Kōrero Hui Āwhina Contents: In Our Paanui


Kōrero Hui Āwhina Hui E! Mihi – Greetings to you all

Kiaora everyone A few reflections as we move into the winter month of Pipiri/June… Wherever you are on the spectrum… Many of our sector colleagues may be finishing off their financial year commitments and easing into new work plans. Some of us are beginning our funding applications for the next financial term while hoping that whatever reserves we have will hold us through until the funding decisions are confirmed. Wherever you are in the spectrum I wish you luck and hope that you continue to make a positive contribution to our sector and beyond – kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui. Value proposition… The recent IFIP Pacific Regional Hui in Ōtaki was a space to invite funders and philanthropists to hear about community stories from an Indigenous Peoples perspective and the role of the funding sector. Funder attendance was modest although I’m sure the hui would have stimulated discussions around the value proposition that an Indigenous Peoples perspective brings towards increasing community wellbeing and how the mutual benefits for the funding sector can increase prosperity for people and the planet. However, given that only a small percent of funders currently support Indigenous Peoples initiatives worldwide there will need to be sustained and ongoing hui if we’re to see an increase in benefits. Are we really progressing… Our guest speaker Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah at the Parliamentary breakfast hosted by Hon Alfred Ngaro offered food for thought – how is citizen participation really progressing in an ever changing world? If many of the things that we experience on a national scale such as low voter turn out, sector competition for funding and a challenging charities regime are similar to our international counterparts then are we progressing at all? Willing and able… On a localised perspective, our friends in the multicultural and ethnic part of our sector have even more challenges – how can migrants traverse the rocky landscape of a Tirīti/Treaty based citizenship towards improving migrant integration outcomes? The answer – step by step and with support from those of us who are willing and able to lend a hand. …and now for the horizon, when we shift gear into Matariki next Hōngongoi/July…. Make tomorrows yesterday better for the future… We can’t say enough about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because it’s everywhere we look, it’s in the cars we drive, it’s in the coffee we drink, it’s in the laughter we hear in the playgrounds and in the cries we hear at night….it’s also in the ever increasing cime statistics we read everyday and in the waiting lines at the hospital. It’s more than just a set of 17 goals that New Zealand along with many other countries have committed to progressing…it’s actually about you and me. Whether it’s the goals on ending poverty and hunger, better health, gender equality, decent work, climate action, peace and justice, it’s all about making tomorrow’s yesterday a better place to be for the future. Next stop, the future… Hui E! along with some of our friends from the community, academic and business sectors are committed towards driving the SDGs to a destination that enables you and me to contribute towards a better tomorrow. One stop on the way will be organising the first SDG Summit in Aotearoa/New Zealand, which is sheduled for Wellington April 2018. In order to get there we need your comments on the key areas of the SDGs that matter the most to you. Up until April 2018 we’ll be asking you what matters most so that we can present an informed communty sector perspective on the SDGs. We have no doubt that progressing the SDGs is a huge undertaking, but like our multicultural friends if we take it step by step with a little support from those who are willing and able we’ll get there in the end…so, the next stop is the future! Mauriora. Anaru

Kōrero Hui Āwhina Hui E! News & Activities

Youth Aotea-Reo
Who is Aotea-Reo? What do they do? Where do they go ? and How can I be apart? Find out more on the Facebook link below https://www.facebook.com/youthaoteareo/ Youth Aotea-Reo Aotea-Reo Palmy, Porirua, Christchurch, Dunedin Hui E! has been to Palmerston North, Porirua, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson, Whangarei, Hasting and Mt Roskil Co-facilitating workshops across New Zealand, speaking to the youth from each region as we develop on a digital app that will assist and guide them to the services they need to help through the strengths and struggles in society. Nau mai haere mai, we welcome you all. Next stops are as followed…
  • Gisbourne – 10/6/17
  • Counties Manukau – 8/7/17
  • Rotorua – 15/7/17
  • Hamilton – 29/7/17

Pukamata – Facebook
To be kept up to date on the current sector issues/stories as they will be shared on there rather than waiting an entire month for the pānui! https://www.facebook.com/huie.org.nz/

Hui E! Events

Wellington, Thursday 8 June, 10am to Midday
Venue: Community Hub, level 4, 120 Featherston St, Wellington (entrance on Waring Taylor St) Guest Speakers:
1) Ria Bond, NZ First Spokesperson for the Community and Voluntary Sector Until 2016 NZ First did not have a spokesperson for the sector, but thanks to the efforts of ComVoices and others Ria was appointed last year. From Invercargill, Ria has been working hard, meeting with a range of people, picking up on our issues and taking new perspectives to party leader Winston Peters. Given the unpredictability of the September election, Ria is a good person to know!
 2) Al Morrison, Deputy Commissioner State Sector Reform, State Services Commission One aspect of Al’s work is that he has picked up responsibility for NZ’s participation in the global Open Government Partnership Project. A key part of the global project has been the intention is that national plans are to be developed by government civil society and citizens together.
New Zealand has been criticised for its performance in the past but Al is committed to changing that. Further Wellington hui on Thursdays – 13 July, 10 August, 14 September, 12 October. Guest Speakers are being arranged – If you have suggestions please send these to dave.henderson@huie.org.nz

  Christchurch, Monday 12 June We have had to postpone this event – Apologies for any inconvenience. We will advise a new date!  
Auckland, Wednesday 21 June, 10am to Midday
Venue: Waikowhai Room, Fickling Centre, 546 Mount Albert Rd, Three Kings, Auckland 1042 Guest Speakers:    
1) Cheryll Martin, General Manager, Volunteering Auckland: Strategic Engagement of Volunteers Getting volunteers involved in your organisation takes care and attention. Involving volunteers in your organisation should take as much thought and planning as does sourcing the money and employing the staff. From strategic planning to developing your business plans, identifying the opportunities, writing up the roles and making the match – this thought-provoking session will take you through what Volunteering Auckland has learnt over the last twenty plus years in volunteer engagement. Cheryll has been with Volunteering Auckland since 1995. She has been in a leadership role at Volunteering Auckland since 1998. Cheryll has an extensive background in volunteer leadership and volunteer involving programme development, review and management. She has also been involved voluntarily in the community in various roles from programme delivery to governance over many years.
2) Marianne Elliott: Director of Strategy & Story, www.actionstation.org.nz ActionStation brings “a new kind of politics: one that’s all about us, taking action together, in small everyday ways as well as bigger ones – in order to hold decisionmakers accountable, protect the best of what makes Aotearoa New Zealand wonderful, and shape an even brighter future”. Marianne is getting their latest research out to as many people as possible “in the hope that it actually improves our collective messaging and impact this (election) year.” The research results give some clear ‘what works’ direction to our publicity in election year. Further Auckland Events are planned for 27 September and 27 November. All are booked for the Waikowhai Room at Fickling Centre, all are 10am to midday. Guest Speakers are being arranged – If you have suggestions please send these to dave.henderson@huie.org.nz For Your Diary: further hui on Thursdays – 13 July, 10 August, 14 September

Sector News in Aotearoa

Presentation from the May 16 Hui in Wellington
The presentations from Dion Chamberlain of Charities Services and Justine Falconer of MBIE both referred us to new material on their departmental websites. Dion presented about the latest Charities Services survey of Public Trust and Confidence in Charities, which they are required by their legislation to encourage, and they have to produce a regular report. Justine presented an introduction to the Social Services Procurement work of Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), including the Guide to buying and managing social services which is aimed at people in government agencies who work on contracts with community sector organisations. The guide is public but is in beta testing – that is, feedback is welcome.
Budget 2017: Extra $6m to support communities
On 1 June Hon Alfred Ngaro, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector announced the government is allocating an additional $6m over the next 4 years, to support communities. $1.5 million has been added to the Department of Internal Affairs baseline funding, with the additional funding set to continue after 2020/21. “We want to partner with communities to help them achieve their aspirations, build on their strengths, increase community engagement, enhance local leadership and establish sustainable and measurable plans for their futures,” says Mr Ngaro. “Communities are often very aware of the opportunities for change within their own backyards and those solutions that will have the greatest impact. $1 million per year of the new funding is allocated to the Community- Led Development Programme, and the Support for Volunteering fund is increasing from $500,000 to $1million per year. “We know that a strong and resilient community and voluntary sector contributes to a productive and competitive economy, and improved social outcomes for all New Zealanders, which is why we’ve amped up our investment in the sector” said Mr Ngaro.
New skilled volunteering service available to NFPs
A new digital marketplace goes live from June 13, that aims to provide the not for profit sector with more specialist skills pro bono. HelpTank will connect skilled volunteers and community organisations, so that NFPs get the specialist help they want, when they need it. The Who Did You Help Today Trust developed HelpTank in recognition that NFPs deliver vital services and need sufficient specialist help to maximise the positive changes your organisation makes. It knows community groups often need these skills pro-bono. The trust is planning to gradually upscale HelpTank from its go live date next week. It’s keen to hear from not for profits who want a specialist skill NOW as it will have a supply of skilled professionals looking for volunteer opportunities from mid-June. For example, Z Energy, our foundation partner who has supported the development of HelpTank, will have staff looking to fulfil their two-days’ volunteer leave entitlement. Visit helptank.nz, or contact team@helptank.nz with any questions or if you’ve got a project you’d like to fill now. Email team@helptank if you want to receive our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and twitter for updates. We’d love to hear from you as we’re here to help!
Koha Policy and Practice Guidelines – Transparency International NZ
As part of its work on strengthening integrity systems TINZ is seeking to clarify the practice of koha for non-Māori. This can be a challenging area for some non-Māori, as it sometimes involves the transfer of cash. Importantly, while on one hand integrity means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles it also means the state of being whole and undivided. Translating a practice such as Koha – which is a personal expression of your deep gratitude and respect to your hosts, into a guideline for business practice requires a shift in thinking from the business world that goes beyond the monetary value of the exchange. http://www.transparency.org.nz/Koha-policy-guidelines.htm
Progress Report on Accounting Standards; Tier 1 and 2 Charities

In this edition of Fundraising New Zealand Magazine, Craig Fisher and Alexa Bayes author an article on “PBE Accounting Standards Adoption – the good, the bad and the ugly” “New Zealand is now two years into our new accounting framework for Public Benefit Entities being applicable. So how has it gone? What has the experience been to date? What can we learn from the adoption so far?” Click here to read this free copy of Fundraising New Zealand magazine.

Hui E! Invited to nominate to External Reporting Advisory Panel
The External Reporting Board (XRB) has invited Hui E! to nominate an appropriate person to their ‘External Reporting Advisory Panel’ (XRAP). XRB is a government agency, established under statute, and the members of the XRB Board are government appointees. It sets financial reporting standards for all kinds of enterprises in NZ. Megan Thomas was nominated by ANGOA to be part of this consultation group when XRB began work on accounting standards for charities, and Megan has done great work, but now wishes to stand down. The person need not necessarily be an accountant, although experience in that area would be useful. What they need is the perspective of not-for-profits and charities. The work of XRAP will include review of the current accounting standards as they apply to entities including registered charities, and will extend to incorporated societies if changes proposed by MBIE go through. XRAP meets twice per year, generally May and September, one in Auckland and one in Wellington. The meetings are full day. All expenses are paid but there is no remuneration. If you are interested, or if you want to nominate someone with appropriate experience, please send a short CV todave.henderson@huie.org.nz

Community Research

New research : ‘Tukua te Wai Kia Rere’ Evaluation Report.  This impact evaluation documents a Hokianga hapū’s engagement with the DWAP (Drinking Water Assistance Programme) through a collective hapū approach. http://www.communityresearch.org.nz/research/tukia-te-wai-kia-rere/ Organisational Outcomes and Meaningful Measures, with Dr Jess Dart. A free webinar Tuesday 20th June 2.00pm, online at your desk! Do you manage multiple programmes, each with their own plans?  In this webinar, Dr Jess Dart will help you design one framework, with strategic and measurable outcomes for your whole organization to prepare you for evidence-based contracting.  In this webinar she covers organizational theory of change, lead indicators, co-designing with communities and commonsense NGO advice.  https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/developing-an-amazing-outcomes-framework-registration-34164336450#tickets

Sustainable Development

NZ picks up the ball on future climate
On April 13, in a remarkable first, a cross-party debate in Parliament on climate change, introduced by Green MP Kennedy Graham for GLOBE-NZ, and concluded by Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, who express her pleasure at the constructive nature of the debate. In fact, it was so positive she thought there might be the odd person out there tuning in and wondering what was going on! It’s well worth listening to – here’s the speaking list so you know who’s who:https://www.reddit.com/r/newzealand/comments/65aps4/the_new_zealand_parliament_has_ for_the_first_time/ See the full article by Peter Barrett on the Hui E! website at https://www.huie.org.nz/uncategorized/nz-picks-ball-future-climate/
Korea Civil Society Network shares its report on SDG Progress
Like New Zealand, the Korean government has not submitted its Voluntary National Report on progress with the SDGs for this year. Civil Society have made their own report for 2017 HLPF in order to advocate not only their position on global SDGs and indicators but also the establishment of a participatory governance system for SDGs implementation in Korea. To Read the full report, please follow the link below: http://www.ada2030.org/bbs/board.php?bo_table=res01&wr_id=39
UK House of Commons reports on SDG Implementation
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published the report from its inquiry on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK on 26 April. Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Committee, highlighted that “As the UK leaves the EU, the Government has a once in a generation opportunity to use the Global Goals to forge a cross-party consensus on sustainable development in the UK.” The inquiry gathered evidence at the end of 2016 and into 2017 from a range of stakeholders, including government and local government bodies, NGOs, academics, think tanks and private sector organisations. The UK has already fulfilled a key recommendation from the EAC of outlining the government’s approach to implementing the SDGs, which was published at the end of March. However, the cross-party committee has criticised the government for lack of highlevel leadership and ambition for the SDGs and has raised concerns about the government’s “marked reluctance to take this forward as a domestic agenda”. See the news item here.

Sector News – International

International Civil Society Week 2017
When: 4-8 December 2017 Where: Suva, Fiji Theme: Our Planet. Our Struggles. Our Future. Organisers: CIVICUS & Pacific Island Association of NGOs (PIANGO) Hui E! is a member of CIVICUS; their International Civil Society Week (ICSW) is a key global gathering for civil society and other stakeholders to engage constructively in finding common solutions to global challenges. For the first time in more than 20 years of international convening, CIVICUS will hold its flagship event in the Pacific region. Holding ICSW 2017 in the Pacific provides an ideal forum for civil society to meet and discuss climate and social justice. This year the Pacific will feature prominently in several key intergovernmental initiatives, including COP 23, the UN’s Oceans Conference and the UN international year of sustainable tourism for development. We hope that convening civil society leaders in the Pacific will help us reflect on these and other key issues outlined in our programme tracks:   • Our Planet • Our Struggles • Our Future
CSM Coordination Committee Member Australasia
Kiaora koutou  Anei te tono mō te CSM Coordination Committee Member Australasia. Mena e hiahiatia e tētahi te tono, tena, tukua atu ki a:   Imogen Ebsworth imogen.k@gmail.com   Hei te 16 Pīpiri kātia ai te tono nei, nā reira, tukuna whānui atu ki te motu.
Below is the link to the Expression of Interest in the Civil Society Mechanism of the UN Committee on World Food Security. Please send nominations to Imogen Ebsworth. Please send this onto your interested contacts or even pop it into your facebook page. We look forward to receiving your nominations! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C1GserNAhdDVS0JO6CuWgfKzYVtuIeNlKnMXUUxsp3s/pub Mauriora.
Political activity audits of Canadian charities suspended
Report says charities should be free to engage in politics, minister suspends infamous audit program. The Liberal government in Canada is suspending the few remaining political activity audits of charities after an expert panel report recommended removing a political gag order imposed on them by the Conservatives five years ago. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-revenue-agency-political-activity-diane-lebouthillieraudits-panel-report-suspension-1.4099184
Australian Civil Society Calls for a People Centred Budget 
More than 75 civil society organisations in Australia have joined forces to advocate for a people-centred budget that serves the needs of ordinary Australians. There is widespread concern across civil society in Australia about the approach of their current government to all types of social services and social supports – for Aboriginals, for refugees, for people with disabilities, and for charities generally.
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