Ros Rice

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From the top –
Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

Yes, more about our Hui on October 13th. Its not too late to register, but you only have about 5 days left to do it.
I want to tell you about our SpeakEasy session which will be run by the wonderful Karen Stockmann our MC from Community Waikato.This is kind of an altered World Café, and a chance to network, discuss and learn.  We have five specific topics and five experts on each topic.  Everyone will rotate around tables according to instructions from Karen, and have a chance to meet others, and to talk about each of these subjects.  To introduce our experts who will be at one of the five tables.
Advocacy and Community Action: Liz Davies, CEO Socialink Tauranga
Staff Management & employment: Sandra Grey, National Secretary Tertiary Education Union.
Strategy and resilience: Holly Snape, CEO Community Waikato
Harnessing technology:  Tony Gilbert, National Education Manager New Era Technology
Funding:  Linn Araboglos, CEO Wellington Community Trust
We have picked these subjects in response to the survey we sent you, so I hope your discussion and network needs are met with these 5 fabulous experts and sharing your own experience and asking your own questions.  Come prepared!
See you soon – Ros

7 days
For your safety we will require all participants to log in with our unique QR code. We will also be have hand sanatiser, wipes and masks available for use.
8:30am – Registration Desk open, CQ Hotel – 223 Cuba Street, Wellington

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER
9:15 AM
Karakia – Te Urikore Waenga
Welcome – Tess Casey, CNA Chair
and then we are under the care of your MC – Karen Stockmann
9:30am
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Siouxsie Wiles

We are delighted to present a  familiar face to all Kiwis, Assoc. Professor Dr. Siouxsie Wiles will be zooming in discussing COVID and what we need to think about into the future. There will be a short Q&A facilitated by Ros.
10:15
Morning Tea
NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK

When asked there was a resounding call to have a face to face Hui and we know how valuable it is to meet old friends and to make new ones.

There will be ample opportunity during morning & afternoon tea and lunch to have a natter with like-minded folk.

Main Party Policies of Relevance to the Social & Community Sector

Liz Stewart from Socialink has compiled an excellent resource outlining the main parties policies for our Sector.

Download

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop.
We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here. A wide range of topics and articles
Learn More
10:30am-12:30pm

Speakeasy

Karen Stockmann

You told us what issues you want to talk about and we have gathered leaders in 5 fields to facilitate discussion during our Speakeasy. You’ll get a chance to rotate to each table to begin a new discussion, to share ideas and to ask questions.
12:30
Lunch
SPEAKEASY
LEADERS

Liz Davies
Advocacy & Community ActionHolly Snape
Strategy & Resilience

Tony Gilbert
Harnessing
Technology

Sandra Grey
HR, Staff, Employment Issues

Linn Araboglos
Funding

Collaborative Voices

Each month Ros talks to people who are influential from within and without our Sector.

You can listen to previous broadcasts with Liz Davies (Socialink);
Danny Mollen (Social Wellbeing Agency)

Hear More

Government Updates

1:30pm

Who Are You?

Sarah
Doherty
Our Members’ Research Project will us a more focused idea on who our membership is. We’ve commissioned Sarah Doherty and she will present some of the work she has been doing with you to help us better represent you.
2:30
Feedback
REFLECTION & FEEDBACK

After hearing about our Membership from Sarah Doherty we will have time to reflect on the day and then end with a karakia at 3:00pm with our Kaumatua.

After which we invite you to stay around, have a cuppa and a good yarn with those you have met during the day, or to get ready to wing away back home brimming with info.

Choose Your Future

Your voice is always important, make it count.
VOTE!
Am I enrolled?
FIND OUTNo?
WHAT TO DO

Where can I vote?
LOOK HERE

Not-For-Profits & Charities Landscape

Here is the research intended to understand the context, experience, and pain points with Inland Revenue, so IR can explore opportunities to make improvements.

Learn More

Meet The Members
Tokoroa Council of Social Services

An organisation that is Community Owned, Community Driven was first mooted around 1980, by the Citizens Advice Bureau, who thought that having a social service and welfare group established could only help the South Waikato Community.They believed (and rightly so) that Tokoroa and the South Waikato was in need of an organisation that could support the needs of families, and to ensure that their needs were brought to the attention of those groups, organisations and agencies that could assist in making a difference to their lives.

They felt that the South Waikato could benefit from a wider network, so they became an affiliated organisation of the New Zealand Council of Social Services, hence TCOSS’ name of the Tokoroa Council of Social Services.

TCOSS was formalised on 19 September 1991.  With this came the employment of a Community Development Worker for the South Waikato, Mrs Patricia Seymour.  Pat started with no office. phone, car, pens or paper and a Board Member wrote a personal cheque so that TCOSS could be solvent!

A strong bond was also developed with the Tokoroa Borough Council, who then became the South Waikato District Council. This bond has continued with the South Waikato District Council supporting TCOSS and the Community Centre. TCOSS has also undergone a number of changes, since it was first conceived and has moved from a force of one to now having18 staff who are passionate about helping, empowering adn supporting families in the community.staff. We have also had the privilege of having dedicated Community-minded people, join the TCOSS family and agree to be members of the governing Executive Committee.

TCOSS works through six major areas
* Early Years Service Hub – improving service coordination for vulnerable children;
* Hippy – A programme to follow on from the PAFT programme and is for children 4-6 years of age;
* Family Centred Service – supporting families who  are affected by family or domestic violence;
* Family Support Service – giving client families better management skills for everyday life;   * Integrated Attendance Service – formerly the Truancy Service, we work with 20 schools to assist ensuring school attendance and assist non-enrolled students with their education pathways;
* Social Workers in Schools – working with 13 schools in the South Waikato and Mangakino districts.

Heavily embedded in the community TCOSS goes from strength to strength supporting, guiding, helping, advising.

Me Takatū Mō Te ShakeOut

Have you registered you and yours to practice your emergency earthquake response
at 9:30am on 15th October?
DO THAT HERE

Proactively Supporting Children and Young People During COVID-19 and Beyond
Friday 9th, 10:30am-12:00 Oranga Tamariki Evidence Centre Te Pokapū Taunakitanga, Cross-Agency Webinar

Why Cashflow is Important for Not-for-Profits
Wednesday 14th, 1:00-2:00pm Techsoup NZ

Better Collaboration, Bigger Impact: How to Manage Work From Anywhere with Asana
Tuesday 20th, 2:00-3:00pm Techsoup NZ

Acquiring Donors Online
Tuesday 27th, 2:00-3:00pmTechsoup NZ – $30.00 (ex. GST)

Remote Service delivery – Learning from Adaptation During Covid-19
Thursday 29th, 2:00-3:00pmTechsoup NZ

Community Networks Aotearoa Online 2020 AGM

10am-12pm on Wednesday 28th of October.

Our members will soon be receiving CNA documents for the Annual General Meeting
and our Zoom invite for you to attend online.

Any questions? please contact us on info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Remember
5th – World Teachers’ Day & World Habitat Day
10th – World Mental Health Day
13TH CNA MEMBERS’ HUI
17th – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
17TH NZ/AOTEAROA GENERAL ELECTIONS & REFERENDUMS
24th United Nations Day
28th CNA ONLINE AGM
31st – World Cities Day

About Community Networks Aotearoa

We:
  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

And don’t forget we’re here to help.

If you have any problems, issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on +64 4 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz 
Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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Kia Ora Koutou
This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.

In this newsletter…
(click on text to jump straight to article)

WE HOPE YOU WILL DISTRIBUTE THIS NEWSLETTER
THROUGH YOUR NETWORKS
CNA aims to provide a range of information and links to resources.
We’d love to see it spread far and wide,
you never know who of your members is going to make a wonderful discovery.
COVID-19 – Updates, Info & Resources Updated and date-stamped
Ministry of Health COVID-19 The official page for all information and advice.
RNZ – dedicated COVID-19 page.The dedicated emergency broadcaster

CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

This is a message for our members. October 13 we have our biennial Hui. It’s for only one day, but the biggest focus is talking and networking with each other. We have the wonderful Karen Stockman from Community Waikato for our MC but our keynote speaker is the amazing Dr Siouxsie Wiles. 
She isn’t sure if she can zoom in, or if she is turning up in person, but her presentation is just for ½ hour.  We know all of you have been through the wringer keeping up with community needs during CoVid, and Siouxsie has always been a shining light of common sense and smiles.Our message to you is this.  Please book flights NOW.  Airline travel is a bit dodgy, Paddy and I got moved flights the other week and there are less flights than normal.  Also if you need to come in a day early, let us know so if necessary we can help you with overnight costs.

Most important is this PLEASE REGISTER!  We have final numbers to the hotel for rooms and catering which need to be in asap.  The hui is only 5 weeks away and if you don’t register asap, we might not have enough food for you.

Oh Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Ros

As always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON
ONLY

35 DAYS

UNTIL OUR MEMBERS’ HUI

It’s all go here at CNA as we announce our Hui 2020 programme.
We begin with a karakia at 9:30am and end the day at 3:00pm.To download a Registration Form
and to see the Programme
CLICK HERE to go to our website.

Here’s what’s in store for you…

Keynote Speaker – Dr. SIOUXSIE WILES
We are thrilled to announce Dr. Wiles as our Keynote Speaker. I think it would be almost impossible not to recognise her work through this pandemic and the clear communication she has brought to numerous platforms in New Zealand and overseas. Dr. Wiles will be speaking about some of the ramifications to our sector and how we might move forward in a prepared way.

SPEAKEASY

Our MC for the Hui is Karen Stockman from CNA Member Community Waikato where she has been an advisor since 2011, and has a background in facilitation, training, and development.Karen will also be facilitating our ‘Speakeasy’ where we will have speakers addressing issues that you have raised with us through our Issues Survey. We will then have time to break into groups to discuss, ask questions and share information and resources about one of these issues. You’ll have the chance to rotate through these groups to touch base with each issue.

The issues that you have brought to our attention are
* Collaboration – including advocacy and community led action
* HR – including management, contracting, and evaluations
* Funding – including resources, where to get information and new ideas
* Technology – including how to maximise our technology after COVID-19
* Planning – including strategic planning and building resilience

We invite you to bring questions you want answered; to bring solutions you’ve found; to bring any materials with you to share with your fellow Members.

Remember – there is nothing as powerful as an idea who’s time has come.,
and what a chance to share these good ideas to help others.

Special Presentation: Who Are You?

Sarah Doherty will present some of her work on our Members’ Research Project. Earlier this year CNA commissioned Sarah to independently engage with our Membership to give us a more focused idea on who our membership is. We know that we have a wide range of diverse networks and this mahi will help us strategise to continue to provide meaningful support for you.

NETWORK NETWORK NETWORK

When asked there was a resounding call to have a face to face Hui and we know how valuable it is to meet old friends and to make new ones. There will be ample opportunity during morning tea and lunch to have a natter with like-minded folk.After hearing about our Membership from Sarah Doherty we will have time to reflect on the day and then end with a karakia at 3:00pm after which we invite you to stay around, have a cuppa and a good yarn with those you have met during the day.

Important Information-

Date:    13th, October
Time:    9:30 am – 3:00pm
Where: CQ Hotel, 213-223 Cuba Street, Wellington (fully accessible)

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
YOU CAN REGISTER HERE

Hui Checklist

* Completed and sent in your Registration Form?
(includes any dietary and other requirements)
* Booked your travel?
* Booked you accommodation if needed?
* Started thinking about what information or questions, if any,you may want to bring to the Speakeasy?

Meet the Members –
South Dunedin Community Network

The South Dunedin Community Network connects people who live, work or play across the wider South Dunedin area to strengthen communities and help people use their voice to create a vibrant, resilient community and a safe future together.
South Dunedin is a diverse community in a unique position. Built on a foundation of reclaimed swamp lands, we are facing some serious implications due to rising sea levels. Surface flooding is already a real issue in our community and it is from the need for the community to come together after some serious flooding in 2015, that the Community Network was created.

Since then, long term water issues have been a key aspect in our work, as well as building up our community and creating day to day opportunities for the community to come together and celebrate. We host two community Hui every year, as well as being part of the organisation of the South Dunedin Street Festival, the Teddy Bears’ Hospital each year. We also are part of a number of networks within our community and run smaller events, such as sausage sizzles, throughout the community.
In our first few years we were fortunate to be umbrellaed and supported by Otago Catholic Social Services. We have just begun our next stage of development by becoming an incorporated society and intend to move quickly onto being a registered charity. This is a big step that we are very proud to be making.
The Network works with a diverse range of people at a local, regional and national level and supports the community by providing a way for everyone to connect through membership, sharing knowledge and recruiting volunteers who form a network and help to connect the community. We have four main areas of focus within our community network, Advocacy, Communication, Connection and Celebration and do all of our mahi with a focus on Community Led development.
Currently we have two new staff members, this allows us to have community rooms open to the public and to be active amongst our community, connecting with people, helping run great local events and advocating for the things that matter to our community.
COVID-19 and lockdown has brought a number of challenges for our community especially connecting within the network, as the internet is not something all of our community has access to. We were about to hold an evening community Hui during Level 1, focused totally around what we had learnt during lockdown and what we as a community could do differently going forward. Sadly, moving into level 2 prevented us from holding this event. We are now looking at ways we can create events, like our Hui, that enable quality connection for people while adhering to level two requirements, a challenge that I am sure most community networks would be working through at this time. We are determined to not stop everything as it is in these times that community activity, connection and visibility is so very important for our people.
Despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought to us, we are very excited about the work that we are doing and are looking forward to building our community rooms up to be an even more well-used space for the community and for our mahi to bring the people who live, work or play in South Dunedin together. 

Listening To Our Members
CNA Members’ Research Project

As you’ll see from our Hui programme we are already underway with out Members’ Research Project. For the past few months, we have been thinking about how we can better understand our members and how we can make sure our services are meeting the needs of our members, now and into the future.We have engaged Sarah Doherty of Doherty Solutions to help us with this work, so that we can listen deeply, look for the insights, and then plan with confidence. Sarah has a great deal of experience in the community sector and though she has worked with us before, (you might know Sarah from some of her previous work, or from our Conference last year) comes to this project as an independent contractor so you can feel free to be as candid as you wish.

Sarah will be speaking with every one of our members, and visiting with many of you as well, in the next few months.

In this video Ros & Sarah have a quick chat about the project CLICK HERE

Sarah will be in contact soon, you can reach her on sarah@dohertysolutions.co.nz

On October 15 International Shakeout day is observed with the mission to educate the public about the importance of taking immediate action in case of an earthquake.Does your organisation have a continuity plan for such an event?
If you don’t have a business continuity plan or are currently making or editing yours, business.govt.nz and Resilient Organisations have guides and resources for you.

CNA whole-heartedly suggest you get on board with the ShakeOut to make sure you are prepared.

To sign up for the New Zealand ShakeOut please CLICK HERE
To access image, videos & resources for the ShakeOut please CLICK HERE
To access the organisation/business continuity resources CLICK HERE

Remember
8th September – International Literacy Day
9th September – International Suduku Day
10th September – World Suicide Prevention Day

Second Monitoring Report Released

The Monitor has published its second report covering agency compliance with the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations). The findings are for the six-month period from 1 July to 31 December 2019, including the three months from 1 July to 30 September 2019 covered in the initial report.

To read the report CLICK HERE

Communal Cuppas

Fancy a break?
A catch up over a cuppa?
Send us an email or text and we’ll Zoom you.
We probably need a break and would welcome a chance to see you.

Help Your Community Get Ready To Vote

Voting in the 2020 New Zealand Elections and Referendums has now started and will end at 7pm on Election day, Saturday 19 September. You can find more resources about enrolling and voting on our website, including information in different languages and resources you can use online, on websites or social media.To visit the Electoral Commission Te Kaitaki Take Kōwhiri’s website CLICK HERE
To download their Community Resources CLICK HERE

Equality Network  invite you to join a live Facebook event to hear from political leaders how their parties plan to deliver a thriving and equitable Aotearoa. Now more than ever, Covid-19 has shown us that we are dependent on each other and no matter where we come from, what we look like, or how much money we have, it’s time to pull together to demand decent homes, support and income for everyone.

To find out more please CLICK HERE

New Zealand’s Astounding Wealth Gap
Challenges Our ‘Fair Go’ Identity

Max Rashbrooke of The Guardian, writes that new data shows the richest 1% are worth 68 times more than a typical New Zealander.The extent of wealth inequality in supposedly egalitarian New Zealand has been laid bare…
To read the full article CLICK HERE

Jenée Tibshraeny argues in a changing world the Government needs to balance out the RBNZ’s quantitative easing with a bottom-up approach to ensure the most needy don’t miss out.
To read the full article CLICK HERE
Shamubeel Eaqub assesses the economic picture in the context of Covid-19 and the looming election and encourages voters to engage with their local candidates.
To read the full article CLICK HEREMessaging on Income and Wealth Inequality How to sell the message that income and wealth inequality in Aotearoa needs to be reduced. Equality Network has this to say.
To read the full article CLICK HERE

COMMUNITY CONNECTS GRANT

The Community Connects grant aims to assist councils and communities to develop age friendly plans or to implement age friendly communities in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Age Friendly Cities: A Guide. The fund targets projects that support their community to prepare for an ageing population and that promote the inclusion and contribution of older people in community life.We offer grants up to $15,000, from an annual budget of $100,000. If funds are not disbursed in one round there may be a further grant round in the same financial year.

The final date for applications for this year is Friday 9 October 2020.

To find out more CLICK HERE

 

Ros in conversation with
Liz Davies from Socialink

COLLABORATIVE VOICES is broadcast on Wellington Access Radio
or you can download this and previous episodes as a PODCAST
Previous interviews:
Danny Mollan from the Social Wellbeing Agency
 Steven Moe – NGO Zooms Over Lockdown

Webinars

Techsoup NZ Free Webinars Aimed at Not For Profits

16th Sept 3-4pm  How Does Google Ads Fit Within Your Digital Strategy
17th Sept 1-2pm  How To Organise People & Data to Build a Thriving Community
23rd Sept 1-2pm  Wish More People Would Open Your Emails? 5 Tips To Help Improve Your Open Rate.
30th Sept 2-3pm  Writing Words for your Website; Getting People to Listen and Connect With Your Non-Profit

Previous Webinars of Interest

Funding Your Charity in a Post COVID-19 World

Government

The Referendums

It’s important that all New Zealanders are able to make an informed choice on how they will vote. Referendum information is available in a range of languages and accessible formats, including te reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.

To read the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill  CLICK HERE
To read the End of Life Choice Act  CLICK HERE

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on  Community Scoop. We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here.

Employment Opportunity

Restorative Practices Aotearoa, one of our Members, has some employment opportunities in different regions. If you know of anyone who may be interested can you please pass this on.

Survivor Specialist role – PROJECT RESTORE NZ Christchurch OR Dunedin based – serving the South Island of NZ and elsewhere as needed.
Clinical Manager Role – PROJECT RESTORE NZ Auckland based. FTE 0.8

Applications close Monday, 21st September

If you are interested, please send your CV and a cover letter to our Core Services Manager, Justine Leef via office@projectrestore.nz. A job description is available on request.

Community Networks Aotearoa Online 2020 AGM

10am-12pm on Wednesday 28th of October.

All full Members of Community Networks Aotearoa have now received their notification  of our online AGM. This includes nomination forms for our Exectuve Committee as well as forms for remits and motions.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE CNA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
CLOSE 5PM, 30TH SEPTEMEBER

If you have not received yours please email Patrick on info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Network News August, 2020

In this newsletter…
(click on text to jump straight to article)

WE HOPE YOU WILL DISTRIBUTE THIS NEWSLETTER
THROUGH YOUR NETWORKS
CNA aims to provide a range of information and links to resources.
We’d love to see it spread far and wide,
you never know who of your members is going to make a wonderful discovery.
COVID-19 – Updates, Info & Resources Updated and date-stamped
Ministry of Health COVID-19 The official page for all information and advice.
RNZ – dedicated COVID-19 page.The dedicated emergency broadcaster

CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

Have you ever thought about how much data Government already gathers from us?  After some extensive social sector engagement in 2018/19, the Social Wellbeing Agency found that one clear theme in the feedback was the need for a ‘2-way street’ for data where government departments provide better access back to community organisations to data, insights, statistics and research. 
I think we could all definitely gain from that data being released to us.  The Social Wellbeing Agency is kick-starting some rich discussions to understand what information is helpful to community organisations for service planning type purposes, and to work out how government can do a better job providing NGOs with data that is useful and valuable to our work.If you are not funded by government there is still the ability to access research and data.  I will personally be discussing how data can be provided back to locally funded community groups.  Also you can access some interesting research via Community research if you follow this link. http://www.communityresearch.org.nz/Stay in touch and I hope to talk to you all soon.

Ros

As always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

CNA Members’ Hui 2020

Our planning for the Hui will proceed,
but we will be making any changes necessary to correctly respond to Alert Levels.
The results of our Short Sharp Survey are in and
everyone can’t wait to come to Wellington!

Our one-day Hui will take place in Wellington on the 13th of October. We will be holding our AGM at a later date so we will have more time to meet, network, and talk over those issues that are most pressing for YOU.And with that in mind we will be looking to you to take the lead on what we discuss. So look out for our Members’ Issues Survey in your mailbox and make sure you have YOUR SAY.

We’ll be organising our Speakers, Schedule and Workshop Leaders based
upon what you most want to talk about.

Meet the Members –
WestREAP

Westland Rural Educational Activites Programme

There are 13 REAP’s in New Zealand, 8 in the North Island and 5 in the South. Two on the West Coast – WestREAP and Buller REAP. Between 1979 and 1982 the government of the day established REAPs with the over-arching goal of facilitating lifelong learning opportunities for communities in rural and isolated area.  REAPs connect learners with learning with a focus on the areas of Early Childhood, Schools and Youth, Adult and Community Education and Community Led Development. 

WestREAP has been in in operation for nearly 40 years providing educational pathways for communities in the Grey and Westland districts from Barrytown way down south to Haast, up the Grey valley, east to Otira and including Hokitika and Greymouth.  The main WestREAP office is in Hokitika with a smaller office and learning hub in Greymouth.
WestREAP had a change of Chief Executive in late 2019 and a restructure which has seen the organization flourish and allowed them the resilience to move smoothly through COVID-19 and the various lock-down levels.

WestREAP staff number around 20 and are all mostly part-time.  They live in a range of locations including Hokitika, Kumara, Greymouth, Ross and Okarito.  The WestREAP Board reside from Whataroa to Greymouth.

Our learners come from our many and varied communities.  Children under 6 and their parents and whānau can participate in a range of early childhood education initiatives such as Melody Makers Music and Movement sessions, SPACE (Supporting Children Alongside Children’s Education, Greymouth Playgroup, Pipsqueaks Playgroup in Hokitika, Incredible Years Parenting Programme, Early Reading Together, Early Learning Support in the home, Rural Playdays, Transition to School and bringing shows to the West Coast such as Craig Smith’s Wonky Donkey, Sharon and Alan Holt’s Te Reo Singalongs, delivering The Power of Words with Shane Stevenson and delivering He Mapuna te Tamaiti training and other professional development to Early Childhood educators.  Neuroscience educator and child development expert Nathan Mikaere Wallis has also just visited us in Hokitika delivering at Arahura Marae. A small, highly experienced and dedicated team of seven staff make all this happen and more.

In our WestREAP rohe we have 27 schools including Primary, Secondary and Area levels.  Our Schools Team work with them all to help deliver CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support, Leadership Camps for Years 6-8, helping to facilitate Te Hui Ahurei o nga kura o te Tai Poutini (West Coast Schools Kapa Haka Festival), Clued Up Kids and presentations such as Angela Barnett’s Pretty Smart and Steven Sextons Science Workshops.

WestREAP also work extensively in the area of Youth with their extremely successful DriveWEST Learners Licence programme in Westland.  Not specifically for youth but well received by 16 year olds wanting their learners licence and with a high pass rate.   WestREAP also hold the Ministry of Social contracts for NEETS (Not in Education Employment or Training) and Youth payment and Young Parent payment.  The small team of 3 work hard in this space with the youth in our communities with these contracts.
ACE (Adult and Community Education) has a part-time organizer and a range of qualified and quality tutors.  Currently we run weekly Te Reo classes in both Greymouth and Hokitika with levels for beginner and more advanced.  Kapa Haka Community groups run weekly in both towns also as well as Art4Me Art and Learn to Play Bridge Groups.  Creative Writing runs weekly in Hokitika and an ESOL group is being established there too.  Computing options are made to fit according to learner need with a resident WestREAP I T Tutor.  New Zealand Sign Language is offered each term somewhere on the Coast.  Ukulele/Waiata has just started in Term 3 in both Greymouth and Hokitika.
The WestREAP focus now and into the future is meeting community need and we are happy to talk to anyone who has an idea around this.  Staff are long-term locals in their communities, knowledgeable about the Coast and committed to education and this makes it easy for us to identify needs and network with many and varied communities and learners.
Technology such as Zoom allows us to deliver into isolated areas which are often hard to reach geographically.  COVID-109 lock-down certainly gave us all a learning experience in the technology but were a lifesaver during lockdown with weekly full staff meetings to stay connected.  Individual teams met weekly also with a number of Early Childhood initiatives offered online.
WestREAP (and Buller REAP) are the Local Donation Funding Manager for the Tindall Foundation and they were kept busy during lockdown with the distribution of additional Tindall funding for organisations affected by COVID-19.
WestREAP also hold the contract for the West Coast Disability Resource Service and the team of 3 met weekly to catch up and identify need during lock-down.
The real success story of lockdown for our orgnaisation was our Art4Me groups in Greymouth and Hokitika with the Art Tutor starting a website, blog and newsletter to keep the groups engaged and learning.  Some of the best art-work we have seen from these groups came out of lock-down and for some of our most vulnerable learners this approach was their lifeline for their mental and artistic health. This has been built on since lock-down with the introduction of more technology to the groups with tablets to assist their learning.

Jane Wellard
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Locally-Led Solutions at the Centre of
New Community Resilience Fund

Community groups around New Zealand can apply to a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions as communities rebuild and recover from COVID-19, announced Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams.
To read more CLICK HERE

PHA Calls for the Minister of Health To Intervene

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHANZ) calls on the Minister of Health to intervene and adopt the alternative commissioning framework outlined on pg 174 of the Simpson report.To read the Full PHANZ Summary of Recommendations CLICK HERE 

Remember
9th August – International Day of Indigenous Peoples
12th August – World Youth Day
28th August – Cancer Society Daffodil Day

Survey Highlights Impact of Covid-19
on the Community and Voluntary Sector

New figures have been released today showing the impact of COVID-19 on the community and voluntary sector. The results are from a nationwide survey of over 1,400 organisations carried out across May and June.

To read more CLICK HERE
To read the report CLICK HERE

Communal Cuppas

Fancy a break?
A catch up over a cuppa?
Send us an email or text and we’ll Zoom you.
We probably need a break and would welcome a chance to see you.

Help Your Community Get Ready To Vote

The 2020 General Election and referendums will be held in September and we want every eligible New Zealander to enrol and vote. Voting starts on Saturday 5 September and will end at 7pm on election day, Saturday 19 September. You can find more resources about enrolling and voting on our website, including information in different languages and resources you can use online, on websites or social media.To visit the Electoral Commission Te Kaitaki Take Kōwhiri’s website CLICK HERE
To download their Community Resources CLICK HERE
 Collaborative Voices

Coming Soon –  
Ros talks to Danny Mollan

from the Social Wellbeing Agency

COLLABORATIVE VOICES airs on Wellington Access Radio from 10:30 – 11:00 am on the third Saturday of the month. It is then replayed up and down the country, check your local Access Radio schedules; or you can download previous episodes as a podcast.
Previous available interviews include:
Steven Moe – NGO Zooms Over Lockdown
MP Paul Eagle; Climate Change with Dave Kennedy
Financial Capability with Tim Barnett

Community Networks Aotearoa Online 2020 AGM

Our Membership has spoken and this year’s Annual General Meeting will take place online at
10am-12pm on Wednesday 28th of October.
We will be sending information to all our Full Members shortly.

Independent Children’s Monitor 2nd Report Released

In March 2019, the Government agreed to strengthen independent oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system through improved advocacy for tamariki and rangatahi, independent compliant avenues, and universal monitoring of the care and protection and youth justice system.The first two functions are being carried out by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Ombudsman respectively, with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) appointed to establish the monitoring function
The Independent Children’s Monitor (the Monitor) has been set up to monitor the National Care Standards and Related Matters (NCS) Regulations, providing assurance and reporting on the performance of agencies that have the care and custody of tamariki and rangatahi.
The Monitor began operating on 1 July 2019 and acts independently of MSD. The Monitor is, currently monitoring two of the NCS Regulations, which focus on allegations of abuse or neglect of tamariki in State care. From December 2020, all the NCS Regulations will be monitored.
The Monitor monitors the system of State care, not individual children. It collects data and information from agencies who have care and custody, and will speak with those caring for tamariki, parents, whānau and, of course, tamariki and rangatahi to provide the full picture regarding their quality of care. The Monitor reports its findings to the Minister for Children and publishes all reports on its website.
The Monitor’s second report was published in August 2020, and outlines findings for the six-month period from 1 July to 31 December 2019, including the three months from 1 July to 30 September 2019 covered in the initial report.To find out more about the Monitor, visit and subscribe to its newsletter CLICK HERE
To view the Report CLICK HERE

Webinars

9 Webinars through August
RASNZ Symposium

Refugee Resettlement in a Time of International Change Symposium is a free, live webinar series. The intention for the symposium is to highlight key themes and recommendations to improve services. A series of nine live webinars will feature throughout the month, led by distinguished speakers from diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Topics include Advocacy, Mental Health, Political Perspectives and more

COST: Koha
For more detailed  information CLICK HERE

Friday, 11th Sept.

How A Rainbow Community Collaboration is Changing Mental Health Practice in Aotearoa

Supporting Rainbow People in Aotearoa is a Rainbow resource for mental health professionals created through collaboration between InsideOUT, RainbowYOUTH, Gender Minorities Aotearoa, Youth Wellbeing Study and Gloria Fraser, a researcher at Victoria University of Wellington. Join this free webinar to hear more about why and how this resource was developed and how it is being used to shift professional mental health practice in Aotearoa.

Time: 11:00am 
COST: Koha
For more detailed  information or to be part of this webinar CLICK HERE

Government Updates

Discriminatory Law Repealed

A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government.
To read more  CLICK HERE 

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill Passes

The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi.
To read more CLICK HERE

Managed Isolation Bill Passes

“The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will introduce a new charging system for managed isolation to balance the rights of New Zealanders to return home and help reduce pressure on the system.” Megan Woods said.
To read more CLICK HERE

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on  Community Scoop. We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here.

CNA July Newsletter

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C.N.A. aims to provide a range of information and links to resources.
We’d love to see it spread far and wide,
you never know who of your members is going to make a wonderful discovery.
COVID-19 – Updates, Info & Resources Updated and date-stamped
Ministry of Health COVID-19 The official page for all information and advice.
RNZ – dedicated COVID-19 page.The dedicated emergency broadcaster

CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora Team,

I thought I would make a time to talk about something you have seen often but maybe haven’t thought about. Our logo. We love our logo because it is really meaningful to us.
The mako head is the historic symbol of Community Networks Aotearoa’s previous brand.- The NZ Council of Social Services. The symbol is retained to show C.N.A’s proud link with its predecessor. In Maori Mako sharks signify a saviour of the seas… 

…rescuing sailors in peril.  In the far north, the ocean taniwha Ruamano took the form of a mako.  If a waka overturned, the crew called upon Ruamano to deliver them safely to land. In another legend, when the canoe captained by Tamatekapua was voyaging towards New Zealand, it met Te parata, an ocean creature who almost swallowed the canoe and its crew. They were saved by a mako and in its honour the crew renamed the canoe and their tribe Te Arawa (the shark).

Three makos represent the three stake holding groups- Community Networks Aotearoa, Government and the Community – coming together face-to-face, forming relationships and building pathways.

A secondary shape is formed by the three makos – a ti kouka or cabbage tree. Ti Kouka is respected for its remarkable ability to grown in all habitats and rebound from disaster.  It has considerable medicinal and food values. And ti kouka specimens were used as important navigation markers.

I can’t think of a better description of how C.N.A and our membership and government worked through the lockdown together. Looking after people in peril, in a time of great danger we worked together for the wellbeing of everyone, we represented ourselves throughout the country, we were responding to an issue of medical concern, and as a result we have strengthened and formed new relationships and pathways to continue working together.
All power to the NGO sector!

Ros

As always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Meet the Members –
Alexandra Council of Social Services: ACOSS

The Alexandra Council of Social Services (ACOSS) is a networking group for the Alexandra and Clyde area of Central Otago. Our membership is made up of representatives for a wide range of Social Services across our district, many of which also service the wider Central Otago and Central Lakes communities.

ACOSS has remained a central voice for the Social Service Sector for the past several decades during a time that has seen major social and economic changes that have defined the area and created the agricultural and tourist hotspot we are today. 

In late September 2019 a group on behalf of ACOSS organized and lead a community hui to look into the needs of the area, with the goal of finding ways to action the needs and wants of the community and not having yet another talkfest. The hui was made up of ACOSS members, business owners and employers, iwi, churches, new people to our area and the Central Otago District Council. The result of the hui found that the greatest areas of need were housing, the aging population, and the increase of diverse groups.

From here the three issues were divided into committees to look into what could be done to address them. These groups have been the driving force behind community events including: the creation of a housing advisor to help people with their housing needs, a study into Virtual Villages for our aging population, working towards being an age friendly town, and bringing different cultures to the forefront to help educate about them.

ACOSS is not a service delivering organisation, instead we focus on working as a collective for all Social Services.
This includes meetings to bring services together to share information and experiences, to link services together, get updates on events and needs in the community and wider area, and to pull resources together when necessary.
To unite the sectors voice when working with Council or other groups and organisations.
To be there in times of need for our community and push for actions that will better support and help service users across all services and areas.

We are far from being a new part of the community but we are in every changing part of it. The longevity, the past and present successes of ACOSS has happened because members, service providers, Council, Community leaders and members have engaged with each other and see the value of the need to work together. We work not as individuals in our silos but as a positive, motivating collective that is integral to the health and well being of our fellow Central Otago units.

Jayden Cromb

As a side note, this year has been a stressful time for everyone. So if you haven’t already made plans to take a break when the weather warms up – or even in the glorious winter landscape – think about a trip to Central. Come enjoy the locally famous central heat with a glass of our world famous wine while you kick up your feet and relax in our quiet slice of paradise!

Important
New Act Allows Modifications Regarding AGM or SGM 

On May 15th of this year the Government passed the COVID-19 Response (Requirements for Entities – Modifications and Exemptions) Act 2020 which allows modifications to constitutions or rules (including provisions for calling or holding meetings, rules relating to dispute resolution or waiving, suspending, deferring or reducing fees payable by members), when holding an organisations Annual and Special General Meetings.

The provisions take retrospective effect from 21st March and apply until 30th November 2020.

If you decide to make use of this provision to modify your constitutional duties there are certain things you need to do, including giving notice to the Registrar.

To read more about your modification to constitution or rules CLICK HERE
To read more about electronic voting and signatures  CLICK HERE
To download the Notice of Modification to Constitution or Rules PDF CLICK HERE

Assistance for Foreign Nationals Impacted
by COVID-19

Working with Te Tari Taiwhenua, Department of Internal Affairs, who is managing the New Zealand Government’s Foreign Nationals Impacted by COVID-19 Programme (known by New Zealand Red Cross as ‘Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri’), we are delivering in-kind assistance to help foreign nationals meet basic needs, such as food and accommodation.

Internal Affairs is administering the online system and processing applications. From 1 July, people who are in need and on temporary visas can check their eligibility and apply through foreignnationals.services.govt.nz. The programme will run for three months.

For more information about eligibility and support CLICK HERE

Neighbourhood Support July Campaign –
Inclusive Communities

This month Neighbourhood Support NZ is celebrating the diverse array of people who call New Zealand home. Regardless of our different faiths, abilities, cultures, nationalities, ages, orientations and even genders – we want to make sure that our communities are safe and welcoming for all. There’s many ways to take part! From hosting a multicultural potluck where each attendee brings a dish from a country of their choice to coordinating a fundraiser that benefits refugees or our elderly there are thousands of ways big and small to make our households, neighbourhoods, schools and businesses even more inclusive. It could even be as simple as learning from a neighbour how to say ‘hello’ in their native language or ensuring local footpaths are accessible!

Want to share your thoughts? Let them know how you’re making your community more inclusive this month by tagging us in your posts + using the following hashtag: #NSNZinclusivecommunities

COVID-19 Implications on Philanthropic Funding and Grantmaking Survey Findings

In May 2020, Philanthropy New Zealand (PNZ) surveyed 120 of its philanthropic and grantmaker member organisations (funders) to gain a snapshot in time of the impacts of COVID-19 on their funding and approaches.

PNZ undertook the survey because many of the investments and revenue streams of funders, that provide the money they distribute, have been affected. Philanthropic funders and grantmakers are also seeing changed demand for funding given greater community need.

Eighty-two PNZ funders responded. Their giving in the past 12 months represented around $432 million.

To read the one page information sheet CLICK HERE
To read the report – Covid-19 implications on philanthropic funding and grantmaking – Survey findings CLICK HERE

Communal Cuppas

Fancy a break?
A catch up over a cuppa?
Send us an email or text and we’ll Zoom you.
We probably need a break and would welcome a chance to see you.

Have your say: ComVoices COVID-19 & State of the Sector Survey 2020

Community and voluntary organisations are urged to take part in the biennial ComVoices State of the Sector survey.

The survey provides vital information about the wellbeing of our community organisations which then helps ComVoices advocate effectively on your behalf. We could not have begun to imagine what has transpired over the last few months. Covid-19 has meant new ways of working and changed the landscape for our community organisations.

In an election year it’s more important than ever that politicians and decision-makers understand the value of the work we do for community around New Zealand. The 2020 ‘State of the Sector’ report will include comparative data from earlier surveys and a commentary on current issues and trends facing the sector.

ComVoices invites all community sector organisations to add their voice to the survey, which can be accessed by CLICKING HERE

LGNZ Recovery Fund To Sponsor New Sector Development Initiative

Local Government New Zealand’s National Council has announced the creation of an LGNZ Covid Recovery Fund, which will be used to deliver free digital training to support mayors, chairs and elected members in their post-Covid decision-making.

The Covid crisis has had a significant impact on local government, affecting every area of operations, from the provision of essential lifeline services such as drinking, waste and stormwater, rubbish and recycling, to the upkeep and maintenance of local roads, recreation facilities, libraries, and everything that makes our towns and cities the places communities love.

To read the full article CLICK HERE

Preparing For Further Outbreaks –
Have We Got the Right App?

Alert level 1! Like you no doubt, I am breathing a sigh of relief. But no one can guarantee that New Zealand has seen its last case of COVID-19.

Canberra has just seen its first new case after more than a month without one. A diplomat returning from overseas drove (as he was allowed to) from Sydney Airport to his Canberra home. He has since tested positive and is now in home quarantine.

Could the same thing happen in Wellington? Yes, it could.

To read the full article CLICK HERE

Janet Miller – Organisation Manager / Community Research

‘Time for those in Parliament to Listen to the
Voice of the Community Sector’

“The view while one is in parliament that all change stems from there is far from correct. Nearly all causes with any value start outside parliament and are far ahead of parliamentary debates.  There is much more ability to change lives in the community than in parliament, particularly in the hands-off neoliberal age.” Liz Gordon The Daily Blog

As a former MP and with many years of experience working in the community sector, Liz Gordon is in a good position to offer insight into where change occurs. This recognition of the community sector as the birthing place of change is one I’ve heard voiced many times before. Most community organisations are working at the flaxroots level, where organisations are driven to change in order to respond to the need they see in the communities they serve.

To read the full article CLICK HERE

 Collaborative Voices Is Back On Air!

This week: 
Ros talks to Steven Moe about the NGO/charities Zooms he has been holding during lockdown.

‘NGO Zooms Over Lockdown’
Now available – CLICK HERE for the podcast
COLLABORATIVE VOICES airs on Wellington Access Radio from 10:30 – 11:00 am on the third Saturday of the month. It is then replayed up and down the country, check your local Access Radio schedules; or you can download previous episodes as a podcast.
Previous available interviews include:
MP Paul Eagle; Climate Change with Dave Kennedy
Financial Capability with Tim Barnett

Webinars

Monday, 13th July

Implementing Mahi A Atua as a service response: Te Kuwatawata ki Hauraki”

In our July webinar, Riana Manuel and Taima Campbell from Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, will discuss the newly implemented Te Kūwatawata ki Hauraki. This is a mental health immediate response service that uses an holistic Māori approach based on Mahi a Atua to help whānau suffering mental distress?

Date: 13 Jul
Time: 11:00am 

COST: Koha
For more detailed  information or to be part of this webinar CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 15th July

Online Fundraising Webcon 2020

The Online Fundraising Webcon 2020 is a full-day series of 4 x 1.5 hour webinars aimed at beginner to intermediate level fundraising coordinators, managers, CEOs and board members. The Webcon will take you through a journey and process to identify whether online fundraising is right for your organisation, and if so, how and where to get started, find the right Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system and plan to capture and retain your online donors as regular givers.

Session 1 – Horses for courses: digital or not to digital? A warts and all look at fundraising online
Session 2 – Who gives? Finding your online giving audience
Session 3 – Does the ‘perfect’ CRM exist? How to search for a NFP CRM that suits you
Session 4 – Empathy mapping to build your digital tribe

Time: 11:00am – 6:30pm NZST
Cost: $175 ex.GST
For more detailed information about the webinar and each Session CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 28th July

State of Volunteering Report 2020

A deep dive into the findings of the State of Volunteering Report 2020. What are the impacts of COVID-19 on this? Join Johann Go (Research and Strategy Manager) and Michelle Kitney (Chief Executive) of Volunteering New Zealand as they take a detailed look into the report.

For more information and to register for this webinar CLICK HERE

Government Updates

One-on-One Online Clinics with Charities Services Available 

Charities Services and Hāpai Hapori Community Operations are holding online one-on-one clinics for charities every Thursday.
Come and talk to our team to get the answers to your questions about being a registered charity. We have a range of appointments available, depending on what questions you have. Financial reporting, funding, registration and general appointments are available with Charities Services and Hāpai Hapori Community Operations staff.
To register for a clinic CLICK HERE

Evidence Centre Te Pokapu Taunakitanga – Orangi Tamariki 

To see the list of recent publications and links to full reports 

YOUTH JUSTICE INSIGHTS – SEPARATING MISCONCEPTIONS FROM FACTS – Read the full report.

SOCIAL WORKERS IN SCHOOLS (SWiS) – Read the reports.

FAMILY START – PROCESS EVALUATION – Read the report.

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAMME – Read the full report

PILOT THERAPEUTIC PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES – Read the Wave 1 evaluation report.

NAVIGATING VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION IN FGCs – Read the full guidance.

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH IMPAIRMENTS – Read the full report.To visit their website to catch up on all of the latest research CLICK HERE

MSD: For information on where to go for services and support CLICK HERE.
IRD: For where to go for information and support CLICK HERE

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on  Community Scoop. We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here.

Network News Special Edition

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Kia ora koutou
This Special Edition is to keep you upto date with the work that CNA and many of it’s members are continuing to provide through the lock down..
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Community Networks Aotearoa’s website has a COVID-19 – Updates, Info & Resources page. We’ll be adding to the page as information comes to hand – and it’s dated so you can see when it was posted.
The Ministry of Health COVID-19 website page remains the official page for all information and advice.
RNZ is the dedicated emergency broadcaster and has a dedicated COVID-19 page with range of interviews with experts covering projections, what to do, well-being, how to work at home with family, how to de-escalate tension in your bubble., etc. – well worth checking out.Here is MSD’s national list of Social Sector Organisations providing Essential Services

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Kia ora all of our fabulous members,

This is a super special Network News.  We wanted to update you on what is happening here in Wellington, and what we are doing in this time.
How does your information and weekly updates get passed on?
Firstly I am all over the place on Zoom (thank goodness I already had a paid for Zoom account), and teleconferences.  So what sort of meetings am I attending?
I am a member of the Network of Networks group that has been put together by NEMA. (National Emergency Management Agency).  That means twice a week I am in communication with multiple Government Department representatives.  Some of the departments involved (but not all) include Oranga Tamariki; Department of Health; MSD; MBIE; Police; Ministry of Primary Industries; Immigration Department; and lots of others.  I join this group with Tess Casey (our Chairperson) from Neighbourhood Support NZ and Chris Glaudel (Committee Member) from Community Housing Aotearoa. 

I join in a regular zoom with up to 70 other NGOs and representatives from philanthropy and social enterprise.  These zooms have led to a letter to the Prime Minister about issues for the Community and Voluntary sector. Links to recordings of a couple of these zooms are included in this newsletter are included, plus a link to the letter to the Prime Minister.
I get regular calls every couple of days with staff at MSD.  These are personal conversations and have been a great conduit between the two organisations
Add to these things we are doing like updating our CoVid19 page on our Website and Facebook. Check them daily.  Also twice a week, we are doing a fairly relaxed zoom chat called “Join us for a Cuppa”.  We have sent out the zoom link, and will again.  If you want to join, just come on in and chat with us and other members from around NZ.
There are lots of other things going on, but I wanted you to know these.  Read on for other things.  Please make sure, at least once a week send us a bullet listed update on any issues you think we should know, both good and bad.  These things end up going up the line and if you don’t let us know, we don’t have the information we can share to show Government and other NGOs what the value of this sector is to our communities.  Please diary it and share it with us once a week.  Thanks to those who are regularly already updating us.
Stay safe wherever you are and know that you are on our minds, and that we are here to help if we can.

Ros, E.O. at C.N.A.

And lastly, as always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

CLICK HERE for “Sir Ashley Bloomfield – A Rap Tribute” Lyrics and performance by Jordan Mooney, Music by Pat Tafa.

Communal Cuppa Zoom Anyone?

Remember to take a break every now and then. Join Ros and Me for a Communal Cuppa Zoom – it’s like cuppa soup, but better for you.

Every Wednesday at 10am and Friday at 3pm we’ll be hosting a Communal Cuppa Zoom and we invite you to join us for a chat. You don’t have to stay the entire time – it might just be to pop in and say ‘Hi”.

It’s been great to put faces to names, to have members meet each other and find out how much the same we are and how we’re doing.

To join us each Wed 10am – CLICK HERE for the Zoom
To join us each Fri 3pm – CLICK HERE for the Zoom
OR  email Ros (as she’s hosting) at eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz .

Please remember that you may be briefly put into the ‘waiting room’ when you join before entering the chat. And just to remind you to take a break we’ll be emailing a reminder on the morning of a Communal Cuppa.

Zooming Like You Just Don’t Care!

Zoom has certainly taken off, but don’t worry if you’re unsure about the whole shebang. Here’s a great link to Zoom’s Resources page to help you Zoom better.

Including : Effective Remote Working  – Educating Over Zoom – Hosting Virtual Events – TeleHealth

Latest Update From Your Local Civil Defense

This weekly newsletter serves to provide you with local up-to-date information from Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre and resources available to you while supporting our community’s most vulnerable people right now.

For the latest CLICK HERE

As author Neil Gaimon said ,when recently interviewed on RNZ,
‘Remember, your job is get through. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t learnt a language or written the great New Zealand novel by the end of it. Be kind to yourself.’

From Brenda Pilott
Manager Social Service Providers Aotearoa

(16th April)
I have had a reply from Minister Carmel Sepuloni to a letter I wrote to her in early April seeking action on some cost pressures providers are facing as a result of the COVID19 pandemic and the lockdown measures in place.  The Minister’s reply is here in which she has responded positively to the matters I raised.

Government Updates

The Ministry of Health COVID-19 page is a great resource of information
Including information on basic health advice, industry specific advice, and Easy Read versions
THIS LINK will take you to the Ministry’s news and media updates.

THIS LINK  for Ministry of Social Development’s latest information

THIS LINK for Inland Revenue’s latest information.
Kaitakawaenga Māori is supporting our Māori CommunityKaitakawaenga Māori deliver Inland Revenue services in a whānau, hapū and iwi centric way to help ensure our Māori customers have the tools to self-manage their tax affairs. For more information click THIS LINK

And also-
Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund – $4.8 million 
$27 million for NGOs and Community Groups providing essential services

Sir John Kirwan Makes Mental Health App Free

Mentemia, which means “my mind” in Italian (a language Kirwan speaks fluently), uses evidence-based research to tailor content to mental health needs, offering advice and training exercises like a virtual counsellor. It learns and responds to your preferences the more you use it, coaching you about how the mind has a tendency to create stress and anxiety, and the simple tools you can use to let them go.

To find out more or to download the app CLICK HERE

RNZ

Official Emergency broadcaster RNZ (Radio New Zealand) has a wide variety of topics and interviews exploring the effects of COVID-19: from how to talk to your children to the public’s questions being answered by scientists and experts.RNZ crosses live to each 1pm update from Prime Minister Adern and Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield

For the daily Coronavirus Podcast CLICK HERE
To hear Prof. Michael Baker answer listeners’ questions CLICK HERE

With so much ‘screen-led’ information remember to rest your eyes!

Upcoming Webinar

Governing In A Crisis Or Uncertainty – FREE
Wednesday  April 29, 11am to 12.30pm
Facilitator:  Garth Nowland-Foreman

A crisis does not need to signal the beginning of the end. Through providing good leadership and looking ahead, Boards can ensure their organisations are able to weather storms, find new ways of working and maximise opportunities to make a difference to the communities they serve. Presented by LEAD Centre for Not For Profit Governance and Leadership

About Community Networks Aotearoa

We:
  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU REQUIRE ANY ASSISTANCE

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

And don’t forget we’re here to help. If you have any problems, issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on Wellington (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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Network News April 2020

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Community Networks Aotearoa has prepared a COVID-19 – Updates, Info & Resources page (just click the highlighted link).
We’ll be adding to the page as information comes to hand – and it’s dated so you can see when it was posted.
The Ministry of Health COVID-19 website page remains the official page for all information and advice.
RNZ is the dedicated emergency broadcaster and has a dedicated COVID-19 page with range of interviews with experts covering projections, what to do, well-being, how to work at home with family, how to de-escalate tension in your bubble., etc. – well worth checking out.Here is MSD’s national list of Social Sector Organisations providing Essential Services

CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

How things can change in a month!!  Paddy and I are at home like most of the rest of you.  To those who are essential workers, please take care of yourselves and we are so grateful to you for that work.
On that note a quick musing on the role of the Community and Voluntary Sector in times like this.  It will be interesting to see how the public and Government recognises the role we all play especially when we are embedded in communities. 

We are so important in providing services and information out to our communities, and we can often do it in a way that the State can’t.  Many of you are working at the coal face with frightened people, not only now, but in everyday life over many years.  You are the first responders!
It’s great to see the $27 million being put into our essential community services.  I hope money continues to flow and our worth is recognised in future funding.  We are worth it!

Ros

And lastly, as always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

MSD Update #1 –

Delivering Community Services
During the COVID-19 L4 Lockdown?

•    The Ministry of Social Development have released their COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Fund
•    Grants of up to $5000 (+ GST) are available on application
•    Funded community groups must be contributing towards the provision of essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community well being in relation to COVID-19
•    Priority requests are those that support Maori, Pacific, older people, people with disabilities, people with current significant health considerations, migrant communities and people who are rurally isolated.
•    A total budget of $4.8M (+ GST) for grants is available. This is part of the NZ Government’s $27.0m support package for the community sector.

Communal Cuppa Zoom Anyone?

As we mostly work from home and are away from our team members and volunteers, we all need take a break every now and then.

To that end Ros and I have started the Communal Cuppa Zoom – it’s like cuppa soup, but better for you. Every Wednesday at 10am and Friday at 3pm we’ll be hosting a Communal Cuppa Zoom and we invite you to join us for a chat. You don’t have to stay the entire time – it might just be to pop in and say ‘Hi”.

This is a purely social group of like-minded peeps who deserve to sit back, connect and catch up. Tell us what’s happening for you, tell us problems you might need help with; solutions you’ve discovered, or even what your next crochet project will be. HINT: Mine involves Star Trek.

If you’d like to join us casually, or be added to a weekly invite please email Ros (as she’s hosting) at eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz .

The Joy of Zoom

A lot of people are using Zoom as a great way to have meetings or just to hang out – like my weekly lunch with my 87yr-old Mum who is self-isolating alone in Dunedin. All you need is a computer with a mic (or headphones); a camera (if you want to use that too) and an internet connection.

Sound a bit full on? Not sure how to get started?
Here’s a great link for absolute beginnersHere’s a great link to Zoom’s Resources page to help you Zoom better.

Including : Effective Remote Working  – Educating Over Zoom – Hosting Virtual Events – TeleHealth

Meet the Members –
Community Access Media Alliance

Alessandra Keighley is the current chair of CAMA, last week I got to chat with her via phone about their work.

CAMA is the executive body in support of community access media – which is media made by, for and about the diverse communities in and around Aotearoa. We provide facilities, service, support, training, equipment for people to make their own broadcasts about what matters to them, in their own languages, expressing their own belief systems and their own cultures. 

In 1989 the Broadcasting Act changed, after fierce lobbying, to include section 36c which guarantees access for all New Zealanders and not just private interests. Essentially the section gives a broadcast voice to women, youth, children, the disabled, religious, ethnical, elders, men and other minority groups in the community by which to share beyond their group, their thoughts, beliefs, feelings, knowledge, culture and ideals.

This is media with people at its heart, its content is created by the local communities. Years ago, in the world of slick radio, Access Radio may have been seen as worthy but dull, now Access Media leads at the forefront of authentic local-centred broadcasting on a global stage. There are more than fifty languages spoken on the 12 radio stations in Aotearoa.

As the corporate medias stagger transitioning from their outdated market models, Access Media, who have usually been the poor cousin, ‘stuck to its knitting’ and now relies on the authentic relationships its forged. Those years, making do, applying for funding, etc. in an ever shifting world, relying on each other, ‘has created a beautiful weave of relationships of respect and reciprocity’. The way to get things done is to help one another. Each station helps create and shares its content. CAMA disseminates information, skill sets and support, with everyone sharing the knowledge. But it doesn’t sit at the top – this is a circle where every voice is heard. This is the media that has been set aside for the right time, especially now that we are isolated and self-isolating.

And it’s these communities that are usually the first responders to any events around Aotearoa. In the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake Plains FM was on air – the local voice enabled residents to hear from someone right there, in their own shoes, sharing the experience. Hearing information in your own language can help; it might be what roads are currently out of use; where to go for particular help; where you can buy petrol; where water trucks are. That local knowledge and voice are right there with you and for you. In last year’s horrific terrorism Plains FM again played it’s part having established Muslim broadcasters, who could speak from and for the people being impacted. These strong relationships of trust have been built over time with care.

We’ve seen how kiwis can come together and where else is it better to hear the voice of Aotearoa than from the locals, it’s time to listen.

If you’d like to investigate how your voice might be heard please get in touch with your local Access Radio Station, they’d be more than happy to listen and help how and where they can.

Parenting Through The Current Crisis

A large number of people are now in the same bubble with their children, Nathan Wallis from NIB Health Insurance has some valuable advice about you and your children.

To watch please CLICK HERE

What You Should Expect At Work
– an update from the PSA

The pandemic has changed business as usual. Over the last weeks we have been actively working through options with employers and central agencies to ensure that you are supported and that we can keep public and community services working for New Zealanders at this difficult time

For information workers in the Public Service and State Sector; DHBs; Community Public Services and Contractors please CLICK HERE

Neighbours Day 2020

Instead of holding gatherings, Neighbours Day Aotearoa are encouraging people to have conversations with their neighbours, to make sure people are not feeling disconnected or lonely, especially people directly affected by self-isolation. Check out some of the ways below to check in on your neighbours while social distancing.

Learn more about Neighbours Day Aotearoa activities during COVID-19 HERE

Here’s a Some Good News to help you take a break from things –
CLICK HERE

Got Creatives In Your Membership?
Creative New Zealand Response

Creative New Zealand can now confirm its Emergency Response Package, announced on Friday in response to COVID-19, will include a first phase $16 million investment to buffer and support the arts community, with benefits extending well beyond the immediate crisis.Funding will open 14th April
To read more please CLICK HERE

And now for something completely helpful…
The Government has asked that Non At Risk groups do not use Countdown’s priority assistance for
ordering delivered groceries
for those in the At Risk groups
(i.e. over 70s, Immune Challenged, etc.)Questions?
HERE IS THE PRIORITY ASSISTANCE FAQ PAGE

YOU CAN ACCESS THEIR
PRIORITY ASSISTANCE PAGE HERE

MSD Update #2

Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund – $4.8 million 
$27 million for NGOs and Community Groups providing essential services

  • The important information we want to get out there is:
    • Please don’t worry – you’ll continue to be paid your regular benefit payments.
    • MSD has already done a bunch of things to make it easier for now.
    • If you’re already getting Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payment, you don’t need to provide another medical certificate.
    • If you’re already getting Disability Allowance and Child Disability Allowance you don’t need to do anything – they will continue to be paid.
    • For now there will be no annual reviews or social housing reviews.
    • Special benefits won’t expire.
    • There will be no new obligation failures for now.

Remember, the Work and Income website, is the place to go for the latest information.

How’s Your Well Being?

The Hypnotherapy community has come together to create an impact on the well being of New Zealanders in their time of need.. With hypnosis you can strengthen and boost your  immune system, help to stay more calm and relaxed, improve your sleep quality and increase your overall well being.

Hypnosis can help you to strengthen and boost your immune system, it can help you to stay calm and relaxed, improve your sleep quality and increase your overall well being.

Hypnosis New Zealand have free downloadable audio recordings covering various areas to help you manage your anxiety.
To got to the recordings please CLICK HERE

IRD Updates
In these extraordinary circumstances, ensuring people get their entitlements, including their COVID-19 relief, is an essential service and Inland Revenue’s top priority.We are now required to operate very differently, including how we work with you. Our phone services will be severely limited and the only effective way to contact us, will be online and through myIR. Within Inland Revenue, all front office services in all localities are now closed and all of our staff, except a small number of special exceptions, will be working from home

For those receiving payments – Working for Families in particular – you will be paid. 

It may be that some squaring up of over or underpayments needs to be made and that will happen – maybe not immediately but it will happen. If you need to contact us urgently about your entitlement, then online through myIR is the best way. Inland Revenue remains committed to implementing the latest round of our transformation changes in April. Maintaining the pace of IR’s transformation is important and any delay increases the risk that we won’t be able to meet customers’ needs at this difficult time.

By upgrading our systems in line with our current plan, we increase our agility to respond swiftly to situations such as Covid-19 which gives the Government more flexibility to help New Zealanders. Please be assured that the people who work at Inland Revenue will be doing their very best to make sure all New Zealanders get what they need as soon as they need it. That is our top priority.
We will be providing more detail on things you need to know as this situation develops.

Collaborative Voices 

Due to the current lockdown we’re off air for the time being. You can hear updates and the latest information on RNZ, the dedicated emergency broadcaster.IN THE MEANTIME
We’d like to suggest these fascinating podcasts to listen to at Seeds (CLICK HERE)

You can also download previous episodes of Collaborative Voices as a podcast.

Available interviews include
  COVID-19 with Dr Prudence Stone from 
Public Health Association of New Zealand Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui.
 Healthy Aging with Stephanie Clare from Age Concern
MP Paul Eagle;
Climate Change with Dave Kennedy

Anyone else now find it weird when people touch on TV?

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here.

About Community Networks Aotearoa

We:
  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

And don’t forget we’re here to help. If you have any problems, issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on Wellington (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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Network News – March 2020

Network News March 2020

Kia ora koutou – This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.
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An Update from CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

We are all being inundated with information about Covid-19 but we have a new issue.  One of the things Patrick and I have heard many times, is don’t touch your face, especially around your eyes, your nose or your mouth.  Have you ever tried not to do that? 

Every morning on the bus I try to get from Johnsonville to town without touching my face.  I never realised how much I always touch my face.  Weird thing, when you are trying not to touch your face, everything on your face from your nose to your eyebrows, your hairline, and around your mouth gets insanely itchy.

Patrick tried it this morning and only lasted 30 seconds before he was itching and straight away, a little scratch.  It’s so hard to do, that everyone needs to start practicing.  It’s like washing hands every chance you get, you need to get into the habit.  It would be a good habit even without the problem of keeping healthy and safe.
So this month my radio show is with Dr Prudence Stone, from the Public Health Association.  (One of our fabulous members).  We will be talking about the Public Health Association; viruses and treating each other with love and respect.  When it is recorded, you will be able to listen to it through this link.  https://www.accessradio.org.nz/collaborative-voices.html  Scroll down and you will find it along with our last four programmes.

Stay in touch and I hope to talk to you all soon.
Ros Rice

And lastly, as always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Employment New Zealand has released a
Workplace Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
you can READ IT HERE.

Meet the Members – Coexistence Wellington

Coexistence Wellington is working with the Tangata Whenua and Mana Whenua and multicultural communities in Whanganui ā Tara (city of Wellington) sharing the global message of peaceful multicultural coexistence, with respect, understanding and acceptance.  We promote tolerance and coexistence and the need to come together with these shared values for the development of our nation.Coexistence Wellington is a not-for-profit, community organisation based in Wellington, interested in collaborating, joining and engaging with organisations and communities throughout Aotearoa to stand together, to work together, embracing diversity and building a unified path forward. Through events, workshops, holding conversations and providing a platform  linking into and engaging with communities/organisations. 

Art is one of those platforms. Art is a language with no barriers and a way to cross all boundaries and reach out to all members of the community.  Exhibition Coexistence featured 45 large scale panel artworks (3mx5m) at Waitangi Park partnered by the United Nations Association Of New Zealand and other organisations representing diversity and coexistence.
Building on the experience and friendships developed during the 2018 Exhibition Coexistence and to continue the link between people, we are hosting an exhibition in October this year ‘Connectedness’, showcasing 17 artists from different cultures and various faiths, creating artwork exploring our connection to land and nature, our impact on the natural world  – Te Ao Mārama – the natural interconnected world. It is the traditional Māori view, shared by many cultures, everything in the world is believed to be related and it is our belief that the natural order and the entire system is out of balance and we need to reconnect. Reconnect to our land – our sense of place and belonging, our sense of community. This exhibition is presented in partnership with United Nations Association of NZ, to mark the United Nations 75th Anniversary, Ekta NZ, who fosters unity and a focus on community harmony, and other organisations, representing diversity in New Zealand. We are engaging with not only issues that face Aotearoa but world issues.

From our connection with Ekta NZ, ‘ Connectedness’ is including the works of Amardeep Shergill, a Melbourne based emerging artist who explores the notion of identity shaped by environment through ‘liminality’ exploring a world from a women viewpoint/culture and how it shapes Indian feminine identity and brings a sense of inquiry to explore.
With sense of a stronger inclusive community and whānau, we invite individuals/groups/organisation who share our kaupapa to connect with us, for further information please visit our website. www.coexistencwgtn.com

Artist – Amardeep Shergill

A New Approach – Social Wellbeing Agency
Replaces Social Investment Agency

The Minister for Social Development, the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, has released a pānui pāpāno/ media statement seeking to redefine previous approaches by combining science, data and lived experience to better serve the needs of New Zealanders.

“Under the previous Government people were being treated as a fiscal liability, so we made the conscious decision to change that. I asked the Social Investment Agency to talk to the community to see what social wellbeing mean to them and how we as a Government could put that into practice”

Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Minister for Social Development
Minister responsible for the Social Investment Agency

PĀNUI PĀPĀHO / MEDIA STATEMENT

The Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni today announced a new approach that continues to broaden the Government’s social sector focus from a narrow, investment approach to one centred on people and wellbeing.Minister Sepuloni said redefining the previous approach to social investment by combining science, data and lived experience better serves the needs of New Zealanders.

“Under the previous Government people were being treated as a fiscal liability, so we made the conscious decision to change that. I asked the Social Investment Agency to talk to the community to see what social wellbeing meant to them and how we as a Government could put that into practice.

“The new approach delivers on a people-focused model of looking at people and their needs because data is just one snapshot of people’s lives. We improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders by taking into account lived experiences – people are more than just numbers.

“Investing for social wellbeing requires a wide range of information to best support long term wellbeing. Government agencies will now look at the wider impact on people when making decisions about services they provide. This aligns with this Governments commitment to improving wellbeing for New Zealanders.”

Part of the change is realigning and renaming the Social Investment Agency to the Social Wellbeing Agency.

“We have already started to implement new principles within the social sector. One of the first examples of what our new improving social wellbeing approach means for research, and for the Social Wellbeing Agency, is the findings of a collaborative project with The Southern Initiative called Having a Baby in South Auckland.

“The wellbeing approach made a marked difference to the outcomes of the project. For example, the project found that fathers often stop earning money from paid work right around the time that baby is born,” said Minister Sepuloni.

“The research showed that fathers with lower qualifications display a pattern of being outside of paid employment before and after the birth of their child. In some cases they left jobs and or took job seeker benefits. For some this was driven by a desire for fathers to be at home with the mother and baby.

“This insight highlights the different types of stressors people experience in different circumstances, and that the right kind of information is key to delivering good outcomes for people.”

Neighbours Day 2020

Neighbours Day will run over 10 days, from March 27th – April 5th 2020, but if you miss the date, don’t let that stop you reaching out.

This year’s theme is: Small Things Make a Big Difference and we want to encourage the little acts of kindness and connection that can make BIG difference in someone’s day.

Register and Win! Our limited-edition Neighbours Day Aotearoa t-shirts were so popular last year, we have a NEW one this year. If you let us know how you are celebrating your Neighbours Day event for 2020, by registering your event and you could be in to win a fabulous, limited edition Neighbours Day t-shirt by talented New Zealand artist, Pinky Agnew that celebrates the theme of ‘Small Things Make a Big Difference’.

You can even just register your INTENT this year. So, you haven’t made firm plans but you are thinking about what you might do.  If you are organised and have an event on Facebook, make us a co-host and we will share your event with our audience.

Contact kiaora@neighboursday.org.nz 

On Air – Listen to Ros talk about…

The COVID19 (Corona) Virus and You

Ros’ guest is Dr. Prudence Stone from the Public Health Association of New Zealand Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui. What you and your organisation need to know about the COVID19 virus.

COLLABORATIVE VOICES airs on Wellington Access Radio from 10:30 – 11:00 am on the first Saturday of the month. It is then replayed up and down the country, check your local Access Radio schedules; or you can download previous episodes as a podcast.

Available interviews include
 Healthy Aging with Stephanie Clare from Age Concern
MP Paul Eagle;
Climate Change with Dave Kennedy

Inland Revenue Update

Services Will Be Unavailable
In April, our next set of changes come into effect.
In order to make these changes our
key services will be unavailable
between 3pm Thursday 9 April and 8am Thursday 16 April.
During this time
our phone lines and offices will be closed,
and you will not be able to access myIR or e-File.

Resident Withholding Tax Exemption Register
IR has introduced a new online RWT that lists the IRD numnbers of all customers who are exempt from having RWT deducted from the interest and dividends they receive

Webinars
There are two final webinars before IR goes live with their next round of changes in April.

The 4 March, 2020 2:30 to 3:30pm session is aimed at tax agents and BOOKKEEPERS
The 18 March, 2020 2:30 to 3:30pm session is aimed at employers and
NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS.
Please click on any of  the links to REGISTER.

Being Treasurer Got You Down?

Struggling with your charities finances?
Need help understanding the treasurer’s role?
Having difficulty completing your annual return and performance report?

Community Accounting Aotearoa are offering free-of-charge financial support, advice and assistance. Community groups only require an internet connection and a computer with a camera.
This amazing opportunity is supported by the following organisations – Auckland North Community and Development (ANCAD), Department of Internal Affairs, Massey University, Foundation North, Auckland Council, Charities Services, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, RSM

To find out more Click Here.

Report and Recommendations from Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

In May 2019, the seriousness of ongoing issues with Oranga Tamariki (OT) – the Ministry for Children, was brought to the New Zealand public’s attention by media reporting on the actions of the agency in Hawke’s Bay.

The agency’s sustained and concerted attempt to forcibly uplift a newborn infant from a young Māori mother still in hospital recovering from childbirth was documented by a well-known reporter, and elicited widespread outrage.
To  read the report and other resources – Click Here.

Funding Collaboration in 2020

The Working Together More Fund (WTMF) supports collaborations and mergers that bring long-term benefits to non-profit organisations and the communities they serve.
Check out the eligibility criteria here, and please see the read more of this article for more information before applying.

  • Your collaborative initiative needs to deliver more than what NGOs already do – such as daily ongoing cooperation with other organisations
  • The collaboration needs to be more than simply coming together to jointly organise an event – unless the event’s purpose is focused on developing collaborations
  • The essence of our grant’s strategy is support for high quality collaboration – our website includes what we understand this to mean. Start by reviewing the ‘guidance’ we provide on examples of best-practice and high-quality collaboration
  • We assess applications on their level and quality of collaboration, and the anticipated impacts on service recipients and the organisations involved
  • We rarely exceed grants of $30,000 to support mergers and $20,000 for collaborations. If your proposal exceeds these figures, we recommend you contact us to discuss your initiative before applying 

For further info contact Bede Martin – bedemartin@xtra.co.nz or 021 230 2908
NEXT DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm, Friday 20 March, 2020

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here.

Government Consultations and Plans
Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill Open for Submissions

The bill had it’s first reading on 20th February and has now been referred to the Social Services and Community Select Committee.
Submissions close on Wednesday, 25th March 2020.:

  • Remove a landlord’s ability to use no cause terminations to end a periodic tenancy agreement and require landlords to use a justified reason to end a periodic tenancy, including new provisions to respond to anti-social behaviour.
  • Mandate that fixed-term tenancy agreements must become periodic tenancy agreements upon expiry unless both parties agree otherwise, or certain conditions apply.
  • Increase financial penalties and give the Regulator new tools to take direct action against parties who are not meeting their obligations.
  • Allow for identifying details to be anonymised in situations where a party has been wholly or substantially successful in taking a case to the Tenancy Tribunal.
  • Ensure that tenants can add minor changes such as brackets to secure furniture and appliances against earthquake risk, baby proof the property, install visual fire alarms and doorbells, and hang pictures.
  • Prohibit the solicitation of rental bids by landlords and limit rent increases to once every twelve months.

The Bill also includes additional Ultra-fast Broadband proposals to:

  • Improve the process for the installation of fibre in rental properties by requiring landlords to permit and facilitate the installation of Ultra-fast Broadband, subject to specific triggers and exemptions.

The following links include further information on the  Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website: www.hud.govt.nz/RTA-Reforms.  https://www.hud.govt.nz/news-and-resources/proactive-releases/. There are frequently asked questions and proactive release material available.  For information on how to make submissions to select committees – Click Here
To make a submission – Click Here

Your Place Your Data: 2018 Census Regional Tour

This regional tour takes the 2018 Census information around the country during March and April.. These seminars are targeted at professional and community-based user who have some understanding of data use and the value of census data.
For more information Click Here

Latest Child Poverty Statistics Released

There are nine different measure for child poverty, and these statistics for the year ended June 2019 have been published by Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa.
To read more and access the technical data Click Here.

Incorporated Societies Act Review

2020 will see changes to this 1908 Act. There will be a transition period of up to 2½ years for organisations to implement changes.
To read current information about the review – Click Here

 

Network News February 2020

Network News February 2020

Kia ora koutou – This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.
In this newsletter…
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An Update from CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Tēnā koutou katoa

Welcome to 2020 with us here at C.N.A.  It’s going to be a big year.
Of course there is an election coming up in September, so watch closely to see if Government is prepared to not only support the non-profit sector, but also people living in poverty and desperation who need help to live more fulfilling and less stressful lives.
I also want to see commitment from government to talk and to listen to those who are working with and within communities.  Those who are at the coal face.  Don’t we all know how often we are told what the answers are and expected to follow blindly the funded solutions when we know for a fact that they just won’t work 
Welcome to 2020 with us here at C.N.A.  It’s going to be a big year.
Of course there is an election coming up in September, so watch closely to see if Government is prepared to not only support the non-profit sector, but also people living in poverty and desperation who need help to live more fulfilling and less stressful lives.

I also want to see commitment from government to talk and to listen to those who are working with and within communities.  Those who are at the coal face.  Don’t we all know how often we are told what the answers are and expected to follow blindly the funded solutions when we know for a fact that they just won’t work.

Also this year C.N.A’s Executive Committee have decided it is time we did a nationwide membership survey.  We want to understand who our members are, what they do, what their reach is, and what can we as a National organisation do best to meet our member’s needs.  I intend to travel to lots of our members during 2020 to have these discussions. Plans are being discussed and decided in the next month, and we will let you know how this is going to come together.

We have some other plans for 2020.  (To be revealed later.)  At the moment C.N.A’s staff is myself and my friend Patrick Davies.  In July we see the return of Lisa who has been on maternity leave to look after her divine little twin girls.   I really want to emphasise that we are keen for you to call us with any help or queries you might have.  We offer support when we are asked.

Finally 2020 will include our one-day membership Hui which will be held in Wellington in October.  As usual we will not charge our members anything to attend.  You just have to get yourselves here. Nows the time to put some of  your budget aside – the sooner you pay for your flight tickets the cheaper they will be. Book them now for the 16th October to arrive the night before or early in the morning.

Stay in touch and I hope to talk to you all soon.
Ros Rice

And lastly, as always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Meet the Members –
Waimarie: Hamilton East Community House

Waimarie is a safe place where people can express their worries and ask for help.

Situated in the heart of Hamilton East at 53 Wellington Street, we serve South East Kirikiriroa, which covers Hamilton East, Hillcrest, Silverdale, Hayes Paddock and parts of Peachgrove. We are bounded by the river and the railway line of Peachgrove Road. We opened in December 2001.

Waimarie offers a range of services and activities which includes Community Education courses such as sewing and yoga, ranging from term to term. We currently offer yoga, Tai Chi, conversational French, sewing and ukulele. Within reason, and as long as we can find a suitable tutor and have enough attendees, we can organise classes in pretty much anything. There is gardening on Fridays, where volunteers work in the Community Garden under the expert eye of  our Gardening Coordinator.

We hire out our spaces to community groups and businesses at very reasonable rates. We also offer services such as legal advice, advocacy and budgeting in collaboration with Emma Miles, Craig Wills (Pukete Neighbourhood House) and the Hamilton Budgeting Advisory Trust. We employ clients recovering from serious mental illness to clean, wash cars and garden in collaboration with Integrated Recovery Services (part of the Waikato DHB)

We have recently completed quite extensive renovations, which have enlarged our spaces and allowed for different and improved activities and groups.

We love to chat with people and try to meet the needs that people bring. People come in to offer help or produce and to find connection and belonging.

An Introduction of the
Independent Childrens’ Monitor

Some of you may be aware of the newly established Independent Children’s Monitor. The role of the Independent Children’s Monitor (the Monitor) is to oversee the Oranga Tamariki system including the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations).

The Independent Children’s Monitor monitors the system of state care, not individual children, to ensure the organisations that look after our tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people are doing what they need to, to enable them to reach their potential and thrive.
The Monitor have published their first Report Agency Compliance with Regulations 69 and 85 of the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations which is now available on their website.

Each agency currently being monitored was required to provide a response to the findings in the Report to the Minister for Children – view their responses here.

Regional Hui Underway – make sure you register for a hui near you if you haven’t already! Spaces are limited.

In January, the Independent Children’s Monitor, Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman travelled to Invercargill, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson and Blenheim for the first five of 18 hui around the country. In February and March, the Monitor will be hosting hui in Hokitika, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Hamilton, Porirua, Gisborne, Havelock North, Whanganui, New Plymouth, West and South Auckland, Kaitaia and Whangarei.

The purpose of the hui is to introduce the Monitor and other oversight agencies and share the mahi currently underway to strengthen the Independent Oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system. You will come away with a greater understanding of the agencies involved in the work to strengthen oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system, what their roles are, what’s coming up and how you can get involved now and into the future. This is the beginning of the Independent Children’s Monitor’s ongoing engagement.

If you are a children’s professional (whether from non-government or government – particularly in the social sector), a provider of services to tamariki and or rangatahi or local iwi the Monitor would love to see you.

If you would like to receive regular updates from the Monitor, please subscribe to updates here.

New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards 2020

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is proud to announce the 2020 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards to recognise the efforts of registered charities meeting the financial reporting standards. The Awards will coincide with the Charity Law, Accounting & Regulation Conference for the 3rd year. To celebrate the success of the previous Awards we are introducing a new category – Innovation.

To be eligible you must enter the same report as the one filed on the charities register for your most recent financial year. Templates are available on https://charities.govt.nz.

CAANZ has released a guide to Enhancing Not-for-Profit Reporting. The guide is to support organisations in the not-for-profit and charity sector with their reporting requirements.

Interested? Click here for more information,
or contact maike.scherer@ charteredaccountantsanz.com
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Midday, Friday 21st February, 2020

On Air – Listen to Ros talk about…

Vision For Ageing Conference (Te Papa, Wellington, 6-7 April )

Click here to look at the programme, and
Click here for Conference details & information.COLLABORATIVE VOICES airs on Wellington Access Radio from 10:30 – 11:00 am on the first Saturday of the month. It is then replayed up and down the country, check your local Access Radio schedules; or you can download previous episodes as a podcast.

Available interviews include
MP Paul Eagle;
Climate Change with Dave Kennedy;
Financial Capability with Tim Barnett;
Trump-Ethics-Bullying with Professor Michael Macaulay.

Volunteering New Zealand Needs Your Feedback!

Volunteering New Zealand are surveying volunteers and volunteer involving organisations to get feedback on the state of volunteering in New Zealand/Aoetearoa. Your input will help identify key issues and trends affecting volunteering. They will publish a report on their findings later in the year.

Click here to take part take  in the 2020 survey as a volunteer or an organisation or on either of the images.
Click here to download previous reports and papers on volunteering

Is She Incredible? Nominate Her Now!

Do you know an incredible young woman who’s doing something awesome? Let us know by nominating them for the Y25 list!
In 2020, the YWCA will be announcing 25 upcoming trailblazing young women who are making a change in their community and our world. So if you know someone who’s doing kick-ass things, nominate her today!

All you need to do is:

  • Nominate a young woman between 15-25 yrs old
  • Create a short video explaining why she’s great
  • Answer a few questions describing her work and/or achievements
  • You can save your entry and come back to complete it at a later time

Click here to go to the nomination form.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: 8th March, 2020

Funding Collaboration in 2020

The Working Together More Fund (WTMF) supports collaborations and mergers that bring long-term benefits to non-profit organisations and the communities they serve.

Check out the eligibility criteria here, and please also consider the following points before applying:

  • Your collaborative initiative needs to deliver more than what NGOs already do – such as daily ongoing cooperation with other organisations
  • The collaboration needs to be more than simply coming together to jointly organise an event – unless the event’s purpose is focused on developing collaborations
  • The essence of our grant’s strategy is support for high quality collaboration – our website includes what we understand this to mean. Start by reviewing the ‘guidance’ we provide on examples of best-practice and high-quality collaboration
  • We assess applications on their level and quality of collaboration, and the anticipated impacts on service recipients and the organisations involved
  • We rarely exceed grants of $30,000 to support mergers and $20,000 for collaborations. If your proposal exceeds these figures, we recommend you contact us to discuss your initiative before applying.

For further info contact Bede Martin – bedemartin@xtra.co.nz or 021 230 2908
NEXT DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm, Friday 20 March, 2020

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here.

Government Consultations and Plans
Consultations / Bills

Incorporated Societies Act Review

2020 will see changes to this 1908 Act. No date is set for this but as soon as we know – you’ll be the next to find out. Once in place, there will be a transition period of up to 2½ years for organisations to implement changes.

Click here to read current information about the review.

The Law Society have published Law Commission and MBIE advisor Mark von Dadelszen’s three articles on the topic-
Part One – A Brief History of the Reform Process; the New Act As Proposed; Concluding Observations.
Part Two – Society Constitutions; Membership; Society Branches; Administration; Complaints and Grievances; Legal Capacity; Ultra Vires Actions; Costs in Legal Proceedings.
Part Three – Governance; Conflict of Interest; Statutory Enforcement of Obligations; Terminating, Restructuring & Rescuing; The Transition to the New Act; Reflections on the Reform Process.

Inland Revenue Updates

April will see the next set of changes coming into effect, i.e. IRD will no longer accept payment by cheques. Not-for-profit organisations may be interested in this recent webinar covering:

  • Employer transactions move into our new system
  • PAYE in a single employer account
  • Consolidation of employer notifications
  • Improvements to new employee on-boarding
  • Investment income changes

You can view presentation slides and the webinar on demand here.

All Your Learning & Development Opportunities

In One Place

At the end of 2019 SociaLink carried out a survey on what the Learning & Development needs of the social sector were, in this area. Although we weren’t overwhelmed with responses we pushed on and invited a selection of people to lunch to discuss our needs further. Read the results here, If you have any comments to make please email.

One of the suggestions made was for SociaLink to host all relevant organisational learning & development opportunities listed in one place. Well, we’re getting there. Take a look at our programme so far. We will be adding more as it becomes available so make sure you bookmark the page and check back occasioinally. And let us know of other relevant training for listing.

We’ve also posted our full list of training for the year in one document here.

Campaigns / Programmes / Events

Massey University Te Kunenega Ki Purehuroa  presents

Easy Evaluation Workshops 2020

Gain skills and confidence in using evaluation in your work and learn how to apply programme logic.
Easy Evaluation Workshops (Two Day)

  • Palmerston North, 11-12 February 2020, Wharerata Function Centre
  • Dunedin,                 25-26 February 2020, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
  • Christchurch,             1-2 April 2020, Wigram Base
  • Auckland,                   5-6 May 2020, Sorrento in the Park
  • Wellington,             20-21 May 2020, The Pines Wellington

“Very approachable facilitators who had good insights into the health sector and our collective focus on better Maori health outcomes.”

These two-day FREE workshops are for the public health workforce and community organisations with a public health focus around New Zealand. Focusing on developing a logic model and using the logic model to develop an evaluation plan, the workshops provide experiential, hands-on learning opportunities and a full set of workshop notes is provided. Participants apply learning to their own public health/health promotion programme.
Courses run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. A light lunch is provided.

Designing And Analysing Feedback Forms Workshops (One Day)

  • Nelson,            12 May 2020 – Venue TBA
  • Christchurch,  13 May 2020 – Venue TBA

Feedback forms are an efficient and economical way to collect information about your programme. How well designed are your forms? Build your skills in creating good feedback questions, analysing quantitative data using excel, drawing graphs, and analysing qualitative data. This workshop is suitable for people with little or no experience with feedback forms and those who want to learn more. Courses run from 10:00am to 3:45pm. A light lunch is provided.

To register for any workshop, complete and submit the registration form here
or email us at easy.evaluation@massey.ac.nz or call Allison Li at 09 366 6136

Transition Times February 2020

TRANSITION TIMES
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS TO ALL YOUR MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES
DATE: February 2020
FOR EVERYONE INTERESTED IN HOUSING ISSUES
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The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, is visiting New Zealand from 10-19 February, and there are several opportunities for you to engage with her during the visit on matters relevant to your work.

Ms Farha will assess positive developments in housing in New Zealand as well as challenges and gaps in the protection and promotion of the right to adequate housing. She will produce a summary of her findings at the end of her visit or shortly after, followed by a full report in due course.

Ms Farha will be meeting with a range of government agencies, as well as non-government organisations, and human rights and housing experts. Community Housing Aotearoa has been working with the Human Rights Commission, Te Matapihi and others to develop a schedule of visits that will provide Ms Farha with access to on-the-ground insights into New Zealand’s housing situation.

There are two particular areas of her work that Ms Farha will be seeking to engage on. The first is the extent to which houses in New Zealand are being used simply as a financial product rather than as great homes fostering wellbeing in communities. The second is to do with how a rights-based national housing strategy has worked in other countries and what lessons New Zealand might learn in order to ensure all New Zealanders are well-housed.

The visit is a real opportunity to show the UN Special Rapporteur what New Zealand’s housing crisis looks like for people seeking decent affordable homes, the contribution we are making to turning this situation around, and what else needs to happen.

We are working with a range of service and housing providers to offer Ms Farha the opportunity to hear directly from residents and persons facing homelessness during the afternoon of 11 February in Wellington, on the afternoon of Friday 14 February in Auckland, on Saturday 15 February in Kaitaia, and Monday 17 February in Christchurch.

Also included in the current itinerary are a small number of RSVP events including a film screening in Wellington on 11 February, and an in-depth seminar on Housing Finance and Wellbeing in Auckland on 13 February.

Any queries, please contact Brennan Rigby at brennan.rigby@communityhousing.org.nz.

If you would like to attend any of the following events, please confirm your interest by emailing support@communityhousing.org.nz.

Wellington: 10 -12 February
From 10 – 12 February Ms Farha will be in Wellington. Morning sessions involve engagement with Government. On Monday afternoon Ms Farha’s key engagements include a series of meetings with various Commissioners and independent Crown entities.

Tuesday 11 February
Tuesday afternoon includes a series of site visits around Wellington with a focus on meeting families and individuals facing housing risks and risks to their rights to housing.

Public event: Screening of award winning documentary: The Push (Sweden, 2019, 92 minutes), featuring the work of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing around the globe on the issue of financialization of housing (Director: Fredrik Gertten)
7pm, 11 February – Victoria University Wellington Lecture Hall

Ms Farha will introduce the film, with hosted Q and A
The event is free.  Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to ensure a seat.

Wednesday 12 February
Wednesday afternoon includes a series of meetings on tenancy rights issues, and human rights in New Zealand broadly. This programme will also include a briefing on current housing related research.

Auckland: 13 and 14 February
Thursday 13 February includes a marae visit and a Housing Finance and Wellbeing seminar as follows.

Thursday 13 February – 3pm – University of Auckland Lecture Hall (room tbc)
Seminar:  Housing Finance and Wellbeing
The seminar will surface the connection between housing finance and wellbeing, in the context of growing recognition of the risks in the use of housing as a financial tool rather than as a home. It will help focus on the choices we have financing our housing stock to ensure wellbeing. The event is free.

For more information on this event please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to ensure a seat.

Auckland: Friday 14 February 3:30 to 5:30 pm (location TBC)
Meeting with civil society/advocacy organisations
In this session community, family and housing advocates will have a chance to speak with Ms Farha about their work and their concerns in the context of human rights.

Places are limited. Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to express your interest.

Kaitaia: 15 February
Site visit to Kaitaia focused on meeting individuals and families facing housing risks and risks to their rights to housing.

Christchurch: Monday 17 February
Ms Farha is engaging a significant series of site visits in Christchurch. Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz if you are interested in being involved.

In Christchuch the itinerary includes:

  • Site visits – Inner city red zone tour with former and current residents, and site visits in various red zone areas of Christchuch focused on meeting with individuals and families facing or having faced housing risk.
  • Meeting with civil society/service organisations – places are limited. Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to express your interest.
  • Site visit – Housing First homelessness services focused on meeting with individuals and families

In addition, meetings with the Mayors of Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch are being sought.

Network News – December 2019

Network News – December 2019

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Network News December 2019

This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
In this issue:

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Meet the members: Community Housing Aotearoa
  • The Importance of Having a Will
  • On Air
  • ComVoices blogs
  • Government consultations and plans
  • 2020 Charities Reporting Awards
  • Inland Revenue update
  • Campaigns / programmes / events
  • Special offer for members

We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā koutou katoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is a growing organisation.  We are gaining new memberships and thinking a lot about what we do and how we do it.  Some of our new members are networks, but not in the way we have always had members.

Some are national organisations, that have their own countrywide networks, and they are as important to us as our smaller networks in rural or regional New Zealand.  But each membership has different needs from a National organisation and wants to be heard in different ways.

The CNA Executive Committee has decided it is time we looked at our membership and listened to what you all have to say.

With that in mind, in 2020 we will be doing membership research.  Look out for me and my colleagues travelling to your area to have a conversation with you about what are your most pressing concerns, what are ideas you would like to progress and what is it we can do that is helpful for you?

A good national office is an office that responds to your needs, so I look forward to having some great conversations next year.

Also as this is our last newsletter for 2019, can I offer you the very best of Christmas wishes.  Take time to recharge, and have a fantastic break with those you love.  See you in the New Year.

And lastly, as always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Meet the Members: Community Housing Aotearoa / Nga Wharerau O Aotearoa 

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is the umbrella group, or peak body, for the community housing sector. Our members provide a wide range of homes throughout New Zealand in partnership with government agencies, councils, iwi, churches, developers, community groups and others.

Our vision is for all New Zealanders to be well-housed. That means good, affordable, warm, safe homes in locations that enable individuals, whānau and communities to thrive. As a country, we all benefit when people have a place to call home. Life becomes settled and less stressful, children are able to stay in school and people in their jobs, and families are able to get the social and health services they need.

Community Housing Aotearoa staff
Community Housing Aotearoa staff, council and members.

Community housing providers are an essential part of achieving this vision. Our members work closely with local communities to provide a range of homes, including emergency shelter, affordable rentals and pathways into home ownership. The many housing organisations that make up CHA’s membership share a common goal of improving the quality of life for the people they work with, and building communities that flourish.CHA supports that work by advocating for community housing providers as essential partners with Government in addressing New Zealand’s shortage of affordable housing, and by articulating the need for a responsive housing system. We work at both a systems level, to improve policy settings and equitable access to housing, and with our members to support their delivery of quality housing and gather evidence of the real difference this makes.

A significant body of work for CHA involves The Shift Aotearoa, which advocates for governments to address housing through sustainable strategies rather than reactive and insecure policy, and involves a global re-focus on the social function of housing over and above the financial function of housing.

We know we can change lives if we work together, share a vision of what is possible for housing in New Zealand, and work to ensure the right levels of resourcing are in place to enable the change we all seek.

More information about CHA
A list of our provider members

The Importance of Having a Will

By Denise Lormans, Manager, Southland Community Law Centre
Executive Board Member, Community Networks Aotearoa

It is a sad fact that many people die without having set out a valid will.  This leaves a dreadful mess for those left behind to sift through. All adults should get a will in place once they start earning.  The will should be reviewed every three years or so to make sure it is still valid.A will should detail who the executor is (someone you trust to sort your affairs out once you die). There are set rules defined in legislation about who can inherit by automatic right as well. To exclude someone from inheriting, the will should document why they are excluded so that should they challenge the will in court, the Judge will be able to make a decision based on your wishes (providing they are lawful).

The will should also state whether the person wants to be buried or cremated.  They normally also state where they want to be buried, if that is their preference.If a person dies without a will the law will apply as set out in the Administration Act 1969.  In a time of grieving this can be a minefield for any surviving relatives.  They may need to get legal advice in order to sort it all out. Some people will qualify for free legal help from Community Law Centres.If the value of the assets of the estate is small – as in under $15,000, then the estate won’t be subject to probate and can be administered without needing to apply for “letters of administration” through the High Court.  If it is a large asset value estate however, it will have to go through probate.

Always check if the person who has died had a pre-paid funeral arrangement anywhere as well.  These are often insurance policies, but some funeral directors run these plans as well. The policy/agreement will detail what any pre-paid arrangement will cover, and what it doesn’t.

Funeral grants are available from Work and Income, but criteria do apply to those grants.  If the person died as a result of an accident, ACC may be able to provide a funeral grant as well.

Listen to Ros interview  Tim Barnett.  As well as a former Labour MP and past General Secretary of the Labour Party, Tim is now CEO of FINCAP.  We will be talking about financial capability and how to survive Christmas spending.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Dave Kennedy, Facilitator Strategic Planning for the Green Party, Professor Michael Macaulay about ethics, lobbying and impeachment, Brenda Pilott from Social Service Providers Aotearoa on Fair Pay, Dr Ganesh Nana on Budget 2019, Sarah Doherty, about Navigator, and Tracy Martin, Minister for Children, Seniors and Internal Affairs.

ComVoices blogs

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We recommend browsing through these blogs. They are fascinating reading as always…

  • Volunteer for an inclusive future
    International Volunteer Day, on Thursday 5 December, celebrates the contribution and impact volunteers make in their community. Michelle Kitney, Chief Executive of Volunteer New Zealand says Volunteer for an Inclusive Future – E whai wāhi ai te katoa, kia tūao te tū highlights the power of volunteering to achieve SDG 10 and the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism.
  • A journey of change and evolution
    Parting Reflections from outgoing Co-Chair, Simon Cayley of Hui E! Community Aotearoa. This journey has involved name changes, new partnerships, the creation of community hubs, winding up organisations and founding new ones within a constantly shifting political and funding context, but always with the aim of strengthening our voluntary and community sector and ultimately enhancing the wellbeing of our communities.
  • What would a joined-up approach look like?
    What would a joined-up approach to the charity sector look like? If our messaging to consumers/clients utilised the ‘power of one’ would we get more cut through? Dianne Armstrong of Arthritis NZ, challenges us to think about greater collaboration.

Government consultations and plans

Consultations / Bills

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill: Have your say on the establishment of a mental health and wellbeing commission. The establishment of this commission seeks to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders. Closing date for submissions 11 December.

The State Sector Act will be repealed and replaced with a new Public Service Act. After its first reading, it will be examined by the Governance and Administration select committee who will hear public submissions. Input from the NGO sector will be important.

Plans / Reforms

The Disability Action Plan 2019-2023: Putting the New Zealand Strategy into action, was launched on 14 November 2019 by the Minister for Disability Issues.

The Government has announced the reform of the Residential Tenancies Act. It has stated the reform strikes a balance between protecting a landlord’s interest in their property while ensuring tenants receive fair rights. New legislation is due to be introduced to Parliament in early 2020.

2020 Charities Reporting Awards: entries open
Has your charity done a particularly good job with your financial reporting? If so, you could be recognised in the 2020 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards.The awards were established by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) in 2017 to recognise the efforts of registered charities who meet the financial reporting standards. A new category for 2020 is Innovation.

CA ANZ has released a guide to Enhancing Not-for-Profit Reporting. The guide is to support organisations in the not-for-profit and charity sector with their reporting requirements.

Inland Revenue update

Information on PAYE and investment income changes.

Not-for-profit organisations may be interested in this recent webinar covering:

  • Employer transactions move into our new system
  • PAYE in a single employer account
  • Consolidation of employer notifications
  • Improvements to new employee on-boarding
  • Investment income changes

You can view presentation slides and the webinar on demand here.

Campaigns / programmes / events

Easy Evaluation workshops 2019-2020 Learn to evaluate your projects.
Gain skills and confidence in using evaluation in your work and learn how to apply programme logic. These two-day FREE workshops are for the public health workforce and community organisations with a public health focus around New Zealand.
Find out more

Do you or your organisation have a campaign or event you would like to highlight? If so send through a brief description to info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Special offer for members of Community Networks Aotearoa and their networks 

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

We are pleased to offer this opportunity not only to our member organisations but to their members as well. If you, or one of your network organisations, are interested in receiving an obligation free quote, please contact us for the special code you will require and Rothbury’s contact details.

About Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

We:

  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

And don’t forget, we’re here to help.  If you have any problems or issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on Wellington (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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