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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.

Network News – June 2019

Network News June 2019

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

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column – Budget 2019, what’s in it for community organisations? – Commentary by Dr Ganesh Nana
  • Meet the members: Community Waitakere with Chief Executive Mark Allen
  • Notice of CNA AGM – change of time/date
  • 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

Last month was Budget 2019, included in this newsletter is special commentary prepared by economist Dr Ganesh Nana on the budget and its impact on the community sector. Here at Community Networks Aotearoa we thought the budget included many positive initiatives, from much needed investment in mental health to indexing benefits to wages. However, we do not feel the budget was truly transformational. Transformation will come from addressing our tax settings to ensure fairness, and putting into action recommendations from reports such as the Welfare Working Group.

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

Also, please note the time and date of the Community Networks Aotearoa AGM has changed to Tuesday 27th 5pm at Westpac Stadium, more information is included in this newsletter.

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: Budget 2019, what’s in it for community organisations? Commentary by Dr Ganesh Nana

Dr Ganesh Nana from Berl has provided special commentary on Budget 2019 and its impact on community organisations. Click here to read

Dr Nana notes many positive aspects in the budget, including investments in mental health, child wellbeing, and supporting Māori and Pasifika. However he notes there was little to boost those supporting community infrastructure and networks, and that many of these organisations continue to operate with uncertain funding and little capacity to initiate or explore innovative programs.

Dr Nana ends his analysis by reflecting on the Government’s  fiscal ‘responsibility’ rules, which include a requirement that the Government reduce the level of Net Core Crown Debt to 20% of GDP within five years of taking office. However, many people, from economists to those working in the community, have raised concerns that these rules are hampering the Government’s ability to make sound economic decisions based on the current economic environment and invest in the areas our country desperately needs.

Dr Nana concludes his analysis by saying: “The books are sound, and fiscal ‘responsibility’ is not the challenge. The community, environment, and social deficits that have accumulated over many years are the issue and cannot be balanced by accumulating fiscal surpluses. Some talk about the need for a ‘rainy day surplus’. To which the response can only be that a rainy day surplus is no good when many in the community are already drowning.”

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: Community Waitakere with Mark Allen

Community Waitakere has been improving the wellbeing of west Auckland for 30 years. It started as a council of social services (WADCOSS) and has over time moved into community development and ecological restoration. 

We had a very close collaborative relationship with Waitakere City Council as part of their suite of organisations that supported the different community sectors. During this time we were a key link in the Waitakere Social Wellbeing Collaboration and we hosted two very successful Community economic development conferences.

In 2010 Auckland Council was formed and we needed to reposition ourselves as our conversations with Council went both more regional and more local with a centralised community development team and the west having three local boards. (Local Boards are much stronger community boards with significant budget and responsibility for numerous activities of Council at a local level.) It has taken a while for the new model to settle with stronger departmental silos and an increased volume of contact points to engage within the Council organisation. Restructuring has also become the new norm so maintaining relationships is a large part of our work.

A core part of our service has always been a resource centre for local organisations. It has a fulltime host (Mandy) and provides networking, newsletters, shared work space and offices for community organisations and a venue for capacity building. We have three people (Shalema, Leao and Aroha) focussed on neighbourhood development and placemaking in the three western local boards. Aroha has a strong focus on te ao māori and works closely with marae and māori community organisations and our open door days that can regularly bring over 20 different organisations together. We have generally focussed our work in communities where there is a need to help bring people together or where local capacity is lower and we also support family violence reduction, housing and other social issue projects in our area. We have two people (Chris and  Sophie) who work on species and place restoration including pest and weed work in Te Atatu peninsula and other places. Bronwyn runs our ECE and school education programmes and we also have a community engagement programme (Project Twin Streams) around the lower reaches of Te wai-o-pareira (Henderson Creek) run by Simon.

Like many organisations our funding comes from numerous channels and is overseen by our funding and reporting administrator (Maj). Charlie Moore who many people know from his work in central government has been a part-time Chief Executive for a few years and has recently retired. In October 2018 I became the Chief Executive after a long career in local government into what has become a fulltime role. It’s a strong organisation, with a dedicated and talented team that is well respected. There are so many opportunities and so much work to be done.

Fore more information visit Community Waitakere.

Notice of Community Networks Aotearoa AGM – change of time/date

The Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) AGM date and time has changed and will now be held 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 recently released the report He Waka Roimata (A Vessel of Tears) – it 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.

    Evidence of Need: Intermediate Webinar
    Tue 18 Jun 2019 12:00 pm-12.45pm – $45 (Excl GST)
    The best grant applications provide evidence of the need and a rationale around why the grant project is expected to create outcomes. In this 45-minute webinar the webinar will show you the three levels of evidence you should be using in your grant applications.

    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.

Network News – May 2019

Network News – May 2019

Network News May 2019

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.

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

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column – Child Poverty Action Group
  • Meet the members: Pukete Neighbourhood House – Te Whare Takiwa o Pukete
  • Notice of CNA AGM
  • Charities Act review
  • IRD – update on changes
  • 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

We encourage you to send this newsletter our through your networks

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

Well the year is truly up and running now with lots happening. I know with so much going on it can be hard to get to everything you need to do, but if you haven’t already I strongly encourage you to submit on the Charities Act Review, you can find information on the review here. We will put our submission on our website shortly, and you are welcome to use the information in the submission to help you with your own submission, or you could write a letter in support of our submission. This review could have a significant impact on all charities so it’s really important as many people as possible feed into the review.

As many of you will know, the Welfare Expert Advisory Group report was made public recently. We thought the report did a great job, and commend the working group for their work. This month’s guest column is from CPAG, who provide commentary on the report. The CNA media release on the report can be found here.

I try and meet regularly with MPs to convey messages from our members and raise issues affecting the community sector. My latest meeting was with Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector. I raised a number of issues, including the need for any review of COGs to have community input, and the importance of COGs funding for many in the community and voluntary sector. I also raised the issue that many in the sector are struggling, with limited funding and increasing demand. With the loss of Family and Community Services several years ago (a specific agency within government focused on the community sector), the sector now struggles to have its voice heard across government. While community is interwoven in all government does, having this separate entity helped to convey the important work of the sector and secure funding at budget time.

We will be watching with interest Budget 2019, and will have special commentary prepared by economist Dr Ganesh Nana on the budget and its impact on the community sector – watch this space!

Also 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: Child Poverty Action Group: Commentary on the Welfare Expert Advisory Group Report 

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the release of the long-anticipated report from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG): Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand.

The report shows the depth of the analysis that the group has undertaken in its consideration of improving support for people in Aotearoa who, in times of stress, illness and precarious incomes, rely on the welfare system for their families’ wellbeing needs.

It’s a remarkable endeavour with some really encouraging recommendations, particularly in terms of the report’s emphasis on dignity, income adequacy and assistance to provide each individual the opportunity to participate fully in society. CPAG is particularly pleased to note a vast cultural and philosophical shift around the purpose and intent of welfare, away from the current punitive regime that has become the tragic norm, and toward one that is based on compassion, kindness and empathy. The focus on meeting individual needs, rather than simply ticking boxes will go a long way to minimise the stresses we know that people who regularly interact with Work and Income (WINZ) experience.

CPAG prepared 17 practical recommendations toward having Welfare Fit for Families in the 21st century, and is pleased to note that the WEAG report has considered many of the problems CPAG has highlighted.

Among the WEAG recommendations are solutions to make the system less punitive, especially for families where there are dependent children, as well as solutions for improving income adequacy, through increasing payments, thresholds and reducing abatements, as well as indexation. CPAG welcomes these recommendations, which require urgent implementation.

While CPAG welcomes the majority of the report, we are disappointed that the report’s projected impacts on the numbers of children in poverty are less than the ambitious goal of eradicating child poverty altogether. The report projects that it will reduce the number of children currently living in households with less than 50% of before housing costs (BHC) median equivalised income, by 45,000 (or 40%).

CPAG remains very concerned about the impacts for those who are living with incomes far beneath the very lowest poverty line, who are likely to be supported by a main benefit. CPAG has also taken a different approach to the WEAG group on the Accommodation Supplement that will be outlined in an upcoming report from CPAG. The report’s focus on housing is commendable, as it reinforces the negative impact that the current lack of affordable housing options has on the family income, but there are deep inadequacies within the Accommodation Supplement that among other problems, feed market price increases.

The Minister of Social Development, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni expressed that work towards making improvements to the welfare system had been started since in her Government’s first term with changes within WINZ offices, and that a three-to- five-year plan would be developed for implementation of many further changes. Minister Sepuloni’s pre-Budget announcements signaled a start, but were unremarkable, and did not signal the courageous, transformational change that CPAG and many others had hoped for from a “Wellbeing Budget”. For example, the increase in earned income thresholds for benefit abatement rates, especially as it is implemented over a long period of time, is minimal and not nearly close to being adequate. We can’t see how this makes it any easier for people on main benefits to obtain sufficient work to help them into better positions, or improve their incomes in the short term.

The paltly expenditure announced by the Government – ‘investment’ the Government calls it – of $286.8 million over the next four years, is only a scratch on what is needed for major reductions in child poverty, which the Government claims is their aim. $5.2 billion dollars a year is needed to fix our welfare system so that it is adequate and fit for purpose, catching it up three decades of falling behind costs and entrenching the poverty that we see today. A government serious about making a real difference in the lives of children, must make a serious investment today, to save money in the future. It must create a fairer economy and bolster future generations so that they have the means to be able to participate fully in society. The so-called investment announced by the Government is by no means transformational change.

We believe it’s important to keep the pressure on Government to make changes that are truly transformational and urgently needed. Join us in our campaign for a welfare system that works. Help CPAG and ActionStation tell the Government we want 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. Sign our petition now supporting CPAG’s recommendations – which are reflected in the Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s report – calling for a welfare system that has wellbeing at it’s heart.

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: Pukete Neighbourhood House – Te Whare Takiwa o Pukete

Pukete Neighbourhood House – Te Whare Takiwa o Pukete provides a range of classes, services, facilities, programmes and events to help our local community. We are part of a vibrant, dynamic community and work to ensure everyone in the community feels they belong and are connected – both to each other and services they may need. We make sure Pukete House has something for everyone. 

Our services are diverse, ranging from free legal advice, a vege co-op, playgroups, child care, craft groups, an indoor sports arena and a family support worker to hire services. Our classes include Tai Chi and scone Wednesday.

To help build a picture of what we do, a total of 120,003 people were served by Pukete House last year. 147 people in the community gave their time to support the House and their community. 650 people attended a class or event and nearly 26,000 children attended a before and after school, or holiday, programme.

Pukete Neighbourhood House was started 34 years ago in response to a University study that showed Pukete had no place for people to meet and socialize. This was important, because we know it’s the relationships and connections between people that make a significant difference to individual and community wellbeing.

The Council provided a small house and a committee was formed to run what is now known as the Pukete Neighbourhood House. Early on the House was run on a very ad hoc basis, really only when someone wanted to run a course etc.

As time went on members of the committee took turns opening the House from 10am to 2pm on a couple of days a week. It soon became apparent that if the House was to grow and prosper there was going to have to be someone there on a regular basis. Funding was applied for and a manager appointed. This gave much more permanence and the whole organisation began to grow.

Over time Pukete House has continued to grow. We are recognised as one of the most successful community house’s in the Waikato, and we use our experience to help other Houses grow.

To find out more click here.

Notice of Community Networks Aotearoa AGM 

The Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) AGM will be held on Wednesday 28th August 8am, 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.

Important – Charities Act Review 

The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The consultation period has been extended to 31 May. More information on the review can be found here.

We have some useful information on our website, including blogs and research papers going over key issues, click here.

IRD – update on changes 

On 26 April, the latest changes as part of IRD’s programme to make tax more straightforward came into effect. You can read an update on what to expect over the coming months here.

Save the date! 2019 CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services joint conference 27th and 28th August 2019

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. You can find out more and register by clicking here.

The conference will explore questions such as:

  • How can community organisations build meaningful, effective relationships with the people they serve and with each other?
  • How will the government’s Wellbeing Budget affect communities and community organisations?
  • How can spirituality enhance the wellbeing of older people?

We have an amazing line of speakers, including Professor Cynthia (Cindy) Kiro (Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu, Ngati Hine), Sacha McMeeking, University of Canterbury, Head of School – Aotahi / Māui Lab Co-Director, Peeni Henare, Minister of Community and Voluntary Sector, Kath Harrison, Chief Executive, Belong Blue Mountains Community and Neighbourhood Services Australia, Damon Salesa, University of Auckland Associate Professor of Pacific Studies and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Pacific) and Panapa Ehau, Director of Hikurangi Enterprises.

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 and co-host Sarah Saunders interview Hon Tracy Martin, Minister for Children, Seniors and Internal Affairs.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Dave Henderson on the Charities Review and Jo Cribb on a governance project she’s involved in (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 

Current consultations

  • Important – The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The consultation period has been extended to 31 May. Have your say here.
  • The Government has announced a review of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. The review is keen to hear your thoughts on what system level changes could improve the performance of our health and disability system. For more information click here.
  • Consultation is open on a new strategy for an ageing population – Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034. Consultation closes midnight 3 June 2019. To find out more click here.

Other reforms to note

  • The Welfare Expert Advisory Group is advising on the future of the welfare system. The Group’s report is now publicly available – more information can be found 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. Find out more 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 Tax Working Group is examining the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The Government has now received the Group’s final report – more information and the report can be found here.
  • The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill has passed into law. This Bill restored four aspects of community wellbeing in legislation (social, economic, environmental and cultural). For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, the Government is yet to formally respond. For more information click here.
  • The Government is considering the establishment of a sector-level bargaining system. This would enable unions and employers to develop Fair Pay Agreements that set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an entire industry or occupation. The Government has established the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to make recommendations on the design of this system. The Working Group has released its recommendations. 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

  • UNICEF NZ has launched Te Hiringa Tamariki, a new wellbeing model that explores wellbeing across four domains: Atua (religion and spirituality), Pakanga (connections, especially amongst whānau), Te Ao (navigating two cultures or worlds) and Ihi (arts, literature, culture and sport). The model is based on interactions with 500 Māori rangatahi. Find out more 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.
  • CPAG is holding nationwide post budget events – click here to find out more.
  • Join the call to stop loansharks and introduce an interest rate cap in the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill. Click here.

Things to note before you go

Community Accounting Aotearoa is a free service which offers support, advice or assistance on financial matters.

How Community Accounting Aotearoa can help

Community groups within New Zealand are able to access this service free of charge.

  • Community Accounting Aotearoa provides community groups outside the main centres with free assistance on financial matters.
  • Teams made up of senior accounting students will provide support using digital technology software such as Zoom and Adobe Connect.
  • Community groups require only an internet connection and a computer with a camera.
  • The students are supervised by volunteer Chartered Accountants.

For more information contact Geoff – geoff@ancad.org.nz or phone 021 054 6240

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.

Media release – Need for action urgent – many can’t wait another year

Media release
Community Networks Aotearoa

3 May 2019

Need for action urgent – many can’t wait another year

Community Networks Aotearoa welcomes the release of the Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand report. It presents a blueprint for resetting our welfare system so that everyone in this country has what they need to live with dignity and participate in their community.

“Our welfare system has been failing people for some time. This is clear when we’re dealing with 254,000 children living in poverty.

“We really need the Government to step up and implement the report in full. For too long we’ve seen successive governments tinker around the edges of welfare support, but meaningful change requires transformation across a range of areas, as laid out in the Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand report” says Ros Rice, Community Networks Aotearoa Chief Executive.

“We are disappointed that only three recommendations are being picked up now, and that they will not come into effect for another year”.

The report highlights restoring trust in the system for Maori and Pacific Island people plus 42 recommendations around a range of issues. “We will be taking our time reading this report so that we are clear about all the recommendations and how they will affect the lives of our most vulnerable people” Ms Rice says.

“We’re hearing more and more that the need for change is urgent, people are really struggling, and many services are struggling to deal with increasing demand. We need to see major change now, it can’t wait any longer. The Wellbeing Budget to be released later this month must commit the resources to begin the transformation required. People needing support cannot wait another year.

“There is a lot to do to implement the findings of the report, however across Aotearoa our communities are rich with important insights, experience and knowledge about what can work. We hope in implementing the recommendations the Government creates space for meaningful conversations with community about what can be done, bringing everyone to the table” says Ros.

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our membership includes not-for-profit and voluntary social service organisations all over the country. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.

Network News April 2019

Network News April 2019

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.

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

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column – Paul Hunt, Chief Human Rights Commissioner
  • Meet the members: Plains FM, Access Radio Christchurch
  • Charities Act review
  • Save the date! CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 27th and 28th Aug 2019
  • On Air
  • To blog, or not to blog
  • Government reforms/consultations
  • Things to note before you go
  • Special offer for members

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

It had been a long day at work and I returned home at the end of the day to find my husband Ken sitting in front of the television with horror on his face.  The endless news about the tragedy in Christchurch streaming off the television took over our lives for days to come.  We attended the vigil in Wellington on an incongruently beautiful, still, sun-filled evening with 18,000 other people mourning and remembering. Talking to my friends in Christchurch one of whom has two Muslim sons who are trying to deal with the death of their friends, the pain and anguish is profound.

Our thoughts are with the Muslim community in Christchurch and all those affected by the terror attacks in Christchurch. We stand firm with others across the country in our determination to fight racism.

All of us were affected by this in our own ways, and if you are struggling please reach out. The Ministry of Health and 1737 have created resources which give advice for those experiencing mental distress, including how to help and support children, and help with grief. You can read more here.

For an update on what we’ve been up to here at CNA click here.

We are pleased to report that the changes announced earlier this year to COGs funding that would have resulted in some areas receiving much less funding has been halted. CNA along with others were quick to raise objections to the reform and Minister Henare has announced this change is on hold (more information can be found at the link above).

Also, please remember the joint conference of CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services is on 27th and 28th August. All are welcome. Every year we’ve held the conference it has been a blast, and we expect the same with this year! You can read more about in this newsletter.

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: Paul Hunt, Chief Human Rights Commissioner
We must give nothing to racism and Islamophobia

Thank you to the Human Rights Commission for allowing us to reproduce this article, originally published March 19, 2019 

The calamity in Christchurch demonstrates that New Zealand’s geographical isolation does not protect us from violent, transnational, neo-fascist ideology.

For a long time, Professor Paul Spoonley from Massey University has warned about the white supremacist nationalist politics festering in New Zealand. Susan Devoy, our former Race Relations Commissioner, has graphically described how the Muslim community in New Zealand has experienced hatred and abuse in recent years.

In the shadow of the Christchurch attacks, Anjum Rahman ,of the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand, explains that for years Muslim representatives knocked on every door they could, spoke at every possible forum and pointed to the rise of the alt-right in New Zealand. Quaking with rage, she writes: “We warned you. We begged. We pleaded.”

While I have been in Christchurch, in solidarity with the Muslim community, listening to survivors and community leaders, I have seen a large swastika painted in the middle of a busy road. It was daubed within hours of the attacks on the nearby mosques.

Amidst our shock and grief, many of us ask how can we resist this virulent right-wing extremism?

We have to recognise it exists and shout from the roof-tops that we will never compromise our commitment to tolerance, diversity, respect, dignity and equality.

These values lie at the heart of our multi-culturalism, which is based on the Māori-Crown partnership established by the Treaty of Waitangi.

Crucially, these values are embedded in our legally binding national and international human rights standards.

We must urgently refresh – and reaffirm – these human rights for modern times.

We have to ensure that human rights are confined neither to the halls of the United Nations nor the courts of our judicial system. Human rights are not the preserve of lawyers.

At root, human rights are about ensuring a secure, safe, dignified life for all. They are concerned with the everyday lives of all individuals and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. They are the birthright of us all.

Human rights require us to listen to and support disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, whether Muslims in Christchurch or those struggling to have a decent life anywhere in these islands.

No public figure or commentator should ever use language that disrespects any of our diverse communities, including religious groups, ethnic communities, tangata whenua, Pacific peoples, immigrants and refugees, disabled people, women and girls, and members of the Rainbow community.

This is not “political correctness gone mad”. It is a matter of life, death and human rights. Disrespectful words and actions give permission for discrimination, harassment and violence.

We need a mature discussion about internet and social media companies who disseminate hate through their platforms; media who spread messages of division and minimise racist acts; leaders who exploit these messages for their own political gain; and the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude that masks and maintains racism in our society.

We must clarify the human rights responsibilities of social media and other companies. A sensible dialogue about our current hate speech laws is long overdue. We also need a thorough study on, and a national plan of action against, xenophobic extremism in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Human Rights Commission has called for improved data collection on hate-motivated crimes. At present New Zealand does not have statistics about crimes that occur because of a person’s religion, colour, race or ethnicity, or other important personal characteristics such as sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Without such data, we do not know the scale and scope of the problem and so cannot design, implement and evaluate an effective response.

The United Nations also made recommendations about our laws relating to hate speech and racial hatred and the importance of collecting comprehensive data on these matters.

We must all commit to giving nothing to racism and Islamophobia, in line with the commission’s campaign.

But we must go further. We need to grasp the rich diversity of New Zealand’s society. We need to look for ways to engage with people from other cultures, religions and communities. At every chance we must promote and maintain harmonious relations and ensure the protection of human rights for everyone.

Our country must become a global champion of anti-racism, anti-Islamophobia and human rights for all.

In this way we’ll honour the victims of last week’s shocking calamity.

To our Muslim brothers and sisters: never forget that we stand by you. We will do whatever we can to support you, now and in the future.

Paul Hunt is the Chief Human Rights Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and formerly an independent human rights expert with the United Nations.

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: Plains FM, Access Radio
Diverse media voices at your finger tips

By Sharon Moreham 

Have you noticed something different about mainstream media coverage in the wake of the March 15 mosque attacks? Perhaps it’s the obvious emotion of broadcasters in their coverage of the story, maybe it’s the courage to question the shadow side of New Zealand culture, or is it the diversity of voices and perspectives, some seldom heard – such as the Muslim community? Did you learn something? Did you feel something? Did you have a shift in perspective? It hasn’t taken too long before things have predominantly turned back to business as usual though. 

But what if the power of authentic, diverse, in-depth and questioning media coverage relevant to our local communities was available to all of us 24 hours, seven days a week? Well it is. Throughout Aotearoa-New Zealand there exists the Community Access Media Alliance – a network of 12 radio stations producing quality citizen-led content broadcast and podcast 24/7. It is a sector that has existed for well over 30 years. Every region has a station telling the stories of their people, created by their people, for their people and beyond. And that means ALL people, not just those with power, privilege and of the dominant cultures or classes.

If you tune in to an access station you will discover they prioritise the voices and interests of those not usually seen and heard in mainstream media: children, young people, women, people with disabilities, Māori, Pacific peoples, ethnic minorities (including refugee and migrant communities) and other minority communities such as rainbow communities and those with diverse religious and ethical beliefs. You will discover the rich tapestry of Aotearoa society and the voices that make us the fifth most ethnically diverse country in the OECD.  And you will hear these voices with a raw authenticity for access stations provide a platform and scaffolding support only, allowing the community to have editorial control.

Being citizen-led doesn’t mean soft and fluffy. These stations tackle the tough stuff – human rights, environmental issues, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and more – from the people on the ground, at the coal face. They also provide great entertainment! You’ll realise just how talented your locals are when you tune in. Everyone can have their say and have a go: individuals, groups, organisations and agencies make programmes. But access radio stations aren’t just broadcasters, they partner with others in the community to amplify community development outcomes. And if you’re into evidence, then there’s a raft of international literature supporting the effectiveness of community radio in addressing community issues when content is led and delivered by the target audience. So what does this mean post March 15?

Community access radio stations are a vital community asset for the Muslim community and other minority communities to craft their own stories. They are a safe place to ask the tough questions of ourselves and have the in-depth conversations as we face islamophobia, xenophobia, otherisation, systemic racism, unconscious bias and more. They are where we can truly get to know each other, question dominant discourse, thicken narratives and allow the complexity of life to be felt. They hold space for compassion, kindness and inclusion. Check out the podcast After March 15 being produced by Plains FM in Christchurch as an example.

So go on, tune in! Get involved! Make some radio! Check out Planet FM (Auckland), Free FM (Waikato), Radio Kidnappers (Hawke’s Bay), Access Radio Taranaki, Manawatu People’s Radio, Coast Access Radio (Kapiti), Arrow FM (Wairarapa), Wellington Access Radio, Fresh FM (Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough), Plains FM (Canterbury), Otago Access Radio and Radio Southland. You’ll find them on your radio dial, livestreaming and podcasting on the internet, or download the free Access Internet Radio app from your favourite app store. For as Ben Okri says, “Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.”

Important – Charities Act Review 

The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The consultation period has been extended to 31 May. More information on the review can be found here.

We have some useful information on our website, including blogs and research papers going over key issues, click here.

Save the date! 2019 CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services joint conference 27th and 28th August 2019

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.

We know wellbeing is a key focus for this Government, so the conference is an excellent opportunity to hear about how the community sector fits into the Government’s priorities and highlight the important role of the sector in building wellbeing. The conference will be jam packed with thought-provoking speakers with lots of opportunities for connecting with others across the country.

To find out more, or register, click here.

Click here and listen to Ros interview Dave Henderson on the Charities Review.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Jo Cribb on a governance project she’s involved in (along with CNA),Chris Glaudel from Community Housing Aotearoa and Paul Barber from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services.

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 

Current consultations

  • Important – The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The consultation period has been extended to 31 May. Have your say here.
  • The Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – is visiting towns and cities across New Zealand to hear what people want from their criminal justice system. Find out more here (including a list of public forums).
  • The Government has announced a review of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. The review is keen to hear your thoughts on what system level changes could improve the performance of our health and disability system. For more information click here.

Other reforms to note

  • The Welfare Expert Advisory Group is advising on the future of the welfare system. The Group has delivered its advice to Ministers and the report is due to be made public in April. More information can be found 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 Tax Working Group is examining the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The Government has now received the Group’s final report – more information and the report can be found here.
  • The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill has had its first reading in Parliament. This Bill seeks to restore four aspects of community wellbeing in legislation (social, economic, environmental and cultural). For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, the Government is yet to formally respond. For more information click here.
  • The Government is considering the establishment of a sector-level bargaining system. This would enable unions and employers to develop Fair Pay Agreements that set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an entire industry or occupation. The Government has established the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to make recommendations on the design of this system. The Working Group has released its recommendations. For more information click here.

Things to note before you go

Community Accounting Aotearoa is a free service which offers support, advice or assistance on financial matters.

How Community Accounting Aotearoa can help

Community groups within New Zealand are able to access this service free of charge.

  • Community Accounting Aotearoa provides community groups outside the main centres with free assistance on financial matters.
  • Teams made up of senior accounting students will provide support using digital technology software such as Zoom and Adobe Connect.
  • Community groups require only an internet connection and a computer with a camera.
  • The students are supervised by volunteer Chartered Accountants.

For more information contact Geoff – geoff@ancad.org.nz or phone 021 054 6240

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 ourExecutive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

Network News March 2019

Network News March 2019

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.

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

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column – Paul Barber
  • Meet the members – Community Networks Wellington
  • Charities Act review
  • Save the date! CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 27th and 28th Aug 2019
  • IRD changes
  • On Air
  • To blog, or not to blog
  • Government reforms/consultations
  • Things to note before you go
  • Special offer for members

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā Koutou Katoa

Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to.

There’s a number of significant reforms underway right now, including a review of the Charities Act which you can read more about in this newsletter. Over the next couple of months we’ll be busy feeding into these reforms and ensuring the interests and role of the community sector is at the forefront.

At the end of the newsletter there’s a list of government reforms / consultations, I encourage you to have your say. Many of these reforms will have far reaching consequences, so it’s important we take this opportunity to be heard.

There are two things happening right now that I want to highlight:

  • The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed and the Department of Internal Affairs has released a discussion document, please do have your say, the review could have major consequences for charities. In this newsletter we’ve included information on the review, and an overview of what some of the issues for charities might be.
  • Do you know there have been changes to COGs funding? It appears that some money from rural areas has been reallocated to urban areas, leaving some rural COGs funding severely depleted. We are not aware of any consultation on this with communities, and we are looking into what has happened and why. Watch this space!

Also, please remember the joint conference of  CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services is on 27th and 28th August. All are welcome. Every year we’ve held the conference it has been a blast, and we expect the same with this year! You can read more about in this newsletter.

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: Paul Barber
Some small steps to greater fairness: looking at tax from the community sector perspective

The pressures and stresses of the unfairness and inequalities in our social and economic system impact directly on the whānau, families and communities that community-based organisations work in. 

It plays out in two ways, firstly, poverty, hardship, and missed opportunities for the people living in those communities, and secondly, inadequate levels of funding and other resourcing for the organisations that want to make difference for their communities.

Rebalancing our social system is going to take some national-level change to the structures of our laws and systems that affect all of us every day. That is why the work of the Tax Working Group (TWG) is important. Tax affects everyone both in how much we pay ourselves and in the benefit we receive through government-funded services and support. The TWG is clear that tax plays a vital role in reducing inequality in our society but it is not doing this nearly as well as it was 30 years ago.

The final report of the TWG says about $8 billion dollars could be raised over the first five years of a capital gains tax (CGT). It has suggested ways that $8 billion could be redistributed through tax cuts to the lower income earners.

Research by polling company UMR done in 2018 shows two thirds of New Zealanders support a capital gains tax that excludes the family home.

New Zealand really is an oddity among the other wealthy countries because it does not have a meaningful capital gains tax or other wealth taxes. It is the wealthiest 20% of our population benefit from these un-taxed gains, they would be the ones who would have to pay almost all of any CGT. It seems perfectly reasonable to ask them to pay their fair share of tax.

Reducing tax for low and middle income earners and taxing the gains from capital income for the wealthy would be very welcome steps towards more fairness and greater equality in this country. But the TWG report itself admits the package it is proposing would only have a small impact on reducing inequality.

More needs to be done and soon for a fairer and more coherent tax system.

First priority has to be making the ways the tax and the welfare systems interact. The rate at which Working for Families or the Accommodation Supplement reduces as your income rises can mean losing most of every extra dollar earned through lost entitlements.

Secondly, a higher tax rate for the highest incomes (e.g. over $100,000) needs to be introduced to make the tax system more progressive. The TWG proposal give people earning over $100,00 the same tax break as those earning $22,500, but a higher tax rate for the high earners would correct this unfairness.

Thirdly, the people who most need help will not get it through income tax cuts. They will need significant increases in core welfare benefits that are indexed to wages to keep them out of poverty.

See here for full coverage of the TWG report and media reaction. Read the TWG Final Report and the many background papers on the TWG website here.

Paul Barber, Policy Advisor, NZ Council of Christian Social Services.

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 – Community Networks Wellington 

Community Networks Wellington is a non-profit organisation that provides a shared platform for Wellington’s community organisations. We aim to connect services together and to be a voice for the community sector in Wellington City. Our network meets monthly and we share information in our newsletter. We also connect with key organisations and people in our region and work to determine, strengthen, and share our voice. ​

There is no doubt the current environment has a number of challenges for community organisations. More than ever it feels that there is a need for organisations that bring together people working in community to connect, share information and collaborate. We carry out an annual network survey that informs our work and direction, and is a basis for conversations with our local council and other government organisations. The top five priorities that came out of our last survey were mental health and addictions, housing and homelessness, social isolation, funding for the community sector and poverty and financial inequality.

To progress these key issues, last year in partnership with Wellington City Council, we organised the Wellington City Social Forum. The two-day social sector gathering brought together practitioners, policy-makers and providers of services. Over two days people joined together to discuss the issues and plot a way forward. The forum was an excellent opportunity to build a collaborative response to the city’s social needs.

More information on Community Networks Wellington can be found here.

Important – Charities Act Review 

The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The Department of Internal Affairs has released a discussion document (consultation is open until 30 April 2019) and are holding a series of community meetings in March and April 2019 – more information on the review and meetings can be found here.

Sue Barker and Dave Henderson have received funding from a group of 12 community trusts and foundations to make sure there is a strong community voice in the review. Included below is information they have put together on why you should take part in the review. They have also provided information on issues charities should look out for in the review – to read a copy click here.

Review of the Charities Act 2005 – why you should get involved
Dave Henderson and Sue Barker

Every charity should be concerned about the way the current regime is being administered: good charities are being deregistered, good community organisations are being refused registration as a charity even though their funders require it, and up to one third of organisations applying for charitable status are being persuaded to withdraw their application.

At some stage, your charitable purposes may require you to point out deficiencies in government policy, yet many charities are careful what they say because of the threat of deregistration. The situation is not limited to advocacy; good charities are being affected in many other areas, including: social enterprise, economic development, sport, social housing, arts, and many others.

The review of the Charities Act could be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a world-leading framework of charity law in New Zealand: one that facilitates, rather than frustrates, charitable work.

However, it will not happen by accident: it is essential that charities get engaged with the review.

Save the date! 2019 CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services joint conference 27th and 28th August 2019

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.

We know wellbeing is a key focus for this Government, so the conference is an excellent opportunity to hear about how the community sector fits into the Government’s priorities and highlight the important role of the sector in building wellbeing. The conference will be jam packed with thought-provoking speakers with lots of opportunities for connecting with others across the country.

Once registration opens we’ll let you know, we’ll also put information up on our website.

IRD changes

Please find below information from IRD on upcoming changes.

Start payday filing now

Has your organisations started payday filing yet? Payday filing will soon be compulsory, so get on board now. All employers need to be payday filing from 1 April, which means you will have to:

  • File employment information every payday instead of an Employer monthly schedule (IR348)
  • Provide new and departing employees’ address information, as well as their date of birth – if they have provided it to you, and
  • File electronically (from payday compatible software or through myIR) if your annual PAYE/ESCT is $50,000 or more.
  • Depending on the method you choose to start payday filing, you will need to do one of the following:
    • If you’re using software, check if it is payday filing compatible.
    • If you’re filing through myIR, make sure are familiar with the new Payroll Returns account in the My business section.
    • If you’re filing through paper, make sure you have the new forms to fill in.

Want more information? Inland Revenue’s payday filing website has plenty of resources to help, and why not register today for our webinar on 25 March? It’s a great opportunity to ask our panel of IR experts any burning questions you’ve got about payday filing.

Getting ready to support you

We’ve been busy holding dress rehearsals to test our timing and sequencing ahead of April, when the next wave of changes to make our tax system more straightforward will come into effect.

To minimise disruption for our customers and limit the time our services will be unavailable, the dates we have chosen take advantage of the Easter and Anzac Day public holidays. So what this will mean for you is our:

  • core systems, our front of office counters and our contact centres will shut down from the afternoon of Thursday 18th April 2019,
  • systems and services will be back open on the morning of Friday 26th April 2019.

Upgrading IR’s website – new content on beta site

We’re completely redeveloping our website, including the look and feel, content, and the platform it sits on, to provide our customers with a great online experience. We’re building content in sections on a beta, or test site, and our third round of content – income tax, will be available from early March.

We want to make the new IR website the best it can be, so, as with previous beta releases, we’re keen to receive your feedback.

You can access the beta site via a link on the current IR website’s homepage, as well as through links on the Child Support and Working for Families landing pages. In early March a link will also be available from the income tax landing page. Please take a look and complete the survey to share your thoughts.

New website goes live in April

Our new website will go live as part of our next transformation release and will be available from the morning of Friday 26 April. It will feature:

  • A new homepage
  • A new look and feel, and layout
  • Content previously tested on the beta site – Working for Families, Child Support, income tax
  • Global search across the new site and all content on the old site
  • Seamless navigation across both the new and old sites.

Not all content will be on the new website initially, but our global search will help you find what you’re after and the improved navigation and site structure will enable you to seamlessly move between the two sites.

We’ll continue to test further content on the beta site and then publish to the new site in the months following the April transformation release. We hope to have all our content on the new website by late 2019.

Click here and listen to Ros interview Jo Cribb on a governance project she’s involved in (along with CNA).

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Chris Glaudel from Community Housing Aotearoa, Paul Barber from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services and Rata Kamau from IRD.

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 

Current consultations

  • Important – The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. Have your say here. The Department of Internal Affairs is holding a series of community meetings in March and April 2019 about the review – more information can be found here.
  • The Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – is visiting towns and cities across New Zealand to hear what people want from their criminal justice system. Find out more here (including a list of public forums).
  • The Government has announced a review of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. The review is keen to hear your thoughts on what system level changes could improve the performance of our health and disability system. For more information click here.

Other reforms to note

  • The Welfare Expert Advisory Group is advising on the future of the welfare system. The Group has delivered its advice to Ministers and the report will be made public late March / early April. More information can be found 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 Government is reforming the State Sector Act. More information on the review can be found here.
  • The Tax Working Group is examining the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The Government has now received the Group’s final report – more information and the report can be found here.
  • The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill has had its first reading in Parliament. This Bill seeks to restore four aspects of community wellbeing in legislation (social, economic, environmental and cultural). For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, the Government will formally respond in March. For more information click here.
  • The Government is considering the establishment of a sector-level bargaining system. This would enable unions and employers to develop Fair Pay Agreements that set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an entire industry or occupation. The Government has established the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to make recommendations on the design of this system. The Working Group has released its recommendations. For more information click here.

Things to note before you go

Strategic Grants have been running a number of online and face to face training opportunities, teaching best-practice processes, strategies and skills required to successfully and sustainably access grants funding for projects. Learn more and book online here. The next event is:

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 – February 2019

Network News February 2019

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.

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

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column – Alan Johnson
  • Save the date! CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 27th and 28th Aug 2019
  • Charities Act review
  • On Air
  • Government reforms/consultations
  • To blog, or not to blog
  • Things to note before you go
  • Special offer for members

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tena Koutou Katoa

Happy New Year!

Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to.

A big focus for our organisation is promoting the role of the community sector, and trying to ensure community organisations have the support and resources needed to do the amazing work they do. This often involves talking with MPs, and at the end of last year I, along with Brenda Pilott, Social Service Providers Aotearoa and a representative from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, met with Grant Robertson and Carmel Sepuloni to talk about the role of community in improving wellbeing and the needs of the sector, including resourcing. I also passed on messages from CNA members that were given to me at the last CNA Hui.

We pushed the issue that many community organisations need more resource and we noted that the Government has a strong focus on wellbeing, but key to delivering positive outcomes is a strong community sector.

I came away with the impression that both Ministers are fully aware of the challenges facing NGOs. So we’ll keep the pressure on for change, and with so many significant reforms underway, a big focus for us this year will be pushing for the needs and voice of the community sector to be recognised.

A heads up that our governance project is continuing this year. Here at CNA we’ve fielded a lot of feedback from organisations seeking information on good governance, or help with governance issues. So we’ve teamed up with a group of other interested people and organisations with experience in community sector governance to look at how practical support can be given to boards and committees, and how we can promote the value of good governance. Watch this space!

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: Alan Johnson
Proposed education reforms may heal community divisions 

The conclusions and proposals of the Tomorrow’s School Independent Taskforce have much to recommend them. The Taskforce points out that the Tomorrow’s School model of self-governing schools set up a competitive model where schools compete for students and the funding they bring with them. It claims that this competition has failed to reduce educational inequality and has not served poorer families and poorer communities well.

These failures are in part because of the capacities of communities to competently run self-governing schools and in part because of the simple economics of running a school. Poorer and more marginalised communities can and do struggle to organise Boards or Trustees with the skills and experience to govern their schools effectively. This means that the Boards and the school’s governance are captured by the school principal and her or his agenda. Not all principals are competent or well-meaning and those working in low decile schools often don’t live in the local community so don’t necessarily share its challenges and experiences.

The economics of running a school are fairly straightforward. Boards have to allocate their operating budgets across three areas – learning resources, administration and property. But economics of scale drive these allocation decisions and perhaps too the ambitions of some principals and Boards. To some extent administration and property costs are fixed and don’t vary much between a primary school of say 200 students and one of 400. This means that smaller schools struggle to get sufficient money to allocate into learning resources despite some targeted funding offered by Ministry of Education. The educational opportunities offered to students suffers as a consequence – money for IT and class trips are two examples.

A common response by many schools is to grow the school’s roll by poaching students from other neighbourhoods or communities. Moreover, if you can get the more able or more motivated students from these other areas its win-win-win for your school. Your teaching budgets rise, your students are easier to teach and the principal gets a pay rise. Of course the children left behind are worse off – with under-resourced local schools at risk of educational and financial failure. But what is this to the autonomous self-governing super-school down the road, or across the tracks or on the other side of the river with its flash new facilities and celebrity principal?

This competition is of course divisive for communities and wastes public and community resources with additional investment in some schools and underused resources in others. But most discouraging is the waste of many of our poorer children’s potential with their early disengagement from school and their exit from school with few if any qualifications.

The Taskforce’s solution is to establish education hubs which appear to be like the Education Boards we had prior to Tomorrow’s Schools. These hubs will employ school Principals and take over some of the governance responsibilities of Boards of Trustees. The hubs will also support the teaching efforts of schools and encourage cooperation and collegiality between schools rather than competition.

Such ideas are past due but their success depends critically on having the right people to run this new system. Regrettably such people are hard to find in our education system at present.

Alan Johnson is a social policy analyst with The Salvation Army and is a Board of Trustees chairperson for a Decile 1 school in South Auckland. 

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. 

Save the date! 2019 CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services joint conference 27th and 28th August 2019

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 and building wellbeing.

We know wellbeing is a key focus for this Government, so the conference is an excellent opportunity to hear about how the community sector fits into the Government’s priorities and highlight the important role of the sector in building wellbeing. The conference will be jam packed with thought-provoking speakers with lots of opportunities for connecting with others across the country.

Once registration opens we’ll let you know, we’ll also put information up on our website.

Important – Charities Act Review 

The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The Department of Internal Affairs will be releasing a discussion document later this month, and are holding a series of community meetings in March and April 2019 – more information on the review and meetings can be found here.

Sue Barker and Dave Henderson have received funding from a group of 12 community trusts and foundations to make sure there is a strong community voice in the review. As part of this work they have developed a survey to help provide independent input into the review. The review is important so please take a moment to read the message from Sue and Dave below and take part in the survey.

Kia ora koutou katoa,

This survey is to help us make independent input to the Review of the Charities Act, that is being run by the Department of Internal Affairs. We, that is Sue Barker and Dave Henderson, have received funding from a group of 12 community trusts and foundations so as to make sure there is a strong community voice in the review.

This note is a reminder – if you have already completed the survey, thank you! If not, please do. We have over 500 completed so far but we want to make sure we get as complete a picture as possible. Please also share this request with your network – this is important!

We need your information whether or not you are a registered charity, so we can get that complete picture. If you are involved in more than one organisation, please complete the survey more than once, giving answers separately for each. Please especially complete the survey if your group has applied for Charities registration and has been turned down, or if you withdrew the application, or if you have been deregistered.

Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CA2005

If you have any feedback on a particular question, or on the questionnaire as a whole, please send it to me or to Sue. We realise it is quite long but there are a lot of issues where we need data to feed into the review, and we really appreciate your time.

There is a saying that in a democracy, you get the legislation you deserve – this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create the best framework for charity law in New Zealand that we can. Please help to make sure the community voice is heard.

Thanks again for your input to this important project.

Noho ora mai, nā
Dave Henderson and Sue Barker
davehendersonnz@gmail.com  I susan.barker@charitieslaw.co

Click here and listen to Ros interview Chris Glaudel from Community Housing Aotearoa.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Paul Barber from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, Rata Kamau from IRD, Alfred Ngaro, National MP and Minister Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Government reforms/consultations 

Current consultations

  • The Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – is visiting towns and cities across New Zealand to hear what people want from their criminal justice system. Find out more here (including a list of public forums).

Other reforms to note

  • Important – The Charities Act 2005 is being reviewed to ensure that it is effective and fit for purpose. The Department of Internal Affairs is holding a series of community meetings in March and April 2019 about the review – more information can be found here.
  • The Welfare Expert Advisory Group is advising on the future of the welfare system. Consultation has now closed. The Group will deliver its advice in a report to Ministers in February 2019, and Cabinet will make decisions on the Government’s response in March. More information can be found 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 Government is reforming the State Sector Act. More information on the review can be found here.
  • The Tax Working Group is examining the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The Government has now received the Group’s final report – the report is expected to be made public on 21 February 2019. For more information click here.
  • The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill has had its first reading in Parliament. This Bill seeks to restore four aspects of community wellbeing in legislation (social, economic, environmental and cultural). For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, the Government will formally respond in March. For more information click here.
  • The Government is considering the establishment of a sector-level bargaining system. This would enable unions and employers to develop Fair Pay Agreements that set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an entire industry or occupation.The Government has established the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to make recommendations on the design of this system. The Working Group has released its recommendations. For more information click here.
  • The Government has announced a review of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. An interim report is due by July 2019, and a final report by 31 January 2020. For more information click here.

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…

Things to note before you go

Strategic Grants have been running a number of online and face to face training opportunities, teaching best-practice processes, strategies and skills required to successfully and sustainably access grants funding for projects. Learn more and book online here. The next event is:

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 – December 2018

Network News – December 2018

Network News December 2018

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.

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

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Meet the Members – Skylight Trust
  • CNA office closed 24th Dec to the 4th Jan
  • IRD changes coming up
  • Governance and the community sector
  • Save the date! CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 27th and 28th Aug 2019
  • Online resources
  • Child Poverty Action Group Campaign – Welfare fit for Families
  • On Air
  • Government reforms/consultations
  • To blog, or not to blog
  • Special offer for members

Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tena Koutou Katoa

Seasons greetings! And just like that we’ve hit December. It’s been a big year, with many significant reforms underway.

I know this has put many not for profit / community organisations under pressure as they’ve tried to provide meaningful input while dealing with pressured day to day goings on.

Next year will be critical as many of the reforms begin to take shape and we start seeing concrete proposals, and CNA will be in there pushing the interests of community and needs of community organisations. Fittingly, at the end of December I, along with Brenda Pilot, Social Service Providers Aotearoa and Trevor McGlinchey, NZ Council of Christian Social Services, will be meeting with Grant Robertson to talk about the role of community in improving wellbeing and the needs of the sector. I’ll provide an update in the new year.

As well as responding to reforms, CNA has its own projects underway to support the community sector (see the governance project included in this newsletter).

But, for now, I hope you all get some well deserved rest and relaxation over the coming weeks, and fingers crossed enjoy some sunshine!

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 – Skylight Trust 

Skylight’s mission is to build resilient children, young people, whānau and communities. Skylight supports children, young people and their whānau to navigate through tough times by delivering the right help, at the right time, in the right way.

A committed and experienced Board of Trustees guides the services and activities. The organisation is led by the Chief Executive Heather Henare. Alongside Heather is an external financial controller, ensuring transparency and quality, independent audit practices.

Skylight delivers a high quality one-stop-shop through the Resilience Hub. Anyone can access a suite of digital products and resources.

Skylight’s services and programmes are built on trauma informed practice, with a focus on building resilience. Skylight delivers services directly to children, young people, and their whānau. Skylight builds the capability through the wider sector through training and professional development. Skylight has developed partnerships with a network of organisations and counsellors throughout Aotearoa that work with us to deliver services.

Skylight is connecting services through the Resilience Hub, an accessible platform that leverages existing specialist services provided by Skylight partners and others, alongside the specific services that Skylight offers. The Hub provides online resources for people to build a kete of resilience tools to draw on in challenging times, including for parents and care givers, and those supporting others in times of need. It brings together resources from the community, and shares these through the Hub to support building resilience.

The Hub features two web-series that deal with real issues affecting young people across the country. One tackling the issue of Rangatahi and their experiences with suicide, the other based on the power of resilience. For communities, professionals, groups and individuals there is online training content, access to knowledge and tools to help get them through difficult times. This ensures users have access to a holistic suite of the services that people need.

Skylight has a national network of specialist facilitators and trainers and builds community knowledge and capability through national partnerships and networks.

Skylight delivers:

*Resilience Programmes * School Programmes * Suicide Prevention Programmes * Post Suicide Support * Support Groups * Professional Development * Counselling * Training * Resource Centre * Games/DVD/Library * Specialist Support Information * Research * Children’s Programmes * Advocacy and support * Suicide Services * Webinars * Web series

The work Skylight does is extensive; we support over 20,000 people annually in communities throughout New Zealand. 
We rely on the generous support we receive through donations and sponsorship.

To get more information click here or email: info@skylight.org.nz

CNA office closed over Christmas / New Year

The CNA office will be closed 24th December to the 4th January. The first newsletter of the year will be sent out at the beginning of February.

IRD changes coming up

IRD has some big changes coming up, and they will probably affect you.

For employers, a big change is payday filing. While it’s currently voluntary, it becomes mandatory in April next year. This means that you need to get your organisation ready to start payday filing as soon as possible before it becomes compulsory.

Inland Revenue’s website provides you with important information about payday filing and videos to help you get ready. On the payday filing webpage you’ll find:

  • An explanation of payday filing in a nutshell
  • The benefits of payday filing for employers and employees
  • Ways to payday file, including how to payday file through the file upload or online entry methods
  • How to switch to payday filing now, and how to let us know you are shifting to payday filing

IRD are really keen to work with organisations to make this change as easy as possible and help solve any problems, if you’re not sure about what the changes involve, send them an email – IRTransformation@ird.govt.nz

IRD also have other changes coming up, for example, next April (2019), subject to the passing of legislation, IRD are implementing changes to simplify the end of year tax processes.

All individuals, whose only income is from salary or wages and investment income, where tax has already been deducted, will receive an end-of-year assessment that shows their income, deductions and tax payable. It will also include if the customer is owed a refund or has a tax bill.

You can find out more about changes coming up here.

Governance in the community sector 

Here at CNA we’ve fielded a lot of feedback from organisations seeking information on good governance, or help with governance issues. So we’ve set about with a group of other organisations and interested people to explore how we can better support good governance in the community sector.

As no doubt you’ll know, the community sector is hugely important to Aotearoa. From housing and health to emergency support and everything in-between, the community sector plays a critical role in individual family, whānau and community wellbeing. So it’s important community organisations are well supported.

We know a crucial part of this support is much needed resource, and that’s something we’re pushing with Government. But another aspect to being a well supported organisation is having good governance that enables the organisation to fulfill its purpose. Governance is important because it provides strategic guidance for an organisation, however we know many community organisations struggle to find governance support that’s accessible, affordable and relevant to the community sector.

So we’ve teamed up with a group of other interested people and organisations with experience in community sector governance to look at how practical support can be given to boards and committees, and how we can promote the value of good governance.

More information will be provided in the new year, but any initial feedback would be very welcome.

Save the date! 2019 CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services joint conference 27th and 28th August 2019

CNA and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services are holding their joint conference on the 27th and 28th August 2019 in Wellington.

Registrations will open in the new year, but in the meantime save the date!

Online resources

As 2019 approaches many organisations will be thinking about strategic planning, so we thought it timely to put out a reminder about some of the great online resources out there.

One is Community Research, where you can find webinars, research and resources for the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector.

Another great online resource is CommunityNet Aotearoa, an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations.

Lastly check out NZ Navigator, it’s focused on building strong and effective organisations and communities, enabling users to assess the performance of their organisation by rating all the important areas of the organisation’s operation – direction, governance, leadership, people, administration, finances, communication, evaluation, and relationships.

Looking for something but can’t find it? Get in touch and we’ll see how we can help you.

Child Poverty Action Group Campaign – Welfare fit for Families  

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has launched a new campaign – Welfare fit for Families.

No-one is immune from life’s challenges, and when situations arise that negatively impact on a parent’s ability to provide for their family, assurance that they can continue to lead a life that is free from harm associated with poverty is vital.

CPAG welcomes 2018 developments such as the Families Package and the Government’s acknowledgement – in the form of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group – that great effort is required to reverse nearly two generations of poverty entrenchment. A Child Poverty Reduction Bill in the house, as well as increases to Working for Families and other supplements are all developments to be celebrated, and will make a difference for some.

But for many other families – those who have very low incomes – more significant improvements are needed, including long-term policies to ensure that welfare benefits and tax credits do not follow a pattern of falling far behind the rising costs of living and housing.

As part of the campaign, CPAG has released a set of recommendations, you can read them here.

Last month CPAG also teamed up with Action Station bring the voices of those affected by welfare reform to the fore. Understanding people’s lived experiences of poverty and the welfare system is critical to building a welfare system that works.

Between 18 and 31 October 2018, 267 people contributed their perspectives, insights and experiences of the welfare system. The findings have been collated in the a report – Welfare for Wellbeing.

The report, submitted to the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, included an overwhelming trend of people having negative experiences with Work and Income and a desperate lack of income to afford basic needs:

  • Four out of five respondents had negative experiences.
  • 84 percent of people said they do not currently receive enough income to live with dignity and participate fully in the community.

You can read the report here.

Click here and listen to Ros interview Chris Glaudel from Community Housing Aotearoa.

You can also listen to previous interviews, including Paul Barber from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, Rata Kamau from IRD, Alfred Ngaro, National MP and Minister Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Government reforms/consultations 

Current consultations

  • The Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – is visiting towns and cities across New Zealand to hear what people want from their criminal justice system. Find out more here (including a list of public forums).

Other reforms to note

  • The Welfare Expert Advisory Group – consultation has now closed. The Group will deliver its advice in a report to Ministers by February 2019, and Cabinet will make decisions on the Government’s response in March. More information can be found 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 Government is reforming the State Sector Act. More information on the review can be found here.
  • The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector has announced a review of the Charities Act 2005, for more information click here.
  • The Tax Working Group has released its interim report. Final recommendations are due February 2019. For more information click here.
  • The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill has had its first reading in Parliament. This Bill seeks to restore four aspects of community wellbeing in legislation (social, economic, environmental and cultural). For more information click here.
  • The Mental Health and Addiction Report has been released, the Government will formally respond in March. For more information click here.
  • The Government is considering the establishment of a sector-level bargaining system. This would enable unions and employers to develop Fair Pay Agreements that set minimum terms and conditions for all workers in an entire industry or occupation.

    The Government has established the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group to make recommendations on the design of this system. The Working Group is due to report back with its recommendations by November 2018. For more information click here.

  • The Government has announced a review of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector. An interim report is due by July 2019, and a final report by 31 January 2020. For more information click here.

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…

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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