2015 December Panui

Invitation to our Wellington Sector Hui  –
Wellington: Thursday 10 December 2015, 10.00am to Midday
Level 4, 120 Featherston St

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Contents: In this Panui:

  1. Quote for the Month

Hui E! News

  1. Hui E! Wellington Hui
  2. Hui E! News from Peter Glensor
  3. Hui E! and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  4. Hui E! Supporter Profile: Museums Aotearoa

New Zealand Sector News

  1. Xero Not-For-Profit Reporting Launch in Auckland
  2. We need your help and we need it NOW
  3. Proposed New Incorporated Societies Act
  4. Is consultation good communication?
  5. Incorporated societies and non-charitable trusts: the forgotten children in the new financial reporting regimes
  6. Statistics re Clubs; New Zealanders belong to sporting nation
  7. Adaptive Leadership – leading in times of change and uncertainty
  8. Who are New Zealand’s real rich may surprise you

International News relevant to our sector

  1. World Bank: Millions face upheaval from climate change
  2. Towards New Social Contracts – CIVICUS Toolkit available
  3. Europe works to Unify Civil Society Development Efforts

1. Quote for the Month

Broad Agenda, Targeted Action

“The SDGs are a triumph for multilateralism, but without leadership at the national and local level, they will remain a vision for what the world could have achieved. We know that coherent policies and planning can amplify the impact of both financial investments and development outcomes. We also know that integration helps safeguard the resilient, irreversible reduction of poverty that preserves ecosystems. Finally, we know that we must stay true to our principles to achieve sustainable development that reaches the poorest and most vulnerable.

As Pope Francis said before the UN Summit on SDGs opened: “Solemn commitments are not enough even if they are a necessary step towards solutions.”

Adam Fishman in his October 19, 2015 blog on World Resources Institute website lists four key points that are vital to accelerating SDG uptake at the national level:

  1. Evaluate and Align Strategies
  2. Make Policies More Coherent
  3. Integrate Economic, Social and Environmental Decision-making
  4. Retain the SDGs’ Core Principles of Inclusion and Universality

2. Hui E! Wellington Hui
Thursday 10 December, 10.00am – Midday

Hui E! Conference Room, Level 4, 120 Featherston St (corner of Waring Taylor St) Wellington.


Mapping the changes in the sector – Tara D’Sousa and Veronica Bennett
Tara will attempt to join the dots and find the intersectionality and rationale for the changes to the social services sector including Contracting for Outcomes, Social Investment, Social Sector Trials, Children’s Action Plan, Whānau Ora, Community Investment Strategy, External Advisory Panel’s report on Child Youth and Family, Productivity Commission’s report on More Effective Social Services and Treasury’s Data Analytics to Understand Risk and Vulnerability.

“Volunteering and the SDGs” – an overview of the place of volunteering in Civil Society and potential contribution to SDGs – Sue Hine will look at

  • the challenges faced by volunteering
  • Context of volunteering
  • Relation of volunteering to Civil Society
  • Potential contribution of volunteering to SDGs

Announcements, calls for collaboration, what’s on your mind?
Your chance to share what’s happening of interest across the sector
Offers, suggestions or recommendations of presentations for these events are welcome; please contact dave.henderson@huie.org.nz

3. Hui E! News from Peter Glensor

New Hui E! Trustees:

It’s a sign of our success that seven people put up their hands as candidates for the Hui E! Trust Board.  Only three could be elected, and we are honoured to welcome Pania Coote, Charlie Moore and Sandy Thompson.
Pania is Maori Health Manager for Southern DHB, and is co-Chair of Community Research – which shares an office with Hui E!  Charlie is CEO of Community Waitakere and has a long history of leadership and support for the community sector.  Sandy heads up Unitec’s Not For Profit Management Course and is involved in a number of NGOs herself – especially ECPAT.  Hui E! now has five of its nine trustees based in Auckland, which underscores our efforts to be a truly national organisation – seeking to connect, strengthen, support and promote the whole sector – in every field, and in every part of Aotearoa.

National Umbrellas:

We have just held our second meeting of national umbrella or networking organisations.  This time, the two big issues we looked at were contracting and Sustainable Development Goals.  There is a growing consensus that a commercialised, competitive model of tendering government contracts is damaging our sector, and contradicts our desire to work in collaboration.  At the national meeting, umbrellas agreed we need to work on alternative mechanisms that will ensure contracts lead to high quality service delivery, demonstrated value for money, and space for new players, without the secrecy and competitiveness of a closed commercial tender.
Hui E! has agreed to take the lead in a conversation for civil society about how NZ can best respond to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals we have signed up to as a nation.  The UN expects every state to engage with civil society in setting national appropriate targets.  Already, some priorities among the goals and targets are emerging – Climate Change, Pay Equity, Vulnerable Children, Violence against Women, Affordable Housing – these are some of the areas where there are SDG goals and where people in our sector believe we could and should set NZ-specific targets.

Thinking Pieces:

We’ve added a new section to our Hui E! website – provocative and thoughtful comments and opinions about our sector, it’s place in the wider society, and where we might be going.  Check it out, and send up any items you think that others in the sector would value reading.

Support for Hui E!

Thanks to those who have already signed up as Hui E! Formal Supporters or Sector Champions.  Already we are ahead of the targets we set for ourselves.  But there are still many groups who are on our mailing list and attend events who haven’t signed up.  We’ve tried to make becoming a Formal Supporter as simple as possible – just go to the page https://www.huie.org.nz/join-with-us/become-a-formal-supporter/ – affirm you support Hui E!, fill in your contact details – and that’s it.  We hope some will also want to support us financially – you do that by becoming a Sector Champion – https://www.huie.org.nz/join-with-us/become-a-sector-champion/ .  If you aren’t a community group but want to support us – go to https://www.huie.org.nz/join-with-us/become-an-affiliate/ .  For both Sector Champions and Hui E! Affiliates you can choose the level of support that’s right for you.  Any queries – come back to us – and thank you!

Auckland Council:

Hui E! has been asked to continue as facilitator and convenor for the community groups working on a strengthened relationship with the Auckland Council.  As the Council moves to implement its Empowering Communities Approach, our sector has offered to build a partnership relationship with the Council – offering support, advice, and suggestions about how the Council can make ECA a truly empowering framework – right across the Council and right across the diverse communities making up Auckland City.  Next step is a meeting between ECA staff leaders and community sector leaders before Christmas – we’ll keep you informed of developments.


Hui E!’s Dave Henderson has been in Istanbul, at a workshop sponsored by CIVICUS – the global civil society network where Hui E! is the Aotearoa representative.  He’ll be reporting in on developments in civil society leadership in other countries – and how we in NZ can both lead and learn from others.

4. Hui E! and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Hui E! has recently facilitated two presentations at Parliament, to groups of MPs, by our team working on the SDGs. Both of these came about as a result of our writing to all Government and Opposition spokespeople about the SDGs, and the expectation that civil society would be engaged as partners with government in developing national targets under each of the 17 Goals.

There will be further follow-up as the target areas that countries will need to report on are finalised and published in the next few months. Watch this space!

For more information, contact;
Dave Henderson at Hui E! – dave.henderson@huie.org.nz
Sarah Morris at UNICEF – sarah@unicef.org.nz
Wren Green at Council for International Development (CID) – wren@cid.org.nz

5. Hui E! Supporter Profile: Museums Aotearoa

Museums Aotearoa is New Zealand’s only museums association.  It grew out of several precursors from as early as 1948, and in its current form in 1998, from the combination of Museums Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (MAANZ), a primarily individual membership-based organisation, and the Museum Directors’ Federation (MDF), an institutional membership-based organisation.

Museums Aotearoa is staffed by an Executive Director, Phillipa Tocker, and a Membership Services Manager, Talei Langley (0.8 FTE).  In addition we engage various part-time staff and contractors for accounts, publications design and other specific tasks or projects.

The Museums Aotearoa Board is our governing body, comprising 6 elected members, including one nominated by Kaitiaki (Maori working in museums), and a coopted Emerging Museum Professional. The Board meets four times per year.

Current membership (as at August 2015):
189          Museums
144          Individuals
8            Honorary (individuals with a long-standing involvement in the sector)
29          Associates (companies and service organisations servicing the sector)
1430        email only (staff of member museums)

Funding for Museums Aotearoa operations is from membership fees, staggered for both individuals and institutions according to income and budget.  In addition, we apply for project funding from a range of sources. We plan a break-even budget annually. We receive no central or local government funding except for some targeted projects.

Major activities and projects are listed below.

For further details including our Annual Reports, Museum Sector Survey and the 2005 Strategy, please see our website www.museumsaotearoa.org.nz or contact Phillipa Tocker, Executive Director


  • Communication
  • Publications
  • Conference and meetings
  • Awards and Scholarships
  • Membership


  • Submissions
  • Representation and liaison
  • Support of museum sector and individual museums
  • Strategic activity

6. Xero Not-For-Profit Reporting Launch in Auckland

An ongoing concern related to the new reporting standard that now applies for all registered charities has been whether the providers of accounting software will be up to speed, adapting their software so organisations can easily produce their reports in the required format

To make it easier to comply with the new standards for NFP financial performance reports, Xero is launching a not-for-profit reporting template.  In partnership with ASB, Xero invites you to join the Auckland launch:

Date: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Time: Registration starts at 8:30am and the event goes through to 10:30am
Address: ASB Cube, North Wharf, 12 Jellicoe St, Wynyard Quarter, AKL
Morning tea will be provided.

You’ll be able to hear the CEO of Starship Foundation, Brad Clark, discuss the challenges New Zealand charities face with the upcoming changes in the sector.

The event will also include an informative panel session facilitated by Guy Alexander from Xero, where panelists Tony Lindsay from Vega, Craig Fisher from RSM New Zealand, Robyn Kiddle from Child Cancer Foundation, and Ian Jagger from Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation will share their different views and responses to change, and take questions.

In addition, you’ll get to see a live demonstration of the new Xero reporting system for not-for-profits, showing how simple it is.

RSVP now

7. We need your help and we need it NOW

​Victory School and Community Centre in Nelson, our world-renowned community of innovation, is asking your help – “to support us directly, the network, to become a member of a fundraising team…. Please see the items below”.​

The editorial in the Nelson Mail:

and the story behind it from earlier in the week:

“THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU to all those who have already contributed to us. We appreciate your help and encouragement – messages have been flowing and donations too. Every $ counts, and is received in the spirit it is given.

DONATE to support Victory Community Centre:  https://givealittle.co.nz/donate/org/vcc/ – thank you!

Contact: Kindra Douglas, QSM – Director (and Trustee of Nelson Tasman Housing Trust)
Victory Community Health, NZ Community of the Year 2010, 2 Totara St, PO Box 8057, Victory 7046, NELSON
www.victorycommunitycentre.co.nz  (03) 546 8381 or 027 956 1267

8. Proposed New Incorporated Societies Act

Alan Knowsley at Rainey Collins Law has provided this useful summary of the changes that are coming for Incorporated Societies:

After more than 100 years a new draft Incorporated Societies Act has been released for public comments and submissions. The draft was released on 10 November 2015 and public submissions close on 30 June 2016. The legislation is expected to be introduced to Parliament in 2017 and perhaps enacted in 2018.

There will be a long transition period for Incorporated Societies to change to the new Act by 2020 (at least two years after enactment of the legislation) and it will be four years after enactment for the Act to be fully in effect.

The good news is that existing Societies will be deemed to be registered under the new Act and will not have to re-register, but will be required to meet some new requirements in their constitutions (and file those with the Registrar) and to ensure their officers comply with the requirements to be qualified.

The Registrar may declare that the standard constitutional clauses apply if a Society has not lodged a complying constitution.  The Registrar can also liquidate non-compliant Societies and is to refuse registration if the Society’s purposes or constitution do not comply with the Act.

Financial Gain

As currently, a member of a Society may not gain financially from membership. The Act creates an offence for an officer of a Society in relation to financial gain of a member with the officer’s authority, permission or consent. The Act removes the offence for a Society itself in relation to financial gain. It is only the officers who are liable.

Dispute Resolution

The current Act provides no process for disputes resolution. The new Rules provide for dispute resolution processes between members and also between members and the Society.

Winding Up

All Societies must nominate in their constitution a Not For Profit entity or class of entities for distribution of assets on the liquidation of the Society. This can be amended later if required but cannot be left until the Society is about to wind up.

Standard Provisions

Standard provisions for a Society’s constitution will be provided once they have been approved by the Minister on the recommendation of the Registrar. Societies can adopt some or all of these as parts of their constitution or adopt their own provisions (which must still comply with the Act). There is no model constitution provided due to the vast variety of Societies that exist.

Officers of Societies

Officers must be at least 16 years of and one of the officers has to be nominated as the contact officer who has no extra duties or subject to any offence provisions but is a contact person for the Ministry.

Number of Members

Under the current Act the Society only needs to have the minimum number of members to register and can then drop below that. However, under the proposed Act a Society must continue to have at least 10 members .  If the Society drops below 10 members it can continue to operate while seeking new members and has six months to get back to at least 10 members.


AGMs can be held using modern technology and must be held within set time frames. The Act provides what business must be conducted at the AGM.
AGMs and SGMs require a quorum of 10% of members attending in person or by audio visual means.
Motions can be raised by the committee or members. If from a member they must provide them to the committee at least 28 days before the AGM/SGM. The committee can decide whether or not the society will vote on any motion.  However, if 10% of the members sign the motion, then it must be put to the vote.


The Secretary must, at least 7 days before a meeting, give notice to all members of the business of the meeting, notices of motion, supporting information for motions and the committee’s recommendations about any motions.
For AGMs the secretary must provide the annual report, financial statements and the list of nominees and information about them. There appears to be an inconsistency in the drafting of the proposed provisions because candidates must be proposed and seconded 5 days before an AGM [section 5.7] but the Secretary must tell all members 7 days before the AGM of the people nominated. [section 9.15]
Other points of interest are that the Chair will have a casting vote and any amendments to the constitution will only require a majority vote.

This is only a short summary of the main points set out in the proposed legislation and discussion document. We will give updates as the consultation and legislative processes progress.
Contact Alan at Tel (04) 473 6850, www.raineycollins.co.nz

9. Is consultation good communication?

Helen Bichan contributes the following perspective:

TALKING TO/AT/WITH THE PUBLIC  or  Engagement with the public

Consulting the public’s a good thing –
the rules are simple and few:
“Do all your planning beforehand
and then ask the public their view!”
They can tick the wee boxes we give them,
they can write in the spaces we’ve made,
as long as it’s back in a fortnight.
So why is the public dismayed?”

Debate is more of a blood sport
opposite views to discuss
but the ultimate aim of encounter
is to shaft the rest with a fuss!

The Hui’s a Maori arrangement where
everyone sets out a view
without interruption or heckling
and the summary points to what’s true!

A Fono is quite like a hui with
views stated in hierarchical turn
by the men of the village or session
attempting the truth to discern.

When Dialogue was the new method
for letting all folk have their say
the challenge was how it would alter
what’s decided at end of the day!

Deliberation’s the latest –
giving access to info that’s true
so the public can talk through the choices
and suggest the best course to pursue.

1. Dictionary: consultation = the act of asking other parties what they want
2. “ornamental conversation” is what governments have with people affected by an unpopular proposal before they go ahead and do it to them anyway
3. “an ornamental conversation you have with people after you’ve all but done it to them”

Jane Clifton in DomPost, Thursday 27 September, 2012.

10. Incorporated societies and non-charitable trusts: the forgotten children in the new financial reporting regimes

As a rule of thumb, if you are a trust or incorporated society:

  • that is not a registered charity
  • that has a constitution or other founding document which specifically does not require preparation of generally accepted accounting practice (“GAAP”) compliant or general purpose financial statements
  • is not obliged under another Act to prepare GAAP financial Statements (e.g. Public Finance Act)
  • whose board actively does not voluntarily elect to adopt GAAP,

then you actually, currently, have no formal reporting obligations.

Barry Baker at Grant Thornton has produced an article that is now available on the Hui E! website with some recommendations on how to proceed, given the changes that are on the horizon for all such organisations.

Also on the Hui E! website, Grant Thornton are offering during December  Discounted financial reporting workshops in several cities – See the details online

11. Statistics re Clubs; New Zealanders belong to sporting nation

Almost two-thirds of Kiwis belong to a club or organisation, Statistics New Zealand said in a statement on 22 October. In keeping with a nation that takes great pride in the All Blacks, Silver Ferns, and All Whites, sporting clubs are the most popular.

New analysis from the 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey shows 64 percent of New Zealand adults belonged to a club, and 6 percent of us belonged to four or more clubs. The article shows 28 percent of club members belonged to a sporting club, followed by 21 percent in religious organisations. Only 2 percent of adults said they belonged to a political group.

“We know that being part of a club helps build a sense of solidarity between people,” social statistics manager Diane Ramsay says. “People in clubs develop friendships with people from diverse backgrounds, and also gain access to a greater variety of support and resources than they can have as individuals.”

See How do we connect through club membership? for more information about how belonging to clubs links us.
For media enquires contact: Diane Ramsay, Wellington 04 931 4600, info@stats.govt.nz 

12. Adaptive Leadership – leading in times of change and uncertainty

Adaptive Leadership is the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive.
Building Adaptive Leadership Capability is an experiential learning programme for senior leaders in the community sector. Over a series of three workshops core concepts and tools will be shared and applied to a workplace challenge you are working with. You will be matched with a fellow participant to offer peer mentoring support in-between the workshop sessions.

The programme covers a period of six months and consists of three full-day workshops and support to apply the learning in your workplace in-between sessions.

Workshop One – 3 Feb. 2016
Workshop Two – late Mar/early Apr*
Workshop Three –May*
*Precise dates will be set with registered participants.

Cost is $1,200 incl. GST: Covers 3 full-day workshops and course materials.
Numbers in the workshop will be kept to a maximum of 8 people.
To enquire or register: Call Megan ph. 027 440 8554, or email: megan@kolthoffthomas.com

13. Who are New Zealand’s real rich may surprise you

“In 2010 the wealthiest 1% of Kiwis owned 18% of the wealth, the wealthiest 10% had 54%, and the wealthiest 50% had 96% of the wealth. In other words the least wealthy half of the population had 4% of the wealth. Around 8% of the population – 271,000 people had negative net wealth. In other words they owed more than they own; their average debt was around $27,300 each.”
Excerpt from an article by Geoff Simmons, Morgan Foundation:

Editorial comment: When inequality has grown to the point where real poverty is the life experience of 8% of the population, who have negative wealth – i.e. they are living on borrowed money – then the issue of addressing poverty – Goal 1 in the Sustainable Development Goals – is relevant to NZ. The SDG document signed by world leaders including NZ’s Prime Minister notes the effects of poverty –  issues where the sector could be more effective in debating policies:

“limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making”(Goal 1) and

“economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental” (Goal 10)

See the list of Goals at our NZ site: www.oursdgs.nz . CID, HuiE! And PIANGO will grow this portal, ready for a full launch in 2016 . Contact adele@cid.org.nz for more information.

14. World Bank: Millions face upheaval from climate change

16 November 2015:

Efforts to curb climate change must be twinned with programmes to cut poverty, warns a study of the threat posed by global warming to food security. The world must pair efforts to stabilise climate change with programmes to eliminate poverty if vulnerable people are to be kept from falling back into hardship as rising temperatures wreak havoc on food security and livelihoods, a report has said.

Climate change will put another 100 million people into poverty in 15 years if developed countries don’t reduce their carbon emissions, says a World Bank study, and mass migrations and disease risk will result. “We really want to reduce poverty before people get affected by even bigger climate impacts. It’s easier to get people out of extreme poverty now rather than doing it later,” says economist Stephane Hallegatte, a co-author.
Full Story:
The Guardian (London)Voice of America

15. Towards New Social Contracts – CIVICUS Toolkit Available

This toolkit is primarily intended for civil society, particularly small organisations operating at local level, and seeks to add a civil society perspective to the already existing literature around multi-stakeholder initiatives – i.e. efforts to build dialogue and achieve change that involve a range of people and organisations, wider than we usually reach.

See the Toolkit on the CIVICUS website

The toolkit aims to:

• Offer simple arguments encouraging civil society and other sectors to work closer together to achieve citizen-driven and systemic change;
• Provide guidance on when and how to best approach multi-sector engagement (instead of other forms of activism);
• Present a basic, flexible methodology to initiate and run multi-stakeholder dialogue processes with insights around some of the key elements for success, as well as common challenges;
• Compile a useful list of resources for further reflection as well as essential tools for action

16. Europe works to unify Civil Society development efforts

Less Words, More Work – BCSDN Analysis of the Progress Reports and EC Enlargement Strategy 2014-2015

Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) is a network of 15 civil society organisations (CSOs) from 10 countries and territories in South East Europe. In anticipation for the EC’s 2015 ‪Enlargement strategy and‪ Progress Reports here is BCSDN’s analysis of how the European Commission has treated the issue of civil society development and assessed the progress made in the Enlargement countries within the Enlargement Strategy 2014-2015.

In brief, the analysis shows the Commission has unified its approach towards the issue of civil society and for the first time has structured it as separate section within the political criteria of the progress report for each country. It has furthermore mainstreamed civil society in Acquis chapters to some extent. Most importantly, the EC has used clear, strong and focused language in delivering the key messages to the governments and in highlighting the need for fostering enabling environment for civil society.

The biggest focus again this year is on Government – CSO relationships, especially on the framework and mechanisms for cooperation and the involvement of civil society in policy and decision-making. It can be noted though that the EC has been broadening the focus of interest to include more issues influencing the enabling environment for CSDev.


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 to dave.henderson@huie.org.nz. We thank you warmly for your support, and hope to see you at our sector hui!

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