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Hui E! Monthly Pānui – Hui-tanguru / February 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

Ngā mihi o te wahanga ki a tātou!

Kōkiritia! Hui e! Tāiki e! Now that most of us are back into the swing of things we would like to update you all on some important things ahead, as well as some highlights so far.

Last month we participated in a workshop to assist Charities Services and the New Zealand Police to understand the risks of money laundering and terrorism in the not-for-profit sector. For further information check this link out. We also attended the Chinese New Year celebration at Te Papa to support our friends from Multicultural Council, which you can find out more in this pānui.

We met with MBIE to discuss the Incorporated Societies Bill and the next steps regarding some changes that will come into effect later this year. We will provide you with further updates as they arise, so please watch this space.

As a representative of a truly multicultural and diverse community sector we are also pleased to be working with our friends from Statistics New Zealand to contribute to the Indicators Aotearoa NZ – Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa website. Our brief meeting last month was a good start towards what will eventually be the online system to access the data and information. Last week, we attended the Pacific Food Sovereignty & Traditional Knowledge Conference at Takahiwai Marae organised by our friends from the International Indian Treaty Council, Te Rau Matatini and Te Kōpū. Events like these symbolise the diversity we have in Aotearoa New Zealand and the connections we have across the oceans and shows us the value of being part of the wider community.

A key event for all of us will be the national engagement on the Charities Act review. This will run from early March to late April and provide communities a space to voice their comments. So, from Whangarei to Invercargill there will be opportunities for you to come along – we’ll see you there! Later in the month we will take part in an international community sector exchange with our colleagues from the Zambia Council of Social Development where we’ll learn more about how they are involved with their Non-Governmental Organisations Act 2009 and similar issues to our Charities Act 2005. We will also be hosting one of their team for part of the Charities Act review to see how we’re doing it here, so we look forward to providing a warm welcome and showing them the diversity we have here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Later in this pānui you’ll find out more about our ongoing work on the Sustainable Development Goals and other things happening in the community, but in the meantime we wish you all the best for a productive new year.

Mauriora ki a tātou.

Sector News 

Charities Act review: community meeting dates and locations announced

The Department of Internal Affairs has released the dates and locations of the 21 community meetings that will be held during consultation on the Charities Act review. Meetings will be held throughout the country between 6 March and 18 April 2019. Please make sure that you 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 to support public consultation will be released in late February 2019. It will cover a range of issues set out in the review’s terms of reference and identified by key stakeholders. 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.

The document will also include specific questions to help people share their experiences and views.

Further information, including full details on the dates and locations of the community meetings, can be found at https://www.dia.govt.nz/charitiesreview.

Dates in the first couple of weeks include Porirua (for Pasifika charites) on Wednesday 6 March, 6pm–8.30pm; Carterton on Thursday 7 March 2–4.30pm; Wellington on Tuesday 12 March 2–4.30pm; and Wellington (for Māori charities) on Wednesday 13 March 6–8.30pm. Check out other dates and locations and register here

Input to the Review of the Charities Act

To New Zealanders working in the community, voluntary and not-for profit sectors, and in iwi and hapu organisations, please consider providing input via this survey run by Dave Henderson and Sue Barker. 

Kia ora koutou katoa,

This survey is to help us make independent input to the Review of the Charities Act, that is being run by the Department of Internal Affairs. We, that is Sue Barker and Dave Henderson, have received funding from a group of 12 community trusts and foundations so as to make sure there is a strong community voice in the review.

This note is a reminder - if you have already completed the survey, thank you! If not, please  do. We have over 500 completed so far but we want to make sure we get as complete a picture as possible. Please also share this request with your network - this is important!

We need your information whether or not you are a registered charity, so we can get that complete picture. If you are involved in more than one organisation, please complete the survey more than once, giving answers separately for each. Please especially complete the survey if your group has applied for Charities registration and has been turned down, or if you withdrew the application, and/or if you have been deregistered.

Here is the link to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CA2005

If you have any feedback on a particular question, or on the questionnaire as a whole, please send it to me or to Sue. We realise it is quite long but there are a lot of issues where we need data to feed into the review, and we really appreciate your time.

There is a saying that in a democracy, you get the legislation you deserve – this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create the best framework for charity law in New Zealand that we can. Please help to make sure the community voice is heard.

The Department will be announcing very soon the planned dates for a series of workshops on the Review, around the country. Sue and I will be at these - we encourage you to attend and hope to see you there.

Thanks again for your input to this important project.

Noho ora mai, na

Dave Henderson and Sue Barker

davehendersonnz@gmail.com  I susan.barker@charitieslaw.co

People's Report on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

We are excited to embark on what we think is a timely and valuable project of developing a People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
The Aotearoa People’s Report (working title) came out of a recent meeting with civil society organisations and is set out to be an independent analysis on SDG Progress built from the insights and expertise of our communities and available statistical data. It will play a key role in raising national awareness and keeping the spotlight on delivery of our SDG commitments. 
 
Last year, and in light of the announcement made by the New Zealand Government to present its first voluntary national review (VNR) of its SDG progress to the United Nations this July, civil society organisations (CSOs) agreed to the need for an independent civil society report that goes beyond simply a response to the government report. The CSO report will be prepared between now and mid-June with an Organising Team providing the overall governance for this project. A Coordinating Team will compile the report. You can read our latest SDG Network News here, which also includes updates on the Government's Voluntary National Review and how the SDGs stack up against our community priorities. 

If you are able to support us with this project in any way or would like to be kept updated on progress, please get in touch with us at ronja.ievers@huie.org.nz. We aim to start engaging with the sector in March/April this year so please stay tuned. 

Consultation on Government Procurement Guidelines

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is currently consulting on an update to the Government procurement guidelines (4th edition)

That consultation goes through to the 5th March 2019.

However as part of the consultation MBIE is also consulting on a Code of Conduct for Suppliers

Feedback on this is needed by 19th February.

Both pieces of consultation are relevant to any organisation that currently contracts with a government agency, or is hoping to.

The main changes to the procurement guidelines (which is a huge tome in itself), are intended to fit with the government’s priorities and outcomes:

  • the new Broader Outcomes Rules (Rules 16-20)
  • changes to construction procurement (Rules 18, 65 and 70)
  • new Rules around procurement capability (Rules 71 and 72), reporting (Rule 53) and planning (Rule 15)
  • the removal of outdated Rules (Extended Procurement Forecasts and Registered Suppliers Lists) and amending requirements relating to Significant Procurement Plans
  • amending the construction threshold to $9 million and reviewing the thresholds annually
  • changes to expectations around subcontracting and the conduct of suppliers (Rule 25 and Rule 44)
  • the Draft Government Procurement Charter 

Some of the above is still under development e.g. the new Rules on Broader Outcomes.

Transparency International NZ will be submitting on both, including the Code of Conduct for Suppliers, which we think in the proposed form is very weak. It is one thing to have a code of conduct and another to make it live, i.e. integrate it into organisational culture, leadership and business practice. 

Councils halt online voting trail for 2019 local body elections
The proposed trial of online voting in this year’s local body elections will not proceed after the working party comprised of nine councils made the decision to halt the trial. Although the working party had recently selected a provider that satisfied all of the security and delivery requirements, the cost burden for the councils involved ultimately forced the decision. Read Local Government New Zealand's December press release
For charities with a New Zealand Business Number

Charities Services has recently implemented a new field for charities to record their New Zealand Business Number (NZBN). NZBN is a globally unique identifier for all Kiwi businesses and should not be confused with your charities registration number (CC number). It enables entities in New Zealand (both non-for-profit and for-profit) to interact efficiently with the government and with one another.

It is not mandatory at this stage for charities to have a NZBN. All incorporated bodies who already have a NZBN and, if your entity is incorporated with the Companies Office (e.g. an incorporated trust or society or company), the Charities Register has been updated with the information. Since it is public information, the users can search for a charity on the register using the NZBN only.

Non-incorporated charities can apply for NZBN from nzbn.govt.nz. For more information, please visit the Charities Services website.

[update provided by our IT Guru and volunteer Gaurav Dhar]

Showcasing the 2018 Borrin Grants

The 2018 Borrin Foundation grantees undertook some valuable research and projects in the areas of the criminal justice system and family law, reframing crime and justice, gender in the legal profession, Indigenous law, consumer credit law and New Zealand’s resource management system. Take a look here. 

The Chinese New Years celebration

Hui E! Community Aotearoa was delighted to join the Multicultural Festival in celebration of Chinese New Year Gala held in the beautiful Te Marae at Te Papa Wellington on the 26 January 2019.

It was a great opportunity to re-connect with our Multicultural New Zealand Community whilst enjoying the outstanding cultural performances in beautiful costumes from many ethnic groups. What better way to celebrate our city's diversity.

 

Upcoming Events and Conferences

RainbowYouth workshops available for the workplace

Rainbow YOUTH are launching into 2019 with a whole new series of professional development workshops for businesses and organisations who work with queer, gender diverse and intersex youth! 

"We loved learning about gender diversity and the small things that we can all do in our lives to make the world a friendlier and safer space for everyone. We have been armed with some really awesome tools that will help us shape our thinking and our conversations. A seriously impressive hour!" 
Gemma Braddock, Branch Manager, ACC North Harbour, Auckland


Click here to check them out and book today!

Brain Injury and communication 1-day workshop – 15 March
Havelock North Function Centre – Increase your knowledge and awareness of Brain Injury and the impact on the individual, whānau and providers when communicating. Alongside the Key Note presentations there will be opportunity to learn, discuss and speak with a panel of service users.

Following the workshop attendees will have:
  • Increased knowledge of Brain Injury and the impacts on the individual and communication
  • Increased confidence in communication skills
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • Strategies for communication in challenging situations
  • Competence to work respectfully and inclusively with diversity and difference in practice
  • Competence to promote empowerment of people and communicates to enable positive change
For registration or enquiries please get in touch with liaison@braininjuryhb.co.nz or by phone 068786875 ext:2

Global Issues that affect the sector

A new climate generation hits the streets
School strikes over climate change continue to snowball across the globe and kiwi students are set to walk out of school on March 15th

Also, don't miss out on this moving address by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg to the World Economic Forum in Davos last month.
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This e-newsletter is produced by Hui E! Community Aotearoa.

All the information is intended to assist readers to pursue in a non-partisan way an interest in matters relating to civil society in Aotearoa New Zealand. An effort is made within available resources to ensure accuracy but no guarantee is given or implied.

If you have contributions, comments or suggestions, please forward them to ronja.ievers@huie.org.nz 

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

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