Network News April 2017

Meet the members

Welcome to another article in the series introducing the wonderful members we serve and the work they are doing in their communities throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Inclusive NZ – the story so far
by Deb Stringer, Communications and Marketing Officer, Inclusive NZ

In essence, Inclusive NZ is a federation of organisations and individuals involved in the provision of employment and community support services for disabled people.

But when you really break it down, there’s definitely a bit more to us and the work we do!

Whatever the work though, our main driving forces are always centred on our ultimate goal to make ‘New Zealand 100 per cent accessible to all’ and to remain relevant to the members’ we serve.

Remaining true to our members has not changed since our inception back in 1982, however the name of the organisation has undergone a few name changes over the years.

The most recent one came in early 2015 which saw us move away from the New Zealand Federation of Vocational and Support Services (NZ VASS) in favour of the name Inclusive NZ.

Name changes aren’t the only thing that has evolved over the years, either, and we now support 72 members and member organisations, which hail from all over the country!

To help support our members, the Inclusive NZ team consisting of Tess, Wendy, Deb and Leanne work very hard in a number of different ways.

Firstly, we have a strong belief that our goal of inclusive communities cannot be achieved without active engagement with both the disability sector and wider community sector.

This means that we work with government agencies, disabled people’s organisations, the business sector and other NGOs, and represent our members on a number of advisory groups and networks.

Access to opportunities for learning and information is also a big part of our work, so we offer our members a number of opportunities to network and learn through the various forums, workshops and conferences we regularly hold.

Professional development is another area we throw our support behind and through administering the Training and Workforce Development Fund, on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development, we are able to support those working in the sector to undertake further training opportunities.

In recent times we have been thinking about how we can further support our members, others working in the sector, and the work they do in new and different ways.

That is why we launched the Action Research Project – a project which seeks to build the evidence base around what employment, participation and inclusion services do.

Anyone is able to participate in the project and all they have to do is:

  • Pick a topic that is of interest to them and/or the organisation they  work for
  • Register their project with Inclusive NZ (registration form available on our website)
  • Undertake the research using an action research methodology
  • Share their findings at the Inclusive NZ Action Conference (October 30 – 31st 2017)

We will be providing support and resources to all those who participate!

To find out more and to register your project, visit the Action Research Project Section of the Inclusive NZ website. We would love to have you on board!

For further info about Inclusive NZ visit or “like” them on Facebook

Roadshow for Volunteers and Volunteering Organisations: Your responsibility in safeguarding children

Child Matters and Community Networks Aotearoa are jointly delivering a nationwide roadshow providing presentations to volunteers and volunteering organisations. The roadshow began on 22 March at two venues in Auckland with a great turnout and, will visit a total of 13 locations from Kaitaia to Invercargill before the end of June.

The 90 minute free presentation will provide education and information to those in the volunteering and community sectors to assist in understanding roles and responsibilities when engaging with children and, provide access to resources to assist in developing safe child protection systems and environments.

The presentation is aimed at volunteers, community organisations and their Board members.

“We aimed at organisations who don’t work with children or who have volunteers who don’t think they need to have policies regarding children,” says Ros Rice, EO of Community Networks Aotearoa.

“It’s giving them the news that they do need to have policies about safety for children and also an example of the kind of policy they can have and what they need to do

“We want to help non-profit community organisations to get up to speed with what’s required of them to enable more information about how we can keep our children safe.”

For further information about the roadshow download and listen to Ros interview Amanda Meynell, National Manager Child Protection Education and Advisory Service for Child Matters.

Enrolment details:
5 April (11am)                                            Gisborne
27 April (12.30pm)                                     New Plymouth
3 May (1.30pm)                                          Nelson
4 May (2.30pm)                                          Wellington
15 May (10.30am)                                      Tauranga
22 May (2pm)                                             Christchurch
6 June                                                         Alexandra
8 June                                                         Dunedin
7 June                                                         Invercargill
28 June                                                       Kaitaia
27 June                                                       Whangarei

To enrol for a FREE presentation near you please click here

For further info please contact Ros Rice at Community Networks Aotearoa on 04 472 3364 or 

David Robinson (5 August 1941 – 7 March 2017)

It was with great sadness that Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) heard of the death of David Robinson. David was a familiar face not only in the Community and Voluntary Sector but on a global scene with his involvement in a number of international civil society organisations. He was a Board member of CIVICUS, project manager of the Pacific Civil Society Law Programme and a member of the Advisory Council of the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL).

For CNA the loss is of one of our founding members. CNA used to be called the New Zealand Council of Social Services (NZCOSS). Alongside other treasured personalities like Joan Lardner from Auckland and Deirdre Jolly from Alexandra, David had a personal role in setting up NZCOSS and directing it toward the organisation it is today.

David wrote of how community representatives from various local COSS took ownership of NZCOSS, deciding to establish a fully independent entity. David was at the forefront of this early initiative.

In 2007 Ros Rice, our current Executive Officer, sat on the ANGOA board alongside David as he continued his wise and committed work for community and civil society that was his passion.

David was seen at many meetings and attended the CNA Hui in 2015 celebrating 40 years since NZCOSS/CNA was first established. He approved of our re-branding as Community Networks Aotearoa, and spoke of the early days at the hui.

His influence and involvement in the sector is too huge to detail, but this ethical political man will be greatly missed.

Download and listen to Ros interview Hon Alfred Ngaro, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.



Identifiable data about clients (ICLD)

Don’t forget to visit our website for useful resources such as Issues Paper #2 from ComVoices on identifiable client data (ICLD) which was sent to Ministers English, Tolley, Adams and Ngaro.

We also have a copy of the Privacy Commissioner’s submission to the Social Services Commission on The Children’s, Young Persons and their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill.

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…
Fiction is the new fact by Tess Casey, Chief Executive Inclusive NZ
There’s an Election coming up – what sort of Democracy do we Want? by Dave Henderson, External Relations Manager Hui E!
Change in the Not-for-Profit Sector – what does it all mean? by Raewyn Fox, CEO NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services

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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 for the special code you will require and Rothbury’s contact details.

Upcoming Conferences/Webinars

Statement of Service Performance – Charities Services – 13 April at 12pm (webinar)
The Statement of Service Performance is a non-financial statement in the Performance Report required under the new reporting standards for tier 3 and tier 4 registered charities and it’s important that you know how to use it well. Click here for further info and to register.

Building our Place: the Impact Conference – Community Housing Aotearoa – 7-9 June 2017, Wellington
This conference asks how the community housing sector can contribute to delivering the vision ‘all New Zealanders well housed’ and offers an opportunity to join the conversation and become part of the solution to improve housing outcomes for all New Zealanders. For further info please visit

Thriving in the 21st Century – Community Waikato – 2-3 August, Hamilton
A conference for Waikato community organisations. Our sector is operating in a challenging environment both socially and financially. We need to work smarter and more efficiently to achieve positive outcomes for those we serve while remainng viable and true to our values. For further info please visit

Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration in Action – Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) – 4-5 September, Wellington
This year’s SSPA conference is for all those working in social services whether as practitioners, administrators, researchers or policy makers. For further info please visit

Watch this Space…

Empowerment and Success: A Positive Path for the NGO Sector – October 2017- Auckland
Following on from our successful joint conference in 2014, Community Networks Aotearoa and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) will come together again to present our 2017 conference. This will be held on 26/27 October at the Quality Hotel Lincoln Green, Henderson, Auckland. More details available soon.

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  Both Ros and Fionn are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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