Panui-May 2016        

Comments from Peter Glensor, Hui E! General Manager,

This Panui is full of activity – meetings of ethnic and cultural groups, a roadshow about the Incorporated Societies Act, new action by national umbrella groups working together, Sector Hui that look at Auckland Council and NGO closures. There’s news about what’s happening internationally and locally – change is everywhere it seems. Please keep us in touch with what’s happening in your part of the Sector – only through sharing information and ideas can we move ahead. Kiakaha.
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Contents: In this Panui:

Quote for May

At a CIVICUS seminar in Bogota this week (April 25) there was a call to every country to establish

“a clear, actionable and funded national strategy … to address state-CSO (Civil Society Organisation) relations – both in service provision and in policy-making – and the development of the CSO sector. CSOs should be included in the development, implementation and monitoring of the strategy.”

The call is issued by the Open Government Partnership (OGP). New Zealand is one of 70 signed-up member countries of the OGP and is currently working on its 2nd Action Plan.Dave Henderson of Hui E! is a member of the NZ Steering Group for the plan, and has been discussing with OGP staff their plans for a visit to NZ in June.

Hui E! Events

Tuesday May 3 

Auckland Sector Hui will present a campaign they are running about investment in fossil fuels.

We will have a line-up of people from Auckland Council – staff and elected people – for a conversation about how our community sector groups can link with the new Empowering Communities Approach. Strategic Brokers will talk about how they will work, and how they will connect with community groups in their Local Board Area. We will also have several managers from the Practice Hub – which is the central base for the ECA – including two Practice Managers (Community Empowerment and Operations). Some elected members of Local Boards will be present – who can both hear the dialogue and talk about their role in the new setup – especially now that funding decisions have been devolved to Local Boards.

Thursday May 12th

Wellington Sector Hui

Closing of NGOs. Peter Wood – Injury Prevention Aotearoa – and Prudence Stone – Smokefree Coalition.

They will talk about why their organisations will be closing later this year. What happened? What is their process for closing? How will their kaupapa be continued? What does this say for the rest of us in the Sector?

Wednesday 25 May 

Comms2Comms Network

Wellington network of people working in Communications and Marketing in any NGO

Sector Events


Wednesday 4 May

Central Auckland Consultative Seminars on the proposed new Incorporated Societies Act

Thursday 5 May North Shore and Manukau Consultative Seminars on the proposed new Incorporated Societies Act



Clean water, (local solutions) Kaikōrero: Ray Ahipene-Mercer, Morrie Love

Wednesday 11 May 

Wellington Consultative Seminars on the proposed new Incorporated Societies Act


Pākehā engagement with the Treaty – 30 years of collective action: Mary Haggie, Jeff Draneand Jen Margaret Friday 13 May

Saturday 28 May 

Ethnic Communities Engagement Summit

The aim is to build a sense of unity among other ethnic peoples, and to  explore how they can contribute and add value to the community and to the nation. Former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand will give an opening speech. There are three main sessions – each with a panel and full group discussion Register at:   – places are very limited and not everyone may be able to attend.

Palmerston North

Tuesday 10 May 

Consultative Seminars on the proposed new Incorporated Societies Act

See for a full schedule of meetings.

Sector Changes

Changes Coming for Incorporated Societies

Government is planning a significant re-write of the legislation covering Incorporated Societies – much needed as the current law was written in 1908 – and we encourage you to make input. Hui E! is organising a series of consultative seminars to get your feedback on proposed changes to the legislation covering Incorporated Societies. We are working with MBIE (the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) who have been doing the drafting, and with Charities Services from the Department of Internal Affairs. “The seminars will be a great opportunity for people involved in Incorporated Societies to hear what the key issues are, to give feedback on the spot, and to learn enough to be able to make their own responses,” says Dave Henderson, who is Hui E!’s lead person on the project. “We are encouraging all organisations that are registered as Incorporated Societies to make submissions, and the information at these seminars will help. To date, we have held 18 seminars in 8 cities, and the response has been great, but there are lots of questions about the draft. There are 7 seminars remaining, across Auckland, Wellington, and Palmerston North. We’d like to see you and keep you informed” says Dave. Follow the link to see dates and times, and to register. The 2-hour seminars are free:  Incorporated Societies Act Roadshow

Charities Act Changes

The Statutes Amendment Bill proposes to delete the words “or the chief executive” from section 61 of the Charities Act. This amendment would mean that charities are only able to appeal decisions of the Charities Registration Board. Under section 8(3) of the Charities Act, the Charities Registration Board can only make decisions about registration and deregistration of charities. In other words, any decision made by the charities regulator, other than a registration decision, would not be able to be appealed. Submissions have already closed, but you can ask questions or express concern to the Minister, Hon Simon Bridges.

Changes to Charities Reporting Standards

Effective 1 April 2016 New Zealand’s charities regulator has a new role – monitoring and checking compliance with the new mandatory financial reporting standards. Read an article by Craig Fisher (Audit Partner, Chairman, RSM) and Jason Stinchcombe (Audit & Technical Partner, RSM) highlighting the background of the changes, what the regulator is likely to do, and addressing the common reaction of “Isn’t this all just additional compliance”?

Do people donate money to your organisation, and if they do, will they get a tax break on that donation…or not?

Currently, Inland Revenue is beginning a consultation on this issue and the key point for discussion is whether donated money is used “wholly or mainly” in New Zealand. Because if it is, then donors can get tax breaks. A discussion paper they are about to put out suggests that that 51% minimum be increased, possibly up to 90%, and they are asking for public comment. Go to for the memo from Inland Revenue giving notice of this consultation.

Health and Safety

Understanding Risk in Your Organisation

Craig Fisher of RSM Hayes, who is deeply involved in the sector, brings a really useful insight. He analyses what risk is, who is responsible for addressing it, and possible approaches. Craig notes: “This applies to all organisations in New Zealand. The time to act is now!” “Risk in any organisation is a big issue, albeit one that gets vastly differing levels of attention in New Zealand charities and Not-For-Profit entities (NFPs).  From a fundraising perspective risk is often just viewed as the potential for loss of funding streams, however it is much more than that. We also have new legislation taking effect in New Zealand.  The majority of the first phase of regulations to support the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 have been finalised and came into force on 4 April 2016, along with the Act. Accordingly, we thought it worthwhile to take a look at the topic of risk in a broad sense”. See the full text of Craig’s article

Training on the Health and Safety at work Act

The new legislation and the responsibilities and roles of Health and Safety Representatives in the work place

Sector Collaboration

National Umbrellas Meeting

On April 6, people met in Wellington from a wide range of national umbrella and networking community groups. The meeting highlighted our need to work together as a community sector – affirming our huge role in community-building, and the depth of expertise community groups offer. Graeme Ramsey, CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation, briefed us about their successful Judicial Review of a contract tender round they were involved in. The Crown is now appealing that Review – with important implications for the whole sector. The meeting is setting up a working group to draw up a sector-based perspective on contracting.

Wise Response experts criticise Fonterra expansion plan

A range of people from different organisations and backgrounds have come together in the Wise Response network to make a combined submission to Environment Canterbury and the Waimate District Council. The group were responding to plans by Fonterra for a major expansion of a processing plant (powered by burning of coal) and a milk powder warehouse, and Fonterra’s dismissal of climate change and energy sources as factors that should be considered in their plans. The Wise Response submission covered a range of issues, bringing a much wider perspective than had been taken by Fonterra. The submission covered the Global context of limits; Remaining carbon budget; Pollution threats and dynamics; Impacts on marine ecosystems; Customary rights/Mahika Kai for Waitaha; and Sustainable land use. The submission emphasised that these are not in priority order, but are interconnected factors that under the Resource Management Act. The group submission and the Hearing are reported on in the Otago Daily Times, at

Groups Work to Help Refugees Send Money Home

Tayyaba Khan, Chief Executive of Changemakers Refugee Forum, a Wellington-based organisation supporting refugees, said Somali, Afghan and some Ethiopian refugees had been unable to send money back home since last year. There was concern New Zealand’s new Syrian refugees would encounter the same issues and stress once settled, she said.  Audio –

Digital Inclusion Map Grows in Coverage and Flexibility

The 2020 Trust’s Digital Inclusion map ( has reached a milestone, with over 500 resources ‘pins’ added. 2020 launched the prototype Digital Inclusion map at InternetNZ’s NetHui in July 2015. At the launch, the Executive Director of the 2020 Trust explained, “The digital sector needs a better understanding of who is working with which communities,to build and grow digital skills. There are some great projects happening across the country but many remain unknown and need visibility.” The map is expected to help local authorities, government and others gain a better understanding of the digital inclusion world, as well as to facilitate collaboration in the sector. It is a free, open resource for local, regional and national policy and project planning, showing gaps in geographic or resource type coverage. As well, we expect the map to be increasingly useful to people and organisations working with unemployed, people needing computer skills and people at risk of digital exclusion. Although still a prototype, and with some way to go, the map now has additional functionality and over 500 digital literacy related resources mapped, including large projects like APNK, SeniorNet and Computers in Homes. Find out more about and use the map here  

Sector Acknowledgements 

New CEO and National President for Age Concern New Zealand

Age Concern New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of a new CEO and National President for the organisation. Stephanie Clare, current Clinical Leader of Parkinson’s New Zealand, has accepted a secondment with Age Concern in the role of Chief Executive.

Two National Groups Closing

We acknowledge that Injury Prevention Aotearoa (June 30), and Smokefree Coalition (July 31) are closing because their contract for funding from central government has ended. At our Sector Hui in Wellington on May 12 – 10 am to 12 noon – we will have the chance to hear from the Injury Prevention Aotearoa General Manager, Peter Wood, and the Smokefree Coalition Executive Director, Prudence Stone, about what has happened and how their organisations are going with the winding up process.

National Volunteer Week 2016

Volunteering New Zealand has released the collateral for you to use for National Volunteer Week 2016 (19-25 June). National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to thank volunteers and to encourage more people to volunteer. More information here

Entries open for the 19th Diversity Awards NZ

This year there are a total of nine awards categories with a Supreme Winner being chosen from the winners of the eligible categories – there’s something for everyone including a new “Emerging D&I” award and even more opportunities to share the successes of your workplace diversity initiatives and programmes. Entries close 20th May

International Civil Society Week, Columbia

Participants from 47 countries listen to the report from Patricia Deniz, Coordinator of the Affinity Group of National Associations (as part of the International Civil Society Week gathering in Bogota Colombia.

Earlier in the session outgoing Chair of the AGNA network Dave Henderson, from Hui E!, welcomed the country representatives and acknowledged the huge breadth of experience in the room. Dave acknowledged that in many countries civil society organisations have difficulty with funding or with government-imposed restrictions that restrict space for civil society to operate.  But as Dave observed there is a shared commitment in AGNA to learning from each other and building strong networks that respond to our communities’ needs, bringing a clear voice to our governments from the diversity of citizens that we work with.

Looking at the issue of the shrinking space for civil society, CIVICUS has been researching and monitoring in a growing number countries, now over 100 in all regions of the world, and in the great majority there have been changes initiated by government to restrict civil society activities. See more on the Civil Society Monitoring Project at

United Nations SDGs

UN describes our sector as “Indispensible”

Did you know the UN through its Human Rights Council has documented and reinforced the rights and importance of an independent civil society in any country? In appointing a Special Rapporteur (an independent reporter on a particular issue) the Human Rights Council statement included the following context: The Council … “Recognized the importance of the freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association, as well as the importance of civil society, to good governance, including through transparency and accountability, which is indispensable for building peaceful, prosperous and democratic societies; “Declared itself aware of the crucial importance of active involvement of civil society in processes of governance that affect the life of people; etc. See the full statement on the Hui E! website

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the 2030 Agenda and its related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): “Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World”. This free of charge, self-paced course is open to everyone interested in learning more about the meaning and principles of the 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals and, understand how the implementation could be financed, and why it is important to monitor and review progress. It is hoped that this course would be of a particular interest to those policy-makers who would like to quickly improve their understanding of the implications of the 2030 Agenda for their work, as well as to many young people who wish to learn how this Agenda could be relevant to them. For more details and how to register please visit:
Disclaimer This newsletter is produced by Hui E! Community Aotearoa. All the information is intended to assist readers to pursue in a non-partisan way an interest in matters relating to civil society in Aotearoa New Zealand. An effort is made within available resources to ensure accuracy but no guarantee is given or implied. If you have contributions, comments or suggestions, please forward them We thank you warmly for your support, and hope to see you at our sector hui!

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