October 2016 Panui

In this Panui:

  1. Comments from Hui E!
  2. Quote for the Month
  3. Hui E! Events
  4. Other Sector Events
  5. Sector Developments
  6. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  7. Research and Resources
  8. Our People

Comments from Peter Glensor, Hui E! General Manager

Peter Glensor October Panui on Vimeo. In the video, I speak about different meetings where the community sector encounters other sectors. Hui E! was set up with a vision of an Aotearoa where all four pillars of our society are acknowledged and respected – the state, the business community, the household, and the community sector. The people who set up Hui E! are confident that a strong and thriving nation needs strong and thriving communities, and that those communities are built by us – a network of voluntary groups, clubs, societies, trusts – in every sphere of life, and in every community. Hui E! is for everyone. You can support us and the whole sector by becoming a Formal Supporter. It’s real easy – just go to our website. You agree to support the Purpose and Principles of Hui E!, and you give your contact details. That’s it!! We don’t ask you for money as a Formal Supporter – BUT ….!! – we really would like you to consider making a voluntary contribution. You can sign up as a Sector Champion, or just make a donation – let us know what you prefer. Thanks in advance for this simple action to show you are part of our wonderful sector!! For any enquiries, to be added to the Hui E! mail list or to unsubscribe, please contact info@huie.org.nz Whakaarohia a Papatūānuku i mua i te tānga mai i tēnei īmera. Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Quote for September

“Due to community concern, clause 13 of the bill as introduced did not get our unanimous support, as required for legislation under statutes amendment bills. It is, therefore, struck from the Charities Amendment Bill.”
September 22 report to Parliament from the Government Administration Committee

Hui E! Events


13 October 2016 Hui E! Sector Hui The second Snapshot Survey conducted by ComVoices shows that the stresses on our community organisations are increasing. A survey of over 280 community organisations shows that they are experiencing greater demand for services and are dealing with greater complexity, but with less funding from government and a greater reliance on alternate funding sources. We will present the key findings of the 2016 survey, and discuss the implications – what changes should we be pressing for in terms of funding, contract processes, and setting of priorities? This survey is the most up to date and comprehensive snapshot we have of our Sector – on what is working well, and what is not. Come and hear the results, and be part of planning a response. We will also have a chance to reflect on changes taking place within central government – and the implications for our sector. From 10am to 12noon – Community Hub, Level 4, 120 Featherston Street. 26 October 2016 Hui E! Comms2Comms Network A self managing group for people in the community sector involved with communications, PR, fundraising. Comms2Comms report and next meeting: At our September meeting, we workshopped the ComVoices Snapshot of the Sector survey, and a strategy for making the best use of the findings of the survey. Our October meeting will have a focus on writing – especially writing for the media – to get the message through clearly, and get published! From 10 am to 12 noon, Community Hub, Level 4, 120 Featherston St, Wellington.

Sector Events


15-17 February 2017

Conference: Sustainably Yours, Community Development and a Sustainable Future The Aotearoa Community Development Association and the International Association for Community Development invite you to participate in their conference which will address the challenge of Agenda 2030 to Community Development practitioners, agencies and academics. The Sustainable Development Goals apply to both the developing and more developed world recognising that the opportunities to improve social, economic and environmental wellbeing are present in all societies. Call for papers open until 10 October 2016. Find out more


31 October 2016 Treaty Voyages: Launch and Training Ngā Rerenga o te Tiriti provides guidance, inspiration and sustenance for organisations engaging with the Treaty of Waitangi and is published by the Treaty Resource Centre, with practical support from Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. The resource will be launched from 12-1pm then a training on “How’s your organisation (sea)faring?” held from 1-3pm. Launch is free. Limited spaces available for training. Cost is $40. Find out more 31 October 2016 Pivot – Linking Vision to Action – Volunteering New Zealand’s 2016 Conference  Volunteering New Zealand invites you to their annual conference to hear from inspiring and thoughtful speakers from New Zealand, UK, and Australia. Re(connect) with old and new colleagues, develop your professional skills by attending one of three specialist workshops, become more productive with Graham Allcott and Moya Sayer-Jones and gain insights into innovative organisational design. Find out more 3-5 November 2016 Dementia Today: Diverse Communities, Collective Action Conference Speakers from New Zealand and overseas will share the latest research, evidence, learnings and insights, and discuss how we can address this challenge. With real life case studies, and an emphasis on what works, this conference has practical relevance to the real world of people affected by dementia, policy makers, service providers, health and care professionals, researchers and NGOs. People living with dementia and their care partners can attend the conference free of charge after registering. This is a dementia-friendly conference with facilities for people with dementia at the venue. Find out more.


24-25 November 2016 Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference Social Justice, social enterprise and the market: Challenge or Opportunity? In dynamic and uncertain environments a group of interdisciplinary researcher academics and practitioners seek to know more about how communities can overcome resource pressures and think creatively about addressing social and environmental problems. A call for papers, presentations, workshops and panels is now open. Find out more about the conference and how to submit a proposal.


19 October 2016

Introduction to RBA™ – Make a Measurable Difference Learn about Results Based Accountably™ (RBA™) from one of New Zealand’s experts. In this 60-minute webinar Sharon Shea will introduce the RBA methodology and explain how you can use it to better show the impact of your work. RBA has been adopted by the government in its government-wide approach to NGO contracting. If you have government contracts or outcomes-based funding, this is a tool that could help you provide data which meets with your funder’s approval. Runs from 11am-12 noon (NZST). Register here

Sector Developments

Update on Charities Amendment Bill

The Charities Amendment Bill was reported back to Parliament on Sept 22, with one significant change – the clause was dropped that all the submitters objected to – which removed the words “and the Chief Executive” from one section of the Charities Act. The change was largely symbolic, since Dept of Internal Affairs officials vigorously denied that any rights were being taken away by the change. But the Select Committee heard and responded to the concerns of submitters – including Hui E! – that there was a strong perception that charities’ rights were being infringed. So – the committee could not agree to proceed with that change, and that part of the Charities Act remains as it is. A warm thank you to those groups who did respond by making submissions. We believe that it sent a strong signal that the charity sector will not just sit back and have their environment changed without careful and thorough engagement.

NGO Health & Disability Network Annual Report 2015-16

This report provides a better understanding of what the NGO Council does to represent NGO sector views. The NGO Council is vehicle for broad community-based advice to the Ministry of Health and is a channel for communicating back to the NGO sector. With such a diverse sector, it can be challenging to reflect all the important issues that community providers see as barriers to better services for individuals, however some significant topics affect us all – whether we are large national NGOs with multiple contracts worth millions or a one-person service in a remote location. One of these topics is service commissioning, which has been a key focus of NGO Council discussions throughout the year. Read the full report

Community Housing Groups Ready to Help Homeless People

New Zealand needs to put roofs over the heads of the growing number of homeless people now – not in 25 years, says Community Housing Aotearoa. And CEO Scott Figenshow is calling on the Government to introduce capital funding so community housing providers can get on with building much needed homes. CHA, the peak body for New Zealand’s community housing sector that provides emergency, social and affordable housing throughout New Zealand, presented their submission to the cross-party inquiry into homelessness on 5 September. Scott Figenshow says New Zealand is facing a crisis and solutions are needed now. “With a 25% increase in the severely housing deprived, half of whom are either studying or working, it’s clear that we need to be increasing the number of affordable permanent homes in our communities.“ See the full press release

Petition to Stop the Sanctions on Sole Mothers

Another sector-led petition is underway and seeking support from others in the sector: A petition to remove sanctions on beneficiary sole mothers who have not identified the father of their child. Find out more

The 2050 Challenge: Future Proofing Our Communities: A Discussion Paper

Local Government New Zealand has developed a discussion paper on how to address the challenges facing communities in the coming years. Read the full report.

Include All Children in Our Youth Justice System: An Open Letter to PM John Key and Cabinet Ministers

Hui E! along with thirty two other organisations have signed an open letter calling on the Government to include seventeen year olds in the youth justice system. Read the letter

Auckland Council has community grants now available.

Each Local Board has adopted a grants programme which sets out their priorities for allocating grants. Each regional grant programme has different closing dates. Click here to find out more or search for a grant that suits you and your community group. For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions, please contact the Community Grants Advisors on 09 301 0101 during business hours or email: communityfunding@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

United Nations SDGs

Hui E! Presentation on SDGs

Hui E! was able to present a workshop this month to the National Council of Women conference. We looked at the SDGs themselves, noting the strong focus on gender equality as one of the key themes. We highlighted the six areas identified so far as key priorities for NZ civil society to try and get stronger action by NZ – adequate and affordable housing, vulnerable children, climate change, social and economic inequality, violence against women and pay equity. Therese O’Connell of the Pay Equity Coalition and Hui E!’s Peter Glensor. On Sept 9. a well attended meeting with a senior Treasury official confirmed that state sector officials are gearing up for collaborative work on NZ’s response to the SDGs – but that they have no political mandate to do this work, but they are keen that our NZ response is about building a better society, not just ticking boxes. The meeting also confirmed the central role of Hui E! in convening NZ civil society groups to work on the SDGs. Let us know if you want to be part of this dialogue. On our website we’ve put an Excel file. It lists all the Goals and Targets, and you can track which of them are most relevant to your organisation. Send us the file with your information, and we can map our community sector against the Sustainable Development Goals.

Equal Pay Xmas Present a Possibility: Update From NZCTU

The Government has indicated to the unions PSA, NZNO, and E tū that they would like to see the long-running care and support equal pay negotiations settled by Christmas and will hopefully present a formal settlement offer to union negotiators before the end of October. It has been 17 months since the Supreme Court gave E tū the green light to proceed with its Employment Court case to set the principles for the implementation of equal pay and to set an equal pay rate for caregiver Kristine Bartlett. It has also been nearly a year since the Government stepped in and asked for a 6-month legal truce while they negotiated principles as well as an equal pay rate that would be extended to all caregivers and support workers, not just to Kristine Bartlett. Despite the early optimism, progress has been agonisingly slow. The Government received a report in June setting out an historic consensus between employers, unions and government advisers on the principles for implementing equal pay in female predominant workforces, As yet, the Government has not stated whether they would accept the consensus document or not. The negotiations with the Government over equal pay for care and support workers have been even slower, with the unions calling in May for the Employment Court to proceed with setting the equal pay principles and the equal pay rate for Kristine Bartlett. Unions had hoped that further involvement of the Employment Court might speed up the process, but this has not been the case. After issuing a memo on 15 June 2016 saying it would give priority to setting a timeframe for a hearing, the Employment Court has failed to do anything about the issue for almost three months. Meanwhile, unions have filed over 6,000 claims from the care and support sector in order to support a speedy resolution. Union members have also continued to visit Members of Parliament to talk to them about the injustice of care and support sector wage rates, and last week a petition was presented to Parliament.

New E-Tutorial on Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research has launched a free self-paced learning tool for anyone with an interest in how to mainstream the 2030 Agenda into national strategies and policies. Besides the main guidance, the e-tutorial also contains innovative case studies and interactive activities providing an opportunity to gain a better understanding and useful skills. The resource will be of a particular interest to government officials and development practitioners who would like to learn best practice guidelines on implementing the 2030 Agenda at the national level, as well as to young people wishing to engage in this process. Find out more

Volunteering New Zealand Speaks in Support of the SDGs

Watch Volunteering New Zealand’s Oriane Mousset speaking on our support of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda in this video.

The New Global Citizen: Harnessing Youth Leadership to Reshape Civil Society

Rhine supports emerging social movements around the globe to realise their visions. They have been leading a research project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that questions the impact of investment in youth leadership on the achievement of the SDGs. By surveying over 100 youth leaders and charting the youth engagement ladder across the sector, the research is exposes the ways in which catalysts are creating global change and the gaps in formal civil society institutions’ support of their work that inhibits growth and impact. See the report here

Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities

Jointly developed by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the German government, this resource outlines how cities can get started with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities and human settlements which will be key to achieving the global SDGs. The SDGs come into effect in a world that is increasingly urban, with a little over half the global population now living in cities. Urbanization has thrown up some of the world’s greatest development challenges, but it also has tremendous opportunities for advancing sustainable development. Find out more

Research and Resources

Grant Thornton’s Latest Not for Profit Sector Report – The Challenge of Change

Discover the challenges faced by NFPs on both sides of the Tasman. Of all the findings, one stands out; in today’s ever evolving business environment, NFPs in New Zealand and Australia are intrinsically striving to develop and maintain professional standards in how they manage, operate and govern their enterprises. Read the full report

A Call to Arms: End This Report Writing Madness Now

Everybody knows it. Nobody says it. Every project allegedly needs one. But it remains largely ignored. It’s one of the easiest things to get funding for, yet one of the least useful in practice: yes, reports. Policy reports, project reports, evaluation reports, campaign reports. The familiar scene: a report crosses your desk with the requisite cover note that quickly goes into the recycling bin. With a heavy sigh, you glimpse through the executive summary, then throw it on to a pile thinking: “I’ll get to that later.” Only you never do. After a few months or years, they see their final resting place (still unread) among the mounting rubbish pile on the annual office clear-out day. We need to stop the madness. Call a moratorium now. Read Deborah Doane’s five-point call to arms for overcoming this addiction to report writing. Read the full article

Mergers and collaborations as strategic solutions for NFPs

Collaboration, co-ordination, co-operation, efficiency, effectiveness, consolidation and merging. These are concepts that have all been tossed around in the Charity and Not for Profit sector over many years. But what do mergers in the sector actually mean, what is required to make it happen and why should this concept be a strategic issue right now for the sector in New Zealand? RSM reviews Bonnie Robinson, then manager of Alzheimers Auckland observations and advice on collaboration and mergers based on her experience of the merger between Alzheimers Auckland (AA) and Alzheimers Counties Manukau (ACM). Read the full article

Not-For-Profit Engagement With the Financial Action Task Force

“NPO engagement with FATF: organized, informed and constructive. A great model for other sectors to follow. @fatfplatform…” – David Lewis, Financial Action Task Force Executive Secretary Activities of civil society organisations globally are increasingly restricted in the name of security and counter-terrorism. International Centre for Non-profit Law/European Centre for Non-profit Law (ICNL/ECNL) have tracked at least 25 legal initiatives over the past 2 years that affect civic space using the counter-terrorism financing and anti-money laundering pretext. These impose burdens on civil society operations by diverting resources to administrative tasks, instead of to activities that meet people needs; limit individual and cross-border philanthropy; create barriers for humanitarian aid; and deter assembly and advocacy. Some of these restrictions flow from the regime of the far-reaching and influential Financial Action Task Force (FATF). As an inter-governmental body FATF adopted 40 Recommendations on combating global money laundering and terrorist financing that 180 jurisdictions follow. FATF Recommendation 8 together with its Interpretive Note and Best Practice Paper are three key documents that affect the work of nonprofit organizations (NPOs). As a result of intensive research and advocacy by our Global NPO Coalition on FATF, the FATF revised its documents to address the problem. Find out more

Service Performance Reporting by Charities – Compliance Burden or Fantastic Opportunity?

So you have to do something you’ve not had to do before. And even worse it’s mandatory. Hence if you don’t do it you are now officially breaking the law. The normal human reaction is to groan, often followed quickly by complaining bitterly to the nearest available person. But this is entirely normal. Standard human reaction to change is negative. We are creatures of comfort and hence change generally represents a threat, or at the very least; additional effort. Yet I have also learnt that if you catch your reaction and instead channel that energy into understanding what is required, you can often identify opportunities to turn it to your advantage. People involved in charities ask why they have to comply with the new financial reporting standards and especially why they have to do this new additional compliance – service performance reporting. Our answer is that this is actually a fantastic opportunity for them: to tell their story, to communicate a real flavour of their organisation, to contextualise the financial information they are required to present and to proactively engender trust and confidence in their organisation. All of which, if done well, should result in improved stakeholder support for their organisation and cause. See the full article by Craig Fisher of RSM New Zealand.

Our People 

Upside Downs Education Trust Upside Downs is a small charity that helps fund speech language therapy for kids with Down syndrome all over New Zealand. We don’t receive any support from the Government, and all of our funds are raised through events and grants. Our major fundraising event, Share the Dream, is coming up on Saturday 12th November 2016 at Hopetoun Alpha, and features a performance by Anika Moa. Tickets are $50, and include a drink upon arrival. We’ll also have a large variety of live and silent auctions, food trucks, a photo booth, a raffle for an iPhone, and much more. Buy tickets or find out more

Sector People 

Liz Gibbs is standing down as CEO of Philanthropy NZ. In her four years, she has helped PNZ become a key group where the sector can be supported in innovation and best practice. We were sorry to hear on September 11 of the death of Peter Darracott – aged 84. Peter was General Secretary of the YMCA of NZ, and very active internationally in YMCA affairs. He was a President of the NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations (a forerunner of Hui E!), and a highly respected leader in the community sector over many years.
Disclaimer 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 info@huie.org.nz. We thank you warmly for your support, and hope to see you at our sector hui!
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