October Panui 2015


Invitation to our Wellington Sector Hui  – Wellington: Thursday 8 October 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.Quotes for the Month

Hui E! News and Events

2. Hui E! Recommended Events
Hui E! Monthly Sector Hui: Thursday 8 October, 10.00am – Midday
Information, Ethics and the Public Good: Who can we trust?How can public participation help solve policy problems?
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Training
Wellington Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum
3. News from Hui E! Community Aotearoa
Hui E! Trust Board – new Trustees: Register to Vote!
Hui E! Annual Meeting: Monday November 23, 10.30 am Comments from Hui E! General Manager Peter Glensor4. Hui E! and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Meanwhile at the UN…
And in other countries …
A new dawn? Wren Green, Director, Council for International Development

New Zealand Sector News

5. Open Government Partnership Project – two weeks Consultation
6. Passing of Don Gray – Letter from Chai Chuah
7. Five tips to engage with Māori
Number 1. Nā Wai (as in Nā wai te hui i karanga? or who set up the hui and why?)
8. Unitec Not-for-Profit Newsflash
9. Charities raising funds through Debt Securities 10. Health and Safety Reform: Fact or Fiction?

1. Quotes for the Month

Ban Ki Moon: SDGs provide “a to-do list” for global action

“The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals on Friday by United Nations members must be followed by action on the part of world governments to implement the goals”. The SDGs “are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success,” says Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. The Associated Press (9/25), Thomson Reuters Foundation (9/27)

UN Foundation’s McArthur takes holistic view of SDGs, climate talks

The Sustainable Development Goals “will help to resolve the unnecessary debate between climate and development,” says John McArthur, a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation and former deputy director of the Millennium Project. InsideClimateNews.org (9/18)

2. Hui E! Recommended Events

Hui E! Monthly Sector Hui: Thursday 8 October, 10.00am – Midday

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


  • The final report of the Productivity Commission on “More Effective Social Services” is out, with 16 pages of findings and recommendations, and it has taken some account of the record number of submissions they received. Several of the group that analysed the Draft report for us back in June will give their views on how it has all turned out.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were signed off at the United Nations in late September, by the great majority of member nations. This is about the future of the planet and everyone on it. What is the special role of community and civil society organisations?
  • News from Hui E! and from everyone present – An opportunity for you to raise and discuss issues of the day, and seek collaborators on your projects, and announce upcoming events.
  • Future Events: 8 October, 12 November, 10 December, at the same time and venue

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


New Zealand, the Pacific and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Hear from the Rt Hon David Carter, Speaker of the House, and a panel of diverse speakers about what the Global Goals will mean for people and the environment both here in NZ and in the Pacific.

This event is sponsored by David Shearer MP and Dr Kennedy Graham MP.

Tuesday 13th October 2015, Time: 8.15am – 9.30am

Location: Grand Hall, Parliament

RSVP: to Sarah at sarah@unicef.org.nz  by Friday 2nd October.

For lots more about the SDGs go to: www.globalgoals.org or to www.unicef.org.nz/global-goals 

Information, Ethics and the Public Good: Who can we trust?

Conference 2015, at St Andrews on the Terrace – Conference Friday 9 /Saturday 10 October

Save the date for a fascinating, involving conference and workshop. 

See the list of confirmed speakers 

For more info and to register visit bit.ly/whocanwetrust  

More information contact Jan Rivers, Text: 0221261839 jan@publicgood.org.nz 

How can public participation help solve policy problems?

The State Services Commission, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at VUW and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government invite you to a thought provoking free lunch-time seminar on using public participation to help solve policy problems. Please join award-wining collaborative governance and conflict resolution researcher, Associate Professor Tina Nabatchi and Head of Market Research and Engagement at Auckland Council, Kenneth Aiolupotea. Dr Michael Macaulay, Director of IGPS, will moderate the seminar. 

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015

Location: Rydges Hotel, Level 1, 75 Featherston St, Wellington  

Registration: 12:00pm – 12:30pm (registration and light refreshments)

Seminar: 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Register online to attend the lunch-time seminar. Bookings are essential.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Training

What is CALD? 

CALD is a programme to assist participants to gain an understanding of the challenges CALD clients face when accessing services and for participants to develop skills in cross cultural competency to aid successful interaction with CALD clients.

It is a practical programme designed to improve the awareness, knowledge and skills to work with and understand former refugees, those from refugee type backgrounds and migrants. The training has 4 modules delivered over two days:

  • Culture and cultural competency
  • Working with CALD clients
  • Working with Refugees
  • Working with Interpreters

The programme was developed by the Waitemata DHB and Refugees as Survivors NZ (Auckland) and successfully piloted in Wellington and Palmerston North by Refugee Trauma Recovery in 2009. Since then it has been delivered in several other cities. 

Who should attend?

CALD is of particular relevance to all health professionals whose patients/clients are from refugee and migrant backgrounds. It is also open to professionals from the social services. This programme is CME recognised as well as meeting cultural competency training requirements within many professions memberships/registrations.

When:     Wednesday 28th October 2015 9am to 4pm

       Thursday 29th October 2015 9am to 5pm

        Where:    Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 61 – 69 Abel Smith Street,              Wellington

How many can attend: maximum 16 (minimum 10)

How much does it cost?

The fee of $200 covers morning and afternoon tea on both days, manual, venue and equipment as well as covering most of the cost of the accredited trainers,.

How do I register and pay?

To Register: Please complete the online form on our website: http://www.refugeetraumarecovery.org.nz/programmeservices/programmes-2/registration-form/

To Pay: 

  • Direct credit to:        Account name: Refugee Trauma Recovery 

         Account number: 010533 0175911 00

         Reference: CALD + your surname

When paying by this method please email: andrea@refugeetraumarecovery.org.nz to advise the payment has been made through your bank;

  • Post a cheque to: Refugee Trauma Recovery PO Box 11469 Wellington 6142 or deliver to 186 Willis Street (level 6) Wellington.

Registration is not complete until payment has been received. If you require a tax invoice, please let us know.

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

3. News from Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Hui E! Trust Board – new Trustees: Register to Vote!

We have called for nominations for three new members of the Hui E! Trust Board, from the organisations that have signed up as Formal Supporters of Hui E! Nominations close on Friday October 9.

Signed-up organisations will have the chance to vote if there are more than 3 candidates nominated.  If your organisation is not yet signed up as a Formal Supporter you can still do so at no cost at www.huie.org.nz 

The 3 successful candidates will join the six inaugural members, who will retire over the next three years.  

Trustees should bring a range of experience and skills – our skills matrix includes strategic thinking, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, commitment to Hui E! Purpose & Principles, critical thinking, organisational structures & systems, financial management, legal issues, knowledge of the whole sector, ability to focus on both national issues and regional diversity.

Go to our website www.huie.org.nz to see who are the current Trustees, and to register free as a Hui E! Formal Supporter

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

Our Annual Meeting 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.    

Comments from Hui E! General Manager Peter Glensor:

Auckland Council and the Community Sector:

A warm thanks to the 60 people who took part in our meeting last week, hosted by Volunteering Auckland.  People came from all over Auckland, with a good spread within the community sector.  (After we looked at the spread of participants, when we asked “who here sees themselves as involved in community development”, we had a unanimous Yes!)

This was a chance to express some concerns, and ask questions, about the implementation of the Empowering Communities Approach (ECA).

Graham Bodman and Cissy Rock outlined the ECA, and provided some information about how it will be implemented.  There will be 18 “brokers”, mostly working in Local Board areas, who will be a key point of contact between the Council and local communities.  There will be a “Community Hub” of 50 to 55 people, which will include some people with specific subject expertise, available as a resource for the whole Council and for the community.

Local Boards will have a key role in defining local community priorities, and in making local funding decisions.

A small planning group which set up the meeting outlined to Graham and Cissy some of the sector’s questions and we began the process of addressing those.

There is a strong desire on the part of both parties to set up an ongoing process so the community sector can participate in the practical implementation of ECA.  For example, it will be important to develop processes to deal with sub-regional and region-wide issues that affect a wider area than just one or two Local Boards.  Sector people repeated our desire for more regular forums with Council as the ECA roll-out gets underway.

Already there are other similar meetings planned with other groups: – in Central Auckland, Western Auckland and possibly South Auckland.  We’ll keep feeding out information about progress.

The working group is open to people who wish to progress this kaupapa.  Contact one of the group members – currently Denise Bijoux (Inspiring Communities), Peter Glensor (Hui E!), Mary Dawson (ARMS), Pat Watson (Hui E!), Tony Mayow (which group do you choose Tony?), Kaeti Rigarlsford (People First), Cheryll Martin (Volunteering NZ).  We are keen to keep good coordination of the community responses, and to keep the momentum going, especially while the practical implementation of ECA is still being worked through.  Already there are practical suggestions that Council might set up a Q & A Forum, where the community’s questions and the Council’s responses can be posted.

A reminder that nominations are now open for three new Trustees of Hui E! A notice about it is posted on our website – www.huie.org.nz – and nominations close on Friday October 10.  Each nominee must be nominated and seconded by a Formal Supporter of Hui E! and will write a one pager – why do I seek nomination and what do I offer.

It’s very quick and easy to become a Formal Supporter.  Sign up on our website – www.huie.org.nz – confirm you support the kaupapa of Hui E! and give your contact details.  It doesn’t cost anything and you can take part in choosing some of our Trustees.

We are building good links with a wide range of groups within our sector.  Recently we were there to help celebrate the launch of Environment Hubs Aotearoa – a new network of local environment centres.  We’ve opened dialogue with the Akina Foundation – set up to support and promote social enterprises.  The Thinktank Charitable Trust – a philanthropic trust – has linked up with Hui E!, as has the RobsonHanna Trust – a collective of groups focussing on issues about justice.  Groups range from the very local (Eastern Suburbs Lions Club) to large national groups like Barnardos.  Take a moment now and link your group up.

I was honoured to speak at the AGM of Community Waikato recently.  We all honour the work of Andrea Goble who has recently stood down as CEO, and we welcome the new CEO, Holly Snape.  Community Waikato is a fine example of a regional body working effectively to build capability and capacity within the sector, and linking together the diversity of our sector.

The Hui E! Trustees have approved Terms of Reference for a Tiriti Working Group – mandated by our Trust Deed to support the work of Hui E! and to help us follow the principles of the Trust.  More details will be available shortly about this new group, and how people in the sector can connect up with the Tiriti Working Group.

My own warm thanks to Maisie Sanderson for the excellent work on the large survey we conducted for the Department of Internal Affairs on community/ government interactions.  The survey itself is reported elsewhere in this newsletter, but we owe Maisie our thanks for a job well done.

In November, Dave Henderson will be chairing a meeting in Istanbul of AGNA – national associations of NGOs, just like Hui E!  Dave has been chairing this group for two years now, and his costs of attending the meeting are met by international contributions via CIVICUS – of which Hui E! is the New Zealand representative.

Forward notice that the second meeting of national umbrellas or networking organisations will be held on Friday November 13th, in Wellington.  Formal invitations will be coming out shortly.

4. 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 from our contacts at government agencies we hear “progress has begun”.

Meanwhile at the UN…

And in other countries …

This paper, commissioned by Bond Beyond2015UK, sets out a range of options for UK cross government implementation of the sustainable development agenda. It explores options for monitoring progress and promoting accountability, with the aim of generating a discussion on what comes next now the framework is agreed.


It’s reported that similar responses are under way in Norway, Spain and Belgium. A meeting of civil society organisations at the UN two days after the signing was addressed by the President of United Republic of Tanzania,

the Director General of the National Planning Department of Colombia, the Director, Enablers Department, Ministry of Planning in Kenya, the Deputy for Priority Program Management, Presidential Staff Office, Indonesia, and the 

Ambassador for the Post-2015 Development Agenda from Sweden.

A new dawn? Wren Green, Director, Council for International Development

One should be cautious about grand pronouncements. Will we be justified in trumpeting a new dawn out of that most unlikely of places, the UN Headquarters in New York? 

See Wren’s ComVoices blog on Community Scoop 

5. Open Government Partnership Project – two weeks consultation 

The Minister of State Services has approved public release of the final draft New Zealand Mid-term Self-assessment of its progress on the Open Government Partnership, for a two week period from this week. State Services Commission will manage this release directly on behalf of the New Zealand government.

The report will be loaded to the SSC website with a link to a dedicated email address for receipt of comment on the draft response.  The exact link to the report and for comments is not yet confirmed, so you may need to look for Open Government Partnership/ Mid-term Self-assessment on the website www.ssc.govt.nz 

Lodgement of the final report to the OGP international body was scheduled for September, but an extension has been sought to enable this final public consultation on the draft. 

SSC expects to conclude the consultation and finalise the report on the week of the 12th of October.

6. Passing of Don Gray – Letter from Chai Chuah

Hui E! received the following note from the Ministry of Health:

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Don Gray, Deputy Director-General Policy, passed away on 15 September. He leaves behind many friends and colleagues who will miss him and remember him as a dedicated, passionate and committed senior public servant. 

Many of us at Hui E! and in the broad sector had the pleasure and privilege to work with Don over the years, and he will be greatly missed.

7. Five tips to engage with Māori

Number 1. Nā Wai (as in Nā wai te hui i karanga? or who set up the hui and why?) 

First things first, the purpose of any engagement is critical. So, who set up the engagement, and what is their purpose?  Why do they want to meet with Māori? What are their objectives? What does success look like? You need to clarify this up front. This may be iterative. But you need to land on this as soon as possible.

The full list by Atawhai Tibble is on Hui E!’s website at https://www.huie.org.nz/news/

8. Unitech Not-for-Profit Newsflash

We need your Help!

Experience has taught us the number one way our not-for-profit qualifications are introduced to new students is through word of mouth referrals. Despite consistent outstanding positive feedback on the programme, our numbers are slowly declining – we believe because of issues the sector is currently facing.

To keep our numbers up and keep the programme viable we need to build our numbers. If you know of anyone who has expressed an interest or who you believe may be interested please do send them our way. If your organisation sends out a newsletter and would like an article or are able to promote us in anyway, we would be grateful if you could please also get in touch. 

Upcoming classes are scheduled for:

Hamilton: Financial Management Oct 14-16 & Nov 11-13

Auckland: Leading Organisational Change Oct 21-23 & Nov 18-20

Wellington: People Motivation, Management and Volunteerism Oct 28-30 & Nov 25-27

Fees-$776.40 per course. Scholarships are available. 

To enrol online, please go to http://www.unitec.ac.nz/current-students/study-support/re-enrolment  or download a re-enrolment form and email it through to sali@unitec.ac.nz

For enquiries, please contact Shirleen Ali on 09 815 4321 ext 5215  or sali@unitec.ac.nz

9. Charities raising funds through Debt Securities 

The Financial Markets Authority are consulting on whether charities issuing debt securities should be subject to standard Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act) obligations. The FMC Act requires organisations offering debt securities to disclose certain information and to have a licensed supervisor.

Currently, registered charities whose total planned or existing debt is $15 million or less, are exempt from similar requirements under the Securities Act 1978, which lowers their compliance obligations. This current charities exemption is due to expire on 30 November 2016. We are reviewing whether similar relief should be given under the FMC Act. We propose that no exemption be granted to charities issuing debt securities, and to subject them to standard FMC Act requirements. We would like your feedback on our proposal. Submissions close on Thursday 5 November. All comments should be submitted to consultation@fma.govt.nz with the subject line: ‘Charities raising funds through debt securities: [Your entity name]’. Consultation paper

10. Health and Safety Reform: Fact or Fiction?

The changes to the Health and Safety legislation have caused a lot of angst and concern amongst many organisations.  Much of this has been caused by misinformation and common misunderstanding about this legislation.  Hence it is refreshing to find experts who can provide some clarity.

The following article is from Law firm Hesketh Henry is a useful explanation of some of the key changes in the law in this area. For any queries regarding the article, contact the authors at Hesketh Henry direct. Our thanks to RSM Hayes Audit for passing the article to Hui E!

Health and safety reform: a lot of attention has been given, but what’s actually changing?

People’s concerns generally seem to be based around this type of argument: the new legislation is going to stop anyone having any fun, because if anything goes wrong, then both an entity and its directors will be prosecuted and face huge financial penalties and/or prison.

A recent example is the complaint raised by the Primary and Secondary Principals’ associations that things like camps, playgrounds and sports could all be affected by the new Act.

Click here to read the original article.


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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