NEW LEADER FOR NATIONAL COMMUNITY SECTOR COORDINATING BODY – HUI E!
The new Kaiwhakahaere Matua – General Manager of Hui E! Community Aotearoa is Anaru Fraser. Formerly working with MPI, MBIE, DOC and MLC he has over 15 years’ international policy development experience in the United Nations area of food security and malnutrition and more broadly in education, health, human rights, justice, environmental and cultural rights related to Indigenous Peoples and civil societies.
He has worked closely on development issues both nationally – Crown-Maori Economic Growth Partnership – and internationally – the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He is part of an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific – and represents them on a global committee on Food Security within the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). He is an international advocate for food security in the areas of connecting smallholders to markets, fisheries and aquaculture, land tenure, agriculture investment, nutrition, price volatility, protracted crisis and conflict, climate change and biofuels.
Anaru, who hails from the Hauraki region, has a law degree, and has been active in working with iwi and hapu in diverse areas like petroleum and mineral exploration and shared resource management. One of his aims in Hui E! will be to strengthen the place of iwi and tangata whenua organisations within the wider community sector – more than 114,000 organisations.
Hui E! was set up two years ago, with the goal to connect, strengthen, support and promote the whole Community Sector – tangata whenua organisations and the broad voluntary and community sector – charities, incorporated societies, clubs, boards, trusts, and informal community groups.
Hui E! priorities include regular gatherings of national umbrella groups, coordinating the NZ sector response to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Open Government Partnership, and representing sector issues to government.
Hui E! Co-Chairs Simon Cayley and Pania Coote have welcomed this appointment, following on from the work to get Hui E! established. “We now have a respected place in the community sector – as a convenor, facilitator and supporter of sector development,” said Pania Coote. “Anaru has the chance to expand our reach both around New Zealand and to strengthen our global links.”
“Civil Society is increasingly called on by countries to work in partnership with governments – not as cheap labour, but as full partners – developing policies, and working together to build strong communities. Hui E!’s job is to help the sector play our role in this partnership, and Anaru will bring new insights to that task,” concluded Simon Cayley.
Pania Coote Simon Cayley
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