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Pānui – Poutū-te-rangi - March 2017

Kia hoki ngā whakaaro ki a rātou kua whetūrangitia,
okioki atu koutou, moe mai rā.
Tātou, ngā waihotanga o rātou mā, ngā mihi nui.
May we remember those who have passed away and wish them well on their journey.
For those of us here today, greetings to you all.

This year we intend to increase our profile through 'kanohi kitea' face to face engagement across the country. Our first regular hui  for the year will be on Thursday 9 March, 11.30am – 1pm, with Minister Alfred Ngaro, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Lots more events are listed below! Feel free to forward this newsletter to others who may be interested.

We provide information as part of our work to
Promote, Strengthen and Connect
the community and civil society in Aotearoa New Zealand.
 
For any enquiries please email:
Moe-moana Fraser our Pou Arahi – Executive Coordinator -
moe@huie.org.nz

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Contents: In this Pānui:


1.Hui E! Karere-News

2.Hui E! Mahi-Activities 3.Sector News & Activities 4.Sustainable Development Goals
Hon Alfred Ngaro
Wellington Hui:
Thursday 9th March - 11.30am to 1pm

Venue: Community Hub, Level 4, 120 Featherston St, corner of Featherston and Waring Taylor St, Wellington

Special Guest Speaker:
Hon Alfred Ngaro

Appointed Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector in the Cabinet reshuffle late in 2016, Alfred is a long-time friend of the sector.
His other portfolios include;
  • Associate Minister for Children,
  • Minister for Pacific Peoples, and
  • Associate Minister for Social Housing.
Alfred is the first Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector to be actually inside
Cabinet – hopefully this will enable more attention to be paid by government to Community Sector issues.
Special Wellington Briefing:
Monday 20th March


Venue: Community Hub, Level 4, 120 Featherston St, corner of Waring Taylor St, Wellington

Funding relationships research project
This research project aims to gather up the knowledge across our sector about the behaviours and processes which contribute to quality funding relationships and then develop a set of indicators of these. I research instrument will then be designed so that community organisations can, with complete confidentiality, rate the funders with whom they interact against these indicators.
 
John Stansfield is a senior lecturer in Community Development at Unitec. He is former director of advocacy at Oxfam and one-time CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation. He led the Cleanstream social enterprise on Waiheke Island and is chair of the Waiheke Resources Trust.

 You’re invited – Please RSVP to: dave.henderson@huie.org.nz

 
Paul Dunphy
Auckland Hui:
Monday 27th March– 10am to midday


Venue: Waikowhai Room, the Fickling Centre, 546 Mount Albert Rd, Three Kings, Auckland

Guest Speaker:
Paul Dunphy, Akina Foundation
  • An introduction to Akina and what we do
  • An intro to Social Enterprise
  • Activities and opportunities in Auckland
More Speakers to be confirmed!
Wellington Hui
Thursday 13th April – 10am to midday



 
Poto Williams, Labour Spokesperson for the Community and Voluntary Sector Poto’s other portfolios cover Disability, and Justice (Sexual and Domestic Violence). Poto is currently organising a series of meetings with community groups around the country, to get input on issues that will help shape Labour’s Policies going in to the September 2017 Election.


 
Geoff Connor, Principal Advisor, Business Law, Commerce, Consumers and Communications Branch, MBIE – An update on the work Geoff is leading to shape the proposed new Incorporated Societies Act
Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah
Breakfast at Parliament, Wellington
Thursday 11th May – 7.15am to 8.30am

You must RSVP to Joan Isaacs, admin@comvoices.org.nz to be able to pass through security at parliament.

Guest Speaker:
Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah

Danny has been Secretary General of CIVICUS world alliance for citizen participation since January 2013. Headquartered in Johannesburg, CIVICUS is the global civil society alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.
Prior to joining CIVICUS, Danny was the Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, the oldest and largest Commonwealth civil society organisation. His previous posts have included Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Born in Sri Lanka and a national of Australia, Dr Sriskandarajah has lived and worked in five continents. He holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Danny will be in NZ for the Philanthropy NZ Conference 10 – 12 May.
 
Future Hui in Wellington:
11 May, 8th June, 13 July, 10th August, 14 September …

Guest Speakers being invited:




 
Jan Logie, Greens spokesperson for the sector, and Ria Bond, New Zealand First
Al Morrison
 
Al Morrison, State Services Deputy Commissioner responsible for the Open Government Partnership Project





Others that you want to hear from – from the sector or government or wherever! Send your recommendations to dave.henderson@huie.org.nz 
Future Hui in Auckland:

Dates to be decided at our 27 March meeting,
10am to midday at the Fickling Centre.

Hui E! Mahi-Activities (Tohu-Sign)

Hui E! Mahi-Activities



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Recent Events
Hui E! participated in various events in the past month, including;
  • Function at Superu, including discussions with Chair Len Cook and board members including Hon Tariana Turia, a long-time friend of Hui E!, and CE Clare Ward;
  • Function hosted by former Governor General Anand Satyanand, now Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation, marking the visit to NZ of the Foundation’s Deputy Director Myn Garcia;
  • Informal gathering of people involved in various ways with the Social and Civic Policy Institute (SCPI) and with the Kettering Foundation, acknowledging the work of David Robinson and planning the future of both SCPI and the relationship with Kettering;
  • Waitangi Day celebration hosted by Governor General Patsy Reddy and her husband at Government House, with representatives of government and of the many community organisations where she is Patron.
  • Open Government Partnership; the independent monitor of NZ’s efforts Steven Price, released his report on the 1st NZ action plan. The report is quite critical of NZ’s performance – the intended co-creation with civil society was well below par, and the actions have been barely relevant to OGP goals. Hui E! will publish a link to the report when it is available, but the occasion enabled a good discussion of the expectation that government work much more closely with civil society in future
     


 Registered Charities and Fringe Benefit Tax - Correction 

Last month we reported on a meeting with staff from the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), to discuss IRD’s proposal to amend the Fringe Benefit Tax rules as they affect Registered Charities. Editing of the article inadvertently changed the sense of what is planned, for which we apologize.
The proposal only affects a few organisations – those that fit all the following criteria.
 It affects organisations that;
  • are Registered Charities, and
  • are employers, and
  • they provide non-cash benefits to their employee(s), and
  • the employees are engaged for at least part of their time in business activities that are outside the organisation’s benevolent, charitable, cultural, or philanthropic purposes.

Sector News & Activities (Tohu-Sign)

Sector News & Activities


Scholarship Opportunity - 2017 Resolution Institute Scholarship for Mediation Training

Applications for this scholarship (worth over $3,000) close on Friday 17th March.
We invite applications from eligible candidates interested in attending our 5-day Mediation Training Workshop (Auckland or Wellington venue, flights and accommodation not included).
 
The 2017 Resolution Institute Scholarship provides for up to three New Zealand students, recent graduates or workers in the not-for-profit/NGO sector to attend Resolution Institute’s 5-day Mediation Workshop, valued at $3,450 (inc gst).
This is an excellent opportunity for someone you may know of who has a passion for mediation and is eager to start on the pathway to becoming a qualified mediator.  
 
The Resolution Institute 5-day Mediation Workshop introduces participants to the theory and practical skills of mediation.
It is an intensive and practical workshop facilitated by expert trainers.
The workshop covers different approaches to dispute resolution, the LEADR model and stages of mediation.
It provides participants with opportunities to practice the skills required for negotiation, facilitation and mediation.  Participants receive individual feedback and coaching from practicing mediators. 
For inquiries, more information, and the application form:
Corinne Edge: Corinne.edge@resolution.institute 
Closing date for 2017 applications:  Friday 17 March 2017
Submit to: infonz@resolution.institute


Social enterprise is fast becoming the new charity in New Zealand

Profit and charity aren't two words usually associated with one another, but a growing number of Kiwi entrepreneurs are mixing business with karma to create social change.

Think Eat My Lunch, Cook's Night Off, FRANK stationary, Stories espresso, and Pomegranate kitchen; businesses that want to succeed, but also drive innovation. 

The Ākina Foundation has seen a significant rise in the number of people seeking its support to grow their social enterprises. "Social enterprise isn't a new thing," said the foundation's chief executive Alex Hannant. "What we're seeing now is something that's been part of the fabric of our society and economy, but not very visible." 

Akina Foundation chief executive Alex Hannant says social enterprise in New Zealand is about to take off. A government cross-agency working group established in December last year in response to the report: Social Enterprise and Social Finance: A Path to Growth wants to pull down the barriers between welfare and profitable business. 

Massey business school executive director Jeff Stangl said New Zealand needs to build its infrastructure to grow social enterprise and social finance. "We're behind dramatically in the likes of Australia, UK, Scotland, and even America has advanced quite a lot. We've got a lot of room to grow and at this point in time it's a good place to be because we can look towards what worked in other countries, especially in Scotland, who are demographically like us." 

Read the full article on Stuff:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/88920668/social-enterprise-is-fast-becoming-the-new-charity-in-new-zealand 

'Alarming' number of charities breaking financial reporting rules - Radio NZ News

Almost half of all charities are failing to meet the legal requirements for financial reporting, "alarming" figures from the Department of Internal Affairs show.

Charities have had to follow new standards since April last year, providing financial reports of varying levels of complexity depending on their size.

But an audit of about 1000 charities over six months by the Department of Internal Affairs has found only 59 percent have complied.

The new system was introduced to improve transparency following concerns about shoddy bookkeeping and claims some charities were deliberately hiding assets.

A specialist in charity law, Sue Barker, said the non-compliance was "alarming" and charities needed to take the requirement seriously. "It's a governance issue. You have to meet these new requirements. Otherwise you actually are breaching the Charities Act and that could put your charitable registration at risk."

She said many charities, particularly the smaller ones, were overwhelmed and stressed by the changes."Charities are struggling to transition to the new regime... apparently when charities are seeking help from accountants, a lot of accountants aren't familiar with the new rules either."

The Department of Internal Affairs said it had produced more than 20 resources for charities, as well as running workshops and online seminars. It said it would continue to work with the sector to help them meet their obligations.

The department's head of charities services, Lesa Kalapu, said she was comfortable with the response so far. "We're pleased that about half of them have filed [correctly], but we would expect that number to increase as we go along."

But Labour's Poto Williams said the government has dropped the ball. "The government has set the standards, but the government also has a requirement to make sure that the NGOs are assisted to meet those standards. The number seems to suggest that there's a whole lot of misappropriation going on and I just know that that's not the case. So it would suggest that... the settings are wrong."

Ms Kalapu said the department would review the programme in June and decide then whether changes are required. "That will be a time to pause and take stock ... there needs to be an opportunity for this to bed in a bit more."


Multicultural NZ supports call to collect data on hate crime

Multicultural New Zealand supports the Human Rights Commission and the NZ Jewish Council in their call for the Police to collect data on the incidence of hate crime.

Executive Director Tayo Agunlejika said that the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) had called for the government to collect statistical data on complaints, prosecutions and sentences for racially motivated crimes when it considered New Zealand’s relations performance in 2007 but a system had still not been put in place. Multicultural New Zealand has supported that call for a number of years.

“We understand that the Police have the capacity (crime categories) to record complaints of racially motivated violence and abuse and it’s just a matter of implementing the system” Mr Agunlejika said. “We appreciate the fact that collecting the data will not solve the problem of racially and other hate motivated crime, but it will provide a tool to measure its extent and to take action to reduce it.”

“Data collection needs to be accompanied by a campaign to encourage people to report racially motivated violence and abuse. Too often victims don’t report it to the Police because they don’t think anything will be done about it.  This is despite a commitment by the Police to take action.”

For further information please contact Tayo Agunlejika, Executive Director on 04 9169177 or email info@mnz.org.nz

 


Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill

This is just a reminder that submissions are due to the Select Committee by Friday 3 March.
They can either be uploaded on the Social Services Select Committee page of the parliamentary website or emailed direct to the Committee Secretary.
The planned hui with Minister Tolley is not a substitute for the Select Committee, it is an opportunity to voice our concerns direct to the Minister's ear.  As advised previously, the Minister will be at
Te Wānanga o Raukawa on 16 March at 10am-12.00pm for this hui.


Guide to successful tendering

AN SSPA BEST-PRACTICE WORKSHOP

About the Workshop
This workshop will provide your organisation with practical advice on how to effectively respond to a government Request for Proposal.
They will discuss how to turn an average response into a good and interesting response
They will cover:
  • What and who you need
  • How to prepare a good response
  • How you will be evaluated
  • Some big do’s and don’ts.
Anyone in your organisation who is involved in your response to government tenders will gain value from this workshop.
About the Presenters
Leil Setchell and Rod Hale help organisations improve their outcomes and successfully represent their value when tendering for government contracts.
They have carried out numerous tendering roles, both as purchaser and provider, including:
  • Preparation of tender documents
  • Development of response strategies
  • Writing response content  Evaluation of responses
  • Selection of providers
  • Negotiation of contracts.
Leil and Rod have supported very small and very large New Zealand organisations to reach the shortlist for New Zealand Government tenders.
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, 15 March 9am to 12pm
VENUE: Royal Society (Kete o te Wānanga room) 11 Turnbull Street—off Murphy Street, almost opposite New World
FEES: $50 for SSPA members. $70 for non SSPA.
FOR INFORMATION: Registration queries—events@sspa.org.nz —phone 027 510 1517

Community Research
This article contains research and resources from Community Research for you to share with your networks.
  1. These recordings of their 2016 webinars, including a 60-minute Introduction to RBA with Sharon Shea, can be viewed at your desk, free of charge https://www.youtube.com/user/CommunityResearchNZ
  2. The latest research from Community Research includes Garth Nowland-Foreman's appraisal of the bruising 'bear hug' of Government.

Sustainable Development Goals

Professor David Griggs -
'Are all the stars aligning for sustainable development?'

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David Griggs, Professor of Sustainable Development at Monash University and Warwick University, will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented to countries in implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as no poverty and climate change and their associated 169 targets. He will particularly focus on the integrated nature of the SDGs. It is vital to take into account of the interlinkages between them as we work on cross-sectoral solutions, hold governments accountable and deliver on these global aspirations.

DATE AND TIME 

Mon 13 March 2017

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM NZDT

LOCATION

Victoria University of Wellington

Hunter Council Chamber, Hunter Building, Gate 2, Kelburn Parade

Wellington
                                                                  Sustainable Development Goal

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We thank you warmly for your support, and hope to see you at our sector hui!

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