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I am pleased to let you know we have launched Hui E! Community Aotearoa.

After many months of consultation our founding organisations—ANGOA (the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa) and Social Development Partners, of which many of you are members—are delighted to see this new entity get underway.

We have chosen our name after much discussion and consultation to represent who we are and our hopes and aspirations.

Hui E! Community Aotearoa is here for tangata whenua organisations and the broad voluntary and community sector, charities, incorporated societies, Trusts, and informal community groups.

Hui E! Community Aotearoa has three core functions:

  • Hui – being a forum for the sector
  • Awhina – practical support for the sector
  • Korero – a public voice for the sector

We are taking the wisdom from our founding organisations, ANGOA and Social Development Partners, into a new organisation that is focused on the needs of this broad sector. We believe that strong community organisations will help develop a strong Aotearoa.

We trust the past support we have had from you will continue. We recognise we are only as strong as those who support us and participate in what we do.

We will operate in a way that is consistent with our core principles.

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi must be visible and real in our community and our nation and embedded within our organisation, using a Treaty relationships framework.
  • The community sector is an essential contributor to our society.
  • As a linked and responsive organisation we are listening, acting, communicating, always engaged in dialogue with the sector, able to move quickly in response to new issues and always with full transparency.

We are delighted to have the commitment of a group of recognised leaders from the sector to act as inaugural Trustees. Besides myself as Chair, the founding Trustees of Hui E! are Sonya Rimene as Deputy Chair, along with Marion Blake, Julie Haggie, Bronwyn Yates and Pat Watson.

We look forward to your continuing to be part of building on our already strong community sector.

Naku noa, na

Simon Cayley