Network News – December 2019

Network News – December 2019

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Network News December 2019

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

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

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Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

Tēnā koutou katoa

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

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

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

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

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

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

And lastly, as always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information about CHA
A list of our provider members

The Importance of Having a Will

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ComVoices blogs

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

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

Government consultations and plans

Consultations / Bills

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

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

Plans / Reforms

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

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

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

CA ANZ has released a guide to Enhancing Not-for-Profit Reporting. The guide is to support organisations in the not-for-profit and charity sector with their reporting requirements.

Inland Revenue update

Information on PAYE and investment income changes.

Not-for-profit organisations may be interested in this recent webinar covering:

  • Employer transactions move into our new system
  • PAYE in a single employer account
  • Consolidation of employer notifications
  • Improvements to new employee on-boarding
  • Investment income changes

You can view presentation slides and the webinar on demand here.

Campaigns / programmes / events

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

Do you or your organisation have a campaign or event you would like to highlight? If so send through a brief description to

Special offer for members of Community Networks Aotearoa and their networks 

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

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

We are pleased to offer this opportunity not only to our member organisations but to their members as well. If you, or one of your network organisations, are interested in receiving an obligation free quote, please contact us for the special code you will require and Rothbury’s contact details.

About Community Networks Aotearoa

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


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

To find out more visit our website.

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

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