Hui E! Monthly Pānui – Whiringa-Ā-Rangi / November 2019
|Tēnā tātou katoa|
Last week was a historic moment when the New Zealand Zero Carbon Bill passed with the support of almost the whole Parliament, setting new climate change targets into law. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but celebrating the wins is really important. It’s the result of so much energy, passion, commitment, fortitude and hard work from so many people, especially from Generation Zero, who set this into motion three years ago. We want to congratulate everyone involved! #ZeroCarbonAct
This time of the year is busy as many of you are preparing for your Annual General Meetings. It is a good time for reflection and planning ahead but also a reminder to be kind to ourselves.
Here at Hui E!’s AGM last month, we kicked off the discussion on Hui E!’s reset. It was an honest and positive kōrero, acknowledging the good work Hui E! has done over the years and identifying challenges and opportunities for providing strong leadership within the sector. We look forward to continuing this kōrero with you around the country in the New Year.
We welcomed two new members to the Hui E! Board – Sarah Doherty and Iris Pahau, and farewelled Simon Cayley, who has been the inaugural Chair of the Board since its inception in 2014. Simon has shared some parting reflections, which I really encourage you to read (and the link is in this pānui).
I recently attended Charities Services’ Sector User Group (SUG) hui, which some of you also attend. The purpose of this group is to provide a forum to bring issues facing the charitable sector to Charities Services, who administer the Charities Act, as well as a mechanism for consultation. The group is undergoing some changes to better deliver on these outcomes and one of the changes agreed during the hui last week was the establishment of a co-chair from the sector. While the group works through the details of this role, we hope that it will improve transparency, coordination and collaboration between the sector and Charities Services.
We also heard an update on the Charities Act Review and while DIA is still briefing the new Minister, it is expected that an executive summary of submissions will be released ‘soon’. DIA has published a summary of common themes raised during their community hui on their website here.Finally, we want to give you a heads up that the State Services Commission is going to release its engagement timeframes for the development of the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan #4 very soon. All we currently know is that they are working towards finalising the NAP 4 by mid next year, well ahead of the General Elections. We will share any updates with you.
I want to acknowledge and thank you for your ongoing support, whether that is as one of our formal supporters, sector champions or affiliates, or as one of the many partners we work with across sectors. He mihi nui tēnēi ki a koutou. Please enjoy this pānui.
Pou Menetia / External Relations Manager
|Minutes from our AGM on 21 October|
|Minutes from the AGM are now available here: https://www.huie.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/Minutes-AGM-21-October-2019-1.pdf|
Key documents presented during the AGM are available on our website and included:
Co-Chair Report to the AGM
Presentation on Hui E!’s key activities during 2018/19
2018/19 Annual Report
Presentation on the Hui E! reset
|Welcoming two new members to the Hui E! Trust Board|
|Ka titiro ake au ki ngā onepū o Te Aupouri|
Me ōna awa, me ōna maunga kōrero
Ka huri ake au ki Taranaki maunga, ka mīharo ake
Ka tangi ake, ki a rātou
Ka tōmuri ake te titiro ki te Wanui-a-rua ki Taumarunui me ōna kōrero hoki
Iris & her husband, Wereta are Directors of AWE Consultants Limited and advocate for this nation to work within the spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi where our ancestors, both Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti sought to establish a true partnership where our dreams and aspirations become a reality. The governance model that depicts the true partnership in practice is Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi Governance Relationship model which Hui E! is committed to.
Kia tutuki ai nga wawata i tumanakotia
Sarah Doherty is a capacity builder and coach, supporting community organisations to activate their mission and play to their strengths. She brings more than 30 years’ experience volunteering and working in the community sector to deliver practical solutions.
Sarah has worked in grass roots community organisations; developed and chaired region-based entities and worked with local and central government. While at DIA Charities Services, Sarah led the capacity building for the introduction of the new financial reporting standards to registered charities.
Sarah’s governance experience and expertise has been learnt ‘on the job’ and is based in real-world practical application. She has real skill in nurturing thoughts and ideas, and encourages people to ask more and better questions, leading to clear and workable solutions.
|A journey of change and evolution – Parting reflections from outgoing Hui E! Chair Simon Cayley|
|Having completed the two terms allowed under our Trust Deed I finished my time as Co-Chair of Hui E! Community Aotearoa at our AGM held on Monday 21st October. This brought to a close my involvement with community sector umbrella organisations that has been an exciting journey lasting nearly a decade. This journey has involved name changes, new partnerships, the creation of community hubs, winding up organisations and founding new ones within a constantly shifting political and funding context, but always with the aim of strengthening our voluntary and community sector and ultimately enhancing the wellbeing of our communities.|
Read the full blog article on our website at https://www.huie.org.nz/hui-e-karere-news/a-journey-of-change-and-evolution/
|Zero Carbon Act gets cross party support|
|All major parties voted in favour of the Zero Carbon Bill on Thursday last week – setting climate change targets into law: Zero net Carbon emissions by 2050 and a reduction of between 24% and 47% of methane emissions by 2050. In a statement last week, Dr Rhys Jones, Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council called this act “a crucial piece of legislation for health and wellbeing. It lays the foundations for realising the exciting opportunities that climate action can bring for health and fairness….The cross-party support demonstrates a recognition across the political spectrum that a transition to a zero emissions society is critical for people’s lives.”|
While the new law creates a framework for New Zealand’s response to climate change, including an Independent Climate Change Commission, it does not reduce carbon emissions. In a statement last week, Forest and Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague said that “the Bill is only a first step on climate change. Now we need concrete, urgent, climate action to save our most vulnerable native species and restore native ecosystems.”
This is a historic moment and celebrating the wins is really important. It’s the result of so much energy, passion, commitment, fortitude and hard work from so many people, especially from Generation Zero, who set this in motion three years ago. We too want to congratulate everyone involved! #ZeroCarbonAct
All speeches made in Parliament on Thursday are available on Parliament TV and worth tuning into.
|Every ticket count – introducing Humanitix|
|We recently chatted to Humanitix, who told us about their approach to ticketing events and what they offer to charities and not-for-profits. |
Humanitix, is a social enterprise funded by Google, Atlassian & NEXT Foundation, disrupting the ticketing industry in New Zealand and Australia. We’re the fastest growing ticketing platform in Australasia. Our kaupapa is to solve inequality by closing the education gap, so 100% of the booking fee profits flow into our education projects to help disadvantaged kiwi kids. For fellow charities and NFP’s we donate our platform at cost price, saving charities on average half the cost of ticketing compared with other solutions.
And here is a link to the write-up from the recent Southern Saas Conference, where CEO Georgia Robertson shares some more about their story and vision.
|Invest for good – introducing Mindful Money|
|‘Mindful Money’ is a charity that promotes ethical investment. We know that many New Zealanders want to invest ethically but don’t have the objective information and research to compare the options. We want to empower all New Zealanders to be responsible for how they invest their savings. We’re starting off with KiwiSaver funds and later this year will add other investment funds. |
Find out more on their website at https://mindfulmoney.nz/. There you can find:
What’s in your KiwiSaver account
An independent comparison of your options for ethical investing
A Fund Finder that enables you to choose investments that match your values
Information, news and views on investing for good
|Empowering the Civil Society Voice on the UN Sustainable Development Goals for Aotearoa’s Future|
|In our last month’s pānui we shared some insights from a recent forum hosted at Victoria University on empowering civil society’s voice in Aotearoa’s future. You can now watch the recording of this forum here: https://youtu.be/cvdT-iL8Ebs. It is worth tuning in. |
“For our tamariki, civil societies need to give unified and strong mandates to Governments to enable creation of an equitable, sustainable future for our interdependent environment, society, and economics. Here a panel discusses the powerful procedures and successes of both ancient traditions and current “citizen assemblies” to unify the voice of participants from diverse backgrounds for their common cause using respectful listening. The values and strategies of such community discussions align precisely with those of global UN Agenda 2030 (the Sustainable Development Goals) and are essential for the functioning of an inclusive, flourishing democracy.
The panelists are Kura Moeahu, Tumu Whakarae—Principal Cultural Advisor at New Zealand Parliament; Max Rashbrooke, Author of “Government for the Public Good” BWB, 2018, Academic and Journalist; Emily Beausoleil, Lecturer in Political Science, Victoria University of Wellington; and Rosalind McIntosh, Retired Professor of Biomedical Research on Communication in Complex Biosystems and Interfaith Peacemaker.”
|Standing up for volunteers and volunteering|
|We would like to share with you this recent blog posted by our friends at Volunteering New Zealand. VNZ’s Chair Helga Wientjes shares about VNZ’s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan and measuring the value of volunteering. Click here.|
|A warm welcome to Hui E! – Planet FM 104.6|
|Planet FM 104.6 is Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland’s community access radio station and we are excited about them becoming one of our most recent formal supporters. He mihi nui ki a koutou! A warm welcome to Hui E!”We provide a platform for Aucklanders to make radio that is by and for their communities. We currently broadcast in over thirty languages (including English) with programming catering to a wonderfully diverse range of needs, interests and beliefs. You can tune in to 104.6FM to hear programmes centred around everything from resettlement, mental health and social justice to politics, arts and gardening, and much more. While our primary focus is on serving the needs of Tāmaki Makaurau, all our programmes are made available as podcasts on planetaudio.org.nz so they can be shared with audiences everywhere. We charge a low airtime fee and are funded in part through NZ on Air.”The photos they shared with us show three of their four staff members and a handful more that include some of the programme makers that broadcast with them. Because they have around 200 programme makers, all of whom come and go throughout the week, there just isn’t one photo that truly encapsulates their membership.|
|Upcoming Events and Conferences|
|Invitation to kōrero on COP25 Climate Change Conference – 14 Nov, Wellington and 19 Nov, Auckland|
|COP25: Time for Action|
The New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador, Kay Harrison, with the support of Simpson Grierson invites you to join us in a kōrero on New Zealand’s international climate change priorities at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP25 conference, being hosted in Madrid.
Joining the Ambassador will be negotiators from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ministry for the Environment who will be available to discuss three priorities for New Zealand at COP25.International carbon markets*Loss and Damage from the impacts of climate change*New Zealand’s Multilateral Assessment (peer review of our domestic climate action)*Kōrero
You will be able to talk one-on-one, in depth and informally, about New Zealand’s priorities for COP25. Equally, we want to hear your thoughts and views so we can take those into the negotiations with us. It is a drop-in event and you are welcome to come for all or some of the time, to fit with your other commitments.
When and whereAucklandThursday 14 November | 5 – 7 pm
Level 28, Lumley Centre, 88 Shortland StreetWellingtonTuesday 19 November |5 – 7 pm
Level 24, HSBC Tower, 195 Lambton Quay
Parking in Auckland
There is no onsite parking available. Across the road from the Shortland St entrance there is a Tournament public carpark (71 Shortland Street), or a secure public carpark underneath the Lumley Centre on the Fort St side (65 Fort Street). You will then need to take the lift to Level 8 and walk through the annexe to the Lumley Centre lobby.
Everyone is invited
We encourage you to pass on this invitation on to colleagues, professional networks and other interested people.
Please let us know you’re coming
Register your interest to DM-CCD@mfat.govt.nz by Monday 11 November.
If you miss us
You can find more information about New Zealand’s priorities and approach at COP25 at: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/environment/climate-change/.
Follow us on Twitter @ClimateEnvoy for regular updates on #COP25 and #NZatCOP25.
Further information on three priorities that will be discussed:
*Paris Agreement carbon markets:
Rules that govern international carbon markets under the Paris Agreement are still being negotiated. While New Zealand’s focus is on reducing emissions at home, it is vital that international carbon markets have environmental integrity. New Zealand will be working with likeminded countries to prevent any double counting and ensure that international carbon markets represent genuine emissions reductions no matter where they occur.
*Loss and damage:
Loss and damage caused by climate change is a significant concern for many countries, including in the Pacific. At COP25, the UNFCCC’s Warsaw International Mechanism for loss and damage associated with the impacts of Climate Change is up for review. New Zealand will be working with the Pacific to ensure that countries are able to effectively increase resilience to climate change impacts by averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage.
*New Zealand’s multilateral assessment:
The international climate change regime is bolstered by countries being able to show how they are tracking towards meeting their obligations and being held to account for their actions. It is New Zealand’s turn to undergo a peer review “multilateral assessment” of our climate policies and actions. We will be demonstrating New Zealand’s effort to address climate change effectively.
|“Linear to Circular” – New Zealand’s opportunities and challenges in the 21st century – 20 Nov, Wellington|
|Date: Wednesday, 20 November, 12.30–2pm|
Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 3 (Ground Floor), 23 Lambton Quay, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
Enablers and barriers in transitioning from a linear to a circular economy and the change and challenge for our generation!
“Towards true sustainability”
Economy, environment and society working together not against each other and redesign thinking towards restorative systems, bringing opportunities to widen our circle of compassion, wellbeing and happiness to incorporate the ‘web of life’ through our individual and collective interactions with the economy around us.
We invite professionals from government agencies, policymakers and researchers, decision-makers in businesses, business associations and NGOs, academics, and students to contribute to the discussion.
Attendees can expect to hear from the following speakers:
Prof. Girol Karacaoglu: Head of School of Government Victoria University of Wellington
Dr. Florian Graichen: Science leader – Biopolymer & Chemicals SCION Research, Rotorua
Koha will be appreciated. Register here.
|Global issues that affect the sector|
|Chile has abandoned hosting Cop25, we cannot abandon its people|
|[published on 1 November on Climate Home News]|
As the UN talks move elsewhere, the international community must remain deeply vigilant about the potential for continued and escalating repression in Chile. The signs of discontent are everywhere. Millions of people are out on the streets in different parts of the world – from Hong Kong, UK, Haiti, Lebanon, Ecuador and Chile – demanding their right to a better life. Faced with rising inequality, austerity measures impacting the poorest, unfair policies and corruption as the common denominator, this seems to be a political and economic system that has broken and is failing citizens.
Politicians today are not only dragging their feet in taking ambitious action to respond to the climate crisis but it seems there is an astounding and dangerous blindspot in their understanding of how social justice is fundamentally connected to climate justice. The root causes for both are the same: an economic and political system that puts profits over people and planet, driven by greed and the exploitation of resources, especially fossil fuels, and which prioritises the interests of the wealthy few polluters and corporations to the detriment of the majority who suffer an unfair burden.
The IPCC 1.5 report has highlighted these connections very robustly.Providing leadership on climate change must include a respect for democracy, human rights and socially just policies and practices that place the needs of people and the protection of the planet at the centre. In the case of Chile, the prospect of civil society participating in a UN climate summit against the backdrop of rising civil discontent and escalating government repression against citizens was deeply troubling and challenged many in civil society who see human rights and climate action as inseparable. The idea that climate activists would be cocooned in a building to negotiate the last pieces of the Paris Agreement while our brothers and sisters in Chile could face heavy-handed actions to quell demonstrations for the “safety” of those at the Cop would have been not just absurd but contrary to the very notion of climate solidarity and justice. The withdrawal now of Chile as the host of Cop25 poses new questions and challenges. The expected decision to move the Cop to a different country – possibly Spain – cannot divert our attention away from the ongoing crisis in Chile.
The relocation of the climate summit is not merely an issue of ensuring the safety and comfort of international participants.Civil society and the international community must not shift its gaze away from Chile and must remain deeply vigilant about the potential for continued or escalated government repression.
It is our duty to keep this attention through the Cop, wherever it takes place, and to reaffirm the overarching principles of social justice and human rights that must guide all climate policies and action.Climate Action Network issued a statement expressing solidarity with Chilean civil society groups who wish to continue to advance dialogue and progress on environmental issues in Chile.
We understand that shifting the Cop away from Chile, and Latin America, is a missed opportunity for the many thousands of civil society activists in the region who have worked tirelessly for climate justice and towards having their voices heard at Cop25. Countries in Latin America are experiencing severe climate chaos and ecological breakdown with frontline communities and indigenous people suffering the worst impacts.
It is critical that we continue to centre the voices of people from that region in Cop25 and ensure their full participation. Finally, the decision to move the Cop, while logistically challenging, cannot be an excuse to limit access and participation by civil society and other observers in the Cop.
It is important that the UNFCCC secretariat together with the Chilean presidency and the new host country make adequate and fair arrangements that will allow for an inclusive and participatory Cop25. It should be clear that no matter where and when Cop25 takes place, it must deliver the political urgency to respond to the climate emergency with escalating and devastating impacts already being felt by the poorest especially those most vulnerable in the global south.
There can be no successful implementation of the Paris Agreement if we do not ensure social and climate justice.Written by Tasneem Essop, interim executive director of Climate Action Network International.
|Special Accreditation for the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference now open (Deadline 15 November 2019)|
|Apply for special accreditation for the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference and its preparatory meeting.|
Organisations approved for participation will be informed and their representatives will be able to register individually in December 2019 for the February 2020 Preparatory Meeting.Specially-accredited entities will also be able to register for the Ocean Conference, which will open after the Preparatory Meeting.Applications for Special-accreditation may be submitted here until 15 November 2019. Stakeholder special-accreditation is available only for organisations. Individuals may not apply for special-accreditation.Request Special Accreditation here: https://reg.unog.ch/event/31890/
More information: https://oceanconference.un.org/#home