Hui E! Monthly Pānui – Here-turi-kōkā /August 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.

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Leadership to Protect and Enable Civil Society
As Co-Chairs we would like to take this opportunity to thank Anaru Fraser for his contribution to our journey as he has now finished as the GM for Hui E!. We continue to value the great work of Ronja Ievers who is continuing to provide leadership for us as we transition to a new leader for our future. We also acknowledge and thank Alka Dhar for her ongoing support as our accounts administrator.

This is a timely opportunity to remind our supporters that Hui E! was established to protect and enable civil society within Aotearoa New Zealand and to deliver leadership with and for the whole voluntary and community sector. To achieve this leadership we apply the following framework to our work:

  • Kōrero – framing the issues that are a priority for civil society and the sector
  • Hui – gathering diverse civil society and sector partners to discuss how we can respond to the priority issues 
  • Āwhina – support and enable action that addresses the priority issues 
Together with our fellow trustees we have undertaken a 'reset' process for Hui E! that has affirmed the value and potential of our focus and our leadership role within civil society. We will shortly be recruiting a new leader to help us achieve our aspirations and we would like to emphasise a call to action to all those with an interest in the future of civil society in Aotearoa to get in touch and explore ways we can work together. 

Simon Cayley and Pania Coote
Co-Chairs Hui E! Board of Trustees

Sector News 

Taking NZ's People's Report on SDGs to the UN
New Zealand was one of 47 countries to present its first voluntary national review (VNR) of progress towards the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals to the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York last month. We were represented by Dr Gill Greer and Moko Morris (co-writers of NZ's People's Report on the SDGs) and Ronja Ievers (Hui E!). Ashlee Peacock (UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader) and Abbie Reynolds (Sustainable Business Council) were part of the official NZ delegation and brought an important youth and business perspective to the discussion.

Attending the HLPF was an important milestone for the People's Report on the Agenda 2030 and SDGs, and we were able to share our report with the New Zealand government, foreign governments, the United Nations, and many of our international civil society colleagues.

We were reminded by the deep urgency for sustainable development and climate action, and the need for radical partnerships to seize the opportunity provided by the 2030 Agenda. The opening remarks by the UN Secretary-General as well as keynote speech delivered by Screenwriter, Producer and Film Director Richard Curtis during the opening of the high-level political ministerial segment on 16th July brought the message home. The voices of young people in the fight against climate change and for a more sustainable, just and equal future were amplified by 5 young eloquent speakers (start at 0:11:25).

We also heard of the challenges faced by civil society globally – these include shrinking civic space, exclusion, disempowerment, and sustainable funding and resourcing. Sustainable development is not going to happen without indigenous people feeling safe and able to speak up.

Many of the side events we attended were organised by local, national, regional, and international civil society organisations and this was a great opportunity to meet, to exchange learning & experiences and to jointly advocate for transformative change based on the SDGs.

The New Zealand government presented its first progress report towards the SDGs (VNR) at the HLPF on 17 July. You can now watch the recording of the presentation and questions asked from the floor (including on behalf of NZ civil society) here (start at 0:59:00). 

The proceedings in New York were also reported on in New Zealand media.

You can listen to an interview with Dr Gill Greer and Ronja Ievers on access radio post HLPF at (28-07-2019, note that this will only be online for 6 weeks) and email us at if you wish to receive a copy of our full report on the HLPF.

Hui E! received funding from the Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund to cover the costs of two representatives to the HLPF. 

What next? We are currently having conversations with interested groups on how to leverage off this new momentum and a process for following up on the VNR. If you want to be involved or are interested in staying informed, please sign up to our SDG Network mailing list

Keep up to date with two important legislations currently under review
The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose for the sector. Public consultations recently closed and the Department of Internal Affairs is currently reviewing 350 submissions. You can find more about the review here. Sue Barker and Dave Henderson (who are both members of DIA’s Core Reference Group and received philanthropic sector funding to ensure a strong community voice in the review) invite you to a free webinar on 15 August to hear an update and ask questions about the Charities Act Review. You can register for the webinar here

The Incorporated Societies Act review is currently under review and in May the government agreed to make a number of changes to the Bill before it is introduced to Parliament later this year. The cabinet paper on proposed changes has now been proactively released, and together with other important information is available on MBIE's website here.
Action on agricultural emissions – consultation closes 13 August

The government is proposing to put a price on agricultural emissions at farm level from 2025 in an effort to reduce agricultural emissions. 

There are also two options for managing emissions in the interim. These options are to put a price on emissions at processor level, or establish a formal sector-government agreement. The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has published a discussion document to review these proposals and is asking for submissions by next Tuesday, 13th Aug, 5pm

MfE has been holding information sessions around the country and is holding an online webinar tonight, on Thursday 8 August from 7-9pm. You can register for the webinar here.

Online learning for the community sector – short survey

Online learning is one way that the community sector can up-skill our volunteers, colleagues and other organisations. Mike Curry is exploring the creation of a new shared online learning platform specifically for the New Zealand community sector.

Please consider taking Mike's short survey here and let him know what you think. 

Funding non-profits without strings – do unicorns exist?

Read the latest ComVoices blog on Scoop 'Funding non profits without strings, do unicorns exist?' by Marion Blake, Platform Trust. ComVoices is a network of national organisations in the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector.

New Climate Emergency Fund open

A new fund to support climate work - particularly "disruption and nonviolent activities that raise awareness and demand urgent action to address the climate emergency" is now available.

While the fund is US-based, grants are available internationally in three tiers -

  1. Start-up packages for grassroots groups (USD$500-2,000)
  2. Organisational development funding for activist groups looking to create something more permanent (USD$5,000-10,000)
  3. Operational funding support for mature organisations (USD$10,000+)

More information here:

Upcoming Events and Conferences

Conference – Tātou, tātou e! – 27 and 28 August, Wellington

Community Networks Aotearoa and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services are holding a joint conference on the 27th and 28th August 2019 in Wellington. Everyone is welcome. The theme this year is Tātou tātou e (all of us together): "The value of relationships in building wellbeing."  To find out more or register, click here

Christchurch Homelessness Symposium – 28 August 2019
Action Station campaign training, August - Sept

One of our supporters, ActionStation, is offering campaigning training sessions over the next few weeks, targeted at "rangatahi and young people (aged 16–40) and youth-led or youth-powered organisations who work for progressive political change" and focusing on digital campaigning, community organising and media skills.

The workshops will be held in Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch.

It would be fantastic to get the word out to young people in your organisations and networks!  Feel free to forward this email. More info here.

NZ SDG Summit announces key panelists and speakers, 2 Sept, Auckland

Experts from all sectors addressing New Zealand’s sustainability challenges have been announced as contributors to the upcoming NZ SDG Summit 2019 on 2 September. Read the press release here

VNZ Conference - Registrations now open, 15-17 Oct, Wellington

This year's Pivot conference will be held in Wellington with events on 15, 16 and 17 October 2019. Over the next couple of months VNZ will be providing more updates about Pivot speakers, content and networking opportunities. Register or learn more now.

Global issues that affect the sector

More from the High-Level Political Forum and upcoming global Summits 

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, held in New York last month was one of two HLPF meetings this year. The second will be the SDG Summit (HLPF under the auspices of the General Assembly) at the level of Heads of State from 24–25 September 2019. The theme will be “Accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. 

This event is the first UN summit on the SDGs since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. It will be chaired by the President of the General Assembly and will also result in a concise negotiated political declaration, of which a final agreed draft is now available here.

Between the 17 and 27 September, other important summits and meetings are taking place at the UN Headquarters and include:


Please note that during the UN high level week, all summits, meetings and events demand specific registration due to security and space restrictions. Your Grounds Pass (ECOSOC accredited Organisation) alone will not be sufficient to enter the UN Building. You will also need a Special Event Ticket to enter. Each of the summits, meetings and events above have their own registration processes to obtain Special Event Tickets. Obtaining a Special Event Ticket to one event will not grant you access to another. Each of the summits, meetings and events above are being organised by different people, please use the links to the websites to find out further information.



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

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