Hui E! Community Aotearoa   Hui E! Community Aotearoa seeks to promote, strengthen and connect the Community Sector – tangata whenua organisations and the broad voluntary and community sector – charities, incorporated societies, clubs, boards, trusts, and informal community groups. Ko tā Hui E! Community Aotearoa he whakatairanga, he whakapakari, he tūhono i te Rāngai Hāpori – ngā rōpū tāngata whenua me te rāngai mahi tūao, mahi hāpori torowhānui – ngā rōpū mahi aroha, ngā rōpū kāporeita, ngā karapū, ngā poari, me ngā rōpū kaitiaki.     Tēnā tātou katoa   From left to right] Viola Lombard, Ronja Ievers, Moe-moana Fraser, Anaru Fraser, and Alka Dhar Alka Kia ora, I am the accounts administrator at Hui E! Community Aoteaora. I look after the bookkeeping part and in the month of July I will be occupied with preparing our accounts for the end of financial year. Some of the items to check off the list as I get ready to hand over our files to accountant will be – Completing bank reconciliation for each of our bank accounts – Making sure all our accounts payable entered and up-to-date. – Finish off our end of month billing. – Finish June expense claims for any business expenses paid personally. – Run an eye over profit and loss and just to make sure everything looks reasonable. Happy year end financial guys. Regards Alka Viola Kia ora, my name is Viola and originally I come from Munich, the south of Germany. I have recently returned to New Zealand and now look forward to applying my professional experience as a social worker and art therapist for elderly and for people with dementia here in New Zealand. Since the beginning of June I have been supporting Hui E! Community Aotearoa as the Pou Awhina–Advisor on a voluntary basis. It is wonderful to be part of the Hui E! family and contribute my own experience while also learning about the New Zealand community sector. After 6 years as a Consultant for employees and employers at the Federal Agency for Work in Munich, I worked as a Project Manager and Chairwoman for a Non Profit Organisation. I have many years of experience working with elderly and have worked with people with dementia in both retirement homes and in Geriatric Psychiatry, where I was responsible for the discharge management. I directed school interns and apprentices and was the contact person for family members and legal guardians in the retirement home and hospital. I have led several support care groups for people with dementia, using various art therapy approaches. Artistic practice with people with dementia was also the subject of my master’s thesis in my studies of art education at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. I recently attended the 2018 ACE Conference Aotearoa–Kia Mau, Tāmaua te Aka Matua Becoming Global Citizensand invite you to read my report and personal reflections here. Ngā mihi, Viola Ronja Tēnā koutou katoa, I am the Pou Takawaenga–External Relations Coordinator at Hui E! Community Aoteaora. In the month of July, I will take time away from this role to complete writing an introductory course for senior secondary school and first year university students on the United Nations system, the global issues it tackles, and the often complex environments it operates in. We hope that this course will encourage learners to critically reflect on the role and activities of the UN, its members, and that of civil society, and give them tools to participate as engaged and active citizens, both locally and globally. I see part of my role as Pou Takawaenga also to enable environments where New Zealanders can participate as active and informed citizens, for example in the future of our tax system, or our country’s well-being and sustainable development. We are all in our own way contributing to shaping the New Zealand we wish for ourselves, for our parents and our children, and the many generations to come, and the recent UNESCO NZ Award in Global Citizenship Education showcased just how well we can do this and the collective impact it has. While I am away, my emails (to will be monitored and I look forward to coming back in August. Ngā mihi nui. Moe-moana Kia ora koutou, I’ve been the Pou Arahi – Executive Coordinator at Hui E! Community Aotearoa since 9th of Jan 2017 on a fixed term until end of August 2018. My role has had me connecting with The Multi Cultural Federation of New Zealand at their AGM (Annual General Meeting) in Dunedin lastyear and held in Wellington this year, reflecting back and rewarding  everyone’s work. We also had the opportunity to present Youth Aotea-Reo, the Youth app we were working on with all the youth from 13 regions across the country from March – August 2017. I also connected with Civicus at their office in Johannesburg , South Africa and AGNA Youth members who came from all around the world. This particular meaningful Youth Peer Exchange was discussing on Youth Challenges, which resulted with 7 main issues and solutions. It also talked to Youth Participation within Civil Society Organisations. I am interested in connecting one of the issues and challenges to this Youth App we are developing on here in New Zealand and Australia. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send me an email at Ngā mihi, Moez.   Sector News  NGOs and individuals invited to report to the UN on NZ’s human rights situation In early 2019, New Zealand’s human rights record will be reviewed by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This review covers the human rights situation in New Zealand. Earlier this year, the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade held consultation meetings in different regions across New Zealand, which will form the Government’s submission to the UPR in October this year. In addition, Non-Government organisations and individuals are invited to make submissions to the UPR directly to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights by 12 July 2018. To have your say or find out more click here. Recap: latest Hui E! Discussion paper Our latest discussion paper released last month assesses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals from a community sector perspective and finds that: “Community sector organisations are aware of the SDGs and are interested in them but over the last two years felt there was little they could do without clear government direction. Some community sector organisations do not see a ‘top down’ international framework as being relevant or helpful for their grassroots work. Community sector organisations have also highlighted that the SDG framework lacks an indigenous perspective and feel that this diminishes the value of Agenda 2030. SDG progress is stalled by a lack of awareness in the New Zealand public. The community sector must not only work to raise public awareness, but also ensure that the community sector understands the framework and can translate it into their work.” Read the paper here.   Upcoming Events and Conferences   New Futures For NZ Development Cooperation In An SDG World  5 July, 9am–1pm: Lecture Theatre 1, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington  A new government and the rise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes this a crucial time to discuss and debate the direction of New Zealand’s aid and development work. What are we doing well? What needs to change? How can changes be brought about? More details and to register click here. VUW Professional Development course offerings with community discount   VUW Professional Development course offerings with community discount As per prior years, Victoria University’s Professional and Executive Development are continuing its NGO discount scheme for upcoming courses. There are two spaces available at a 50% discount on most of their courses throughout the year. Discounts are offered on a first come first serve basis. Courses are wide ranging and would be suitable for all organisations large or small. Late July course:  30 July Aspire: Women’s Leadership Development Programme August courses:  8 August Crown-Maori Relations: Treaty and more 10 August Conflict and Resolution Essentials 15 August Group Facilitation Skills 17 August Building Intercultural Competency September course:  This is a new course 19 September Managing Mental Health in Teams Please contact VUW office at 04 463 6556 or to enrol or ask questions. VUW Professional Development reserves the right to postpone or cancel courses with insufficient registration.   Festival for the Future Festival for the Future is returning to Wellington. From 27-29 July 2018, over a thousand young leaders, students and professionals will flood the capital. The action-packed weekend will be filled with speakers showcasing their innovative ideas and leadership in action. As well as this, you can expect to hear engaging talks and thought leadership from other groups and industry professionals about:
  • millennials in the workforce
  • local government and how to future-proof our communities
  • activities, skills, and tools to manage your health and well-being
Early bird tickets on sale now until 6 July   Join the global movement of Plastic Free July   Here are some ways you can start to get organised this week, to make sure you’re ready to #ChooseToRefuse from this Sunday, July 1.     Upcoming Funding Opportunities Game changing approaches to Maori language   To restore te reo Māori as a nurturing first language in homes and communities nationwide, Te Mātāwai and the Pae Motuhake mō Te Reo Tukutuku are now seeking projects and initiatives that are game-changers, innovative and build upon proven success. $2.7 million dollars is available and contestable in this investment round that will close at 5pm on Wednesday 25 July 2018. Visit the Te Mātāwai website for more info: UNESCO NZ Contestable funding round now open The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for its 2018/19 Major Grants contestable funding round. Applications are primarily being sought for ‘major grant’ funding from $5,000 to $40,000. Minor grant funding is also available for amounts under $5,000. EOI for major grant funding are due by 6 July. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due by 3 August. Read more here.   Beyond Diversity The population of Aotearoa New Zealand is changing. By 2038, more than half our population will be of Māori, Pacific and Asian descent. In this context of ever increasing racial and ethnic diversity, how can we contribute to a more racially equitable and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand under Te Tiriti o Waitangi? The Question is, are we able to move beyond ‘diversity talk’ and find meaningful and workable solutions? Beyond Diversity is a powerful two-day workshop designed to transform your understanding of how race impacts our lives, our work and our communities. in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism, especially as it relates to the culture and climate within your organisation. ENGAGE using tools to engage, sustain and deepen Courageous Conversation about the impact of race and racism within your organisation. PRACTICE strategies, knowledge and skills to identify and address policies, programmes, and practices that put up barriers to equitable inclusion and cultural responsiveness within your organisation. DEVELOP • Courageous Conversation Protocol • Racial Identity Development and Practice • (De)Constructing Systemic Racism • Adaptive Leadership for Equity Beyond Diversity Flyer NZ   Global Issues that effect the sector   Warming of 2C ‘substantially’ more harmful than 1.5C – draft UN report  Last week, a leaked draft of the most important climate science report of 2018 was published. You can get it here. The new version shows a major shift in certainty around the impacts of 1.5C and 2C and the feasibility of staying under 1.5C. This article sumarises the report.   CIVICUS announces leadership transition  It is with a mix of sadness and appreciation that the CIVICUS Board of Directors announces that Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah will be stepping down from his role as Secretary General at the end of 2018. Since joining the Secretariat team in January 2013, Danny has played a critical role in the development and success of the alliance. We welcomed Danny to New Zealand in May last year, where he spoke to us on Citizen Participation in a Rapidly Changing World – a global perspective on issues that affect us in New Zealand. Over the next few months, the CIVICUS board will oversee the search and selection of the next Secretary General. The incoming Secretary General will play a leading role in empowering civil society and citizen action, at a critical moment for civil society. The Board has said it is looking for a disruptive change leader, an inspirational visionary with a courageous voice who can defend civic freedoms and democratic values, strengthen the power of people to organise, mobilise and take action, and empower a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society. CIVICUS has engaged Macaulay Search to assist with the recruitment process and full details of the job description and selection process can be found here. CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Hui E! Community Aotearoa has been an active member of CIVICUS.   Civil Society responses to US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council  Following the announcement of the United States withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a number of civil society organisations with offices in Geneva, the headquarters of UNHRC, offer their opinions on the resulting impact on the work of the Human Rights Council. Read more here