Quote of the Month

“It is not our view that government should introduce price competition into the social services market to solve the issues of efficiency and effectiveness. This is not a standard market and price competition would not lead to the direction of resources towards the clients who would benefit the most. NGOs have already expressed that they are only partially funded for the cost of their services and therefore there would not be any desire to ‘undercut’ each other on a price basis in this collaborative environment. Price as a lever to incentivise efficiency within NGOs will be limited…. We have interpreted the supply of services provided by NGOs to be relatively inelastic in price. People are clearly motivated by outcomes for the people they work with, and as such there is more than funding that drives this sector. This is evident in the substantial volunteer time and philanthropic funding element, and the resilience of NGO providers rooted within communities. Many NGOs are driven to respond to community need rather than responding to prices.”   From a 2013 Treasury Report on Social Services; www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/informationreleases/socialservices , p21  

Hui E! Sector Hui in Auckland, Tuesday 7 July

10am to midday, Wesley Hall, College of St John the Evangelist, St John’s Road, Meadowbank

A warm invitation to Aucklanders: Hui E! invites you to a meeting for the community sector in the Auckland region: See location map online   The purpose of the meeting is to strengthen links among community sector people in Auckland, and to interact with the national agenda of Hui E!. Items so far:

  1. A brief description of the work of the InterFaith Forum, convened by Jocelyn Armstrong
  2. Report from Volunteering Auckland on significant findings about how well (or not well!) community groups respond to offers of help from volunteers
  3. Discussion of national issues:
    1. A recent meeting of national umbrella groups convened by Hui E!
    2. Community sector responses to the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Social Services
    3. Trends within our sector – a call for us to “blow our own trumpet”
  4. Auckland sector issues – how are we coping with the devolution of social development responsibilities to Local Boards?
  5. A time for sharing of news and events – including a recently formed sector leadership development programme

There is plenty of parking, and a cuppa will be provided.  See you there!

Hui E! Sector Hui in Wellington, Thursday 9 July

10.00am – Midday, 4th Floor, 120 Featherston St, Wellington


Scott Figenshow –  Community Housing Aotearoa

Housing has been in the news a lot. Government and the multiple government agencies involved seem so wedded to control, so inconsistent in their setting of parameters and so uncoordinated in their imposition of conflicting regulation that it is very difficult for providers or potential providers to see how it can be made to work. Is there light at the end of the tunnel?   We hear Scott’s perspective. Hear Scott on National Radio, 29 June2015: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/201760279 See the latest announcement from Government and the response from Labour.  

Our Place – A conference about creating accessible, inclusive communities together

The conference this week was jointly hosted by Inclusive NZ, Inspiring Communities and Be.Institute, as an opportunity for all community organisations, government agencies, the business sector and community members to come together to have a new conversation. Ministers Bill English and Jo Goodhew spoke but so did some great people from our sector. In this discussion some people who attended will talk about what happened, and what will happen next?  

Open Forum

An opportunity for you to raise issues of the day, and seek collaborators on your projects, and make short announcements about upcoming events.  

News from Hui E! Community Aotearoa 

Two surveys coming out from Hui E!

  1. Kia Tutahi – the Relationship Accord

Hui E! is working with the Department of Internal Affairs to explore the best way to review the existing document, and what is useful that we can build on. DIA has issued a survey to all the government agencies involved, and Hui E! is issuing a survey for NGOs this week Please do fill it out – it’s not too long, and it’s easy in Survey Monkey  – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KHMNK5Y – but it will give us some grounding. DIA has committed to the review in its planning, so let’s make sure we have the right information to get a result that works for us!

  1. Contracting with Government

Following our discussion with the Productivity Commission, Hui E! is doing a very brief survey via our mail list to try and get a handle on the nature of contracts that community organisations have, with all sorts of government agencies. Do you have contracts, how many, and are they one-year, two, three, or longer? These are the simple but important questions. Interestingly many government agencies are unable to tell the Commission how many they have, so your response will be very useful!

Comments from Peter Glensor

Pride!  Let’s blow our own trumpet a bit!  At our recent Hui E! Trust Board meeting, we reflected on the pressures on our sector.  One result is that we can lose sight of the contributions our sector makes to a strong, resilient community.   Last month there was a proud and loud celebration of National Volunteering Week – well done to those hundreds of groups and communities where thousands of New Zealanders add huge value with their regular gifts of time and skills every day, every week, every month.   All the changes being talked about by government departments and others in the social service field seem to imply that the government needs to take the lead in developing new models of care, new models of funding, new relationships between funders and providers.   Many of us know that in fact one of the features of our sector is our willingness to take risks, to try new things, to develop new ways of working – in response to the realities we are dealing with in our communities.  Our sector is full of people who have that magical combination of vision, passion and realism.  We have a dream of what could be, but we live with the reality that there is no magic source of new funding – so we build new programmes and new models that are very cost effective.   Some of us think it’s time that we reminded ourselves and others of this aspect of how our sector works.   Do you have a story of an innovation your group has been part of creating?  It might be a simple reorganisation of how you do things, or it might be a total re-think of how you achieve your kaupapa.  Whatever – tell us about it.  We want to compile these and make them much more visible.  Personally, I was part of a national network of community primary health services – we made a list of more than dozen innovations which began in our sector, and most of which have become a normal part of the way the primary health sector works.  You will have a similar experience I’m sure.   So – let’s blow our own trumpet – we are the sector where change is welcome, where innovation abounds, where people and groups can respond quickly to new situations.  

Become part of Hui E!

Please note that (at no cost), you can link up with Hui E! via our website www.huie.org.nz  

Productivity Commission

After two workshops and a meeting with Commission representatives, Hui E! filed a comprehensive submission. You can see this on the Hui E! website at www.huie.org.nz and parts of it quoted in Dave Henderson’s blog at http://community.scoop.co.nz/2015/06/66658/  

The Sustainable Development Goals

Hui E! is organising a session with interested organisations to develop a whole-of-sector New Zealand internal response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be agreed at the UN in September.   We will be sending out invitations, but if you’re interested please contact either peter.glensor@huie.org.nz or dave.henderson@huie.org.nz. Tentatively the meeting is scheduled for 11am on Monday 13 July, at Hui E!   Many people think the words “Development Goals” mean they are just for developing countries, but the SDGs are intended to be universal in the sense of embodying a universally shared common global vision of progress towards a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings to thrive on the planet. They reflect the moral principles that no-one and no country should be left behind, and that everyone and every country should be regarded as having a common responsibility for playing their part in delivering the global vision. This study introduces a new methodology for assessing the degree of both transformational challenge represented by each of the different SDGs (and their respective targets) and the transformational changes that will need to be made in implementing them in different national circumstances.  

Community Hub – meeting facilities are available

Our new meeting space is open and available for the whole sector.  At 120 Featherston Street – Level 4 – we have a wonderful meeting space – which can be used by groups up to 30 people.  There are white boards, a data show, Wifi available, and tables for large or small groups.  Our Community  Hub is shared with Volunteering NZ and Community Research –we are happy to make the meeting space available on a koha  basis.  Contact us for more details, or to see if a booking is possible.  

Relationships Aotearoa demise – just the start

From the client perspective, NGO services are more trusted, accessible and private.

Article by Richard Wood in the New Zealand Herald, 29 May   “The current news media attention on Relationships Aotearoa and its dire financial situation highlights the state of many community-based organisations contracted to supply essential social services on behalf of the Government. Relationships Aotearoa is one of around 2000 non-government organisations or NGOs directly funded by the Government, through the Ministry of Social Development. The government-funded services delivered by NGOs are categorised variously as essential or critical social services, but most are only part-funded. Moreover, none have been inflation- adjusted since 2009. An effective, properly funded social services sector is crucial for the support of vulnerable children and their families. Most of the social services we need to achieve Government priorities are services best delivered by NGOs. There are many good reasons for this…. Read the full article

Commitment to a Treaty-based Multicultural New Zealand

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is often been mistakenly considered to only be relevant to Māori and to Pākehā New Zealanders whose ancestors have been in New Zealand for some time. Te Tiriti however established the terms and conditions of all non-Māori settlement so therefore is relevant to all New Zealanders.  

Network Waitangi ōtautahi has been working with the Federation of Multicultural Councils as they have developed a new resource about their commitment to a Treaty-based multicultural future. This new resource is shared so that others can develop their own statements. The resource is available on both the Federation of Multicultural Councils and Network Waitangi ōtautahi websites.Network Waitangi ōtautahi has particular emphasis on encouraging those who do not have Māori ancestry to understand the Treaty of Waitangi.

Resolving issues with DIA Charities Services

ComVoices and Hui E! have been working with DIA Charities Services and we have come up with an idea.   We recognise there are situations where people have not felt their issues are fully resolved.   Charities Services have confirmed they are willing to have some more specific conversations one-to-one with anyone who wants to. Hui E! has offered to facilitate these conversations if people want that, and make available the Hub facilities – meeting rooms and tea and coffee.   The purpose would be learning focused i.e. gaining a greater understanding of the issues rather than it being a process to review any formal decisions. There is a process set by the Charities Act to review those, and even though it is not ideal it’s what we’re stuck with for now.   The General Manager at Charities has said that from her perspective it “will be helpful for Charities Services (as a group and individual team members) to reflect on charities’ experiences of us and whether there are implications for the way we undertake our role(s).”   If you would like to take advantage of this offer, you’re welcome to contact Hui E! –  peter.glensor@huie.org.nz or dave.henderson@huie.org.nz

Treaty of Waitangi Questions and Answers: 2015

Earlier this year Network Waitangi issued the latest version of this valuable resource, covering 57 commonly asked questions about the Treaty and all the issues that surround it, from “What contact was there between Māori and Pākehā before 1840?” to “Are there any examples of Treaty-based co-governance?”.   As the resource says in its introduction, “To understand our present situation, we must journey back and re-learn our history to understand the effects of the decisions made by those who lived before us. We can then move forward with a shared understanding and a renewed confidence in our abilities to resolve the  problems we have inherited.”   The resource includes an updated list of contacts for Treaty Educators, from Whangarei to Dunedin. It is available online at  http://www.nwo.org.nz/resources.html under a specified creative commons licence, and hard copies can also be ordered there.


Being a Fair and Reasonable Employer in Times of Uncertainty

Original article by Denise Lormans in Community Networks Aotearoa news. When your organisation is facing difficult decisions because of financial constraints, it is essential that you talk to your staff as you know that there may be a problem. As employers you must act in good faith and act as a fair and reasonable employer would. This means that you should tell staff when things are starting to look grim.   The organisation should work with staff to ensure that they know what is going on at all times.  It is our experience that most of the time staff will actually come up with some fairly outstanding ideas on how to manage under financially stressful times. Read the full article  

Groups and Consolidations – new financial reporting challenges

Control is a very important concept when it comes to financial reporting. If registered charities are in a control relationship, the controlling entity will have to prepare consolidated financial statements, consolidating the financial information of their entity with the financial information of all the entities they control. This issue is being brought into sharp focus with the introduction of the new mandatory financial reporting standards.   Craig Fisher of RSM Hayes Audit has worked supportively alongside sector representatives in the whole development of the new reporting standards, and his perspective is recommended. Read the full article online


“Great policy: Responsive today, shaping tomorrow”

“Citizens and business now expect that they will be more involved in policy development. I want the Policy Project to help create the space and share methods for policy professionals to engage directly with citizens, using technology or face to face. Rather than asking at the end of the process “what do you think of my solution?”, we need to invest in building relationships that can be drawn on to help shape, reshape and even co-design policies and services. Frontline staff are a real asset in this task as they deal with citizens and the real challenges they face every day”.    Andrew Kibblewhite, Chief Executive of DPMC, recently appointed as Government’s ‘Head of the Policy Profession’ spoke at a gathering organised by IPANZ – the Institute of Public Administration. See Andrew’s address online.  

Partnership Brokers Training

Nau mai, Haere mai

This is a 4-day skills development course for those managing and brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships.   Multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential if we are to respond to complex issues and opportunities. Partnerships and collective impact initiatives are multiplying in New Zealand, yet these can be highly challenging to those involved and often fall short of expectations. As Peter Senge says:   “The imperative to collaborate across boundaries ….has been established. Now we just need to learn how to get better at it, quickly.” (The Necessary Revolution, 2008)   On 20, 21, 22, 23 October in Wellington, this unique and highly sought-after global programme is being run for the first time in New Zealand. It provides those working in partnerships with in-depth development on how to partner effectively.  Apply now Spaces are strictly limited to 24 participants and are expected to fill fast. Please get your application in promptly to avoid disappointment. Go here to download the application form.


UN Rapporteur issues special report on Freedom of Association in the context of Natural Resources Extraction

“A significant gap in ensuring that assembly and association rights are guaranteed in the context of natural resource extraction is the lack of binding norms for corporations. … A growing number of large businesses wield far more power, resources and influence than many States”   The global economy relies heavily on the availability and exploitation of natural resources. With that demand has come a plethora of concerns relating to the sustainability of economic growth and its impact on the climate, the environment and, more generally, on human rights.   Despite the high stakes, citizen engagement in the natural resources sector is notoriously difficult. Secrecy cloaks decision-making processes and outcomes; there is a lack of mechanisms through which interested parties may express their concerns; discussions are often highly technical; and, above all, the financial stakes are often massive. This opaque and lucrative environment presents ideal conditions for corruption to thrive, a challenge with which many resource-rich countries have to contend.   In this report, Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai examines the role that the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association play in opening space for genuine and effective participation across the spectrum of natural resource exploitation activities. He also examines how these rights help foster increased transparency and accountability, facilitate constructive dialogue, and ultimately form the basis for people’s ability to secure other substantive rights.   “The significance of civil society as a stakeholder in the context of natural resource exploitation is underestimated, misperceived and often denied by both States and businesses,” Kiai writes in the report. “This is symptomatic of a growing disregard for a plurality of views, particularly those which champion non-economic values over economic ones.” See the report online  

Fossil fuel subsidies outstrip global healthcare spending

In a news report recently, it was revealed that fossil fuel companies are benefiting from global subsidies of $7.38tn every year. The International Monetary Fund has called this revelation “shocking”, and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate.   This extravagant spending throws into sharp relief just how much governments rely on fossil fuels, highlighting the imminent need to diversify into other forms of energy. In countries such as New Zealand, not only does the public pay fossil fuel companies, but the effects of the damage fossil fuels have on the environment is also being borne by the public. The idea of “polluter pays” needs to be widely implemented.   The fact that more is spent on fossil fuels than public healthcare, whilst demonstrating questionable priorities, further draws to light just how much is being spent on an industry that has an expiry date, at the expense of remedying some of the effects those same industries cause. We need to divest from fossil fuels and invest in more sustainable, green energy sources.   Item from Tieke – the newsletter of ECO, email eco@eco.org.nz  website http://www.eco.org.nz/  

Hui E! Sector Hui dates

Offers, suggestions or recommendations of presentations are welcome for any or all of the following events; please contact dave.henderson@huie.org.nz

Hui E! Hui in Auckland

  • Tuesday July 7th, 10 am to 12 noon
  • Wesley Hall, St Johns College, St Johns Road, Meadowbank
  • Everyone is welcome to attend – and let us know if there are specific issues you want to see on the Sector Hui agenda.

Monthly Sector Hui in Wellington

  • Thursday 9 July, 10am to Midday
  •  Level  4, 120 Featherston St – Corner of Featherston and Waring Taylor St.
  • Note that Hui E! is reviewing the format and frequency of these gatherings, including looking at establishing something regularly in Auckland and then possibly Christchurch. Your feedback is welcome!

Wellington Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum

  • Tuesday 22 September from 3 pm-5 pm – Refreshments provided from 2.45pm

Victoria University – Wellington Railway Station; West Wing Room 501(Victoria University’s door on the left hand side of the Station; take the first lift to the 5th floor, or take one of the other lifts to the 4th floor and walk up a flight of stairs.)

  • DOWNLOAD! Information from past and future Wellington Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forums can be accessed from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/cvsr-forums

Dunedin Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum

  • Wednesday 2nd September: 12-2pm: Alexander MacMillan Room, Community House

Theme: Practical Workshop focusing on research skill development for community organisations

  • Wednesday 7th October: 12-2pm: Alexander MacMillan Room, Community House


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