2015 November Panui

Invitation to our Wellington Sector Hui – Wellington: Thursday 12 November 2015, 10.00am to Midday Level 4, 120 Featherston StKia ora koutou katoa, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou Greetings – All are Welcome to attend.

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Contents: In this Panui:
  1. Quote for the Month
  2. Hui E! Events
  3. News from Hui E! Community Aotearoa
  4. Invitation to Breakfast at Parliament: 17 November
  5. Too many charities? No – in fact, we need more
  6. HAUTOA: Be brave and daring in your thinking!
  7. Useful Resource for Larger Charities
  8. Hui E! and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  9. OGP Summit 2015: Advancing Open Governments but Shrinking Civic Space
  10. Official Information Act – surveys of requesters
  11. Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2016/17 to 2018/19
  12. Foster Care Petition
  13. Trust: European Research Co-creating Resilient Societies

1. Quote for the Month

An ‘effective’ (often known as ‘vibrant’) civil society is fundamental to any society’s capability to provide for its members’ needs and meet their aspirations, guide and hold its political and economic leaders and power-holders to account, and to embody the complex web of interactions between and among people and peoples, and between people and the state, which is such an essential feature of resilience in the face of political, environmental, social or economic shocks.From the blog http://philvernon.net/2015/10/14/how-donors-can-help-civil-society-become-more-effective/

2. Hui E! Events

Hui E! Monthly Sector Hui: Thursday 12 November, 10.00am – Midday

Hui E! Conference Room, Level 4, 120 Featherston St (corner of Waring Taylor St) Wellington. Agenda
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Hui E! and partner organisations are working with Government, across the sector, and in the Pacific to increase awareness of the Goals and to lay groundwork for the setting of targets in each of the goal areas. The SDG text signed up to by governments including NZ provides for targets to be developed by a partnership of government and civil society. What does that mean, and if government currently has limited interest, what can we do?
  • Te Wana
Briar Bloomfield will introduce Te Wana – its Quality Standards and Accreditation Programme was launched in 2000 by Health Care Aotearoa (HCA) following extensive community consultation. The programme was and remains aimed towards the broad tangata whenua, community and voluntary sectors. HCA originally developed Te Wana as a quality system for its membership of primary health care organisations and they broadened this to the wider community sector with enrolment by non government services and agencies and additional standards for non health and/or clinical services.
  • Announcements, calls for collaboration, what’s on your mind?
Your chance to share what’s happening of interest across the sector Future Events:, 10 December, at the same time and venue Offers, suggestions or recommendations of presentations for these events are welcome; please contact dave.henderson@huie.org.nz ————————-

National umbrellas/ networking organisations

Hui E! is hosting the second meeting of national NGO umbrellas on November 13, in Wellington. Among other topics, we’ll be looking at alternatives to competitive contracting (are there any?), a NZ response to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and NGO contributions to democracy and open government. ————————

Hui E! Annual Meeting: Monday November 23, 10.30 am

Community Hub – Level 4, 120 Featherston Street, Our Annual Meeting this year will focus on business issues. We’ll hold a face to face meeting in Wellington, but invite people in other centres to beam in via video conferencing. If you are able to host a group in your town or city to video in, please let us know. Hui E! Trust Board elections: We were delighted that seven people were nominated for the three Trustee positions on our Hui E! Trust Board. An electronic vote is now in process among all those organisations signed up as Formal Supporters of Hui E!, and the results will be announced at our Annual Meeting on November 23. ————————

Auckland Sector Hui – Tuesday November 24th, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Kauri Room CCS Disability Action, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak. A main item is a presentation from people from the Disability Community about issues they are facing, and how our whole community sector can work with them. We’ll have a report on progress in discussions with the Auckland Council, and a discussion of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Please note that this is an afternoon meeting – anyone from the community sector is welcome – let us know if you’re coming, so we can cater for you. (Signing will be available for any who need it – please let us know so we can confirm the booking) —————————

Community/ Campus Connections in Auckland

Preliminary notice – Hui E! is convening a meeting of university people who have an interest in and support for the NGO/ community sector. Friday December 4th. Hosted at School of Public Health, Auckland University, Glen Innes. This is a chance for us to strengthen the relationship between universities in Auckland and the NGO sector. We want to see what is happening already, what more could be done, and make some practical suggestions. We want a number of community sector people to join this meeting – those who already have links with university people, and those with a vision for how those connections can be strengthened. If you want to be part of this kaupapa, contact Peter Glensor – peter.glensor@huie.org.nz or phone 027 241 5152. —————————-

Wellington Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum: Tuesday 24 November

Victoria University – Wellington Railway Station; West Wing Room 501. Refreshments provided from 2.45pm – forum runs from 3 pm-5 pm. RSVP BY 19TH NOVEMBER TO: Lyne.Todd@vuw.ac.nz Presenters:
  • Madeline Sakofsky “Volunteering New Zealand: State Of The Sector 2015”
Abstract: Volunteering New Zealand recently conducted a survey of registered charities in order to gain an insight into the present state of volunteering in New Zealand. More than 80% of respondents said that volunteers are essential to achieving the organisation’s goals. The survey covered questions including: reasons for utilising volunteers, the role that technology plays in recruiting and enabling volunteers, challenges in retaining volunteers, and reimbursement of volunteers. The survey findings, based on 1,500 responses, will be dis-cussed in this forum. The information gathered will be used by VNZ to strategically support the community and voluntary sector by identifying current trends, issues and challenges.
  • Patricia Webster “Marketisation of Charities”
Abstract: Pat will focus on the systemic nature of mission drift in the charitable sector. Market-led changes by government and other sources have led to well-documented outcomes for the voluntary sector. These outcomes are evident in this PhD research into the experiences of three diverse charitable organisations in the social development sector between 1985 and 2010. The research finds that the characteristics of the three organisations have undergone systemic marketising change which has eroded their values, changed their structural and operational characteristics and diminished the role the organisations play in civil society. The re-search argues that these changing characteristics are as much a part of mission-drift in charitable organisations as stated goals, whose meaning can easily be manipulated. Diverse organisational decisions can accumulate to create mission-drift unless those in decision-making positions throughout the organisation have a clear sense of organisational identity as well as purpose. Lisa Marriott: “Crime Pays! Examining White-Collar Crime in New Zealand” Abstract: Individuals in New Zealand can expect to receive different treatments in the justice system depending on whether their crime is ‘white-collar’ or ‘blue-collar’. This presentation will report on the extent of these differences, using tax evasion as a proxy for white-collar crime and welfare fraud as a proxy for blue-collar crime. These offences are conceptually similar: they are both non-violent and financial in nature; they have the same victim (government and society); both reduce government resources; and both are deliberate. However, an important distinction is that tax evasion is typically undertaken by individuals in privileged positions, while benefit fraud is typically undertaken by those less advantaged in society. Moreover, tax evasion has considerably greater economic significance in New Zealand than welfare fraud. The presentation will also report on findings from analysis of Serious Fraud Office prosecutions over the past 15 years. This analysis shows the gains that may accrue from serious financial offending in New Zealand.

3. News from Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Sign Up with Hui E!

If your group supports the kaupapa of Hui E!, you can become a Formal Supporter – it doesn’t cost any money, and it takes about 2 minutes to give your name and contact details – https://www.huie.org.nz/join-with-us/become-a-formal-supporter/ ——————-

Hui E! Tiriti Working Group

We are in the process of setting up a Tiriti Working Group. In accordance with our Trust Deed the Tiriti Working Group will have an initial five year life, with the task: “to assist the work of the Trust and ensure that the principles of the Trust are enacted”. The Working Group will do this by creating a workplan and budget for approval by the Trust Board, and overseeing the implementation of the workplan. The Working Group does not have governance authority but will bring recommendations to the Trust Board. The workplan will help Hui E! live out its purposes and principles, including “Te Tiriti o Waitangi must be visible and real in our community and our nation and embedded within our organisation, using a Treaty relationships framework.” The Hui E! Tiriti Working Group will be chaired by a Trust Board member and will be made up of six to eight people who are connected to the sector, committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi development, and supportive of the principles and purposes of Hui E! At this stage funding for the Working Group is limited. On this basis Hui E! will seek contributions from those organisations who wish to propose nominations to the Working Group. Contribution will take the form of covering the person’s travel and other costs to attend. Hui E! will cover the costs of the actual meeting costs – venue, catering etc. We hope the group can meet three times between now and next July. If you are interested to be a part of the Hui E! Tiriti Working Group, please let us know. The Trust Board is keen to get the group membership confirmed and the workplan underway. For further information contact Peter Glensor – peter.glensor@huie.org.nz or phone 027 241 5152 or the Convenor – Bronwyn Yates –– b.u@xtra.co.nz or text on 021826622 and Bronwyn will call you back. ————————–

Promoting the Sector – Blow Our Own Trumpet!

Hui E! is working on a campaign to ‘blow our own trumpet’, aiming to promote the community sector – to ourselves, and to the wider community. We think that it is important to get our stories out there, showing that the community sector is where you will find innovation, risk-taking, value for money, effectiveness and community building. We would love to hear your stories! If your story illustrates these values, and is selected then we will work with you to promote it and get it into the media. We believe that there are so many inspiring people in this sector, now’s the time for some recognition! Please contact either Maisie maisiesanderson@huie.org.nz or Peter peter.glensor@huie.org.nz and tell us about your story.

4. Invitation to Breakfast at Parliament: 17 November

Hon Jo Goodhew, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, in association with Volunteering New Zealand and ComVoices, invites you to a cross parliamentary event to hear Kylee Bates, World President of the International Association for Volunteer Effort speaking on ‘Just’ Volunteers – The role of volunteers in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals – a global perspective When and Where, and How Much? 7.15am to 8.30am on Tuesday 17 November 2015 Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, Molesworth St, Wellington. A light breakfast will be served. Cost: $30 per person (GST Inclusive) Registration: to confirm your attendance, please email admin@comvoices.org.nz by 5pm, Tuesday 10 November Enquiries: please telephone the ComVoices Administrator, 04 479 2204. 2 About the Speaker: Kylee Bates is the World President of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE). Kylee was elected IAVE World President in 2014, and prior to that served on its board of directors from 2008 to 2014 IAVE exists to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering in all of the myriad ways it happens throughout the world. With members in more than 70 countries (Volunteering New Zealand is the New Zealand member representative), IAVE is the connective tissue of a global network of leaders of volunteering, NGOs, business and volunteer centres that share a belief in the power of volunteers to make a significant strategic contribution to resolving the world’s most pressing problems.

5. Too many charities? No – in fact, we need more

Joe Saxton, 12 October 2015, in Third Sector Daily; Businesses are encouraged to multiply, says our columnist: so why do we take the opposite line with charities? For a thriving community and voluntary sector, we need lots of charities and community groups. We need more social enterprises and community interest companies, not fewer. Yet many people say there are too many charities; existing charities, they say, should merge and new ones be forced to undergo some kind of test to ensure they are really needed. But we take exactly the opposite position with business. Every commentator and politician would say small businesses are a key part of economic vitality. Everybody welcomes initiatives such as “silicon roundabout” near Old Street in London, where tech start-ups are nurtured. Few say there are too many supermarkets, mobile phone operators or utilities suppliers: we welcome the competition and the choice. Yet charities are seen differently…. See the full article.

6. HAUTOA: Be brave and daring in your thinking!

Previously known as the Legal Seminars for Community Groups, Hautoa is our new name for the trainings provided for employees and leaders of community groups by Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. Coming up in November

Champion Chairs and great governance: Panel discussion Thursday 12 November, 5.30 – 8 pm Community Law Wellington office Level 8, 203 Willis St (new address!) Four diverse speakers will discuss their unique experiences of governance of community groups. To register please click here. Dealing with disputes and managing mediation: a discussion with Community Law’s own creators of peaceful pathways Thursday 19 November, 5.30 – 8 pm Community Law Wellington office Level 8, 203 Willis St (new address!) To register please click here. How much does it cost?
  • $20 to attend one seminar
  • $30 to attend both seminars (different individuals from the same organisation can take up this offer together)
  • Supper provided
  • If the cost is prohibitive for your organisation, please get in touch
  • Embracing Te Tiriti o Waitangi: practical applications from constitutional change to policy and practice
  • Think rich, feel rich: NGOs and escaping the poverty cycle

7. Useful Resource for Larger Charities

If you are involved in a larger charity then the enclosed link to a suite of Frequently Asked Questions may be of use to you. These FAQs relate to Tier 1 & 2 charities and are a result of common questions raised at the recent seminars run by DIA Charities Services and the XRB with specialist sector input from RSM.

Link to Tier 1 & 2 FAQs

This information provided by RSM, formerly RSM Hayes Audit. The firm continues to be 100% locally owned and operated – see www.rsmnz.co.nz .

8. Hui E! and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Hui E! has written to all Ministers highlighting the specific areas of the SDGs that are relevant to their particular portfolios. There are 17 overarching Goals and 169 specific areas where UN member states will have to set domestic targets. In the letters we are emphasising the expectation, spelled out in the signed goals, that civil society in each UN member state will be involved in a partnership with government to set the targets under each goal.

We have begun to receive replies, from a range of MPs. Some Ministers have assured us that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will brief other government agencies soon, and some also reassure us that civil society will be engaged in the process of deciding NZ’s response to the Goals. Whether this will reach the level of partnership envisaged by the UN remains to be seen – you are welcome to write to your MP and encourage them! Event at Parliament On 13 October we celebrated the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in New Zealand, with a UNICEF-organised event. In the spirit of the collaboration that will be required to fulfil the aspirational 2016 – 2030 goals the event was jointly hosted by the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon David Carter along with Labour MP David Shearer and Greens MP Kennedy Graham. A selection of photos from the event are on Facebook and a video of the panel discussion is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1rHW7RLr_w&feature=youtu.be The event posed the question, what will the SDGs mean for New Zealand and the Pacific? The only visible action that we know is happening is a project within Statistics NZ which is mapping the proposed indicators against existing NZ frameworks for measurement. A cabinet paper from MFAT including recommendations for how to progress from adoption to implementation was apparently pulled, and we’re unaware of any processes to replace it. Civil society organisations under the umbrella groups of CID and Hui E! are working to advocate for a process to implement the SDGs – mostly through lobbying of MPs and awareness raising efforts. But civil society cannot do this alone and we would benefit from your support. There is a plethora of information internationally about the SDGs but we are looking for greater debate nationally and in our Pacific region. e.g. Carmel Williams has shared the excellent SDG Series from the Health and Human Rights Journal http://www.hhrjournal.org/health-and-human-rights-journal-sdg-series/. Carmel’s research looking at how MFAT’s policies align (or not) with the SDGs is also of great interest. Adele Broadbent from CID with support from UNICEF and Tear Fund are going to do a version of this great report from BOND/Beyond 2015 Bringing the Goals Home. Input/comment on this report would be warmly welcomed – send to adele@cid.org.nz . Please do keep us informed of any NZ-based academic research or debate related to the SDGs. The www.ourSDGs.nz website now exists. CID, HuiE! And PIANGO will grow this portal, ready for a full launch in 2016 and adele@cid.org.nz is the best contact about this.

9. OGP Summit 2015: Advancing Open Governments but Shrinking Civic Space

Between 27th and 29th October, around 2000 representatives of governments, civil society, business and academia gathered in Mexico City to mark 4 years since the launch of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative and reflected on the successes and remaining challenges in pushing forward open governments for citizens. Hui E! is represented on the NZ Stakeholder Advisory Group that is managed by State Services Commission, but was not part of the NZ delegation. Discussions focused on exchanging best practices on using open data and IT technology for improved life of citizens, while some also offered critical reflections on the release and use of open data, especially concerning advancement of democratic governance practices and rule of law. One of the key challenges identified was the gap between commitments made towards advancing government openness, accountability and transparency, and the fact that in OGP countries as well as globally basic space for citizens and civil society is shrinking. See more here. On this occasion, Tanja Hafner Ademi, Executive Director of BCSDN spoke on the panel devoted to the new CIVICUS Civic Space Monitor to share experience from the monitoring and advancing enabling environment for civil society in the EU Accession Countries, all of them also members of the OGP initiative, with the exception of Kosovo. Read more on the proceedings at the OGP Summit here. In the lead-up to the Summit CIVICUS, of which Hui E! is a member, had pinpointed why it is so important. “In 2015, civic space is facing an unprecedented assault. CIVICUS uncovered substantial violations of the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression in 96 countries in 2014. Examples of these violations include the politically-motivated prosecutions of activists uncovering rights violations, physical attacks on peaceful protestors demanding better governance and restrictive new laws to impede civil society organisations in their work to create more just societies. See more at: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/blog/blog-editor/2015/10/20/civic-space-set-take-centre-stage-ogp-global-summit#sthash.jHdJmdCK.dpuf

10. Official Information Act – surveys of requesters

You may have heard that the NZ Chief Ombudsman is currently undertaking a review of how government agencies process Official Information Act (OIA) requests.As part of the review the Ombudsman wants to hear from people who have made OIA requests to government agencies. To help gather this information efficiently, the Ombudsman has created two surveys which we are encouraging you to complete before 5 November. Survey 1 ‑ This survey asks about your experiences of making requests to the 12 agencies that the Chief Ombudsman is focusing her investigation on. These agencies are:
  • Accident Compensation Corporation
  • Department of Corrections
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Justice
  • New Zealand Customs Service
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Transport
  • State Services Commission

You should only take this survey if you have made OIA requests to these particular agencies. You can complete Survey 1 by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6LZYK2C Survey 2 ‑ This survey asks about your experiences of making requests to central government departments and agencies that are not amongst the 12 review agencies listed above. It also asks about your perceptions of departments’ approaches to openness in general. You can complete both Survey 1 and Survey 2 if you like. You can complete Survey 2 by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/689JWWV The surveys asks respondents to provide their work email address, so the Ombudsman can ensure the integrity of the surveys, but also to enable any potential follow up enquiries prompted by your response. If people would prefer not to complete the survey online, they are able to download a Word version of the survey to complete offline and post back to the Ombudsman. Information provided by survey respondents will be held in confidence by the Ombudsman, as required by section 21 of the Ombudsmen Act. It is not subject to the OIA, and will not be seen by Hui E! or any government agencies. The Ombudsman will only include aggregate information in any report. You can read more about the surveys, or download the Word versions of them here: http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/newsroom/item/review-of-oia-practices-surveys-of-requesters-and-government-workers

11. Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2016/17 to 2018/19

The Ministry of Health has released its Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2016/17 to 2018/19: Proposals Document. The Proposals Document can be downloaded from: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/strategy-prevent-and-minimise-gambling-harm-2016-17-2018-19-proposals-document The Proposals Document sets out the Ministry’s proposed strategy to prevent and minimise gambling harm and proposed problem gambling levy rates for 2016/17 to 2018/19, taking into account feedback received during the consultation process that lasted from 31 July 2015 to 11 September 2015. The next steps are set out on page 1 of the Proposals Document. The Ministry has released two supporting documents with the Proposals Document:
  • An Analysis of Submissions, which was undertaken by Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Limited
  • A supporting document setting out in a table the key issues raised in the submissions and the Ministry’s response to each issue.
If you find it difficult to download any of these three documents, you can obtain a paper copy by sending an email request to gamblingharm@moh.govt.nz. The Ministry will then print a copy and post it out to you.

12. Foster Care Petition

Young people in NZ leave state care on their 17th birthday. Help us show that we don’t stop caring when our young people turn 17 by signing our petition to raise the age of state support from 17 to 21. Simply click on the image below, it will take less than 2 minutes. Thanks! Lifewise has teamed up with agencies around the country and ActionStation to create an online petition asking the Government to raise the age of leaving foster care: www.actionstation.org.nz/wedontstopcaring Currently in NZ, young people leave care on their 17th birthday. While most teenagers their age are worrying about things like homework, these young people are scrambling to find a place to live and how to support themselves. Our staff see the worst possible outcome for many of these young people – with no support networks, and nowhere to go, many teenagers become homeless before their 18th birthday. . With the current review of CYF, this is the perfect opportunity to ask the Government to raise the age of support from 17 to 21. Lifewise have collaborated with Youthline, Child Poverty Action Group, Wesley Community Action, Christchurch Methodist Mission, Dingwall Trust and ActionStation to create this petition. So far the Review Panel is on board and has supported lifting the age. We need to keep the pressure on however so that government follows through and takes action. Close to 7,000 New Zealanders have signed the petition so far. Please help us get to 10,000.

13. Trust: European Research Co-creating Resilient Societies

“Trust” remains a keyword in current public and academic debates: topics such as migration, radicalisation and social cohesion, growth and austerity, the recent geopolitical changes, they all point to the importance of perceiving, preserving and enhancing trust. Trust is believed to promote creativity, to facilitate conflict management, to empower in times of transition and change. One key question faced by Europe is trust. Trust in others, trust of European citizens in public authorities, trust between employers and employees, trust in a shared common European future. These issues are culminating in recent sensitive debates on migrations, radicalisation, growth and austerity and on geopolitical changes. #ENNA_EU (the European Network of National Associations) will be present at the conference “Trust: European Research Co-Creating Resilient Societies” to participate to the discussion about the different perceptions of trust and how research can contribute to fostering trust in societies. See more re the conference: http://www.trust-conference.eu/

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