Kua oti…another jam packed year has come to an end and we feel fortunate to have been able to work with many of you from within the community and across the many sectors to ensure a community voice is heard. We were set up to connect, strengthen and support the wider community sector in three ways: Kōrero, Hui and Āwhina. Your support has been valuable to promote the sector, share what’s happening, explore opportunities and connect across sectors. Here are some examples of what we achieved together this year:
- First cross-sectoral Summit on the ‘2030 Agenda’, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its heart, in April. This included a pre-summit workshop for civil society and the release of a discussion paper on the community sector and the SDGs.
- Supported the development of the third Open Government Partnership National Action Plan for New Zealand, which includes 12 commitments to make government more open, accountable, and responsive
- Supported wider community input into a fairer tax system, and measures for wellbeing (Indicators Aotearoa).
- We met many of you at our regular meetings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch throughout the year, and we also engaged with regional and international partners to represent the wider community sector voice.
He mihi…thank you for the work you do for the people in your communities and the wider community and voluntary sector. We also want to thank our intern Teri Flint, who was with us in April/May this year, our Pou Āwhina Viola Lombard and her contributions in the health and age care sectors, and Pou Āwhina Gaurav Dhar our IT guru who will provide insights and advice from time to time that can benefit the wider community.
Hei tērā tau…in the New Year, we look forward to engaging with you on the Charities Act Review in March and April; a People’s Report on the SDGs; the second SDG Summit in Auckland on 2 September; and much much more.
Heoi anō…but until then, from the Hui E! whānau, for those heading into a well-deserved break we wish you a safe and happy summer season. For those of us still focused on our communities and don’t have the luxury of taking some time off – kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui! Stand strong with a clear focus and open heart!
Anaru, Alka, Moe-moana, Ronja, Viola and Gaurav