Third COVID-19 update for the Community Sector in Aotearoa New Zealand

As we shift into Level 3 Lockdown, we start to contemplate what a ‘new normal’ might look like. For the Community Sector, this has been an even busier time and at Hui E!, we hope you will find some important time to rest and rejuvenate. More than ever, it feels important we pace ourselves. Over the last month, we’ve been working hard to clean up our database so we can send more tailored information to you in future. To finish, I wanted to share some inspiration from Krushil Watene: “When our COVID-19 lockdowns end, we can’t afford to stop caring about collective well-being. New Zealand is well positioned to show the world how this could be done, including through the New Zealand Treasury’s Living Standards Framework – but only if we listen more to Māori and other diverse voices.”* There is much opportunity to hope for a better world. Ngā manaakitanga Rochelle Rochelle Stewart-Allen Pou Kaiārahi (General Manager) Hui E! Community Aotearoa *



Matching grant writers with community organisations during the COVID-19 lockdown

“I was surprised by how much this opportunity to help a frontline charity access funds during the lockdown meant to me. It’s been really great to help them. Thanks for making it so easy to get involved and make a meaningful difference.” – grant writer Hui E! has been matching pro-bono grant writers with community organisation over the past month who have been delivering vital services during the lockdown. So far we’ve matched nearly 60 community organisations. Warm thanks to our 40+ grant writers who have helped out. For small and medium community organisations with limited resources, this has been a huge asset. It’s allowed the organisations to focus on their core work. “This was a perfect match and I cannot recommend our grant writer enough. She is thoughtful, responsive, and very well organised.” – community organisation

For Māori by Māori during COVID-19

Poutini Waiora continue to use their Māori for Māori approach during COVID-19. They’re running community-led problem solving & delivering local solutions in Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast). Read more  

Championing the community sector during COVID-19

Charities, incorporated societies and community groups are extending a caring hand from Kaitaia to Bluff, from our cities to rural areas. Read more  

How the Wellington Luo Community are working together during COVID-19

Jude Opira Bidong from the Luo Community in Wellington says working together keeps their community members feeling positive and linked up. Read more  

Survey about COVID-19 impacts on Community Sector

Hui E Community Aotearoa, Volunteering New Zealand, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy New Zealand met last week to progress the development of a survey of the community sector. The purpose of the survey is to identify the impact of the pandemic on community organisations and highlight their needs over the coming months. We will use this to inform decision making by multiple audiences, including the sector, Government, business and philanthropy. The organisations involved are collecting information on other surveys within the charitable sector already underway or planned. We are conscious of the risk of duplication and survey-fatigue, therefore we will continue to produce updates on our activity and speak with other interested stakeholders. We welcome talking to organisations with an interest or other data that can feed into the analysis. Given the need for the sector to be able to tell its story to influence decision making occurring now around the recovery, we expect to have the survey in the field in mid-May.  


  A reminder that Charities Services have provided a FAQ page on their website. It includes information around delaying your annual reporting or AGM, how to run an audit at this time, and what boards needs to be thinking about. Read more  


Working with Māori communities?

Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā has developed information and resources specifically for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori. Read more  

Working with multilingual communities?


Working with multilingual parents & children?

The Health Literacy Project has published factsheets explaining COVID-19 to children in 35 languages. All of the materials were reviewed and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals. These materials are freely available for download and distribution without copyright restrictions. Access them here  

Working with the deaf community?

Platform Trust have a new role supporting the mental health of the Deaf community. Platform is excited to support this work with Jo Witko leading the programme in collaboration with the MoH, the mental health sector and the Deaf community. They have loaded a COVID-19 page with links to resources for the deaf community  


What funds are available?

Wondering what grant funds are open or closed? Strategic Grants has a page where you can find information about what’s available. Read more


Volunteer Guidelines

Using tech tools for your community organisation

1. CommunityNet Aotearoa have a page with tools for working remotely 2. Julia Capon from Do Good Jobs has blogged about her top 10 tech tools for charities 3. Techsoup have loaded a page with links to a myriad of tech tools for not-for-profits  


Insights into Community Innovation & Getting Through COVID-19

About: Listen as Inspiring Communities and Community Innovation experts Liz Weaver, Mark Cabaj and Jamie Gamble engage in a thought-provoking hour of insights and tools to keep at the cutting edge of our community-change kete.

From Response to Recovery

Date: Thursday 6 May 2020 Time: 2pm Cost: Free About: Join social innovation and systems-change pioneers Kate Cherrington, David Wilson and Inspiring Communities’ David Hanna for a rich conversation into how we shape a progressive future, together. Read more

Grant-Seeking through COVID-19

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2020 Time: 12pm – 12:45pm Cost: Hui E! network can get a FINZ member only rate of $20* About: This webinar will take you through the essential steps to ensure continuity of your relationships with your current and prospective grant-making partners. Read more
* To book for the special FINZ members only rate, please contact