Hui E! Community Aotearoa champions the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector in Aotearoa New Zealand

Mā tōu rourou, Mā tōku te rourou, e ora ai te iwi  
With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive. 

A mātou mahi | What we do

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is a peak body to champion and tautoko the mahi of more than 115,000 tangata whenua, community and voluntary groups in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

This rich, vibrant and complex sector contributes nearly five per cent of the country’s GDP, but organisations often operate with more aroha than money or practical support.   

With hui, āwhina and kōrero, we represent, celebrate and support the sector while acting as a collective voice with government and other funders. We also provide opportunities for community rōpū to network and build greater strength and stability. 

Ka pēhea e mahi | How we do it

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is responsive to the sector’s needs, so our mahi grows and changes as the sector does. You can read about our current kaupapa and mahi here.  

Core to our mahi is our formal network of individuals and organisations in the sector, Mema Whanaungatanga. Read more about the tukutuku (network) here

Our organisation is values-based, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is at the pito of our mahi. The Hui E! board operates a Treaty Relationship Framework model based on the wairua of partnership outlined in Te Titiri o Waitangi; there are equal members from Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti and agreed tikanga for collective decision-making. Read more about the principles and tikanga of this model here.   

We are also members of a number of influential national and international rōpū, which you can read more about here.

He aha e hirahira nei tā Hui E! mahi | Why this work is important  

Umbrella organisations and sector peak bodies like Hui E! Community Aotearoa exist to represent the needs of the sector and act as a collective reo (voice) for wero (challenges) it’s facing.  You can read more about the role of peak bodies on this blog.

Tō mātou orokohanga | Where we’ve come from  

Hui E! Community Aotearoa’s journey started in 2014 when two organisations, Association of Non-Governmental Organisations of Aotearoa (ANGOA) and Social Development Partners (previously NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations), merged to form Hui E!

ANGOA was established in 2010 a forum for independent, non-profit making, voluntary organisations (NGOs). They saw NGOs as a vital part of international and national efforts to educate, raise awareness and address global environmental and social crises that were of international and national concern. ANGOA fulfilled its role by recognising the provisions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and acknowledging that while te tino rangatiratanga is vested in tangata whenua, te kawanatanga is to be shared between both tangata whenua and tau iwi. Officers included Marion Blake, Tony Mayow, Julie Haggie, Peter Isaacs, Vanisa Dhiru and Nadia Abu Shanab.

Social Development Partners was initially established in 2007 as the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations (NZFVWO). As a network of social service organisations, their objective was to advocate, inform and act as an inspiration for the welfare of voluntary organisations in New Zealand. The vision of the NZFVWO was to build a developed and unbiased society through a viable welfare for the voluntary sector. Officers included Simon Cayley, Sonya Rimene, Gillian Peacock, Moira Underdown, Ric Odom and Niamh Lawless.

Both organisations had a long history of tautoko the community sector.  

Tā mātou whai pūtea | How we’re funded  

Hui E! Community Aotearoa, like most organisations in the hapori, relies on takuhe (grants) from kāwanatanga and philanthropic organisations.  

We’d like to thank our main funding partners, their tautoko is invaluable:  

If you would like to tautoko our mahi you can make a donation on this page, or contact us about working together.  

Ngā taipitopito | The detail