Hui E! Monthly Pānui – Poutū-te-rangi / March 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

Tū mai rā a Poutū te Rangi

Kōkiritia tonu! Hui e! Tāiki e!

The nationwide engagement of the Charities Act review is underway and we would like to hear as many community voices as possible. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of a key piece of legislation that impacts all charities in Aotearoa. Please see the links below to register.

In line with the Charities Act review, we visited the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) who are part of the Technical Working Group for the repeal and replacement of the NGO Act in Zambia. The NGO Act has similar governing aspects over charities as our Charities Act. Last year the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services Zambia released the National Policy on Non-Governmental Organisations, which essentially is the road map on how they will work with the NGO sector towards a coordinated NGO sector for citizens wellbeing. We talked to many stakeholders including the Ministry for Community Development, Parliamentary Counsel Ministry of Justice, NGO Board, Zambia Social Forum and the Non-Governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council. As the outcome of the Charities Act review becomes clearer here in Aotearoa we will be keeping in touch with our friends from ZCSD to see how the repeal and replacement of their NGO Act is progressing.

Ms Masiliso Sitali, Parliamentary Counsel Ministry of Justice Zambia
Mr Harrison Mwima, Zambia Social Forum and members of ZCSD
Non-Governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGGOCC) Zambia
Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD)

Speaking of the a member of the Affinity Group of National Organisations (AGNA) Hui E! participated in a transformative scenario planning workshop with other members from Fiji, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Columbia, Argentina, Finland, Italy, Pakistan, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Macedonia. Here, we gained insights of each others' perspectives and national context of how the future might look with a combination of limited to many resources and restrictive to open enabling environments. A key challenge facing many national organisations is how to mobilise cross sector representatives towards collaborating for meaningful outcomes. In regions with plentiful resources and good enabling environments it will be easier for communities to work with governments and the private sector, however, many countries, including Aotearoa New Zealand, need to be creative and innovative if we want to have a flourishing society. Transformative scenario planning is a tool that can help to create and leverage mutual opportunities so that we can all thrive. We intend to develop this tool with you so that your communities are better equipped to create the futures that we all want to see. I would like to personally thank our friends from Ara Taiohi, Multicultural NZ and Equality Network for providing their perspectives of what the future might look like.

Mauriora ki a tātou.

Above: Workshop session with members from Fiji, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Columbia, Argentina, Finland, Italy, Pakistan, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Macedonia

With Vani Catanasiga, Executive Director Fiji Council of Social Services next to the Tanoa gifted to CIVICUS from PIANGO

Sector News 

'The Government is setting up small Pasifika churches to fail'

This was one of the key issues raised by Pacific charities at the Pasifika fono in Porirua last night. About one third of Pacific charities are being deregistered as a result of failure to file annual returns. Many of the Pacific charities are small churches and are asking for more governance training, education and mentoring support. The meeting was hosted by the Porirua Gospel Church and was the first of over 20 community meetings the Department of Internal Affairs is holding on the Charities Act Review in March and April. 

Meetings will be held throughout the country until 18 April 2019, and we encourage you to attend a meeting in your region if you can. We will attend most of the meetings and are keen to hear your views on the review and issues that affect you locally. 

A discussion document and a quick read to support public consultation have now been released and written submissions can be made until 30 April. The review focuses on such issues as:

  • the purpose of the Act
  • obligations of charities
  • how registration decisions are made
  • how charities can appeal decisions
  • charities that have businesses
  • issues for Māori charities
  • how charities can advocate for their causes.

Further information, including full details on the dates and locations of the community meetings and links to register, can be found at

Submit your feedback on NZ's human rights recommendations (Universal Periodic Review)

New Zealand’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review on human rights took place at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 January 2019. 77 countries made a total of 194 recommendations to New Zealand on further steps to improve our human rights situation. The recommendations are included in the draft report of the Human Rights Council. The Government will formally respond to these recommendations in June 2019.

Please have your say

The New Zealand Government invites you to send your feedback on the recommendations received during New Zealand’s third UPR.

The Ministry of Justice is conducting targeted stakeholder engagement to support the Government’s consideration of the recommendations from the UPR. Your input is much appreciated as it will assist to identify which recommendations are prioritised the most by New Zealanders. You can submit your feedback here.

Comments are limited to 500 words for analytical purposes and stakeholder engagement closes on Wednesday 13 March 2019 at 5pm. Please feel free to forward the feedback link on to others if you wish.

For any questions please email

Final Report released on New Zealand's Tax System Review

The Tax Working Group released its final report on its review of the balance, structure and fairness of the New Zealand tax system last month. There have been positive responses to the tax on capital gains as a fundamental step forward for greater fairness, but that in order to achieve sustainability and reduce inequalities, a focus on a broader range of taxes is needed, according to the Tax Justice Network Aotearoa. Oxfam NZ adds that there is a need for more transparency regarding multinationals to ensure they pay their fair share and that wealth is taxed properly. 

Rainbow Rights in Aotearoa – a new resource

For the past wee while RainbowYouth have been working with YouthLaw to create Rainbow Rights In Aotearoa - a website that uses accessible language to cover common questions about the legal rights of our communities in situations at home, work, school, in relationships, online, in healthcare and more! Check out the resource here

Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services seeking to engage with Pacific indigenous peoples

The Pacific Indigenous & Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction are currently assisting the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services to engage with Pacific indigenous peoples.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012.

The objective of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

For further information on IPBES please go to

If you have an interest in engaging with IPBES by contributing to regional and global assessments and workshops please fill out the survey at the link below.

Please also forward to your networks.

Noho ora mai

Tui Shortland


Te Kopu – Pacific Indigenous & Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction

What makes a good life for children and young people, and what does youth wellbeing look like in Aotearoa?

With this Government's focus on wellbeing we've seen some really good resources come to light recently.

What makes a good life: The Office of the Children's Commissioner asked over 6,000 children and young people for their views on what wellbeing means to them, what a good life is and what they thought were the most important areas to focus on to make things better for all children and young people. The report identifies four key insights about what a good life means, and what we could focus on to improve wellbeing for all children and young people.

Ngā Kōrero Hauora o Ngā Taiohi: Action Station, with the support from Ara Taiohi – peak body for youth development, asked more than 1000 taiohi (young people) aged 12-24, and a handful of youth workers and policy experts, what youth wellbeing looks like in Aotearoa New Zealand. Action Station Director Laura O'Connell Rapira spoke about Ngā Kōrero Hauora o Ngā Taiohi this morning at a Parliamentary breakfast focused on youth and introduced the many themes that rose to the top from the young people and professionals who participated in this research:

  1. The young people we spoke to want better, more accessible mental health services, education and support specifically for young people

  2. Young people we spoke to highlighted economic insecurity, unaffordable housing, student debt and insecure low paid work as significant contributors to their anxiety and stress. Many want a kinder, fairer economy and meaningful secure work

  3. Almost half of the young people we surveyed chose “body image” as one of their biggest concerns. We think this should concern us

  4. The young people we engaged want to see an end to oppression of all kinds - no more racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or ableism

  5. The young people we spoke with love Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural environment, and they’re worried we’re not doing enough to protect it or our planet

  6. The young people we spoke to value accessible and affordable education, but they worry they are not being equipped with the life skills and knowledge they need to be flourishing in the 21st century

  7. Young people have grown up in the era of the individual, but the taiohi we spoke to carry an innate desire for community and communal spaces

  8. Young people need more great role models in their community, on TV and in positions of power and leadership

  9. Young people should be taught about how to go about making change in their community and country, and people in positions of power need to get better at listening and being responsive

$3,000 Mediation Scholarship – applications closing 29 March

The 2019 Resolution Institute Scholarship provides for up to two New Zealand workers in the not-for-profit/NGO sector or students/recent graduates to attend one of its 5-day Mediation Training Workshops, valued at over $3,000. 

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who has a passion for mediation and is eager to start on the pathway to becoming a qualified mediator.  

Click through to the institute website for more details and an application form. 

Closing date for applications:  Friday 29 March 2018
Submit to:

Latest on the progress 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 - as a contribution to New Zealand's current assessment on the Sustainable Development Goals. Keep an eye out for the SDG wheel.

The steering group met for the first time last week and the minutes will be made available soon. It was a really useful discussion on the scope of the report, its purpose, anticipated outcomes and level of engagement to ensure this is a meaningful piece of mahi. The membership of this governance group is still a bit fluent but current members are: 

*Barbara Bedeschi, New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women
*Prof Girol Karacaoglu, Head of School of Governance, Victoria University of Wellington
*Karena Brown, E Tū
*David Corner, IHC New Zealand
*Jack Boyle, NZ Post Primary Teachers Association
*Iris Pahau, AWE Consultants Ltd and Ngā Pou Mana - Māori Allied Health Professionals 
*Chris Te'o, USO Bike Ride
*Stephen Goodman / Gretchen Leuthart, Volunteer Service Abroad
*Julie Haggie, Transparency International New Zealand
*Rachel Dobric, Aotearoa Youth leadership Institute and New Zealand Climate Action Network

Hui E! has also been invited by MFAT to be on the non-govt stakeholder reference group for the official government report on the SDGs and we see this an important position to provide a link between the two reports with a commitment to no surprises and transparency. 

Upcoming Events and Conferences

International Women's Day – 8 March 2019

Celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March 2019 with events across the country. Check out an event near you:

International Race Relations Day – 21 March 2019

Join the Institute for Courageous Conversation on 21 March International Race Relations Day on the Waipapa Marae. We are celebrating the day with speakers, poets, panels, and we will also be launching our youth equity leadership programme. 

We are also announcing Tertiary Scholarships for students to become practitioners/fellows of the Institute for Courageous Conversation, so that they can use the Protocol on campus and beyond to facilitate conversations about race, racism and racial equity.

So please feel free to circulate the flyer to your networks. It is a free event. All you need to do is RSVP to

Read more about Race Relations Day and the theme this year. 

Global Issues that affect the sector

A new climate generation hits the streets
Don't forget that kiwi students are set to walk out of school on March 15th over climate change, as part of a global movement.

And even if you don't walk out of school or are a parent or teacher, you can show your support by signing an open letter from the Youth of Aotearoa to government. Sign here


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