Hui E! Monthly Pānui – Whiringa-ā-nuku / October 2017


Kōrero Hui Āwhina Hui E! Mihi – Greetings to you all

Kiaora koutou

Anei…post election…and we’re counting down towards the formation of our new government…will it be National-NZ First, or Labour-NZ First-Greens, or what’s possible but probably unlikely…a National-Greens coalition?

Heoi anō, suffice to say the sun will still rise and another day will commence regardless of who the new government will be. So let’s get back to a couple of things we can really influence…

International Civil Society Week 2017

Ae mārika, if you haven’t heard already there’ll be a global gathering ICSW 2017 for civil society/community sector and other stakeholders 4-8 December 2017 at the University of the Pacific Suva Fiji. Hui E! will be there supporting the affinity group of national organisations by contributing to a peer exchange workshop on Pacific capacity building. Your attendance can influence the outcomes and how we build a better future.

The ICSW 2017 is:

“a key global gathering for civil society and other stakeholders to engage constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges. For the first time in more than 20 years of international convening, CIVICUS will hold its flagship event in the Pacific region.”

The gathering will be an opportunity to discuss many thematic issues of importance to our community sector such as domestic violence, vulnerable children, greenhouse gas emissions, gender equality and affordable and healthy housing. Under the three tracks: Our Planet; Our Struggles; Our Future, we’ll have opportunities to engage in broad topics ranging from climate perspectives, crises response, human rights, technology, capacity building, the Pacific economy, youth-led initiatives, sexual exploitation, resilience, self-determination, sustainability, collective citizen action.

The global meeting will be an important opportunity to engage with like-minded organisations throughout Pasifika…

“…now more than ever the world needs civil society to come up with bold and creative ideas to forge a more progressive future.” Danny Sriskandarijah, Secretary General CIVICUS

1st New Zealand Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, Wellington 18 April 2018

Oti rā, as part of our commitment towards a whole of community sector approach Hui E! will continue to promote the first summit on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as another opportunity to discuss our key issues. We’ll have an opportunity to create a collective

community sector perspective and ideas towards progressing the SDGs. This will be another opportunity for you to influence how we approach the future. Hui E! is part of the SDG summit steering group along with the University of Victoria’s Sustainability OfficeUnited Nations Association of NZ and Sustainable Business Council:

“Our vision is that, by 2030, Aotearoa is delivering on the SDGs for people, planet and prosperity where no one is left behind…Leaders – defined by their ability to make change, and recognizing the role of civil society – gather to be informed, inspired and facilitate action to deliver on the SDGs.”

Kāti rā, unlike the formation of our new government, you can influence the outcomes of these two events by attending and ensuring your voice is heard.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou


Shout out from the Hui E! Whānau

Hui E! staff team October 2017

Hui E! Events

Wellington, Wednesday 18 October, 10.30am-12.30pm – towards a SDG civil society forum

Venue: Community Hub, level 4, 120 Featherston St, Wellington (entrance on Waring Taylor St)
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

We will run the October hui slightly differently, with a focus on establishing a civil society working group to help create a collective community sector perspective and ideas towards progressing the various SDGs relevant to New Zealand. The expertise is in the communities and this will be the first of several meetings in Wellington. We invite anyone interested in being part of the working group, or who would like to find out more about how to get involved, to email If you are not based in Wellington, you are welcome to join this initial discussion via skype.

Wellington, Wednesday 1 November, 11am-12pm – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Venue: Community Hub, level 4, 120 Featherston St, Wellington (entrance on Waring Taylor St)
Time: 11am-12pm
Nau Mai – Kake Mai – Haere Mai. We invite you to Hui E!’s annual general meeting on 1 November. This is an opportunity to hear directly from our co-chairs and be part of the discussion on key issues post-election result.

· Co-chairs Report

· Presentation of Hui E! Annual Report

· Open discussion on key issues post-election result

· Light refreshments For catering purposes – please RSVP by Friday Oct 27 to

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s election hui, sharing election messages, research, personal and professional views. We are now drafting a Briefing for the Incoming Minister based on our election report, and the priorities identified in our communities.

Sector News in Aotearoa

Hui E! communication to be reviewed

We are looking into the many ways we communicate with you, as well as the content of our newsletter, website and social media. Hui E! seeks to promote, strengthen and connect the community sector and we want to make sure we do this is an efficient and supportive manner. We will initially start by talking to our formal supporters about how we can best add value to their work. Following this, we will reach out to our wider support base, which will feed into a wider communication strategy. If you have any initial questions, feedback or ideas, or would like to assist, please feel free to contact Ronja at

Co-design and Community Development – Kōrero and Insights from Māori Co-designers

Rangimārie Mules, Crystal Pekepo and guest co-designers swap stories of how co-design can rapidly empower people to achieve their full potential and create positive change, by engaging them in the design of real projects. This is a free webinar to be held on Friday 20th October, at 11amBook here.

Strengthening our social service workforce

While such global frameworks like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important in focusing our attention on priority issues, there is an important piece of the puzzle that is frequently overlooked and this is the ‘human factor’: the social service workforce that is essential to drive the development goals and agenda. Failing to strengthen the workforce means wasting valuable resources. A well-planned, well-trained, and well-supported workforce is better equipped to respond to multiple challenges in our communities and ensure the positive impact of investments in social issues. Read more here and take a look at this infographic depicting the role of the workforce in meeting SDGs related to violence, migration and health. 24

Sept marked New Zealand Social Workers Day – a day which highlights the important role that social workers play in out communities.

Proposing a new legal structure for social enterprise

Legal structures currently available to New Zealand social enterprises are essentially limited to for-profit and non-profit categories. Read Ākina’s paper and more about providing feedback with a view to engaging with Government in 2018.

NZ Coalition to end Homelessness Hui 21 February 2018

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