Network News August 2016

“Aha-ahaaa – All the things I could do – If I had a little money…” – Abba

For more than 20 years, the Commission for Financial Capability (formerly the Retirement Commission) has been equipping New Zealanders at all stages of life with the independent financial information they need to get ahead. The Commission’s main task is to help the financially vulnerable become financially capable, putting them in the best possible position to reach their goals in life and to get to retirement in good financial health.

The Commission’s work is community-based and it has a range of programmes and tools available for school children through to those nearing retirement. The Commission regularly collaborates with other government agencies, NGOs and the commercial and education sectors, all of whom contribute to the success of the National Strategy for Financial Capability.

Among their collaborative projects are those delivered with and for the Nga Whare Waatea whanau in Auckland which can be found here and the Vaka Tautua Pacific whanau found here

They also have two cross sector financial capability networks running in Auckland and Wellington. The goal of these networks is to provide financial capability sector partners with a forum to collaborate, share and coordinate initiatives. For more information on joining these networks please contact National Strategy Programme Manager Melanie Turner

The Commission is looking to introduce its National Strategy to the regions during 2016/17 with a view to building partnerships across the country. If your network would like a speaker to come and talk to your members about the work of the Commission and the National Strategy and, how you can become involved, please contact Melanie Turner who is happy to travel to your area.

September 5 – 11 will be Money Week 2016 during which hundreds of free or low-cost money-related activities will be coordinated and promoted throughout the country. It’s a week where organisations, government agencies, NGOs, councils, schools, community groups, libraries and whanau around the country run events and have conversations about managing money and reaching their goals.

If you are interested in running an activity during Money Week, contact Melanie for more information.

For further information about the work of the Commission for Financial Capability please or for free and independent tools and guides to managing independent finances please visit 

On Air with Ros

Download and listen to Ros interview Alex Hannant, Chief Executive of the Akina Foundation about Social Enterprise. For information about workshops offered by the Akina Foundation, click here

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” 
(Henry Ford)

Our members’ Hui on 19 October will soon be upon us and we’re looking forward to welcoming all our members, and other interested parties, to Wellington. This year the Hui will be held at the centrally located CQ hotel in the fantastic Cuba quarter of town.

The day will start with morning tea and our AGM at 10am and close at around 4pm, meaning only one day out of the office as opposed to the two days of past Huis. We encourage you to book early if flying, in order to take advantage of cheaper fares.

Following the AGM, we will join with Inclusive NZ for a shared World Café session. The two groups will go their separate ways for lunch to allow each to have some time networking with colleagues before coming together again for the shared afternoon session.

We’re pleased to announce that broadcaster Wallace Chapman will join us after lunch to facilitate a panel of politicians in a session called – “Q the Politicians”. Many of you may be familiar with Wallace who for the past two and a half years, has presented Sunday Morning on Radio New Zealand National – the highest rating weekend radio show in the country. Wallace also hosts the popular ‘pub politics’ TV show Back Benches on Prime.

The panel session will be followed by a speaker – yet to be confirmed – but they will be a good one so watch this space! Our day will end with a wrap-up and delegates feedback, in time for people to head away and catch those early evening flights home.

Registrations will open soon so keep an eye on your inbox for details. If you require any further info in the meantime please contact Fionn at

Community Law Manual 2016-17 – special offer

The Community Law Manual is a trail blazing resource that helps Kiwis (and their advocates) help themselves.

The manual contains over 800 pages of easy-to-read legal info, on just about every area of community and personal life. Re-released every year in July, the manual provides comprehensive answers to common legal questions.  

There have been huge changes to this year’s edition, especially in employment and health and safety law. The Te reo Maori chapter has also just been translated into te reo.

The usual price of the manual is $150 with a 33% discount to NGOs making the price only $100. To reduce this cost even furher, Community Networks Aotearoa is facilitating bulk buying for our members, and in turn their member organisations/networks. If we receive 10+ orders, the manuals will only cost $85 (plus p&p) or even $75 (plus p&p) if we receive 20+ so please let us know if you wish to order a copy by emailing Fionn by 31 August. The more of you who order the cheaper it will become for all!

Review of Class 4 Gambling

Are you intending to make a submission on the Review of Class 4 Gambling (pokie machines)? If so, go to for a breakdown of the proposed changes.

My Story, Your Story – Together Builds Communities

One of our member organisations, Auckland North Community and Development (ANCAD), will shortly launch its book, “My Story, Your Story – Together Builds Communities”.

Capturing the legacy of Auckland’s North Shore,the book documents an inspiring collection of stories and photographs of fifty four community works and leaders. Some are well known, some are less so but all have made a real difference to the lives of individuals on the Shore.

Copies may be ordered via ANCAD’s website

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…
Young people in Aotearoa: growing up in a policy vacuum by Anya Satyanand, Executive Officer Ara Taiohi, Peak Body for Youth Development
What does it take to make democracy work as it should? by Scott Miller, Chief Executive Volunteering New Zealand
Grass root earthquakes by Phil McCarthy, Director Prison Fellowship of NZ

Upcoming Conferences

Taking Charge of Change: Transformation through Innovation – SSPA, 27 – 28 October, Christchurch
Change, transformation and the new future are the focus of the Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) National Conference 2016 being held at Chateau on the Park, Christchurch. Early bird registrations now open. For more details visit

Pivot – Linking Vision to action – Volunteering New Zealand, 31 October, Wellington
This year’s theme is focused on turning ideas into reality. It’s an opportunity to gather together to learn from and be inspired by a range off speakers in areas including volunteer involvement, best practice guidelines and organisational expertise. Early bird prices end on 2 August. For more details visit

Tonic Conference – Exult, 10 – 11 November 2016, Tauranga
Are you looking for a conference that offers something for your whole team? Do you want to get practical ideas, information, and advice without all the fluff and jargon? Now in its 8th year, Tonic Conference is one of New Zealand’s most vibrant, best value events for the community sector. For more details visit

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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