Network News Oct 2020

Kia Ora Koutou
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For our latest info and resources on COVID-19 CLICK HERE

From the top –
Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

Yes, more about our Hui on October 13th. Its not too late to register, but you only have about 5 days left to do it.
I want to tell you about our SpeakEasy session which will be run by the wonderful Karen Stockmann our MC from Community Waikato.This is kind of an altered World Café, and a chance to network, discuss and learn.  We have five specific topics and five experts on each topic.  Everyone will rotate around tables according to instructions from Karen, and have a chance to meet others, and to talk about each of these subjects.  To introduce our experts who will be at one of the five tables.
Advocacy and Community Action: Liz Davies, CEO Socialink Tauranga
Staff Management & employment: Sandra Grey, National Secretary Tertiary Education Union.
Strategy and resilience: Holly Snape, CEO Community Waikato
Harnessing technology:  Tony Gilbert, National Education Manager New Era Technology
Funding:  Linn Araboglos, CEO Wellington Community Trust
We have picked these subjects in response to the survey we sent you, so I hope your discussion and network needs are met with these 5 fabulous experts and sharing your own experience and asking your own questions.  Come prepared!
See you soon – Ros
7 days
For your safety we will require all participants to log in with our unique QR code. We will also be have hand sanatiser, wipes and masks available for use.
8:30am – Registration Desk open, CQ Hotel – 223 Cuba Street, Wellington

9:15 AM
Karakia – Te Urikore Waenga
Welcome – Tess Casey, CNA Chair
and then we are under the care of your MC – Karen Stockmann
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Siouxsie Wiles

We are delighted to present a  familiar face to all Kiwis, Assoc. Professor Dr. Siouxsie Wiles will be zooming in discussing COVID and what we need to think about into the future. There will be a short Q&A facilitated by Ros.
Morning Tea

When asked there was a resounding call to have a face to face Hui and we know how valuable it is to meet old friends and to make new ones.

There will be ample opportunity during morning & afternoon tea and lunch to have a natter with like-minded folk.

Main Party Policies of Relevance to the Social & Community Sector

Liz Stewart from Socialink has compiled an excellent resource outlining the main parties policies for our Sector.


ComVoices Blogs

Links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop.
We highly recommend the fascinating reading to be found here. A wide range of topics and articles
Learn More


Karen Stockmann

You told us what issues you want to talk about and we have gathered leaders in 5 fields to facilitate discussion during our Speakeasy. You’ll get a chance to rotate to each table to begin a new discussion, to share ideas and to ask questions.

Liz Davies
Advocacy & Community ActionHolly Snape
Strategy & ResilienceTony Gilbert

Sandra Grey
HR, Staff, Employment Issues

Linn Araboglos

Collaborative Voices

Each month Ros talks to people who are influential from within and without our Sector.

You can listen to previous broadcasts with Liz Davies (Socialink);
Danny Mollen (Social Wellbeing Agency)

Hear More

Government Updates


Who Are You?

Our Members’ Research Project will us a more focused idea on who our membership is. We’ve commissioned Sarah Doherty and she will present some of the work she has been doing with you to help us better represent you.

After hearing about our Membership from Sarah Doherty we will have time to reflect on the day and then end with a karakia at 3:00pm with our Kaumatua.

After which we invite you to stay around, have a cuppa and a good yarn with those you have met during the day, or to get ready to wing away back home brimming with info.

Choose Your Future

Your voice is always important, make it count.
Am I enrolled?
WHAT TO DOWhere can I vote?

Not-For-Profits & Charities Landscape

Here is the research intended to understand the context, experience, and pain points with Inland Revenue, so IR can explore opportunities to make improvements.

Learn More

Meet The Members
Tokoroa Council of Social Services

An organisation that is Community Owned, Community Driven was first mooted around 1980, by the Citizens Advice Bureau, who thought that having a social service and welfare group established could only help the South Waikato Community.They believed (and rightly so) that Tokoroa and the South Waikato was in need of an organisation that could support the needs of families, and to ensure that their needs were brought to the attention of those groups, organisations and agencies that could assist in making a difference to their lives.

They felt that the South Waikato could benefit from a wider network, so they became an affiliated organisation of the New Zealand Council of Social Services, hence TCOSS’ name of the Tokoroa Council of Social Services.

TCOSS was formalised on 19 September 1991.  With this came the employment of a Community Development Worker for the South Waikato, Mrs Patricia Seymour.  Pat started with no office. phone, car, pens or paper and a Board Member wrote a personal cheque so that TCOSS could be solvent!

A strong bond was also developed with the Tokoroa Borough Council, who then became the South Waikato District Council. This bond has continued with the South Waikato District Council supporting TCOSS and the Community Centre. TCOSS has also undergone a number of changes, since it was first conceived and has moved from a force of one to now having18 staff who are passionate about helping, empowering adn supporting families in the community.staff. We have also had the privilege of having dedicated Community-minded people, join the TCOSS family and agree to be members of the governing Executive Committee.

TCOSS works through six major areas
* Early Years Service Hub – improving service coordination for vulnerable children;
* Hippy – A programme to follow on from the PAFT programme and is for children 4-6 years of age;
* Family Centred Service – supporting families who  are affected by family or domestic violence;
* Family Support Service – giving client families better management skills for everyday life;   * Integrated Attendance Service – formerly the Truancy Service, we work with 20 schools to assist ensuring school attendance and assist non-enrolled students with their education pathways;
* Social Workers in Schools – working with 13 schools in the South Waikato and Mangakino districts.

Heavily embedded in the community TCOSS goes from strength to strength supporting, guiding, helping, advising.

Me Takatū Mō Te ShakeOut

Have you registered you and yours to practice your emergency earthquake response
at 9:30am on 15th October?

Proactively Supporting Children and Young People During COVID-19 and Beyond
Friday 9th, 10:30am-12:00 Oranga Tamariki Evidence Centre Te Pokapū Taunakitanga, Cross-Agency Webinar

Why Cashflow is Important for Not-for-Profits
Wednesday 14th, 1:00-2:00pm Techsoup NZ

Better Collaboration, Bigger Impact: How to Manage Work From Anywhere with Asana
Tuesday 20th, 2:00-3:00pm Techsoup NZ

Acquiring Donors Online
Tuesday 27th, 2:00-3:00pmTechsoup NZ – $30.00 (ex. GST)

Remote Service delivery – Learning from Adaptation During Covid-19
Thursday 29th, 2:00-3:00pmTechsoup NZ

Community Networks Aotearoa Online 2020 AGM

10am-12pm on Wednesday 28th of October.

Our members will soon be receiving CNA documents for the Annual General Meeting
and our Zoom invite for you to attend online.

Any questions? please contact us on

5th – World Teachers’ Day & World Habitat Day
10th – World Mental Health Day
17th – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
24th United Nations Day
31st – World Cities Day

About Community Networks Aotearoa

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

To find out more visit our website.

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

And don’t forget we’re here to help.

If you have any problems, issues, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ros at the CNA office on +64 4 472 3364 or 
Our staff and our Executive Committee are here to provide support to our membership and always welcome your contact.

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