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Message from the Board of Trustees – Update on Hui E!’s refresh

The Board of Trustees invites you to join us in a refocusing  and reinvigoration of Hui E! in its mission to promote, strengthen and connect the community sector.

Key to this in this reset is focusing on providing leadership for the community sector, in response to the community sector.

We will continue to carry out our core mission but with a greater emphasis on being led by the community we serve:

Hui:  bringing us together to test & build ideas​
Kōrero: helping frame the conversations​
Āwhina:  developing practical actions & support ​

To achieve this, we are investing in a kaiārahi role, and are commencing recruitment immediately.  In the short term, the priority for our Kaiārahi is to gather the sector together and listen. The next phase will be to collaboratively create ways to support and represent the sector.

2020 is going to be a crucial election year for our sector.  Hui E! is aiming to be in a position to support the sector to engage in the election process, and to mobilise civic engagement in communities. 

We welcome you to join us on our waka to Hui E!’s leadership to the sector.  If you have any questions please do contact one of the below Trustees.

If you think you have what it takes to be our Kaiārahi, or you know someone who does then we also want to hear from you (no need to be Wellington based – the sector is our precedence).

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM in Wellington on October 21st.

Pania Coote: chair@huie.org.nz
Sandy Thompson: sandy@lead.org.nz
Charlie Moore: charlie.mr1@gmail.com
Dorte Wray: dortewray@gmail.com

Hui E! Events

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Monday, 21 October 2019
St Andrews Centre, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Conference Room 1 and 2 (level 2)
Nau Mai, Haere Mai.
We invite you to Hui E!’s Annual General Meeting on 21 October.  This is an opportunity to hear directly from the Hui E! Board on the planned refresh of the organisation, as well as key issues affecting our sector.
Welcome / Karakia Tīmatanga
Hui E!’s refresh – an open and transparent discussion and opportunities to engage
Formal proceeding of the AGM
Closing / Karakia Whakamutunga
Networking with tea/coffee and light lunch

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Monday 14 October to ronja.ievers@huie.org.nz or 021 022 29325

Sector News 

The future of governance for New Zealand’s NGOs
A report into the future of governance for New Zealand’s NGOs, produced by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, has identified a need for considerable investment into NGO governance capabilities.The report looks at the future for governance of New Zealand’s 114,000 NGOs which employ around 100,000 full and part-time staff and manage a combined income of around $20 billion a year. Good governance is a subject close to the heart of all of us. We hope you find this a useful insight into current good practice in NGO governance, challenges, and opportunities for development. Read the report here
Have your say on who represents your community by voting in the 2019 local elections – 20 September – 12 October
With local elections just around the corner, a series of community-led meet the candidate evenings and question and answer sessions are scheduled for September and October. Head over to your council’s webpage to find an event in your neighbourhood.
Key dates to remember:

– 20–25 September, Voting documents sent to all enrolled voters
– 11 October, Last day to enrol to vote in the local elections
– Saturday, 12 October, Voting closes at midday

Several community organisations have also released specific questions they have asked or are asking candidates as well as scorecards, and which you can use when meeting your local candidate. Here are some links:

– TINZ released a set of questions on topics around ethics, accountability, transparency and community representation and sent them to local body candidates last week. The questions are available on the TINZ website for anyone who would like to ask questions of their local candidates.
– NGOs asked the NZ Government at a recent UN meeting in New York about its approach to engaging with Māori and wider civil society to achieving the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. Read the statement and questions here
– At this year’s local government elections we are seeing many candidates from multicultural communities. Multicultural Times will be profiling all such candidates from across the country, in a special segment in Multicultural Times. 
– In order to identify candidates with an excellent track record and who understand the complexities of the health system three PHA branches, Otago-Southland, Canterbury and Wellington, with the support of national office, have produced DHB candidate scorecards based on responses to a survey sent to all DHB candidates. They will be launching their scorecards in the coming weeks. Find out more here
– Generation Zero’s local election scorecard will be released on 23 September. Sign up for info here.

And if you are wondering why you should vote, head over to this article on ‘Local body elections: I’m one of ‘those’ millennials – here’s why we should vote’ for some inspiration. 
Social Service System: The Funding Gap and how to bridge it
A new independent report released by Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) recently says Government is funding just under two thirds of the costs of the social services it contracts community-based organisations to deliver. This amounts to a shortfall of about $630m a year. The report found 83% of social service providers rely on philanthropic funding to meet the shortfall. SSPA and members are calling on the government to:
– support an immediate resolution that addresses the pay inequality between providers and the public sector,
– make a serious commitment to close the funding gap in Budget 2020, and
– commit to working with social services providers and the philanthropic sector on the longer term issues that are identified, to achieve an effective and sustainable funding model.

The research and analysis was completed between April and August this year by MartinJenkins. SSPA commissioned the study on behalf of New Zealand social service providers and philanthropic organisations. Read the full report here at https://www.sspa.org.nz/funding-gap
Te Reo and Workplace Wellbeing
Incorporating Māori language, terminology and tikanga Māori “significantly enhanced” workplace mindfulness and job satisfaction, researchers found. Read the latest ComVoices blog to mark Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori last week.  
Reflections from the recent Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals
The need for urgency and greater action to progress sustainable development was central to the second New Zealand SDG Summit, with the theme of Accelerated action, together.

The Summit was hosted jointly by University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology on 2nd September, and supported by a cross-sector stakeholder group.

It provided a good opportunity for networking and a number of new relationships have already come out if it. It was good too see a number of People’s Report contributors there, including Auckland DHB and Moxie Communications. We were able to speak to and widely share the People’s Report and feedback received was very positive, with many offering to assist in the future.  

Read our reflections in a brief report here
Please tell us your experience with the SDG People’s Report
The group who oversaw New Zealand’s first People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) met this week to identify and agree on our way forward. We are really excited to share with you some ideas soon. 

We would love to hear your feedback on your experience with the People’s Report – an independent and community-driven report on New Zealand’s progress towards achieving a more just, equal and sustainable future. 

Please consider taking this 5-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/peoples-report-feedback. Your feedback will help us evaluate the process (including objectives, outputs) and outcome of the People’s Report, and make improvements next time. 

The report and a summary pamphlet are available at www.sdg.org.nz/peoples-report.
Webinar on the Charities Act Review
Sue Barker and Dave Henderson recently updated people on the Charities Act Review during a Philanthropy NZ hosted webinar. You can access a summary and link to the webinar on PNZ’s website.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

How to expand and empower civil society’s voice on Aotearoa’s future – including New Zealand’s Wellbeing and Sustainable Development to 2030
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019, 5.30–7pm. 
Old Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 4, upstairs on Level 1, Bunny Street, Wellington 

How can we sustain our future wellbeing by giving due weight (alongside long term economic interests) to social and environmental issues and to the direct and local experience of those involved?
Inviting dissent leads to the fastest agreement for action — how we invite dissent and for what purpose, is crucial.Panelists will discuss how civil society forums that are participatory, listening and deliberative, both now and in a Māori iwi tradition, empower communities to:
– understand different viewpoints between themselves,
– create solutions together that benefit all
– offer strong mandates to Government, and for personal action.

– Kura Moeahu (Te Atiawa, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Taranaki-tuturu and Ngāti Toa), Tumu Whakarae — Principal Cultural Advisor at Parliament.
– Max Rashbrooke, Senior Associate in the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at VUW; author of Government for the Public Good: the Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action, BWB, 2018; and journalist with particular interest in economic inequality and democratic revival.
– Emily Beausoleil, Lecturer in Political Science, VUW; Marsden Fast-Start Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand— ‘Hearing the Difference: New Strategies for Listening in Contemporary Politics.’

Facilitator: Rosalind McIntosh, UNA NZ Ambassador for a Civil Society Voice on UN SDGs and Interfaith Peacemaker.

RSVP to flowingmountains@yahoo.com  
Integrity in our city – Local Election Wellington lunchtime forum, 26 September
12.30–1.30pm, Lecture Theatre 3, Old Government Building, Victoria University of Wellington School of Law 15 Lambton Quay, Pipitea, Wellington

Shelley Bay, Get Wellington Moving, homelessness and rate hikes are just some of the platforms our candidates are running on. But how transparent will our Mayoral Candidates’ decision-making be on these issues? Will they be accountable about the use of our money? What is and isn’t working?

Read more and register at https://integrity-in-our-city.lilregie.com/booking/attendees/new
Intergenerational Strike 4 Climate, 27 September, nationwide
People around the world are set to take to the streets during a global week of action to demand ambitious commitments on climate action from governments at the UN Climate Summit on 23 September.
School Strike 4 Climate NZ, together with youth groups and unions are planning strikes across the country on Friday, 27 September. This is an intergenerational strike and you are all invited to take part, whether you are a parent, teacher, grandparent, worker or student.A list of locations and times for the strike events across the country can also be found here: https://www.schoolstrike4climatenz.com/events.
A map with the contact details for local organisers can be found here: https://www.schoolstrike4climatenz.com/strike-map.
Open Government – Getting it Right, 27 September, Wellington 
The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University in Wellington is hosting an Open Government Partnership (OGP) presentation on 27 September 2019.

OGP PlansThe Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international initiative of about 100 country members. It brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that commit governments to be more inclusive, responsive and accountable to the public. New Zealand joined in 2013 and since, has prepared three National Action Plans. The OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) assesses development and implementation of country plans to foster dialogue among stakeholders and improve accountability.  Four earlier reports have been released about New Zealand’s plans.

Keitha Booth, New Zealand’s IRM Independent Researcher, will launch her latest report. This reviews the design of New Zealand’s third OGP National Action Plan (2018-2020). She will outline what New Zealand’s OGP membership has achieved over the last six years, the OGP’s expectations for national action plans, and how much the New Zealand government has worked with the public for plan preparations.She will also comment on the 12 new commitments in the current plan, and announce her recommendations to government for a bolder 2020-2022 National Action Plan that would commit to addressing long-standing, open government concerns.

New date: 27 September
Time: 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Venue: Old Government Building, lecture theatre 3, 55 Lambton Quay, Wellington
RSVP for this event
Webinar – Valuing our World Views: Indigenous Community at the Centre, 3 October
3 October, 11am

Join indigenous community designers, Rebecca Kiddle and Danièle Hromek, to hear how they are pushing the boundaries of community development and design practice and principles by ensuring that indigenous design, knowledge and practice and the voices of community are front and centre in their work, and the differences this is making.  

Book now here. For more information click here.
Operationalising your strategy, 4 October, Wellington 
8.45am–1pm | Level 15, Grant Thornton House, 215 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Grant Thornton is hosting an interactive workshop aimed at helping you uncover the best way to translate your strategy into practical action.There are certain questions all Not for Profit organisations struggle with, such as:“How do we drive towards more diverse revenue streams?” and“What can we do to improve awareness of what we do and retain that credibility?”Join us to find out the answers to these questions and more, with the help of top experts in the field.The workshop will cover, but is not limited to the following topics:
– Opportunities and recent developments within Tax for NFPs
– Upcoming changes to privacy obligations and resulting implications to NFPs
– Opportunities and risks around exploring alternate revenue streams
– Use your financial statements and statement of service performance to tell your story
– Strategic risk management: proactively dealing with risks to strategic objectives
– Prioritising investment initiatives to ensure ongoing alignment with your strategy

8:45am   –  tea/coffee and networking
9:00am   –  session commences
12:30pm –  lunch and networking
1:00pm   –  event closesNumbers are limited, so please RSVP to Sandra.Whitehead@nz.gt.com by 5:00pm Friday,
27 September 2019.
New Zealand Coalition to End Homelessness AGM, 11 October, Auckland
Read the AGM notice and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nz-coalition-to-end-homelessness-agm-tickets-73207133507
The Komiti Whakahaere is currently seeking one Tangata Whenua  and three Tangata Tiriti members to join our Governance Group. If you wish to be considered as a Komiti member, please contact info@nzceh.org.nz for an Expression of Interest form and return by the 4 October. 
Volunteering NZ Conference – Registrations close 30 September, 15-17 October, Wellington
This year’s Pivot conference will be held in Wellington with events on 15, 16 and 17 October 2019. Register or learn more now.
Learn to lead: Leadership development training opportunities, Christchurch and Auckland
Over the coming months the LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Governance and Leadership is offering two programmes for community and not for profit leaders.
The teaching approach and content of the sessions are evidence based and the facilitators have decades of experience both working in the community sector, and teaching not for profit leaders. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact info@lead.org.nz
Christchurch 11 to 13 November
3 Day workshop: Managing and Leading Community Organisations
Avebury House, Richmond
This training programme develops your skills, knowledge and confidence to manage the people, money, projects, and stakeholders, whilst still driving results. So, no more second-guessing yourself…
During three days of highly interactive learning, topics are explored in the context of your community and organisation. You will have plenty of opportunity to also identify the areas of interest and development that particularly apply to you, influencing the shape and content of the programme. By the end you will have two plans – one for your own leadership development, and one for building the capacity of your organisation
For more information see https://www.lead.org.nz/events/2019/5/1/training-programme-christchurch-managing-amp-leading-community-organisations-afchj
Auckland Friday, 13 December 2019
Leading Self – A Personal Leadership Development Workshop
Ferndale House; New North Road, Mount Albert
Kick off 2020 feeling more confident, assured and resilient. This is a one day workshop for leaders to reflect on their own leadership and develop a practical personal framework to support personal leadership growth and development. By the end of the day participants will have developed a personal leadership philosophy and identified the steps required to build their leadership capabilities.
For more information see https://www.lead.org.nz/events/2019/12/13/workshop-auckland-leading-self-personal-leadership-development

Global issues that affect the sector

High-level political forum – President’s Summary calling for a new decade of action and delivery on the SDGs
Each year, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council of the high-level political forum on sustainable development, produces are summary of proceedings and outcomes. The summary calls for a new decade of action and delivery, and calls for meaningful stakeholder engagement of non state actions and greater involvement of young people. Read the summary at: https://undocs.org/en/E/HLPF/2019/8
Upcoming global Summits
The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, held in New York in July was one of two HLPF meetings this year. The second will be the SDG Summit (HLPF under the auspices of the General Assembly) at the level of Heads of State from 24–25 September 2019. The theme will be “Accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. 

This event is the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. It will be chaired by the President of the General Assembly and will also result in a concise negotiated political declaration, of which a final agreed draft is now available here.

Between the 17 and 27 September, other important summits and meetings are taking place at the UN Headquarters and include:
– 17 September Opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) regular session
– 21 September UN Youth Climate Summit
– 23 September Climate Action Summit of the Secretary-General of the UN- 23 September Universal Health Coverage, High-level meeting
– 24 September Opening of the UNGA general debate
– 25 September SDG Summit 
– 26 September Financing for Development, High-level dialogue
– 27 September Samoa Pathway, High-level midterm review

You can follow proceedings live or on demand at http://webtv.un.org