Network News February 2020

Network News February 2020

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An Update from CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

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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 

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

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@
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.

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 – 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 or call Allison Li at 09 366 6136

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