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Hui E! Monthly Pānui – Paenga-whāwhā/April 2019

 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

Tēnā tatou, haere mai to our pānui for the month of Paenga-whāwhā. Please enjoy reading updates from the Charities Act Review community hui, the launch of a national campaign for a Capital Gains Tax, several opportunities for you to share your views on government reviews, and an invitation to young people to participate in Youth Parliament 2019.

Sector News 

Support the national campaign for a Capital Gains Tax 

Tax Justice Aotearoa NZ and its supporters has launched a nationwide campaign for a capital gains tax and a fairer tax system.

The campaign will add balance to the current tax debate and give voice to the many people and organisations who believe it's time for a capital gains tax to help reduce inequality in Aoteaora.

It is supported by billboards and bus shelter advertising in Wellington, and advertisements in major newspapers.

Campaign supporters include the Public Health Association, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, Council of Trade Unions, Public Service Association, Hui E! Community Aotearoa, Equality Network, Closing the Gap and Poverty Action Waikato.

For more info and sign the petition, follow the links below:
Website: http://taxjustice.nz/
Petition: https://www.change.org/p/tell-jacinda-we-want-a-capital-gains-tax-it-s-time-to-join-the-modern-world

Facebook: www.facebook.com/taxjusticeaotearoa/ 
Twitter: @TaxJusticeNZ 

For more information contact contact@taxjustice.nz

Paul Barber @ TaxJusticeNZ – spokesperson – at the launch in front of Parliament
Paul Barber and Louise Delaney @TaxJusticeNZ
It is not too late to have your say on the Charities Act Review – and here are some useful tips
We've seen similar issues arise at each of the community hui on the Charities Act Review run by the Department of Internal Affairs over the past few weeks. You can can read our weekly updates on our Facebook page.

One of the key messages however that is gaining support is that the Charities Act Review should be referred to the Law Commission instead for a more considered, wide-ranging and independent review. Failing that, Garth Nowland-Foreman provides some useful tips for a submission on each of the topic areas under review. Read the blog here (via LEAD).
Benefits of Cloud Computing for charities and the not-for-profit sector

Cloud technology is not only relevant for small businesses; it is quite beneficial for charities or not for profit organisations. To work effectively and efficiently charities make use of cloud-based technology to get more out of their IT. Microsoft, for example, provided sponsorships for non-profit organisations. One such example is Office 365 which is free for charities and Hui E! sets a standard as an umbrella group to make use of it.

Here are a few reasons why cloud computing is suitable for charities and not for profit groups – read the full article here:

1. Data integrity and security
2. Mobility
3. Leverage resources
5. Manage changing requirements
6. Data control
7. Affordability

Have your say about what it’s like to work with government

Every year thousands of community service providers deliver social services across the country to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) works with government agencies to strengthen capability in the procurement and contract management of social services. 

Each year MBIE runs an annual survey to understand suppliers’ and providers’ experiences of government procurement. Since 2017 it has been releasing a companion report to the business survey report that focuses on the results from community service providers: 2018 Community Service Providers Companion Report

MBIE invites you to participate in this survey to have your say about what it’s like to work with government. The survey closes on Tuesday 14th May 2019. Your feedback is anonymous and responses are combined for reporting.

Please share this invitation with your networks so more providers have an opportunity to participate.

The survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete and you can respond to this survey on your phone, tablet or computer.

If you have any queries, please contact procurement@mbie.govt.nz.

Start Survey now

OIA – review or not? 

The Ministry of Justice is seeking your views on how the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) is working in practice, to inform a decision on whether to progress a review of this legislation. Found out more here, jump to the survey or email your feedback to oiafeedback@justice.govt.nz.

Health and Safety at Work (Volunteer Associations) Amendment Bill failed second reading

Mid last year we alerted you to this Amendment Bill and the impact it would have on volunteer organisations (see our special alert here). Many opposed this Bill at the time and it has now failed its second reading and has been withdrawn. 

In the spotlight: Welcome to Engineers for Social Responsibility Inc

Hui E! invites tangata whenua organisations, charities, incorporated societies, clubs, boards, trusts and informal community group to join us in strengthening and better connecting the wider community and volunteer sector. We welcome our newest member to the network: Engineers for Social Responsibility Inc

Engineers for Social Responsibility Inc. is an independent group of engineers who consider that being knowledgeable in the field of technology means that they also have a special obligation to the public at large. This includes raising the awareness of the engineering profession to the consequences of its activities and explaining and discussing the ramifications of developments in engineering and engineering works to the public. In these days of greater accountability, the professional can no longer hide behind a mask of “professionalism”

Submit your views to the Youth Parliament Select Committee Hearings

Every three years, about 140 young New Zealanders experience Parliament as Youth MPs and Youth Press Gallery members. The Youth Parliament programme provides an opportunity for young people from around Aotearoa New Zealand to be heard, and for Youth MPs to actively work on topics and issues they are passionate about. This year's Youth MPs and Youth Press Gallery members have been selected and more info about who they are can be found here

The public submission process for Youth Parliament 2019 select committee is open for the next 3 weeks and will close at midnight on Sunday 28 April 2019.

Young people (aged 12-24 years) in particular are encouraged to submit their thoughts on the ten topics Youth MPs have chosen to be considered in select committee hearings at the two-day Youth Parliament event in July 2019. The ten topics are listed below. More information is provided on each topic on the submissions website.

Submitting views on the topics selected for discussion at the 2019 Youth Parliament event is a great opportunity for young people to have input on issues that concern them, their community, and young New Zealanders today. 

The ten Youth Parliament 2019 select committee topics open for public submissions are:
Economic Development, Science and Innovation
Education and Workforce
Environment
Health
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Justice Select Committee
Māori Affairs
Primary Production
Social Services and Community
Transport and Infrastructure

Visit the New Zealand Parliament website by midnight on 28 April 2019 to make submissions on the above topics that will be considered by Youth Parliament select committee hearings at the two-day Youth Parliament event in July 2019.

New blogs from Hui E! Board members – Leadership Transitions are an opportunity for change 

This blog was written by Hui E! Board member Sandy Thompson on 8 March 2019 and is published on LEAD – centre for not-for-profit governance and leadership.
 

Nothing challenges the complacency of a board like the resignation of the organisation’s manager (AKA CEO, Executive Director, or the myriad of other names for the person who runs the place). All governance models, theories and personal experience point to recruitment of this person being one of the most important jobs a board has is to carry out.

Finding the right person is paramount and good processes can avoid expensive bad decision making, time wasting, and depletion of energy. In our sector there are many examples of good practice. I have participated in, supported, and led, several leadership transitions.  This has been a privilege and learning opportunity, as I’ve had the opportunity to observe what works, and what creates stumbling blocks.  Here’s the summary:

Read the full article here.

Latest on the progress of developing a People's Report on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

We will provide you with regular updates on the people's report on the 2030 Agenda in our pānui - the report will be a contribution to New Zealand's current assessment of its progress against the Sustainable Development Goals. 

We've seen increased interest from the wider sector in contributing to this independent report and kaupapa – this is fantastic – and you can expect to hear more from the steering group within the next few weeks. We have also engaged in discussions on bringing in a Māori perspective into the research. Contact us if you have any questions or want to be involved. 

In the meantime, the Government will soon be submitting its draft report to Cabinet Ministers and we expect that it will invite feedback from the public on its report in May. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Events and Conferences

2018 Census seminars: Learn about how we're using admin data

Stats NZ are running a series of seminars in May to update customers on the methods they are using to deliver the 2018 Census dataset.

The seminars will outline the ways they’ve used administrative data to fill gaps in the census dataset, and will explain some key differences in approach compared with previous censuses.

These technical seminars will follow a public announcement in April that will explain the approach taken and confirm when they will begin releasing census data.

Join at any of the following seminars next month.

Wellington Hamilton Auckland Christchurch
Grant Thornton Building
215 Lambton Quay
Waikato University
 
Auckland
Council
135 Albert Street
Christchurch Council
53 Hereford Street
10am–12pm
Wednesday
1 May
1–3pm
Thursday
2 May
10am–12pm
Friday
3 May
10am–12pm
Tuesday
7 May

Webinar for those who can't attend 

Stats NZ will also host a webinar at 10am on 6 May for those who can’t attend a seminar. The webinar recording will be available for download at a later date.

Register your interest

Please register expressions of interest for the seminar or webinar on or before 17 April to censusexternalrelations@stats.govt.nz – include your name, organisation, and the session you’re interested in attending.

National Volunteer Week 2019 – 6-22 June

National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand.

National Volunteer Week 2019 runs from June 16-22. This year’s theme is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”. Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave people and communities together. Join us this National Volunteer Week to stand together in our differences and choose to connect. Find out more here.

Upcoming programmes for non-profit governance and leadership (via LEAD)

a) Coaching & Mentoring Skills - Helping others succeed (In partnership with the NZ Coaching & Mentoring Centre) 22 May
If you need to get better at sharing your expertise or helping others succeed, this one day coaching and mentoring skills workshop is for you.  Normally $495+GST, there is a 30% discount for community organisations, via LEAD. Click here

b) Leaders as Coaches - Developing people and performance (In partnership with the NZ Coaching & Mentoring Centre) 6 June
This practical workshop provides the tools and skills you need to adopt a coaching mindset and develop people and performance through one to one coaching. Normally $495+GST, there is a 30% discount for community organisations, via LEADClick here

c) Development Programme – Managing & Leading Community Organisations
[NOTE DATES CHANGED FROM MAY TO JULY]
Auckland 31 July -2 August 
Leading in a community organisation can be complex! This training programme develops your skills, knowledge and confidence to manage the people, money, projects, and stakeholders, whilst still driving results. So, no more second-guessing yourself…Click here.

Global Issues that affect the sector

International Civil Society Week 2019 in Belgrade has started 

Civil Society leaders and activists from across the globe are gathering in Belgrade, Serbia for International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2019 this week. Here are a few ways you can participate virtually.
 
Check out ICSW Live
Find out what’s happening in real-time on the ICSW Live platform, a hub enables global civil society all over the world to follow the discussions and contribute. You will find the live blog, virtual press centre, audio/ video interviews, and interactive features.
 
Join the conversation on Social Media
Social media is the perfect place to join the conversation at ICSW 2019.
1/ Get daily updates/ livestreams of various sessions on CIVICUS and Civic Initiatives social media channels: CIVICUS Facebook.

Facebook Live streaming schedule:
-8 April 2019: Opening Ceremony; 5pm - 6pm (GMT+2)
-9 April: Plenary- Bridges; 9am - 10:30am (GMT+2)
-10 April Plenary- Stairs 9am - 10:30am (GMT+2)
-11 April Plenary- Streets 9am - 10:30am (GMT+2)

2/ Follow conversations and submit questions to any of our plenary sessions’ speakers at ICSW using the main event hashtag: #ICSW2019.
 
Add your reactions to coverage by the media
Several outlets will be reporting from ICSW 2019. Add your thoughts and reactions and spark a conversation. Look out for live coverage including from our content partners:

Contribute!
Have something to say? We invite you to submit content based on any of the themes addressed as part of ICSW 2019 to us at media@civicus.org, for possible publishing on ICSW Live or other platforms. We are happy to receive opinion pieces, blog posts, video blogs, photos, or any kind of content.
 
Looking forward to interacting with you this week.
 
With warm regards,
The CIVICUS Secretariat

Mums are mobilising to march for climate on Mother's Day  – 12 May

Inspired by the schools strikes, a group of mums are mobilising to march for climate on 12th May (International Mother's Day). https://www.facebook.com/MothersRiseUp/

It's an initiative by mums in the UK, but they hope it sparks action in other countries too. Please help promote #theirfutureinourhands #mothersclimatemarch @mothersriseup

For any questions contact Maya: mayamailer@gmail.com

Invitation to participate in the SDGs in Action Film Festival

Are you involved in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where you live? Can you film it, animate it or otherwise tell that story in a video?

The SDGs in Action Film Festival, coordinated by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for SDGs, seeks short films that highlight how people and organizations around the world are taking action for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Festival was launched in 2018 in connection with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that takes place each July at UN Headquarters in New York. The competition offers amateur filmmakers around the globe the chance to submit animated or live-action films up to 20 minutes long that showcase a person or project working on tangible solutions to the world’s biggest threats and making the SDGs our reality.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories for 2019:

  • Protecting our planet
  • Reducing inequalities
  • Building peace
  • Ensuring quality education and jobs
  • Young Filmmaker (24 years old or younger)
  • SDGs in Virtual Reality/360 degrees (films 2 minutes or less)

The top video in each category will be shown at the SDGs in Action Film Festival in July 2019 at or near UN Headquarters in New York, with the filmmakers invited to attend and participate in Festival-related activities.

Enter here by 26 Aprilhttps://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/filmfestival

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

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