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Kia ora koutou
This Special Edition is to keep you upto date with the work that CNA and many of it’s members are continuing to provide through the lock down..
We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.

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Community Networks Aotearoa’s website has a COVID-19 – Updates, Info & Resources page. We’ll be adding to the page as information comes to hand – and it’s dated so you can see when it was posted.
The Ministry of Health COVID-19 website page remains the official page for all information and advice.
RNZ is the dedicated emergency broadcaster and has a dedicated COVID-19 page with range of interviews with experts covering projections, what to do, well-being, how to work at home with family, how to de-escalate tension in your bubble., etc. – well worth checking out.Here is MSD’s national list of Social Sector Organisations providing Essential Services

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Kia ora all of our fabulous members,

This is a super special Network News.  We wanted to update you on what is happening here in Wellington, and what we are doing in this time.
How does your information and weekly updates get passed on?
Firstly I am all over the place on Zoom (thank goodness I already had a paid for Zoom account), and teleconferences.  So what sort of meetings am I attending?
I am a member of the Network of Networks group that has been put together by NEMA. (National Emergency Management Agency).  That means twice a week I am in communication with multiple Government Department representatives.  Some of the departments involved (but not all) include Oranga Tamariki; Department of Health; MSD; MBIE; Police; Ministry of Primary Industries; Immigration Department; and lots of others.  I join this group with Tess Casey (our Chairperson) from Neighbourhood Support NZ and Chris Glaudel (Committee Member) from Community Housing Aotearoa. 

I join in a regular zoom with up to 70 other NGOs and representatives from philanthropy and social enterprise.  These zooms have led to a letter to the Prime Minister about issues for the Community and Voluntary sector. Links to recordings of a couple of these zooms are included in this newsletter are included, plus a link to the letter to the Prime Minister.
I get regular calls every couple of days with staff at MSD.  These are personal conversations and have been a great conduit between the two organisations
Add to these things we are doing like updating our CoVid19 page on our Website and Facebook. Check them daily.  Also twice a week, we are doing a fairly relaxed zoom chat called “Join us for a Cuppa”.  We have sent out the zoom link, and will again.  If you want to join, just come on in and chat with us and other members from around NZ.
There are lots of other things going on, but I wanted you to know these.  Read on for other things.  Please make sure, at least once a week send us a bullet listed update on any issues you think we should know, both good and bad.  These things end up going up the line and if you don’t let us know, we don’t have the information we can share to show Government and other NGOs what the value of this sector is to our communities.  Please diary it and share it with us once a week.  Thanks to those who are regularly already updating us.
Stay safe wherever you are and know that you are on our minds, and that we are here to help if we can.

Ros, E.O. at C.N.A.

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

CLICK HERE for “Sir Ashley Bloomfield – A Rap Tribute” Lyrics and performance by Jordan Mooney, Music by Pat Tafa.

Communal Cuppa Zoom Anyone?

Remember to take a break every now and then. Join Ros and Me for a Communal Cuppa Zoom – it’s like cuppa soup, but better for you.

Every Wednesday at 10am and Friday at 3pm we’ll be hosting a Communal Cuppa Zoom and we invite you to join us for a chat. You don’t have to stay the entire time – it might just be to pop in and say ‘Hi”.

It’s been great to put faces to names, to have members meet each other and find out how much the same we are and how we’re doing.

To join us each Wed 10am – CLICK HERE for the Zoom
To join us each Fri 3pm – CLICK HERE for the Zoom
OR  email Ros (as she’s hosting) at eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz .

Please remember that you may be briefly put into the ‘waiting room’ when you join before entering the chat. And just to remind you to take a break we’ll be emailing a reminder on the morning of a Communal Cuppa.

Zooming Like You Just Don’t Care!

Zoom has certainly taken off, but don’t worry if you’re unsure about the whole shebang. Here’s a great link to Zoom’s Resources page to help you Zoom better.

Including : Effective Remote Working  – Educating Over Zoom – Hosting Virtual Events – TeleHealth

Latest Update From Your Local Civil Defense

This weekly newsletter serves to provide you with local up-to-date information from Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre and resources available to you while supporting our community’s most vulnerable people right now.

For the latest CLICK HERE

As author Neil Gaimon said ,when recently interviewed on RNZ,
‘Remember, your job is get through. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t learnt a language or written the great New Zealand novel by the end of it. Be kind to yourself.’

From Brenda Pilott
Manager Social Service Providers Aotearoa

(16th April)
I have had a reply from Minister Carmel Sepuloni to a letter I wrote to her in early April seeking action on some cost pressures providers are facing as a result of the COVID19 pandemic and the lockdown measures in place.  The Minister’s reply is here in which she has responded positively to the matters I raised.

Government Updates

The Ministry of Health COVID-19 page is a great resource of information
Including information on basic health advice, industry specific advice, and Easy Read versions
THIS LINK will take you to the Ministry’s news and media updates.

THIS LINK  for Ministry of Social Development’s latest information

THIS LINK for Inland Revenue’s latest information.
Kaitakawaenga Māori is supporting our Māori CommunityKaitakawaenga Māori deliver Inland Revenue services in a whānau, hapū and iwi centric way to help ensure our Māori customers have the tools to self-manage their tax affairs. For more information click THIS LINK

And also-
Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund – $4.8 million 
$27 million for NGOs and Community Groups providing essential services

Sir John Kirwan Makes Mental Health App Free

Mentemia, which means “my mind” in Italian (a language Kirwan speaks fluently), uses evidence-based research to tailor content to mental health needs, offering advice and training exercises like a virtual counsellor. It learns and responds to your preferences the more you use it, coaching you about how the mind has a tendency to create stress and anxiety, and the simple tools you can use to let them go.

To find out more or to download the app CLICK HERE

RNZ

Official Emergency broadcaster RNZ (Radio New Zealand) has a wide variety of topics and interviews exploring the effects of COVID-19: from how to talk to your children to the public’s questions being answered by scientists and experts.RNZ crosses live to each 1pm update from Prime Minister Adern and Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield

For the daily Coronavirus Podcast CLICK HERE
To hear Prof. Michael Baker answer listeners’ questions CLICK HERE

With so much ‘screen-led’ information remember to rest your eyes!

Upcoming Webinar

Governing In A Crisis Or Uncertainty – FREE
Wednesday  April 29, 11am to 12.30pm
Facilitator:  Garth Nowland-Foreman

A crisis does not need to signal the beginning of the end. Through providing good leadership and looking ahead, Boards can ensure their organisations are able to weather storms, find new ways of working and maximise opportunities to make a difference to the communities they serve. Presented by LEAD Centre for Not For Profit Governance and Leadership

About Community Networks Aotearoa

We:
  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU REQUIRE ANY ASSISTANCE

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

And don’t forget we’re here to help. If you have any problems, issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on Wellington (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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Network News April 2020

Kia ora koutou – This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.
In this newsletter…
(click on text to jump straight to article)

Facebook
Twitter
Website
Community Networks Aotearoa has prepared a COVID-19 – Updates, Info & Resources page (just click the highlighted link).
We’ll be adding to the page as information comes to hand – and it’s dated so you can see when it was posted.
The Ministry of Health COVID-19 website page remains the official page for all information and advice.
RNZ is the dedicated emergency broadcaster and has a dedicated COVID-19 page with range of interviews with experts covering projections, what to do, well-being, how to work at home with family, how to de-escalate tension in your bubble., etc. – well worth checking out.Here is MSD’s national list of Social Sector Organisations providing Essential Services

CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

How things can change in a month!!  Paddy and I are at home like most of the rest of you.  To those who are essential workers, please take care of yourselves and we are so grateful to you for that work.
On that note a quick musing on the role of the Community and Voluntary Sector in times like this.  It will be interesting to see how the public and Government recognises the role we all play especially when we are embedded in communities. 

We are so important in providing services and information out to our communities, and we can often do it in a way that the State can’t.  Many of you are working at the coal face with frightened people, not only now, but in everyday life over many years.  You are the first responders!
It’s great to see the $27 million being put into our essential community services.  I hope money continues to flow and our worth is recognised in future funding.  We are worth it!

Ros

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

MSD Update #1 –

Delivering Community Services
During the COVID-19 L4 Lockdown?

•    The Ministry of Social Development have released their COVID-19 Community Awareness and Preparedness Fund
•    Grants of up to $5000 (+ GST) are available on application
•    Funded community groups must be contributing towards the provision of essential community-led solutions to support local resilience and community well being in relation to COVID-19
•    Priority requests are those that support Maori, Pacific, older people, people with disabilities, people with current significant health considerations, migrant communities and people who are rurally isolated.
•    A total budget of $4.8M (+ GST) for grants is available. This is part of the NZ Government’s $27.0m support package for the community sector.

Communal Cuppa Zoom Anyone?

As we mostly work from home and are away from our team members and volunteers, we all need take a break every now and then.

To that end Ros and I have started the Communal Cuppa Zoom – it’s like cuppa soup, but better for you. Every Wednesday at 10am and Friday at 3pm we’ll be hosting a Communal Cuppa Zoom and we invite you to join us for a chat. You don’t have to stay the entire time – it might just be to pop in and say ‘Hi”.

This is a purely social group of like-minded peeps who deserve to sit back, connect and catch up. Tell us what’s happening for you, tell us problems you might need help with; solutions you’ve discovered, or even what your next crochet project will be. HINT: Mine involves Star Trek.

If you’d like to join us casually, or be added to a weekly invite please email Ros (as she’s hosting) at eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz .

The Joy of Zoom

A lot of people are using Zoom as a great way to have meetings or just to hang out – like my weekly lunch with my 87yr-old Mum who is self-isolating alone in Dunedin. All you need is a computer with a mic (or headphones); a camera (if you want to use that too) and an internet connection.

Sound a bit full on? Not sure how to get started?
Here’s a great link for absolute beginnersHere’s a great link to Zoom’s Resources page to help you Zoom better.

Including : Effective Remote Working  – Educating Over Zoom – Hosting Virtual Events – TeleHealth

Meet the Members –
Community Access Media Alliance

Alessandra Keighley is the current chair of CAMA, last week I got to chat with her via phone about their work.

CAMA is the executive body in support of community access media – which is media made by, for and about the diverse communities in and around Aotearoa. We provide facilities, service, support, training, equipment for people to make their own broadcasts about what matters to them, in their own languages, expressing their own belief systems and their own cultures. 

In 1989 the Broadcasting Act changed, after fierce lobbying, to include section 36c which guarantees access for all New Zealanders and not just private interests. Essentially the section gives a broadcast voice to women, youth, children, the disabled, religious, ethnical, elders, men and other minority groups in the community by which to share beyond their group, their thoughts, beliefs, feelings, knowledge, culture and ideals.

This is media with people at its heart, its content is created by the local communities. Years ago, in the world of slick radio, Access Radio may have been seen as worthy but dull, now Access Media leads at the forefront of authentic local-centred broadcasting on a global stage. There are more than fifty languages spoken on the 12 radio stations in Aotearoa.

As the corporate medias stagger transitioning from their outdated market models, Access Media, who have usually been the poor cousin, ‘stuck to its knitting’ and now relies on the authentic relationships its forged. Those years, making do, applying for funding, etc. in an ever shifting world, relying on each other, ‘has created a beautiful weave of relationships of respect and reciprocity’. The way to get things done is to help one another. Each station helps create and shares its content. CAMA disseminates information, skill sets and support, with everyone sharing the knowledge. But it doesn’t sit at the top – this is a circle where every voice is heard. This is the media that has been set aside for the right time, especially now that we are isolated and self-isolating.

And it’s these communities that are usually the first responders to any events around Aotearoa. In the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake Plains FM was on air – the local voice enabled residents to hear from someone right there, in their own shoes, sharing the experience. Hearing information in your own language can help; it might be what roads are currently out of use; where to go for particular help; where you can buy petrol; where water trucks are. That local knowledge and voice are right there with you and for you. In last year’s horrific terrorism Plains FM again played it’s part having established Muslim broadcasters, who could speak from and for the people being impacted. These strong relationships of trust have been built over time with care.

We’ve seen how kiwis can come together and where else is it better to hear the voice of Aotearoa than from the locals, it’s time to listen.

If you’d like to investigate how your voice might be heard please get in touch with your local Access Radio Station, they’d be more than happy to listen and help how and where they can.

Parenting Through The Current Crisis

A large number of people are now in the same bubble with their children, Nathan Wallis from NIB Health Insurance has some valuable advice about you and your children.

To watch please CLICK HERE

What You Should Expect At Work
– an update from the PSA

The pandemic has changed business as usual. Over the last weeks we have been actively working through options with employers and central agencies to ensure that you are supported and that we can keep public and community services working for New Zealanders at this difficult time

For information workers in the Public Service and State Sector; DHBs; Community Public Services and Contractors please CLICK HERE

Neighbours Day 2020

Instead of holding gatherings, Neighbours Day Aotearoa are encouraging people to have conversations with their neighbours, to make sure people are not feeling disconnected or lonely, especially people directly affected by self-isolation. Check out some of the ways below to check in on your neighbours while social distancing.

Learn more about Neighbours Day Aotearoa activities during COVID-19 HERE

Here’s a Some Good News to help you take a break from things –
CLICK HERE

Got Creatives In Your Membership?
Creative New Zealand Response

Creative New Zealand can now confirm its Emergency Response Package, announced on Friday in response to COVID-19, will include a first phase $16 million investment to buffer and support the arts community, with benefits extending well beyond the immediate crisis.Funding will open 14th April
To read more please CLICK HERE

And now for something completely helpful…
The Government has asked that Non At Risk groups do not use Countdown’s priority assistance for
ordering delivered groceries
for those in the At Risk groups
(i.e. over 70s, Immune Challenged, etc.)Questions?
HERE IS THE PRIORITY ASSISTANCE FAQ PAGE

YOU CAN ACCESS THEIR
PRIORITY ASSISTANCE PAGE HERE

MSD Update #2

Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant Fund – $4.8 million 
$27 million for NGOs and Community Groups providing essential services

  • The important information we want to get out there is:
    • Please don’t worry – you’ll continue to be paid your regular benefit payments.
    • MSD has already done a bunch of things to make it easier for now.
    • If you’re already getting Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payment, you don’t need to provide another medical certificate.
    • If you’re already getting Disability Allowance and Child Disability Allowance you don’t need to do anything – they will continue to be paid.
    • For now there will be no annual reviews or social housing reviews.
    • Special benefits won’t expire.
    • There will be no new obligation failures for now.

Remember, the Work and Income website, is the place to go for the latest information.

How’s Your Well Being?

The Hypnotherapy community has come together to create an impact on the well being of New Zealanders in their time of need.. With hypnosis you can strengthen and boost your  immune system, help to stay more calm and relaxed, improve your sleep quality and increase your overall well being.

Hypnosis can help you to strengthen and boost your immune system, it can help you to stay calm and relaxed, improve your sleep quality and increase your overall well being.

Hypnosis New Zealand have free downloadable audio recordings covering various areas to help you manage your anxiety.
To got to the recordings please CLICK HERE

IRD Updates
In these extraordinary circumstances, ensuring people get their entitlements, including their COVID-19 relief, is an essential service and Inland Revenue’s top priority.We are now required to operate very differently, including how we work with you. Our phone services will be severely limited and the only effective way to contact us, will be online and through myIR. Within Inland Revenue, all front office services in all localities are now closed and all of our staff, except a small number of special exceptions, will be working from home

For those receiving payments – Working for Families in particular – you will be paid. 

It may be that some squaring up of over or underpayments needs to be made and that will happen – maybe not immediately but it will happen. If you need to contact us urgently about your entitlement, then online through myIR is the best way. Inland Revenue remains committed to implementing the latest round of our transformation changes in April. Maintaining the pace of IR’s transformation is important and any delay increases the risk that we won’t be able to meet customers’ needs at this difficult time.

By upgrading our systems in line with our current plan, we increase our agility to respond swiftly to situations such as Covid-19 which gives the Government more flexibility to help New Zealanders. Please be assured that the people who work at Inland Revenue will be doing their very best to make sure all New Zealanders get what they need as soon as they need it. That is our top priority.
We will be providing more detail on things you need to know as this situation develops.

Collaborative Voices 

Due to the current lockdown we’re off air for the time being. You can hear updates and the latest information on RNZ, the dedicated emergency broadcaster.IN THE MEANTIME
We’d like to suggest these fascinating podcasts to listen to at Seeds (CLICK HERE)

You can also download previous episodes of Collaborative Voices as a podcast.

Available interviews include
  COVID-19 with Dr Prudence Stone from 
Public Health Association of New Zealand Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui.
 Healthy Aging with Stephanie Clare from Age Concern
MP Paul Eagle;
Climate Change with Dave Kennedy

Anyone else now find it weird when people touch on TV?

ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here.

About Community Networks Aotearoa

We:
  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

And don’t forget we’re here to help. If you have any problems, issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on Wellington (04) 472 3364 or eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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Network News – March 2020

Network News March 2020

Kia ora koutou – This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.
In this newsletter…
(click on text to jump straight to article)

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An Update from CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

We are all being inundated with information about Covid-19 but we have a new issue.  One of the things Patrick and I have heard many times, is don’t touch your face, especially around your eyes, your nose or your mouth.  Have you ever tried not to do that? 

Every morning on the bus I try to get from Johnsonville to town without touching my face.  I never realised how much I always touch my face.  Weird thing, when you are trying not to touch your face, everything on your face from your nose to your eyebrows, your hairline, and around your mouth gets insanely itchy.

Patrick tried it this morning and only lasted 30 seconds before he was itching and straight away, a little scratch.  It’s so hard to do, that everyone needs to start practicing.  It’s like washing hands every chance you get, you need to get into the habit.  It would be a good habit even without the problem of keeping healthy and safe.
So this month my radio show is with Dr Prudence Stone, from the Public Health Association.  (One of our fabulous members).  We will be talking about the Public Health Association; viruses and treating each other with love and respect.  When it is recorded, you will be able to listen to it through this link.  https://www.accessradio.org.nz/collaborative-voices.html  Scroll down and you will find it along with our last four programmes.

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Employment New Zealand has released a
Workplace Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
you can READ IT HERE.

Meet the Members – Coexistence Wellington

Coexistence Wellington is working with the Tangata Whenua and Mana Whenua and multicultural communities in Whanganui ā Tara (city of Wellington) sharing the global message of peaceful multicultural coexistence, with respect, understanding and acceptance.  We promote tolerance and coexistence and the need to come together with these shared values for the development of our nation.Coexistence Wellington is a not-for-profit, community organisation based in Wellington, interested in collaborating, joining and engaging with organisations and communities throughout Aotearoa to stand together, to work together, embracing diversity and building a unified path forward. Through events, workshops, holding conversations and providing a platform  linking into and engaging with communities/organisations. 

Art is one of those platforms. Art is a language with no barriers and a way to cross all boundaries and reach out to all members of the community.  Exhibition Coexistence featured 45 large scale panel artworks (3mx5m) at Waitangi Park partnered by the United Nations Association Of New Zealand and other organisations representing diversity and coexistence.
Building on the experience and friendships developed during the 2018 Exhibition Coexistence and to continue the link between people, we are hosting an exhibition in October this year ‘Connectedness’, showcasing 17 artists from different cultures and various faiths, creating artwork exploring our connection to land and nature, our impact on the natural world  – Te Ao Mārama – the natural interconnected world. It is the traditional Māori view, shared by many cultures, everything in the world is believed to be related and it is our belief that the natural order and the entire system is out of balance and we need to reconnect. Reconnect to our land – our sense of place and belonging, our sense of community. This exhibition is presented in partnership with United Nations Association of NZ, to mark the United Nations 75th Anniversary, Ekta NZ, who fosters unity and a focus on community harmony, and other organisations, representing diversity in New Zealand. We are engaging with not only issues that face Aotearoa but world issues.

From our connection with Ekta NZ, ‘ Connectedness’ is including the works of Amardeep Shergill, a Melbourne based emerging artist who explores the notion of identity shaped by environment through ‘liminality’ exploring a world from a women viewpoint/culture and how it shapes Indian feminine identity and brings a sense of inquiry to explore.
With sense of a stronger inclusive community and whānau, we invite individuals/groups/organisation who share our kaupapa to connect with us, for further information please visit our website. www.coexistencwgtn.com

Artist – Amardeep Shergill

A New Approach – Social Wellbeing Agency
Replaces Social Investment Agency

The Minister for Social Development, the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, has released a pānui pāpāno/ media statement seeking to redefine previous approaches by combining science, data and lived experience to better serve the needs of New Zealanders.

“Under the previous Government people were being treated as a fiscal liability, so we made the conscious decision to change that. I asked the Social Investment Agency to talk to the community to see what social wellbeing mean to them and how we as a Government could put that into practice”

Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Minister for Social Development
Minister responsible for the Social Investment Agency

PĀNUI PĀPĀHO / MEDIA STATEMENT

The Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni today announced a new approach that continues to broaden the Government’s social sector focus from a narrow, investment approach to one centred on people and wellbeing.Minister Sepuloni said redefining the previous approach to social investment by combining science, data and lived experience better serves the needs of New Zealanders.

“Under the previous Government people were being treated as a fiscal liability, so we made the conscious decision to change that. I asked the Social Investment Agency to talk to the community to see what social wellbeing meant to them and how we as a Government could put that into practice.

“The new approach delivers on a people-focused model of looking at people and their needs because data is just one snapshot of people’s lives. We improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders by taking into account lived experiences – people are more than just numbers.

“Investing for social wellbeing requires a wide range of information to best support long term wellbeing. Government agencies will now look at the wider impact on people when making decisions about services they provide. This aligns with this Governments commitment to improving wellbeing for New Zealanders.”

Part of the change is realigning and renaming the Social Investment Agency to the Social Wellbeing Agency.

“We have already started to implement new principles within the social sector. One of the first examples of what our new improving social wellbeing approach means for research, and for the Social Wellbeing Agency, is the findings of a collaborative project with The Southern Initiative called Having a Baby in South Auckland.

“The wellbeing approach made a marked difference to the outcomes of the project. For example, the project found that fathers often stop earning money from paid work right around the time that baby is born,” said Minister Sepuloni.

“The research showed that fathers with lower qualifications display a pattern of being outside of paid employment before and after the birth of their child. In some cases they left jobs and or took job seeker benefits. For some this was driven by a desire for fathers to be at home with the mother and baby.

“This insight highlights the different types of stressors people experience in different circumstances, and that the right kind of information is key to delivering good outcomes for people.”

Neighbours Day 2020

Neighbours Day will run over 10 days, from March 27th – April 5th 2020, but if you miss the date, don’t let that stop you reaching out.

This year’s theme is: Small Things Make a Big Difference and we want to encourage the little acts of kindness and connection that can make BIG difference in someone’s day.

Register and Win! Our limited-edition Neighbours Day Aotearoa t-shirts were so popular last year, we have a NEW one this year. If you let us know how you are celebrating your Neighbours Day event for 2020, by registering your event and you could be in to win a fabulous, limited edition Neighbours Day t-shirt by talented New Zealand artist, Pinky Agnew that celebrates the theme of ‘Small Things Make a Big Difference’.

You can even just register your INTENT this year. So, you haven’t made firm plans but you are thinking about what you might do.  If you are organised and have an event on Facebook, make us a co-host and we will share your event with our audience.

Contact kiaora@neighboursday.org.nz 

On Air – Listen to Ros talk about…

The COVID19 (Corona) Virus and You

Ros’ guest is Dr. Prudence Stone from the Public Health Association of New Zealand Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui. What you and your organisation need to know about the COVID19 virus.

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
 Healthy Aging with Stephanie Clare from Age Concern
MP Paul Eagle;
Climate Change with Dave Kennedy

Inland Revenue Update

Services Will Be Unavailable
In April, our next set of changes come into effect.
In order to make these changes our
key services will be unavailable
between 3pm Thursday 9 April and 8am Thursday 16 April.
During this time
our phone lines and offices will be closed,
and you will not be able to access myIR or e-File.

Resident Withholding Tax Exemption Register
IR has introduced a new online RWT that lists the IRD numnbers of all customers who are exempt from having RWT deducted from the interest and dividends they receive

Webinars
There are two final webinars before IR goes live with their next round of changes in April.

The 4 March, 2020 2:30 to 3:30pm session is aimed at tax agents and BOOKKEEPERS
The 18 March, 2020 2:30 to 3:30pm session is aimed at employers and
NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS.
Please click on any of  the links to REGISTER.

Being Treasurer Got You Down?

Struggling with your charities finances?
Need help understanding the treasurer’s role?
Having difficulty completing your annual return and performance report?

Community Accounting Aotearoa are offering free-of-charge financial support, advice and assistance. Community groups only require an internet connection and a computer with a camera.
This amazing opportunity is supported by the following organisations – Auckland North Community and Development (ANCAD), Department of Internal Affairs, Massey University, Foundation North, Auckland Council, Charities Services, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, RSM

To find out more Click Here.

Report and Recommendations from Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

In May 2019, the seriousness of ongoing issues with Oranga Tamariki (OT) – the Ministry for Children, was brought to the New Zealand public’s attention by media reporting on the actions of the agency in Hawke’s Bay.

The agency’s sustained and concerted attempt to forcibly uplift a newborn infant from a young Māori mother still in hospital recovering from childbirth was documented by a well-known reporter, and elicited widespread outrage.
To  read the report and other resources – Click Here.

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 see the read more of this article for more information 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 – bedemartin@xtra.co.nz 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
Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill Open for Submissions

The bill had it’s first reading on 20th February and has now been referred to the Social Services and Community Select Committee.
Submissions close on Wednesday, 25th March 2020.:

  • Remove a landlord’s ability to use no cause terminations to end a periodic tenancy agreement and require landlords to use a justified reason to end a periodic tenancy, including new provisions to respond to anti-social behaviour.
  • Mandate that fixed-term tenancy agreements must become periodic tenancy agreements upon expiry unless both parties agree otherwise, or certain conditions apply.
  • Increase financial penalties and give the Regulator new tools to take direct action against parties who are not meeting their obligations.
  • Allow for identifying details to be anonymised in situations where a party has been wholly or substantially successful in taking a case to the Tenancy Tribunal.
  • Ensure that tenants can add minor changes such as brackets to secure furniture and appliances against earthquake risk, baby proof the property, install visual fire alarms and doorbells, and hang pictures.
  • Prohibit the solicitation of rental bids by landlords and limit rent increases to once every twelve months.

The Bill also includes additional Ultra-fast Broadband proposals to:

  • Improve the process for the installation of fibre in rental properties by requiring landlords to permit and facilitate the installation of Ultra-fast Broadband, subject to specific triggers and exemptions.

The following links include further information on the  Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website: www.hud.govt.nz/RTA-Reforms.  https://www.hud.govt.nz/news-and-resources/proactive-releases/. There are frequently asked questions and proactive release material available.  For information on how to make submissions to select committees – Click Here
To make a submission – Click Here

Your Place Your Data: 2018 Census Regional Tour

This regional tour takes the 2018 Census information around the country during March and April.. These seminars are targeted at professional and community-based user who have some understanding of data use and the value of census data.
For more information Click Here

Latest Child Poverty Statistics Released

There are nine different measure for child poverty, and these statistics for the year ended June 2019 have been published by Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa.
To read more and access the technical data Click Here.

Incorporated Societies Act Review

2020 will see changes to this 1908 Act. There will be a transition period of up to 2½ years for organisations to implement changes.
To read current information about the review – Click Here

 

Network News February 2020

Network News February 2020

Kia ora koutou – This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.
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An Update from CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Tēnā koutou katoa

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

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 https://charities.govt.nz.

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@ charteredaccountantsanz.com
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.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: 8th March, 2020

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 – bedemartin@xtra.co.nz 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 easy.evaluation@massey.ac.nz or call Allison Li at 09 366 6136

Transition Times February 2020

TRANSITION TIMES
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS TO ALL YOUR MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES
DATE: February 2020
FOR EVERYONE INTERESTED IN HOUSING ISSUES
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The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, is visiting New Zealand from 10-19 February, and there are several opportunities for you to engage with her during the visit on matters relevant to your work.

Ms Farha will assess positive developments in housing in New Zealand as well as challenges and gaps in the protection and promotion of the right to adequate housing. She will produce a summary of her findings at the end of her visit or shortly after, followed by a full report in due course.

Ms Farha will be meeting with a range of government agencies, as well as non-government organisations, and human rights and housing experts. Community Housing Aotearoa has been working with the Human Rights Commission, Te Matapihi and others to develop a schedule of visits that will provide Ms Farha with access to on-the-ground insights into New Zealand’s housing situation.

There are two particular areas of her work that Ms Farha will be seeking to engage on. The first is the extent to which houses in New Zealand are being used simply as a financial product rather than as great homes fostering wellbeing in communities. The second is to do with how a rights-based national housing strategy has worked in other countries and what lessons New Zealand might learn in order to ensure all New Zealanders are well-housed.

The visit is a real opportunity to show the UN Special Rapporteur what New Zealand’s housing crisis looks like for people seeking decent affordable homes, the contribution we are making to turning this situation around, and what else needs to happen.

We are working with a range of service and housing providers to offer Ms Farha the opportunity to hear directly from residents and persons facing homelessness during the afternoon of 11 February in Wellington, on the afternoon of Friday 14 February in Auckland, on Saturday 15 February in Kaitaia, and Monday 17 February in Christchurch.

Also included in the current itinerary are a small number of RSVP events including a film screening in Wellington on 11 February, and an in-depth seminar on Housing Finance and Wellbeing in Auckland on 13 February.

Any queries, please contact Brennan Rigby at brennan.rigby@communityhousing.org.nz.

If you would like to attend any of the following events, please confirm your interest by emailing support@communityhousing.org.nz.

Wellington: 10 -12 February
From 10 – 12 February Ms Farha will be in Wellington. Morning sessions involve engagement with Government. On Monday afternoon Ms Farha’s key engagements include a series of meetings with various Commissioners and independent Crown entities.

Tuesday 11 February
Tuesday afternoon includes a series of site visits around Wellington with a focus on meeting families and individuals facing housing risks and risks to their rights to housing.

Public event: Screening of award winning documentary: The Push (Sweden, 2019, 92 minutes), featuring the work of the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing around the globe on the issue of financialization of housing (Director: Fredrik Gertten)
7pm, 11 February – Victoria University Wellington Lecture Hall

Ms Farha will introduce the film, with hosted Q and A
The event is free.  Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to ensure a seat.

Wednesday 12 February
Wednesday afternoon includes a series of meetings on tenancy rights issues, and human rights in New Zealand broadly. This programme will also include a briefing on current housing related research.

Auckland: 13 and 14 February
Thursday 13 February includes a marae visit and a Housing Finance and Wellbeing seminar as follows.

Thursday 13 February – 3pm – University of Auckland Lecture Hall (room tbc)
Seminar:  Housing Finance and Wellbeing
The seminar will surface the connection between housing finance and wellbeing, in the context of growing recognition of the risks in the use of housing as a financial tool rather than as a home. It will help focus on the choices we have financing our housing stock to ensure wellbeing. The event is free.

For more information on this event please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to ensure a seat.

Auckland: Friday 14 February 3:30 to 5:30 pm (location TBC)
Meeting with civil society/advocacy organisations
In this session community, family and housing advocates will have a chance to speak with Ms Farha about their work and their concerns in the context of human rights.

Places are limited. Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to express your interest.

Kaitaia: 15 February
Site visit to Kaitaia focused on meeting individuals and families facing housing risks and risks to their rights to housing.

Christchurch: Monday 17 February
Ms Farha is engaging a significant series of site visits in Christchurch. Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz if you are interested in being involved.

In Christchuch the itinerary includes:

  • Site visits – Inner city red zone tour with former and current residents, and site visits in various red zone areas of Christchuch focused on meeting with individuals and families facing or having faced housing risk.
  • Meeting with civil society/service organisations – places are limited. Please contact Support@communityhousing.org.nz to express your interest.
  • Site visit – Housing First homelessness services focused on meeting with individuals and families

In addition, meetings with the Mayors of Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch are being sought.

Network News – December 2019

Network News – December 2019

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Network News December 2019

This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
In this issue:

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Meet the members: Community Housing Aotearoa
  • The Importance of Having a Will
  • On Air
  • ComVoices blogs
  • Government consultations and plans
  • 2020 Charities Reporting Awards
  • Inland Revenue update
  • Campaigns / programmes / events
  • Special offer for members

We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā koutou katoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is a growing organisation.  We are gaining new memberships and thinking a lot about what we do and how we do it.  Some of our new members are networks, but not in the way we have always had members.

Some are national organisations, that have their own countrywide networks, and they are as important to us as our smaller networks in rural or regional New Zealand.  But each membership has different needs from a National organisation and wants to be heard in different ways.

The CNA Executive Committee has decided it is time we looked at our membership and listened to what you all have to say.

With that in mind, in 2020 we will be doing membership research.  Look out for me and my colleagues travelling to your area to have a conversation with you about what are your most pressing concerns, what are ideas you would like to progress and what is it we can do that is helpful for you?

A good national office is an office that responds to your needs, so I look forward to having some great conversations next year.

Also as this is our last newsletter for 2019, can I offer you the very best of Christmas wishes.  Take time to recharge, and have a fantastic break with those you love.  See you in the New Year.

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Meet the Members: Community Housing Aotearoa / Nga Wharerau O Aotearoa 

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is the umbrella group, or peak body, for the community housing sector. Our members provide a wide range of homes throughout New Zealand in partnership with government agencies, councils, iwi, churches, developers, community groups and others.

Our vision is for all New Zealanders to be well-housed. That means good, affordable, warm, safe homes in locations that enable individuals, whānau and communities to thrive. As a country, we all benefit when people have a place to call home. Life becomes settled and less stressful, children are able to stay in school and people in their jobs, and families are able to get the social and health services they need.

Community Housing Aotearoa staff
Community Housing Aotearoa staff, council and members.

Community housing providers are an essential part of achieving this vision. Our members work closely with local communities to provide a range of homes, including emergency shelter, affordable rentals and pathways into home ownership. The many housing organisations that make up CHA’s membership share a common goal of improving the quality of life for the people they work with, and building communities that flourish.CHA supports that work by advocating for community housing providers as essential partners with Government in addressing New Zealand’s shortage of affordable housing, and by articulating the need for a responsive housing system. We work at both a systems level, to improve policy settings and equitable access to housing, and with our members to support their delivery of quality housing and gather evidence of the real difference this makes.

A significant body of work for CHA involves The Shift Aotearoa, which advocates for governments to address housing through sustainable strategies rather than reactive and insecure policy, and involves a global re-focus on the social function of housing over and above the financial function of housing.

We know we can change lives if we work together, share a vision of what is possible for housing in New Zealand, and work to ensure the right levels of resourcing are in place to enable the change we all seek.

More information about CHA
A list of our provider members

The Importance of Having a Will

By Denise Lormans, Manager, Southland Community Law Centre
Executive Board Member, Community Networks Aotearoa

It is a sad fact that many people die without having set out a valid will.  This leaves a dreadful mess for those left behind to sift through. All adults should get a will in place once they start earning.  The will should be reviewed every three years or so to make sure it is still valid.A will should detail who the executor is (someone you trust to sort your affairs out once you die). There are set rules defined in legislation about who can inherit by automatic right as well. To exclude someone from inheriting, the will should document why they are excluded so that should they challenge the will in court, the Judge will be able to make a decision based on your wishes (providing they are lawful).

The will should also state whether the person wants to be buried or cremated.  They normally also state where they want to be buried, if that is their preference.If a person dies without a will the law will apply as set out in the Administration Act 1969.  In a time of grieving this can be a minefield for any surviving relatives.  They may need to get legal advice in order to sort it all out. Some people will qualify for free legal help from Community Law Centres.If the value of the assets of the estate is small – as in under $15,000, then the estate won’t be subject to probate and can be administered without needing to apply for “letters of administration” through the High Court.  If it is a large asset value estate however, it will have to go through probate.

Always check if the person who has died had a pre-paid funeral arrangement anywhere as well.  These are often insurance policies, but some funeral directors run these plans as well. The policy/agreement will detail what any pre-paid arrangement will cover, and what it doesn’t.

Funeral grants are available from Work and Income, but criteria do apply to those grants.  If the person died as a result of an accident, ACC may be able to provide a funeral grant as well.

Listen to Ros interview  Tim Barnett.  As well as a former Labour MP and past General Secretary of the Labour Party, Tim is now CEO of FINCAP.  We will be talking about financial capability and how to survive Christmas spending.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Dave Kennedy, Facilitator Strategic Planning for the Green Party, Professor Michael Macaulay about ethics, lobbying and impeachment, Brenda Pilott from Social Service Providers Aotearoa on Fair Pay, Dr Ganesh Nana on Budget 2019, Sarah Doherty, about Navigator, and Tracy Martin, Minister for Children, Seniors and Internal Affairs.

ComVoices blogs

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We recommend browsing through these blogs. They are fascinating reading as always…

  • Volunteer for an inclusive future
    International Volunteer Day, on Thursday 5 December, celebrates the contribution and impact volunteers make in their community. Michelle Kitney, Chief Executive of Volunteer New Zealand says Volunteer for an Inclusive Future – E whai wāhi ai te katoa, kia tūao te tū highlights the power of volunteering to achieve SDG 10 and the pursuit of equality – including inclusion – through volunteerism.
  • A journey of change and evolution
    Parting Reflections from outgoing Co-Chair, Simon Cayley of Hui E! Community Aotearoa. This journey has involved name changes, new partnerships, the creation of community hubs, winding up organisations and founding new ones within a constantly shifting political and funding context, but always with the aim of strengthening our voluntary and community sector and ultimately enhancing the wellbeing of our communities.
  • What would a joined-up approach look like?
    What would a joined-up approach to the charity sector look like? If our messaging to consumers/clients utilised the ‘power of one’ would we get more cut through? Dianne Armstrong of Arthritis NZ, challenges us to think about greater collaboration.

Government consultations and plans

Consultations / Bills

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill: Have your say on the establishment of a mental health and wellbeing commission. The establishment of this commission seeks to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders. Closing date for submissions 11 December.

The State Sector Act will be repealed and replaced with a new Public Service Act. After its first reading, it will be examined by the Governance and Administration select committee who will hear public submissions. Input from the NGO sector will be important.

Plans / Reforms

The Disability Action Plan 2019-2023: Putting the New Zealand Strategy into action, was launched on 14 November 2019 by the Minister for Disability Issues.

The Government has announced the reform of the Residential Tenancies Act. It has stated the reform strikes a balance between protecting a landlord’s interest in their property while ensuring tenants receive fair rights. New legislation is due to be introduced to Parliament in early 2020.

2020 Charities Reporting Awards: entries open
Has your charity done a particularly good job with your financial reporting? If so, you could be recognised in the 2020 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards.The awards were established by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) in 2017 to recognise the efforts of registered charities who meet the financial reporting standards. A new category for 2020 is Innovation.

CA ANZ 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.

Inland Revenue update

Information on PAYE and investment income changes.

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.

Campaigns / programmes / events

Easy Evaluation workshops 2019-2020 Learn to evaluate your projects.
Gain skills and confidence in using evaluation in your work and learn how to apply programme logic. These two-day FREE workshops are for the public health workforce and community organisations with a public health focus around New Zealand.
Find out more

Do you or your organisation have a campaign or event you would like to highlight? If so send through a brief description to info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Special offer for members of Community Networks Aotearoa and their networks 

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

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

About Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

We:

  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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Network News November 2019

Network News November 2019

This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
In this issue:

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column: Hidden homelessness of older people
  • Meet the members: Public Health Assn of NZ
  • On Air
  • ComVoices blogs
  • Government reforms / consultations
  • Charities Services new resources
  • Inland Revenue update
  • Campaigns / programmes / events
  • Special offer for members

We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā koutou katoa

What can you post on Facebook that gets 2,556 people reading and 706 people engaging with it over three days?  A comment about how sick I am of the old mantra about people being asked to put all raised funding to clients only, and no overheads. Go to http://bit.ly/2NaSVfO and scroll to 1 November.

This obviously has hit a nerve; perception is one of our biggest problems.  People seem to perceive that when non-profits raise money the majority of those funds go to paying wages and administration, and trips to Guatemala, and office parties, etc. etc. etc. People who don’t work for non-profits that is!

Anyone who works for a charity knows the truth; we must have reasonable administration.  Goodness knows many of us are funded for projects but not for running the projects.

Have you ever tried to bake a cake without any ingredients?  Have you ever said you will arrange a visit with a social worker when you have no social workers?  Without resources we simply can’t provide services; and its time all these taxpayers who have no trust in us loosened up a bit.

The truth is the majority of badly-paid, dedicated, loving employees for non-profits do a great deal of extra work for absolutely nothing because they hate letting down people who are desperate for help.  Waiting lists are an inevitable result of under-resourcing and when organisations fail, it usually isn’t because of a lack of need, but often because they don’t get enough money to actually do their job.

It’s time to start asking the more important question, “Will at least 25% of my contribution go to ensure your organisation can hire staff, lease premises and ensure your organisation will be sustainable for the sake of our vulnerable community?”

If the answer is yes, they will get my donation!

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Guest column: 

Hidden homelessness of older people

By Dr Bev James, Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment (Cresa)

We are all familiar with newspaper reports about the housing crisis and homelessness, and even about older people living in cars because they can’t find a place to live. But what is less obvious is the ‘hidden homelessness’ older people experience. As part of research about renting among older people, we conducted 108 interviews with renters aged 55 and older living in seven areas of New Zealand, to find out whether they had experienced homelessness.

Life When Renting is a four-year research programme funded through the Ageing Well National Science Challenge.

Ros' brother John beside his caravan

John Rice beside his caravan.

We used the Statistics NZ definition of homeless, which includes living without shelter (sleeping rough or in a makeshift shelter such as a shed or garage), temporary accommodation (in a camping group or emergency accommodation), living in uninhabitable (dilapidated) housing, or sharing accommodation with others because there is nowhere else to live.

We found that 19 of our 108 participants (17.5%) had been homeless in the previous five years. Of those:

  • Two of those had been homeless more than once in the past five years
  • Over half (11) became homeless when they were aged between 55-64.
  • The rest were over 65, with three people over 70 when they became homeless.
  • All except one had never experienced homelessness before – they were homeless for the first time in later life.

13 of the 19 eventually found housing for themselves, mainly through friends and contacts in their community. However, six were still homeless at the time of interview, and all of those were paying rent.

The homeless situations they experienced ranged widely, including rough sleeping, living in a car, bus, shed, garage, sleepout, emergency accommodation in a motel, a campground, couch surfing, living in a packing shed, in commercial premises, in a barn and in a condemned house.

There were two main reasons for becoming homeless: the first was unaffordable rent; the second was their tenancy being terminated because the house was sold or the landlord or landlord’s family wanted to live in the property.  Most older tenants have private landlords, and many are on periodic tenancies, which mean that they can be given 90 days’ notice (or in some situations 42 days’ notice) to leave. It can be very stressful trying to find another rental within that time.

The most recent national level data about homelessness (2013) found that 40,658 people were homeless. Of those, 5,971 were aged 55 and older. This was almost 15% of the homeless population.

CRESA has used its research findings to develop some practical information tools.

From time to time CNA invites individuals to contribute to our newsletter as a guest columnist. The thoughts, ideas and opinions shared by guest columnists are not necessarily those of CNA. 

Meet the Members: The Public Health Association of New Zealand – Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui o Aotearoa  

The PHA is here to promote informed public debate on health and health services. Our members formulate and evaluate health policy, promote research and disseminate knowledge relevant to the health of New Zealanders. Our mission is to be a strong and informed advocate for health and equity across New Zealand.
Prudence Stone, CE, and staff of the PHA.

Our fortnightly newsletter, the Policy Spot, is used to support informed and co-ordinated action on public health issues and encourage the development of trained and effective people working for health. We have four active local branches and three caucuses for Asian, Pacific and Māori members to engage on their population’s particular public health issues.At branch level we recently held a DHB election campaign to scorecard the candidates to inform voter decision-making. At national level, we’re currently submitting on the Arms legislation bill, pregnancy warnings on alcohol labelling, and the Ministry for the Environment’s Freshwater Plan for New Zealand.

To us, every issue should be seen through a public health lens. How good is policy if it is not analysed for the impact it will have on our wellbeing? How good is policy if it does not ensure equitable outcomes for all New Zealanders? Where there is risk to health and wellbeing, the PHA raises its voice and looks for stakeholders to raise their’s alongside us.

We recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi as Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document, defining respectful relationships between tangata whenua and tangata tiriti. The PHA is committed to ensuring that Te Tiriti values of respect, partnership, equality, and full participation infuse all our policies, actions and services.This means that our governance and decision-making must reflect Te Tiriti values – the specific needs of Māori, and kaupapa Māori solutions must be factored into all decision-making about public health.

Find out about joining the PHA; to discuss a public health issue, call 04 472 3060 and ask for Leah Bain, Māori Policy Advisor or Dr Prudence Stone, Chief Executive. To feature upcoming public health events or advocacy opportunities in our Policy Spot ask for Libby Grant, Communications Advisor.

Listen to Ros interview Dave Kennedy, Facilitator Strategic Planning for the Green Party and recent editor of Te Awa, the Green Party’s membership magazine. Ros talks to Dave about what non-profits can do in their working world and their outreach to make a contribution to fighting climate change and global warming.

The November interview will be with Professor Michael Macaulay, from the Victoria University School of Government, about ethics, lobbying and impeachment.

The December interview will be with Tim Barnett.  As well as a former Labour MP and past General Secretary of the Labour Party, Tim is now CEO of FINCAP.  We will be talking about financial capability and how to survive Christmas spending.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Brenda Pilott from Social Service Providers Aotearoa on Fair Pay, Dr Ganesh Nana on Budget 2019, Sarah Doherty, about Navigator, and Tracy Martin, Minister for Children, Seniors and Internal Affairs.

ComVoices blogs

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We recommend browsing through these blogs. They are fascinating reading as always…

  • Exploiting temporary migrants
    In New Zealand, temporary migrant workers, including international students, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, says Nicola Sutton, Chief Executive of English Language Partners NZ.
  • Home is more than a roof over our heads
    …but it’s a start. And today one of the country’s many community housing trusts opened a new housing development designed to put a warm, dry, temporary roof over some of Auckland’s many families in need. By Cushla Managh of Community Housing Aotearoa

Government reforms/ consultations

 

Consultations 

Public submissions are now being called for New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. This omnibus bill deals with social assistance for older people. Submissions close on 1 December.

Reforms to note

Submissions on the Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly Review of Retirement Income Policies have closed. If you would still like to share your thoughts, email review@cffc.org.nz for discussion following the delivery of the Review report and recommendations in December.

Charities Services new resources

Here are some useful new resources:

Governance information for new officers: This resource is a starting point to help you understand your role as an officer and how you can contribute to governing your charity well.

How to complete your performance report and annual return: This short, simple guide outlines what you will need to complete your performance report and annual return easily and accurately.

Inland Revenue update

KiwiSaver for employers

As an employer your main tasks for KiwiSaver are checking if your new employees are eligible to be auto-enrolled, enrolling them if they are, and making KiwiSaver deductions and contributions.

IRD has new content, navigation and design about KiwiSaver online.

Campaigns / programmes / events

Abuse in Care: Royal Commission of Inquiry
The Contextual Hearing is being held in Auckland until 8 November. You can watch the live stream here.

Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) 2019 Summit – Whakamana Tāngata: Where to from here. 
Monday 18 November, Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Otago University, Wellington City. This year’s CPAG social welfare summit offers Government and stakeholders some answers to the question: when it comes to reducing child poverty, where to from here? Register now.

Do you or your organisation have a campaign or event you would like to highlight? If so send through a brief description to info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Special offer for members of Community Networks Aotearoa and their networks 

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

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

About Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

We:

  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

Network News – Sep/Oct 2019

Network News September/October 2019

This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector.
In this issue:

About Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

We:

  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector.

To find out more visit our website.

We encourage you to send this newsletter out through your networks.

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā koutou katoa

Firstly, I would like to apologise for the lack of newsletter last month.  Sadly my brother in Invercargill died suddenly and I was away from work for some weeks.  This held up the publishing of the newsletter.

We are still basking in the reaction following our biannual joint conference that we held with The NZ Council of Christian Social Services.  Wow, conference work is exhausting but most people had a great time!  We had some amazing speakers, some amazing food, lots of amazing people, and a conference dog 🙂  Yep, a little dog in a purse, who won everybody over with her sweetness and placidity. Our outgoing staff member Sarah Doherty has written our guest column summing up the conference.

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Guest column: Sarah Doherty

Tatou Tatou E! The value of relationships in building wellbeing, was the joint conference recently hosted by Community Networks Aotearoa and the New Zealand Christian Council of Social Services. Held in Wellington, this was the third time that we had partnered to bring this hui to the community sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Designed to provide the opportunity to step away from the day-to-day demands and engage in the deeper conversations that we often don’t get time for, the conference programme included a combination of inspirational keynote presentations, dynamic panel discussions and practical workshops.

The conference opened with a keynote from Professor Cindy Kiro of Auckland University who set the scene for a challenging and inspiring two days. Cindy chaired the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, who delivered the report: Whakamana Tāngata – Restoring dignity to social security in New Zealand.

Kath Harrison, from Belong Blue Mountains in New South Wales, shared how they had worked with the community to create sustainable change in the wake of the environmental impact of devastating wildfires, and the economic pressures on the neighbourhood centres that merged to form Belong Blue Mountains.

Panapa Ehau of Hikurangi Enterprises ended the first day with an inspiring address about Business as Unusual. They work in community-led economic development in the Waiapu Valley and the wider East Coast. The Hikurangi Cannabis Company grows hemp and is developing medical cannabis in New Zealand. It’s an inspiring story.

Panel discussions covered a range of topics. The political panel included four Members of Parliament: Carmel Sepuloni, Jan Logie, Tracey Martin, and Alfred Ngaro. Chaired by Bryce Edwards, it was a lively and vigorous discussion with great questions from the floor.

Day two continued as stimulating as the first day. Sasha McMeeking of University of Canterbury discussed the idea of changing social change and challenged everyone to really think about how we work for change. Associate Professor Damon Salesa of Auckland University, closed out the conference looking to New Zealand’s Pacific Futures, and thinking critically about inclusion and diversity.

The community panel discussed how community organisations can sustain their response to exclusion and discrimination following events in Christchurch. Jayden Cromb, Liz Hawes, Anjum Rahman and Mike Reid all brought diverse perspectives to an issue that we will need to keep working on throughout New Zealand for some time to come.

Our reflections after the event with our conference partners, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, affirmed our thoughts that this conference was unique in its offering. It was a conversation about social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand rather than a particular specialty or sector within social services, for example, aged care, social services, vulnerable children, etc. That made for an interesting mix of perspectives, both within the programme and across the participants.

The panels brought diverse voices, the keynotes were inspiring and the workshops were packed with practical application. It’s not easy stuff that we are all grappling with and we have come away with plenty of food for thought.

We ended the conference tired and satisfied, and so very grateful to everyone who participated. We count Tatou Tatou E! a success!

Sarah

From time to time CNA invites individuals to contribute to our newsletter as a guest columnist. The thoughts, ideas and opinions shared by guest columnists are not necessarily those of CNA. 

Meet the Members:  

Otorohanga Support House Whare Awhina

The Otorohanga Support House Whare Awhina is a central hub that was created almost 30 years ago. We provide vital services to support our rurally located community. We provide a venue for voluntary groups and social service agencies to engage with their clients, to promote wellbeing, safety and positive changes and support in times of stress and crisis for the Otorohanga and the wider King County community.

We ensure that we meet our objective to provide welfare and support services that are accessible to the whole community, are community oriented, have proven accountability and ethical practices and foster an environment of mutual respect and trust. Services delivered are: counselling services, wrap-around social work, family harm support, budgeting, foodbank, community health transport and citizens advice bureau.

The Support House also supports smaller volunteer groups, government agencies, health and educational services; keeping all up-to-date with new initiatives and changes at a local, regional and national level.

Annually we engage with more than 3000 individuals. Referrals increase with local promotions and we are currently taking part in a multi-agency family harm pilot. We support the journey of the people in our community to enhance their wellbeing.

Along with the daily administration work and funding requirements, a large portion of my role is to connect with the agencies and with our community via newsletters, groups, in person and via emails and phone communication. I promote the Support House through network meetings and deliver presentations to local clubs and groups. It’s a role that I’ve now held for nine years and have grown with and learnt so much along the way!

I work with an amazing team and we are fully supported by a great Executive Committee. I would like to say, on behalf of all of the staff, that we are proud of the services we deliver.

Deb Hill
Manager

CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 

The conference is over but we have some extras for you to view.

When speakers present without notes, we don’t have their verbatim words, but wherever possible we have posted their presentations, and any notes we could get, on the Tātou tātou e! website.
See the Presentations

We have also set up a gallery so you can view some of the photos that were taken during conference.  We didn’t get as many pictures as we would have liked, but this is a great bunch of pics.
See the Gallery

Selection of images conference

Listen to Ros interview Brett Jeffrey: CEO of AUSAE on the Incorporated Societies Act currently being reviewed by Parliament.

We have three fascinating interviews coming up so listen out for them.  Ros will be interviewing Dave Kennedy, Facilitator Strategic Planning for the Green Party and recent editor of Te Awa, the Green Party’s membership magazine. Ros will be talking to Dave about what non-profits can do in their working world and their outreach to make a contribution to fighting climate change and global warming.

The November interview will be with Professor Michael Macaulay, from the Victoria University School of Government, about ethics, lobbying and impeachment.

The December interview will be with Tim Barnett.  As well as a former Labour MP and past General Secretary of the Labour Party, Tim is now CEO of FINCAP.  We will be talking about financial capability and how to survive Christmas spending.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Brenda Pilott from Social Service Providers Aotearoa on Fair Pay, Dr Ganesh Nana on Budget 2019, Sarah Doherty, about Navigator, and Tracy Martin, Minister for Children, Seniors and Internal Affairs.

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We recommend a browsing through these blogs. They are fascinating reading as always…

Government reforms/ consultations 

Consultations 

Reforms to note

  • The Incorporated Societies Act review is currently under review and MP Hon Kris Faafoi has already provided a cabinet paper on proposed changes.  You can catch up with this paper and other information here.
  • The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. Public consultation on the review recently closed, but you can keep up to date on the review here.
  • The Government is reviewing the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. Read more here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released. Read more here.

Changes to Inland Revenue

Moving away from cheques

Inland Revenue is becoming increasingly digital. Soon this will include a move away from cheques.

From 1 March 2020, IRD will no longer accept cheques. This includes post-dated cheques (cheques dated after 1 March 2020).

Here is a link to a factsheet which outlines the range of alternative payment options to choose from and answers some Frequently Asked Questions.

Campaigns / programmes / events

Do you or your organisation have a campaign or event you would like to highlight? If so send through a brief description to info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

  • Prime Minister, you can fix equal pay.  Get involved or find out more.
  • Funding for sexual violence prevention and support services. See more here.
  • Why we need to transform our welfare system. Read more here
  • Let’s build an Aotearoa where we all learn NZ’s history, te reo is taught and celebrated widely and Tiriti is honoured. Sign the petition here. 
  • An interactive tool that you can use to find out what life is like for families on low incomes.  Pick a path here.

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

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

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

Network News – August 2019

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Network News August 2019

This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector. In this newsletter:

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column – Brett Jeffrey (AUSAE) The Incorporated Societies Act.
  • Meet the members: Neighbourhood Support New Zealand
  • Notice of CNA AGM
  • CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 27th and 28th Aug 2019
  • On Air
  • To blog, or not to blog
  • Government reforms/consultations
  • Campaigns / programmes / events
  • Special offer for members

About Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

We:

  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector

To find out more visit our website here.

We encourage you to send this newsletter our through your networks

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

The last three weeks are upon us, and we need to encourage you strongly to remember to register for our conference.
CNA and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services are holding our joint conference on the 27th and 28th August 2019 in Wellington. Everyone is welcome. The theme this year is Tātou tātou e (all of us together): “The value of relationships in building wellbeing.”  If you can’t make it, how about someone else, staff? Trustee?  Board member?  To find out more or register, click here

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Guest column: Brett Jeffrey NZ CEO of AUSAE: The Incorporated Societies Act:


In 2016 MBIE released a draft version of the Incorporated Societies Act of 1908. With the ministry receiving 116 submissions it has taken multiple years to get it to the next stage – which is now.

The draft bill now is being rewritten based on these submissions and should be presented to Parliament and then select committee over the coming months. For all of us this means that a bill that was over 110 years old now grows from 29 pages to over 100 pages. But this bill is groundbreaking and will shape how other countries throughout the world legislate their not-for-profit membership sector.
The sector will finally be recognised that societies are private bodies and should be self-governing and free from an appropriate government interference. They shouldn’t distribute profits and financial benefits to the members. And most of all the societies are organisations with members who have the primary responsibility of holding the society to account. These three important points should never be overlooked in a membership organisation.
Most of the information that is in the draft bill we are doing anyway, such as holding regular annual meetings, what our purpose is. And most of all how a person must consent to become a member of the said society. As new bill should be embraced by all Incorporated societies as it brings us into the 20thcentury.

Brett Jeffery
General Manager New Zealand
Australasian Society of Association executives (AuSAE)
027 249 8677

From time to time CNA invites individuals to contribute to our newsletter as a guest columnist. The thoughts, ideas and opinions shared by guest columnists are not necessarily those of CNA. 

Meet the members:  

NEIGHBOURHOOD SUPPORT NZ
Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities. Over 200,000 households are part of our growing network.  We work alongside NZ Police and other partners to equip neighbourhoods to improve safety, be prepared for emergencies and support one another so that our communities are great places to live.
Address 
C/O Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street
Thorndon, Wellington, 6011
New Zealand

Please direct all enquiries to: Tess Casey, CEO – 021 133 4550 or Alivia Prattas, Communications Advisor – 022 032 7200, alivia@neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is ushering in a new chapter with the launch of a new logo at their National Conference on July 1st and 2nd in Wellington.
An iconic part of Kiwi streets and neighbourhoods for the past two decades, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand has ushered in a new chapter with the launch of a fresh logo in July.
“There has been a lot of change since we first established ourselves as a not-for-profit in the 90s.  Our members felt that it was time to ensure the ‘face’ of Neighbourhood Support kept up with where we are headed as an organisation,” says Louise Grevel, Chair for Neighbourhood Support New Zealand.
The new logo is a colourful update of the existing design. The latest design features a nod to the country’s emergency services partners, as well as a better representation of the neighbours, members and supporters who make up the growing organisation.
The updated logo also features a koru pattern which reflects the important place of taha Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand. The colours chosen symbolise Neighbourhood Support’s vision of inclusive communities, where everyone is welcome and belongs while the blue colour represents their ongoing partnership with New Zealand Police.
“The bright colours reflect the positivity and energy that is created when people work together to create safer, caring and more connected communities,” says Tess Casey, Neighbourhood Support NZ CEO.
“The rebrand is an exciting opportunity to better reflect the increasing number of people we support.  Our feedback shows that New Zealanders want to be part of neighbourhoods where people know and support each other.  Increasing numbers of people are reporting that they feel isolated or lonely, so knowing that you are a part of a neighbourhood that looks out for each other helps people feel safer and more connected.”
The official unveiling of the new logo took place at Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s inaugural national conference – ‘CONNECT’, held at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel on July 1st and 2nd in Wellington.
CONNECT was a priceless opportunity to bring Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s members, volunteers, supporters, Police and other partners together under one roof to network, learn, and be inspired to create safer, more resilient and connected communities.
About 100 participants and speakers took part in this year’s event including Police from across New Zealand, special guests from Queensland Police Services, Maria Bennett – CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, and Police Minister Stuart Nash who presented the opening address.
Other highlights from the event included keynotes from Henare O’Keefe (Flaxmere Community Leader) and Blair Benefield (Ride Against Depression) and a closing address from Member of Parliament, Alfred Ngaro based in Te Atatu.
There were 8 workshops over the course of the two days participants could choose from to take part in with topics ranging from social media to fundraising and even conflict resolution. There were plenty of opportunities to bounce ideas around and of course ‘connect’ throughout the course of the conference with a strong emphasis on collaboration and networking.
In the words of Henare O’Keefe: “relationships are the real currency” – CONNECT was a rich opportunity to remember the difference we can all make through the time we give and share with others.
To learn more about how we create safer, more caring and connected streets, visit the Neighbourhood Support website here: www.neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz    

Notice of Community Networks Aotearoa AGM 

The Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) AGM is on Tuesday 27th August, 5pm-6pm at Westpac Stadium 105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington.

The AGM is an important part of our organisation’s democracy so we encourage you to come along, especially if you’re a member.

The AGM is being held at the joint CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services conference. We hope you are able to stay for the full conference, but if you can only stay for the AGM you are not required to register for the conference to attend the AGM (there is no cost to attend the AGM).

If you are intending to attend the conference, you can register for the conference and AGM together here.

If you wish to attend the AGM only, you can register by emailing info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Registrations are now open for the joint Community Networks Aotearoa and NZ Council of Christian Social Services 2019 conference

  • Do you want to hear what the Minister of Social Development and other high profile Ministers/MPs have to say about better supporting the community sector?
  • Do you want to explore how community-based organisations can contribute to a sustained response to exclusion and discrimination following events in Christchurch?
  • Do you want to hear more about how community organisations can build meaningful, effective relationships with the people they serve and with each other?
  • Do you want to learn more about how the Government’s focus on wellbeing affects communities and community organisations?

All of this and more will be explored at the joint conference of Community Networks Aotearoa and NZ Council of Christian Social Services.

Quick facts

  • It’s on the 27th and 28th August in Wellington.
  • The conference is earlier than usual this year – it’s now only a couple of weeks away so please get in quick and register.
  • The theme this year is Tātou tātou e (all of us together): The value of relationships in building wellbeing.

CNA members may be able to access funding to help with conference expenses. If you are a CNA member and would like to learn more, please email info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz.

To find out more, or register, click here.

Click here and listen to Ros interview Brett Jeffrey: CEO of AUSAE on the Incorporated Societies Act currently being reviewed by parliament.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Brenda  Pilott from Social Service Providers Aotearoa on Fair Pay, Dr Ganesh Nana on budget 2019, Sarah Doherty, about  Navigator, and Tracy Martin, Minister for Children, Seniors and Internal Affairs.

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We recommend a browsing through these blogs. They are fascinating reading as always…

Government reforms/consultations 

Consultations 

  • Online Gambling in New Zealand.  What is important to you when it comes to regulating online gambling in New Zealand. For more information click here

Reforms to note

  • The Incorporated Societies Act review is currently under review and MP Hon Kris Faafoi has already provided a cabinet paper on proposed changes.  You can catch up with this paper and other information here.
  • The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. Public consultation on the review recently closed, but you can keep up to date on the review here.
  • The Government is reviewing of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. For more information click here.
  • The Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – is working on long term solutions to improve community safety and the way justice works. They released the report He Waka Roimata (A Vessel of Tears) – which provides valuable insights into public attitudes and ideas about New Zealand’s justice system, To read the report and find out more click here.
  • Child Wellbeing Strategy – the strategy will commit Government to set and report on its actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people. For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, for more information click here.

Campaigns / programmes / events

Do you or your organisation have a campaign or event you would like to highlight? If so send through a brief description to info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

  • Inclusive Aotearoa Collective is seeking to create a collaboration of people across the country committed to building a socially inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. To achieve this vision, they will create a National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy that can bring diverse groups together in a way that will direct and empower communities to build and strengthen actions at the regional and local level. To get involved or find out more click here.
  • CPAG’s Welfare Fit for Families campaign is about building a welfare system based on principles of compassion and caring, and the real needs of families, without stressful over-emphasis on work, and punitive, corrective methods. More information can be found here.
  • CPAG and ActionStation have launched a petition calling for a welfare system which takes seriously the real needs of people, one that is truly compassionate and kind and cares about the dignity and mana of the people of Aotearoa when they are experiencing truly tough times. You can sign the petition here.
  • Join the call to stop loansharks and introduce an interest rate cap in the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here.

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

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

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

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz  Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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Network News – July 2019

Network News July 2019

This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector. In this newsletter:

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column – Budget 2019, commentary from NZ Council of Christian Social Services
  • Meet the members: SociaLink
  • Notice of CNA AGM
  • CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 27th and 28th Aug 2019
  • On Air
  • To blog, or not to blog
  • Government reforms/consultations
  • Campaigns / programmes / events
  • Special offer for members

About Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

We:

  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector

To find out more visit our website here.

We encourage you to send this newsletter our through your networks

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

It has been interesting to process all the commentary on the Government’s budget released in May. In this newsletter we’ve included commentary from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services. Reading different commentary it’s clear there is lots of good in the budget, and well done to those in the community who have campaigned hard for such changes. But equally there is a sense that the budget is not transformational, and much, much more is needed to address the significant issues facing our communities across the country.

In saying this, it’s timely to think about the General Election coming up next year and how we can effectively push for change. In June I attended the Equality Network Hui, the purpose of the day was to hear and collect views on a strategy for the network, especially as we head into an election year. I’m on the network’s Steering Group so I’ll be involved in helping to pull it all together and will keep you updated as this work progresses.

A reminder that CNA and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services are holding our joint conference on the 27th and 28th August 2019 in Wellington. Everyone is welcome. The theme this year is Tātou tātou e (all of us together): The value of relationships in building wellbeing. To find out more or register, click here

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 eo@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz. 

Guest column: NZ Council of Christian Social Services commentary on Budget 2019

The Coalition Government’s Wellbeing Budget represents a vision of a new way of working that will move away from prioritising economics, and put people, their families, whānau and communities at the centre of government priorities and spending, alongside a joined-up government approach to wellbeing.

Here at NZCCSS we are heartened by the 2019 Wellbeing Budget and see it as providing a hopeful start to building intergenerational wellbeing across all of New Zealand.

We acknowledge the complexity of this approach when applied to the budget process but remain positive about the inclusion of a wider set of factors beyond economic and fiscal measures in the Budget. When combined with the intergenerational approach, NZCCSS believes a wellbeing approach provides a solid basis for a more inclusive and equitable future for our country. This will take time to bed in.

Our mission calls us to improve the lives of those living in poverty and at the margins of society, and to give commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi. We are encouraged by new funding allocations to mental health, domestic violence, children in care, Whānau Ora, and on supporting Māori and Pasifika aspirations and other areas.This funding will make a positive difference to the lives of those struggling with complex issues, and who seek support from our social service networks.

Could the government have gone further? Yes. The ongoing constraint derived from the Budget Responsibility Rules as Dr Ganesh Nash pointed out at the CPAG post-budget event, has ‘no economic rationale’ and needs to be extended to support a truly transformative wellbeing approach and address underpinning structural issues.

$26.7 million (over four years) to community organisations is welcomed by NZCCSS but is insufficient against a backdrop of decades of underfunding, and cost pressures, particularly those around wage increases. The community NGO social service sector plays a critical role in supporting the overall wellbeing of children and their families and whānau through the delivery of services that work across the continuum of need from early intervention through to complex and intensive services. Without sufficient funding, in an environment of increased government performance expectations, the sustainability of individual services will remain in question.

All Budgets have a flagship announcement and mental health and addiction services was the standout of this budget. The Government’s flagship budget announcement went to mental health and addiction services; the traditional poor cousin of health. The announcement puts money behind Government’s acceptance of 38 of the 40 recommendations of He Ara Oranga (the report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction). All up, the investment into mental health priority is worth $1.9 billion over five years and spans health, correction, housing, justice and education. NZCCSS supports this cross government approach and level of investment but remains concerned the structural inequities that underpin many personal experiences of mental distress have not been addressed in this budget.

Summary of key parts of the Budget

In our comments, we focus on three main issues covered in our submission in January on the Budget Policy Statement:

  • First issue is the need to spend more now to support children and others in need through direct government transfers.
  • Secondly, the housing crisis is a real emergency now and needs urgent and significant capital funding from government to support community housing developments.
  • Thirdly, non-government social service organisations are the partners of government and communities in delivering wellbeing outcomes in our communities. This budget needs to increase funding because most organisations have had no funding increase for 10 years.

To keep reading click here.

From time to time CNA invites individuals to contribute to our newsletter as a guest columnist. The thoughts, ideas and opinions shared by guest columnists are not necessarily those of CNA. 

Meet the members: Liz Davies from SociaLink: Opening the Blinds to the Real Life of Us 

SociaLink, an organisation that supports and empowers the social and community sector in the western Bay of Plenty, has recently undertaken a range of research, produced videos and are commissioning an artwork to highlight community issues and the social sector that responds to these issues. SociaLink is launching the research and videos on 9 August 2019, all are welcome!

The key themes of the works are:

  • WBOP Social Issues – The Real Life of Us

    A lot of people are struggling in the western Bay of Plenty – vulnerability can come in many forms –  living in poverty, experiencing violence, struggling to find affordable and suitable housing, having a disability, being isolated etc.

  • Waiting Lists for social and health services

    The demand or need for social and health services is far higher than can be currently met by existing services.

  • Mapping the Social Sector Update, including low pay of workers research

    We have a diverse and resourceful social sector which is stretched and under stress.

Summary of Research and Videos                                   

WBOP Social Issues – The Real Life of Us

This provides an overview of the social wellbeing of people in the western Bay of Plenty e.g. health, income, employment, education, social connection etc. For example, 28% of the population in Tauranga live with a disability, 4% higher than the national average. 13,500 food parcels were given out in 2018, 25% of those to people who were working.

A video highlighting the damage and prevalence of family harm in the western Bay of Plenty will be played as part of this section of the presentation.

Clients experience of accessing social and health services

People in vulnerable circumstances often need to access a range of support services. We asked clients about their experiences of accessing a wide range of health and social services. This report looks at the enablers and barriers to accessing services. Enablers included the relationships that are formed with staff and other clients. Barriers included things like physical accessibility of services and the need for transport as well as a lack of services to meet their needs.

Waiting Lists for social and health services

The lack of services is well demonstrated by the number of social and health providers that have waiting lists for their services. For example one child/youth/whānau service had over 130 children on their waiting list and it could take between six-nine months for the child to receive the service. A foster provider had 100-200 children waiting for assessments to help with behavioural, learning and developmental conditions including foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The waiting list for FASD was up to two years. The waiting list for speech therapy services was from six months to two years.

As a result, many providers are providing services that they are not funded to provide. For example, two organisations provided twice the number of services they are funded for and are still not meeting the demand. Another organisation saw 178 people that was not covered by their funding contract.

Mapping the Social Sector Update, including low pay of workers research

This research describes the social sector that are delivering services to people with social/health issues or people experiencing vulnerable circumstances. The research describes the number and size of organisations, training needs of workers, the range of services that are provided, client demographics, and funding.

An issue of growing concern is the lack of pay equity for workers providing these services, given the workforce is predominantly female and as a result of a recent significant increase in salaries for social workers in government agencies e.g. Oranga Tamariki. This makes it very hard for non government organisations to attract and retain staff to deliver badly needed services. Nationally, 41% of social workers earnt between $30-50,000. Locally, 36% of workers that we surveyed earnt less than $25/hour or $53,000 or under, this includes non-clinical staff e.g. administrators. Workers were most likely to be on low pay if they worked for a Māori provider or a non-Government Organisation. Only 30% of staff received annual pay rises.

For more information on SociaLink and this work, click here.

Notice of Community Networks Aotearoa AGM 

The Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) AGM is on Tuesday 27th August, 5pm-6pm at Westpac Stadium 105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington.

The AGM is an important part of our organisation’s democracy so we encourage you to come along, especially if you’re a member.

The AGM is being held at the joint CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services conference. We hope you are able to stay for the full conference, but if you can only stay for the AGM you are not required to register for the conference to attend the AGM (there is no cost to attend the AGM).

If you are intending to attend the conference, you can register for the conference and AGM together here.

If you wish to attend the AGM only, you can register by emailing info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

Call for AGM motions / remits 

We would like to formally call for any motions or remits, these must be received by Monday 15th July 2019, 5pm. Please note there will be no elections for the Executive Committee at the 2019 AGM, as per the constitution elections are held every two years. The next election will be held at the 2020 AGM.

Registrations are now open for the joint Community Networks Aotearoa and NZ Council of Christian Social Services 2019 conference

  • Do you want to hear what the Minister of Social Development and other high profile Ministers/MPs have to say about better supporting the community sector?
  • Do you want to explore how community-based organisations can contribute to a sustained response to exclusion and discrimination following events in Christchurch?
  • Do you want to hear more about how community organisations can build meaningful, effective relationships with the people they serve and with each other?
  • Do you want to learn more about how the Government’s focus on wellbeing affects communities and community organisations?

All of this and more will be explored at the joint conference of Community Networks Aotearoa and NZ Council of Christian Social Services.

Quick facts

  • It’s on the 27th and 28th August in Wellington.
  • The conference is earlier than usual this year – it’s now only a couple of months away so please get in quick and register.
  • The theme this year is Tātou tātou e (all of us together): The value of relationships in building wellbeing.

CNA members may be able to access funding to help with conference expenses. If you are a CNA member and would like to learn more, please email info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz.

To find out more, or register, click here.

Click here and listen to Ros interview Dr Ganesh Nana on budget 2019.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Sarah Doherty, about  Navigator, Tracy Martin, Minister for Children, Seniors and Internal Affairs, Dave Henderson on the Charities Review and Jo Cribb on a governance project she’s involved with (along with CNA).

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. We recommend a browsing through these blogs. They are fascinating reading as always…

Government reforms/consultations 

Consultations 

  • The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill is open for public consultation. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 16 July 2019, click here for more information.

Reforms to note

  • The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. Public consultation on the review recently closed, but you can keep up to date on the review here.
  • The Government is reviewing of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. For more information click here.
  • The Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – is working on long term solutions to improve community safety and the way justice works. They released the report He Waka Roimata (A Vessel of Tears) – which provides valuable insights into public attitudes and ideas about New Zealand’s justice system, To read the report and find out more click here.
  • Child Wellbeing Strategy – the strategy will commit Government to set and report on its actions to improve the wellbeing of all children and young people. For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, for more information click here.

Campaigns / programmes / events

Do you or your organisation have a campaign or event you would like to highlight? If so send through a brief description to info@communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz

  • Inclusive Aotearoa Collective is seeking to create a collaboration of people across the country committed to building a socially inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. To achieve this vision, they will create a National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy that can bring diverse groups together in a way that will direct and empower communities to build and strengthen actions at the regional and local level. To get involved or find out more click here.
  • CPAG’s Welfare Fit for Families campaign is about building a welfare system based on principles of compassion and caring, and the real needs of families, without stressful over-emphasis on work, and punitive, corrective methods. More information can be found here.
  • CPAG and ActionStation have launched a petition calling for a welfare system which takes seriously the real needs of people, one that is truly compassionate and kind and cares about the dignity and mana of the people of Aotearoa when they are experiencing truly tough times. You can sign the petition here.
  • Join the call to stop loansharks and introduce an interest rate cap in the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here.
  • Strategic Grants have a number of online and face to face training opportunities coming up, which teach the best-practice processes, strategies and skills required to successfully and sustainably access grants funding for your projects. Learn more and book online at the links below.

    Wellington Grant-Seeker Workshop 
    Wed 10 Jul 2019 9:00 am-1pm – $200 (Excl GST)

    Auckland Grant-Seeker Workshop 
    Thu 25 Jul 2019 9:00 am-1pm – $200 (Excl GST)

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

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

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

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