Comments from Anaru Fraser, Hui E! General Manager
Tēnā anō koutou katoa. He mihi nui ki ngā āhautanga o Hine Raumati, otirā ki ngā hua o Rongomatāne. Greetings to you all at this time of our summer Goddess Hine Raumati and the fruits of our God of cultivation Rongomatāne.
Aotearoa/New Zealand is becoming such a diverse and multicultural gem of the South Pacific so what better way to celebrate that diversity by acknowledging other customs as well as the Christmas traditions. That being said I invite you to share your customs that you practice at this time of the year as a way of celebrating our unique diversity.
Back to business – hei mahi
Now, back to business. Although it’s only been a short time since I’ve taken over as Kaiwhakahaere Matua the work continues. I’ve used the past month to transition into the role although my initial focus into 2017 is to increase connectivity amongst the community sector as well as government and business. I consider every meeting or event as an opportunity to increase our connectivity and engagement with the sector, government and business.
These areas of work have continued from previous engagement or arising issues:
Within the areas of work we continue to engage with sector groups such as Multicultural NZ, Platform Trust, Social Service Providers Aotearoa (who will soon be new roomies with Hui E! and Volunteering NZ here at the Community Hub!), Birthright NZ, National Council Fiji Communities NZ, UNICEF, Equality Network, Network Waitangi Ōtautahi, Think Tank, NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services, Family Planning, NZ Coalition to End Homelessness, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, Fundraising Institute of NZ to name but a few.
Our engagement with the government sector also continued with MBIE, Superu, SSC, Charities Services, Statistics NZ.
You may recall last month’s pānui where Deputy Prime Minister Bill English called in to the Community Hub to farewell Peter Glensor at our AGM. Now that it’s looking likely Bill English will be our next Prime Minister we may have some interesting conversations ahead.
We also maintain international sector connections with CIVICUS, which provides a lot of value around what other internationally based nationwide civil society organisations are doing.
Moving forward – te ara whakamua
Moving forward I’ll be looking how Hui E! can provide better and effective operations to support sector issues and general areas of work. This might include grouping issues/work into high level program areas. Let me know your thoughts and how we might incorporate the issues and work that matters most to you.
I’ll also be looking at connecting our sector to United Nations platforms such as the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) where I’ve been engaged as an international Indigenous Peoples representative within the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) of the CFS.
The CFS is the largest international space of civil society organisations (CSOs) working to eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition. The CSM was founded in 2010, as an essential and autonomous part of the reformed CFS. The purpose of the CSM is to facilitate civil society participation and articulation into the policy processes of the CFS. It is an open and inclusive space and hence does not have formal members, but participating organisations. Every organisation that belongs to civil society and works on food security and nutrition can join and participate. In this regard, if you’re interested in learning more or being part of any of the constituencies such as Indigenous Peoples, NGOs, consumers, youth, women, smallholder farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists, agriculture and food, landless, urban insecure then please let me know because we would welcome your contribution. Similarly, if you’re interested in learning more or being part of the policy working groups such as the SDGs, nutrition, monitoring, urbanization and rural transformation, connecting smallholders to markets, protracted crises, water, gender, global strategic framework, multi-year programme of work then please let me know.
Our story is your story – tātou tātou
As we move into 2017 look out for our monthly video blogs featuring Hui E! staff and Trustees as a way of you getting to know us better. I would also like to invite you to be part of our monthly video blogs as another way to connect our sector so let me know if you’re interested – our story is your story!
Kāti rā, ngā mihi anō ki ngā tūāhuatanga o te wahanga nei, arā ki a Hine Raumati, Rongomatāne, Hana Koko hoki. Ko te mea kē, kia anga tahi tātou i raro i te whakaaro kōtahi.
I wish you all the best for the summer season as we move into the new year with a collective voice and a common focus.
Heoi anō, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.
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