Network News March 2016

Members’ Hui 2016

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

This year will see a major change in our events calendar where our members’ hui normally alternates year about with our sector-wide conference.

Following on from our highly successful conference “Social Justice in Communities” (held in Christchurch in 2014), this should be a conference year. As we are very keen to once again present our conference in conjunction with NZCCSS, as we did in Christchurch, both organisations have agreed that 2017 would be better timing bearing in mind this year’s work plans.

DSC01650We won’t be taking it easy however as will look forward to welcoming you all to Wellington for our Members’ Hui instead. But wait there’s more…

In our recent annual membership survey some of those who have not come to our Hui mentioned that two days out of the office was a barrier to attendance. We have therefore decided to trial a one day programme without compromising the content of this valuable event. In addition to this we will offer an optional seminar the day before for those seeking a bit more.

Our Members’ Hui 2016 will be held on Wednesday 19 October at CQ Hotel in the fantastic Cuba quarter of Wellington. Details are still to be confirmed but we expect the day to start at 9.30am and finish by 4pm. One delegate from each of our full member organisations may attend for FREE (excluding travel) however additional delegates, associate members and other interested parties are also welcome to attend on payment of a registration fee.

We are excited to announce that the afternoon session will be shared with Inclusive NZ, a federation of community organisations that support disabled people by helping them identify and fulfil their personal goals and aspirations, find work and participate in their communities. The similarities between our two organisations and the issues faced by our members make this a natural, stimulating and potentially beneficial partnership.

So put 19 October in your diaries now and start watching out for those grabaseat deals to Wellington!

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…
Data is King by Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)
The motherhood challenge by Sue McCabe, Chief Executive National Council of Women of New Zealand
A better internet is up to all of us by Vanisa Dhiru, Executive Director 2020 Trust
Outcomes are what our communities want by Peter Glensor, General Manager Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Non-Profit Groups and Psychosocial Wellbeing

The Joint Centre for Disaster Research has been commissioned to review the Ministry of Health’s 2007 Planning for Individual and Community Recovery in an Emergency Event – principles for psychosocial support document. A key aspect of the review is learning from those who work within psychosocial, mental health and emergency management contexts. A short survey has been created to gain feedback on how the 2007 document has been used and what we can learn for the future. The survey is available from and will be live until 11th March. If you have knowledge and experience in this area we would be most grateful if you could complete the survey.

Zoe Mounsey, Project Manager/Researcher
Joint Centre for Disaster Research
Massey University, Wellington Campus

A word from Sharon Torstonsen from SEWN, – “The researchers would love to get a broad response so they can see what awareness there is out there of the policy, which includes the contribution that non-profit groups make to psychosocial wellbeing. Even (or maybe especially) if you have no knowledge of the document, please take part in this short survey.  We know that many non-profit groups make a big contribution to psychosocial wellbeing before, during and after an emergency event, and the sector needs to be incorporated into planning.”

Special offer just for members of Community Networks Aotearoa and their networks – because we think you’re great!

On air with Ros

Download and listen to Ros interview James Austin, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Institute of NZ (FINZ). An interesting chat about funding and other issues currently facing the nfp sector.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

The new Health & Safety at Work Act comes into force on 4 April 2016. If you are running a charity or volunteer organisation it is important to know where you fit under the new law.

Here’s an article by Mike Mitchell a senior associate of the firm of Preston Russell Law entitled How new health and safety laws affect volunteers and charities.

Upcoming Training

Cloud for Dummies – 9 March 2016, 1pm – 2pm
Does the cloud work when it’s raining, where is it based and what can I do with it?  Ryan Jones from TechSoup New Zealand will answer these and other questions in this one hour webinar. Register here

On-line Governance Training for Board / Committee Members
Governance Essentials for Board and Committee Members is an on-line governance training course developed by Governance Strategies and Xperts for people in governance positions to understand the key aspects of the role. Real-world learning is spread across four weeks (up to 3 hours per week) with interesting weekly research and reflection assignments.

Governance Essentials for Board / Committee Members is a best practice professional development  course offering individual participants the flexibility of 24 hour access to training with the convenience of logging in from anywhere at any time and the opportunity to join people in similar roles in an online forum.

Alternatively national organisations may wish to take a whole of organisation and in-house approach to governance training.  Make contact to discuss tailoring the course to meet specific organisational requirements and to organise dates suitable for your members only. National organisations reap the benefits when regional board and committee members up skill!

Four courses are scheduled in 2016, the first of which begins the week of the 21st March 2016. Full enrolment for individual registrations is $299 but there are discounts available; access a special discounted fee by enrolling 3 or more people from the one organisation or alternatively access the early bird rate by registering by 29 February.

Are you interested?
Go to the course website to learn more or register.
To discuss your requirements and obtain access to the early bird or organisation discount rates contact  Gail Munro, ph 0273408186 or email or Trevor Crozier, ph 04 9020160 or

Upcoming Conferences

Advance:2020 – Connect. Innovate. Change. – Auckland, 11-12 April 2016

The TechSoup New Zealand Conference is a two day event. Day One consists of Masterclasses (optional programme at additional cost) with Day Two the main conference. For info and registration please visit

Better, Stronger, Smarter Fundraising Conference – Auckland, 13-15 April 3016
FINZ is proud to present the 2016 annual conference, the premier learning event for fundraisers and charity and community sector leaders and those doing great things for great causes.  For info and registration please 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.

Photo: bruceandrobyn