Network News October 2015

On the 15th and 16th of October Community Networks Aotearoa welcomed its members to Wellington for its biennial Hui.  Forty delegates came from Auckland to Invercargill and as far away as the Chatham Islands for two days of interesting speakers, information sharing and valuable networking.

Unlike our sector-wide conference which takes place in alternate years, the Hui exists for our membership and all were surveyed earlier in the year to assist us to a plan a meaningful and useful programme. The first day featured group discussions of the burning issues in our sector; a panel of experts talking about funding in its many forms and, an entertaining look at Governance from speaker Michael Macaulay.

A highlight of our second day followed our AGM, when we were joined by other colleagues and friends in the NGO sector to celebrate the fortieth birthday of our organisation.  All enjoyed a delicious chocolate cake and morning tea complete with speeches and party poppers!  The Hui concluded with our second keynote speaker, journalist Dita de Boni, leaving the group with much food for thought and after lunch, delegates took their leave.

It was a pleasure for both the Executive Committee and the staff of CNA to have our members here in Wellington and we extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants – delegates, speakers, facilitators and the fabulous Sans Souci who performed at our dinner – for making this a memorable event.  We look forward to seeing you all at our conference in 2016.  In the meantime, here are some photos from our Hui…


Photo: bruceandrobyn