidelines. A key frustration is that goals government has been working on for several years such as “Better Public Services” that have no partnership or openness component at all in their design, have been patched in to its OGP report. Government, and SSC in particular have bypassed the opportunity to think about what Openness and Partnership really mean.

See the Independent Monitor’s draft report, and his press release, at these links: (Erin see the links above) See SSC’s periodic report to OGP at http://www.ssc.govt.nz/open-government-partnership

12. 2015 – The year in assembly and association rights

UN Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association Maina Kiai announced the release of his mandate’s second annual report, “2015: The Year in Assembly & Association Rights.

The report tells the story of 2015 from the perspective of assembly and association rights and recaps the Special Rapporteur mandate’s work during the year. The report also mentions the situation in Turkey with a focus on examples such as the New Security Law, Gezi Park protests, May Day protests in Taksim Square and peace march in Ankara. Please click here to download.

13. Not-For-Profit banking hassles
At our February Sector Hui, someone raised the issue of the new rules by banks about NGO bank accounts, and the increased bureaucracy of getting signatories changed etc. (I’ve deleted identifying references in the message, to protect the innocent!!)
Does this ring bells with others?
Is this an issue where we could approach the banks for a conversation about how the concerns in one area – money laundering – are having big impacts on another – the smooth running of thousands of community groups?
Let us have your thoughts.
Kia Ora Peter,

Herewith the note you asked for relating to the money laundering legislation.

I am not really expecting nor hoping for change or action as it may well be one of the inevitable results that the innocent have to bear the cost to prevent of limit those not caring where they get their profit from.

The example is the [XX} Trust.

I simply wanted to open 3 new accounts for last year’s winners; a routine over the past 6 years I provided the form with the co-signature of the other signatory of the trust.

The bank said that I had to provide up to date identification and residency details of all the trustees, none of which are required signatories.

I told the bank that one of the trustees had changed as that was an ex-officio position, that the Charities Commission had been advised and their website would verify that (I presented a print-out) but that did not suffice. Initially a change of name form was given to me, but as I had to alter that to make it suit (it was for change of signatory).

I was required to contact the ex trustees , as well as the others, which particularly over the holiday period caused delays.

The ex-trustee was quite offended and said that she would not nor ever do that for a position changed last year.

I am not too sure what hoops I’d have to climb through had she died! In the end the bank stated they would accept the ‘deletion’ of the trustee, but when the other trustee ‘’ provided her proof last Friday, she was told that we were still awaiting one more verification (the ex- trustee!)

I am sure we will battle it out, but in the meantime are still not able to allocate the moneys to the scholarship winners who were entitled to that in Nov last year.

I will now resort to opening up multiple empty accounts to prevent this predicament annually.

I am not blaming the bank, but why should they and we suffer the inefficiencies of law requirements?


Regards [XXX}
 

14. ChangeMakers Refugee Forum – new Board Chair

Appointment of the new Board Chair – ChangeMakers Refugee Forum Wellington

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of Mozhdeh Wafa as their new Board Chair.
She takes over from Yussuf Khalif, Chair of the Wellington Somali Council who served as Chair for two years. Ms Wafa, of Afghani origin has been living in Wellington, New Zealand for almost eleven years now.
After graduating from Massey University with a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in ‘Human Health and Environment’, she currently works with MCLaSS, Interpreting New Zealand, NZ Red Cross, & as a Library Assistant.
Ms Wafa says, “New Zealand is home now, and I would like to give back to this country which gave me many opportunities.”
The organisation is excited to benefit from Ms Wafa’s extensive experience in the various charities she currently works with. “I am looking forward to taking on the responsibility and leading by example for others in the community.”

15. New Facebook resources for nonprofits and NGO’s to get the most out of their pages


Facebook launches new website to help nonprofits master the platform Connecting with supporters in the social sphere just got a little easier for nonprofits.

The social media giant announced a new website on Thursday dedicated to resources for nonprofits and NGOs to get the most out of their Facebook pages. The new site reads like an extensive instruction manual, covering everything from setting up a Page to building a support network of “likes,” and it also includes a step-by-step guide covering how to use the platform’s latest fundraising tools.

See more here.

17. Wellington Research Forum dates announced


Wellington Research Forum Dates Forums are 3pm to 5pm on the following dates

Tea and coffee is available from 2.45pm
22nd March
28th June

27th September

22nd November

Note that the first one is to be held in GBLT4 which is the Old Government Building on the first floor (I.e. Up the stairs)
Venues will vary and will be different from previous events due to construction work at the university.

Disclaimer
This newsletter is produced by Hui E! Community Aotearoa. All the information is intended to assist readers to pursue in a non-partisan way an interest in matters relating to civil society in Aotearoa New Zealand. An effort is made within available resources to ensure accuracy but no guarantee is given or implied. If you have contributions, comments or suggestions, please forward them to info@huie.org.nz. We thank you warmly for your support, and hope to see you at our sector hui!

     

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