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Network News August, 2020

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CNA Executive Officer Ros Rice

Kia ora my friends,

Have you ever thought about how much data Government already gathers from us?  After some extensive social sector engagement in 2018/19, the Social Wellbeing Agency found that one clear theme in the feedback was the need for a ‘2-way street’ for data where government departments provide better access back to community organisations to data, insights, statistics and research. 
I think we could all definitely gain from that data being released to us.  The Social Wellbeing Agency is kick-starting some rich discussions to understand what information is helpful to community organisations for service planning type purposes, and to work out how government can do a better job providing NGOs with data that is useful and valuable to our work.If you are not funded by government there is still the ability to access research and data.  I will personally be discussing how data can be provided back to locally funded community groups.  Also you can access some interesting research via Community research if you follow this link. http://www.communityresearch.org.nz/Stay in touch and I hope to talk to you all soon.

Ros

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

CNA Members’ Hui 2020

Our planning for the Hui will proceed,
but we will be making any changes necessary to correctly respond to Alert Levels.
The results of our Short Sharp Survey are in and
everyone can’t wait to come to Wellington!

Our one-day Hui will take place in Wellington on the 13th of October. We will be holding our AGM at a later date so we will have more time to meet, network, and talk over those issues that are most pressing for YOU.And with that in mind we will be looking to you to take the lead on what we discuss. So look out for our Members’ Issues Survey in your mailbox and make sure you have YOUR SAY.

We’ll be organising our Speakers, Schedule and Workshop Leaders based
upon what you most want to talk about.

Meet the Members –
WestREAP

Westland Rural Educational Activites Programme

There are 13 REAP’s in New Zealand, 8 in the North Island and 5 in the South. Two on the West Coast – WestREAP and Buller REAP. Between 1979 and 1982 the government of the day established REAPs with the over-arching goal of facilitating lifelong learning opportunities for communities in rural and isolated area.  REAPs connect learners with learning with a focus on the areas of Early Childhood, Schools and Youth, Adult and Community Education and Community Led Development. 

WestREAP has been in in operation for nearly 40 years providing educational pathways for communities in the Grey and Westland districts from Barrytown way down south to Haast, up the Grey valley, east to Otira and including Hokitika and Greymouth.  The main WestREAP office is in Hokitika with a smaller office and learning hub in Greymouth.
WestREAP had a change of Chief Executive in late 2019 and a restructure which has seen the organization flourish and allowed them the resilience to move smoothly through COVID-19 and the various lock-down levels.

WestREAP staff number around 20 and are all mostly part-time.  They live in a range of locations including Hokitika, Kumara, Greymouth, Ross and Okarito.  The WestREAP Board reside from Whataroa to Greymouth.

Our learners come from our many and varied communities.  Children under 6 and their parents and whānau can participate in a range of early childhood education initiatives such as Melody Makers Music and Movement sessions, SPACE (Supporting Children Alongside Children’s Education, Greymouth Playgroup, Pipsqueaks Playgroup in Hokitika, Incredible Years Parenting Programme, Early Reading Together, Early Learning Support in the home, Rural Playdays, Transition to School and bringing shows to the West Coast such as Craig Smith’s Wonky Donkey, Sharon and Alan Holt’s Te Reo Singalongs, delivering The Power of Words with Shane Stevenson and delivering He Mapuna te Tamaiti training and other professional development to Early Childhood educators.  Neuroscience educator and child development expert Nathan Mikaere Wallis has also just visited us in Hokitika delivering at Arahura Marae. A small, highly experienced and dedicated team of seven staff make all this happen and more.

In our WestREAP rohe we have 27 schools including Primary, Secondary and Area levels.  Our Schools Team work with them all to help deliver CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support, Leadership Camps for Years 6-8, helping to facilitate Te Hui Ahurei o nga kura o te Tai Poutini (West Coast Schools Kapa Haka Festival), Clued Up Kids and presentations such as Angela Barnett’s Pretty Smart and Steven Sextons Science Workshops.

WestREAP also work extensively in the area of Youth with their extremely successful DriveWEST Learners Licence programme in Westland.  Not specifically for youth but well received by 16 year olds wanting their learners licence and with a high pass rate.   WestREAP also hold the Ministry of Social contracts for NEETS (Not in Education Employment or Training) and Youth payment and Young Parent payment.  The small team of 3 work hard in this space with the youth in our communities with these contracts.
ACE (Adult and Community Education) has a part-time organizer and a range of qualified and quality tutors.  Currently we run weekly Te Reo classes in both Greymouth and Hokitika with levels for beginner and more advanced.  Kapa Haka Community groups run weekly in both towns also as well as Art4Me Art and Learn to Play Bridge Groups.  Creative Writing runs weekly in Hokitika and an ESOL group is being established there too.  Computing options are made to fit according to learner need with a resident WestREAP I T Tutor.  New Zealand Sign Language is offered each term somewhere on the Coast.  Ukulele/Waiata has just started in Term 3 in both Greymouth and Hokitika.
The WestREAP focus now and into the future is meeting community need and we are happy to talk to anyone who has an idea around this.  Staff are long-term locals in their communities, knowledgeable about the Coast and committed to education and this makes it easy for us to identify needs and network with many and varied communities and learners.
Technology such as Zoom allows us to deliver into isolated areas which are often hard to reach geographically.  COVID-109 lock-down certainly gave us all a learning experience in the technology but were a lifesaver during lockdown with weekly full staff meetings to stay connected.  Individual teams met weekly also with a number of Early Childhood initiatives offered online.
WestREAP (and Buller REAP) are the Local Donation Funding Manager for the Tindall Foundation and they were kept busy during lockdown with the distribution of additional Tindall funding for organisations affected by COVID-19.
WestREAP also hold the contract for the West Coast Disability Resource Service and the team of 3 met weekly to catch up and identify need during lock-down.
The real success story of lockdown for our orgnaisation was our Art4Me groups in Greymouth and Hokitika with the Art Tutor starting a website, blog and newsletter to keep the groups engaged and learning.  Some of the best art-work we have seen from these groups came out of lock-down and for some of our most vulnerable learners this approach was their lifeline for their mental and artistic health. This has been built on since lock-down with the introduction of more technology to the groups with tablets to assist their learning.

Jane Wellard
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Locally-Led Solutions at the Centre of
New Community Resilience Fund

Community groups around New Zealand can apply to a $36 million fund established to encourage locally-led solutions as communities rebuild and recover from COVID-19, announced Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector Poto Williams.
To read more CLICK HERE

PHA Calls for the Minister of Health To Intervene

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHANZ) calls on the Minister of Health to intervene and adopt the alternative commissioning framework outlined on pg 174 of the Simpson report.To read the Full PHANZ Summary of Recommendations CLICK HERE 

Remember
9th August – International Day of Indigenous Peoples
12th August – World Youth Day
28th August – Cancer Society Daffodil Day

Survey Highlights Impact of Covid-19
on the Community and Voluntary Sector

New figures have been released today showing the impact of COVID-19 on the community and voluntary sector. The results are from a nationwide survey of over 1,400 organisations carried out across May and June.

To read more CLICK HERE
To read the report CLICK HERE

Communal Cuppas

Fancy a break?
A catch up over a cuppa?
Send us an email or text and we’ll Zoom you.
We probably need a break and would welcome a chance to see you.

Help Your Community Get Ready To Vote

The 2020 General Election and referendums will be held in September and we want every eligible New Zealander to enrol and vote. Voting starts on Saturday 5 September and will end at 7pm on election day, Saturday 19 September. You can find more resources about enrolling and voting on our website, including information in different languages and resources you can use online, on websites or social media.To visit the Electoral Commission Te Kaitaki Take Kōwhiri’s website CLICK HERE
To download their Community Resources CLICK HERE
 Collaborative Voices

Coming Soon –  
Ros talks to Danny Mollan

from the Social Wellbeing Agency

COLLABORATIVE VOICES airs on Wellington Access Radio from 10:30 – 11:00 am on the third Saturday of the month. It is then replayed up and down the country, check your local Access Radio schedules; or you can download previous episodes as a podcast.
Previous available interviews include:
Steven Moe – NGO Zooms Over Lockdown
MP Paul Eagle; Climate Change with Dave Kennedy
Financial Capability with Tim Barnett

Community Networks Aotearoa Online 2020 AGM

Our Membership has spoken and this year’s Annual General Meeting will take place online at
10am-12pm on Wednesday 28th of October.
We will be sending information to all our Full Members shortly.

Independent Children’s Monitor 2nd Report Released

In March 2019, the Government agreed to strengthen independent oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system through improved advocacy for tamariki and rangatahi, independent compliant avenues, and universal monitoring of the care and protection and youth justice system.The first two functions are being carried out by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Ombudsman respectively, with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) appointed to establish the monitoring function
The Independent Children’s Monitor (the Monitor) has been set up to monitor the National Care Standards and Related Matters (NCS) Regulations, providing assurance and reporting on the performance of agencies that have the care and custody of tamariki and rangatahi.
The Monitor began operating on 1 July 2019 and acts independently of MSD. The Monitor is, currently monitoring two of the NCS Regulations, which focus on allegations of abuse or neglect of tamariki in State care. From December 2020, all the NCS Regulations will be monitored.
The Monitor monitors the system of State care, not individual children. It collects data and information from agencies who have care and custody, and will speak with those caring for tamariki, parents, whānau and, of course, tamariki and rangatahi to provide the full picture regarding their quality of care. The Monitor reports its findings to the Minister for Children and publishes all reports on its website.
The Monitor’s second report was published in August 2020, and outlines findings for the six-month period from 1 July to 31 December 2019, including the three months from 1 July to 30 September 2019 covered in the initial report.To find out more about the Monitor, visit and subscribe to its newsletter CLICK HERE
To view the Report CLICK HERE

Webinars

9 Webinars through August
RASNZ Symposium

Refugee Resettlement in a Time of International Change Symposium is a free, live webinar series. The intention for the symposium is to highlight key themes and recommendations to improve services. A series of nine live webinars will feature throughout the month, led by distinguished speakers from diverse personal and professional backgrounds. Topics include Advocacy, Mental Health, Political Perspectives and more

COST: Koha
For more detailed  information CLICK HERE

Friday, 11th Sept.

How A Rainbow Community Collaboration is Changing Mental Health Practice in Aotearoa

Supporting Rainbow People in Aotearoa is a Rainbow resource for mental health professionals created through collaboration between InsideOUT, RainbowYOUTH, Gender Minorities Aotearoa, Youth Wellbeing Study and Gloria Fraser, a researcher at Victoria University of Wellington. Join this free webinar to hear more about why and how this resource was developed and how it is being used to shift professional mental health practice in Aotearoa.

Time: 11:00am 
COST: Koha
For more detailed  information or to be part of this webinar CLICK HERE

Government Updates

Discriminatory Law Repealed

A discriminatory law that has been a symbol of frustration for many people needing and providing care and support, has been scrapped by the Government.
To read more  CLICK HERE 

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill Passes

The Government has delivered on its promise to New Zealanders to modernise tenancy laws with the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 today, says Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing), Kris Faafoi.
To read more CLICK HERE

Managed Isolation Bill Passes

“The COVID-19 Public Health Response Amendment Bill and its supporting regulations will introduce a new charging system for managed isolation to balance the rights of New Zealanders to return home and help reduce pressure on the system.” Megan Woods said.
To read more CLICK HERE

ComVoices Blogs

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

Photo: Jason Pratt