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Community organisations left running on empty: Hui E! Community Aotearoa on Budget 2024

Katie Bruce, Kaiwhakahaere Matua, Hui E! Community Aotearoa It might not be the largest numbers in the budget that will have the biggest impact. The tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector, the invisible web that hold communities together, are facing a wave of cuts across many Budget portfolios. Hui E! Hauora research in 2023 highlighted the underfunding, severe and unmet whānau and community needs, coupled with burnout, facing the community sector. This Budget leaves them running on empty. Funds that communities have been able to access in the wake of COVID-19 and climate emergency events have fallen off a cliff, such as the end of the $35 million cultural sector COVID-19 funding and a $30 million decrease in funding for Community Connection services, despite organisations reporting high levels of continued need. Less visible are the ripples out to small organisations and groups that will be competing for reduced funding at the same time as facing this increased need. Community sport programmes, community-led development, budgeting services and community-based justice services are some of those affected. The Māori Development Fund has been cut by more than half and across Community Support Services the non-renewal of contracts expiring in June this year foreshadows further cuts. Cuts to the public sector mean reductions in roles and capacity to engage with the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector, and the inclusion of community voice in decision-making. Also notable is reduced funding to lift procurement capability across the public sector. Complex application and monitoring processes have been long-term barriers for community organisations. More promising are increases in funding for disability support services in a context of long-term underfunding and a community sector innovation fund for mental health and addiction services. The Social Investment Fund, which will come out of a tagged $51 million funding pot to accelerate social investment, will be a litmus test for the Government. Bringing the community sector to the table would ensure this approach, including its impact measures, are informed by what works on the ground and the social infrastructure needed to support communities to thrive in the long-term. Every week the public sector job cut tracker rises, keeping us all up to date. We must do the same to make visible the effects on the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector that will be felt deeply, with jobs and organisations on the line. This sector are the first responders for individuals and whānau seeking tautoko and assistance, and play a vital role in creating resilient, connected, and inclusive communities.

Kei te pirangi koe ki te whakauru atu ki te poari o Hui E!? Would you like to join Hui E!’s board?

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is seeking two Tangata Whenua members to join our Board. This is an opportunity to be on the governance group of a small, agile and committed organisation and make a positive contribution towards a vision of flourishing communities. An introduction to Hui E! Hui E! was established by combining multiple national organisation of the Sector. All of these organisations had a commitment to building a cohesive community sector and to ensure the value and the contribution of New Zealand Society is acknowledged. Hui E! is committed to working within the Spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi where our Tangata Whenua [1] and Tangata Tiriti [2] tūpuna/ancestors undertook to live in true partnership acknowledging each other’s Rangatiratanga. Hui E! operates within the Te Tiriti Relationship Governance Model consisting of up to four (4) Tangata Whenua and four (4) Tangata Tiriti. The leadership is shared by a Tangata Whenua Co-Chair and a Tangata Tiriti Co-Chair. [1] Tangata Whenua – Generic terms for Māori comprising those with mana whenua responsibilities (Māori who are tied culturally to an area by whakapapa and whose ancestors who lived and died there), together with Taura here (Māori, resident in an area, but who belong to waka and tribes from other parts of Aotearoa/New Zealand). [2] Tangata Tiriti – Generic term to describe people whose rights to live in Aotearoa/New Zealand derive from Te Tiriti/Treaty of Waitangi and the arrangements that the Crown has established under a common rule of law, and the equity provisions of Article 3 of Te Tiriti/Treaty. Expectations of board members 1. The role is a voluntary (ie. no meeting fees payable)2. Attendance to monthly meetings (mostly on Zoom, some face-to-face) and undertake action items as required. Funds are available for travel assistance upon agreement, if required3. Ongoing communication via email, phone or kanohi ki te kanohi with other Board members and the Kaiwhakahaere Matua (Chief Executive)4. Regular contact with the sector in their own communities and to be actively involved in their communities of interest5. Advocate and promote the work of the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector locally, regionally and nationally. Ideal applicants Application process Applications have now closed and the Board is working through our applications. We will provide an update soon. If you have any specific pātai, please reach out to Jewelz Petley, Tangata Tiriti Co-Chair jewelea.petley@gmail.com.  

A message from our Board Co-Chairs on the appointment of our new CE

Mauri mahi, mauri ora* Do the mahi, get the treats! It is with grateful hearts and extended arms we announce today the appointment of Dr Katie Bruce as the new Kaiwhakahaere Matua / Chief Executive of Hui E! Community Aotearoa. Katie comes to us with a decade of senior leadership experience, including as Chief Executive of Volunteering NZ and of JustSpeak. Katie has extensive knowledge of and experience working in and alongside the community and voluntary sector. Katie is deeply committed to our collective efforts to realise a Te Tiriti-based future for Aotearoa. Katie’s ability to lead teams, build relationships and advocate for equitable systems change – so that communities, hapū and iwi can do what they do best – means we are well positioned to activate our ambitious plans. Katie is Tangata Tiriti, a Romany woman, and an immigrant from the UK. There she was involved in youth advocacy and setting up youth programmes as a teenager and completed a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy. She now lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara with her husband and is a proud mum to two boys and auntie to twin nieces. We want to thank our kaimahi and trustees who have been working hard over the summer to prepare the ground for new leadership. We wish to especially thank Ronja Ievers who stepped up as Interim Chief Executive during this time of transition. Kia mahi tahi ngā tāngata kia puāwai. Let’s work hard together so our communities can flourish. Ngā mihi maioha,Sarah and Jewelz  *The full whakataukī (‘Māori proverb’) is: “Mauri mahi, mauri ora; mauri noho, mauri mate” – Industry begets prosperity; idleness begets poverty.

Revolutionising Funding: Our Unified Global Application is Changing the Game!

We’ve got some seriously exciting news to share with you – we’re flipping the script on the whole funding hustle with our latest innovation: one single, unified global funding application. It’s a total game-changer, not just for us but for all those who believe in what we do. We all know that filling out funding applications is a real headache. We simply don’t have time for that. Crafting different applications for different funders? It’s like trying to do a hundred things at once! So, we’ve cracked the code! One application to rule them all. This means less time wrestling with forms and more time diving into the heart of our mahi. And what makes our new application stand out? It’s direct, no-nonsense. It tells our story, our ambitions, and precisely how we plan to make things happen – no fancy jargon, no unnecessary fluff. Sure, getting the funds is a big deal, but fostering solid relationships with those who back our kaupapa is what truly matters. With this new application, it’s all about being crystal clear and upfront. We want our funding partners to see us for who we really are. This move is a serious game-changer for us, and we firmly believe it’s a step in the right direction for the funding realm. Our aim? To make life simpler for everyone and set a shining example for a more straightforward, honest way of getting things done. We’re super excited to witness the impact this will bring and where this journey will take us. Massive thanks for being a part of this thrilling ride with us!