Network News January 2018

The Families Package

The Families Package will provide targeted assistance to improve incomes for low- and middle-income families with children. It is part of the Government’s focus on reducing child poverty, and ensuring children get the best start in life. The package includes:

  • boost the incomes of low- and middle-income families with children by increasing the Family Tax Credit and raising the Working for Families abatement threshold
  • introduce a Best Start tax credit to help families with costs in a child’s early years
  • introduce a Winter Energy Payment to help older New Zealanders and many of our poorest families heat their homes over winter
  • increase the rate of Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit and Foster Care Allowance by $20.31 per week
  • increase paid parental leave to 26 weeks
  • reinstate the Independent Earner Tax Credit
  • implement the Accommodation Supplement and Accommodation Benefit increases announced in Budget 2017
  • repeal the tax cuts and changes to Working for Families announced in Budget 2017.
  • Read what Paul Barber from NZCCSS is thinking about this.  Click here

Meet the Members  

Welcome to another article in the series introducing the wonderful members we serve and the work they are doing in their communities throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.  This month we feature Community Housing Aotearoa.

Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa’s vision is to make sure every New Zealander is well housed with a warm, safe, dry and affordable place to live.

We are the umbrella organisation for over 100 organisations who are building and managing affordable and social housing for under-served parts of our population. We play an advocacy and stewardship role for the sector, building capacity by promoting best practices, skill development, resources and policy guidelines for our members and other stakeholders.
Our members deliver emergency housing to homeless whānau, Housing First solutions to chronically homeless people, social and affordable homes for families in need and robust affordable homeownership solutions to those that are able to climb the housing ladder with some assistance. These models are battle-tested and operating reliably. We have a proven track record that delivers diversity and innovation. Over 13,000 homes are owned or managed by community housing providers through-out the country.
Ultimately, we want to demonstrate that community housing is a critical element alongside private and government-owned housing. No one alone can do it. We need all three housing pillars to achieve our ambition of providing every New Zealander with a home that fits their needs and means, as a basic human right. As a country – this will make us better and stronger.

Our sector vision for all New Zealanders well housed is contained in the Our Place strategyendorsed by over 40 organisations. We have a close working relationship with Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mo te Iwi Trust the peak body for Māori housing providers.

For further info about the Community Housing Aotearoa please phone ((04) 385 8722)  to speak to a representative of the organisation.

Social Enterprise :  
Is social enterprise the right move for your organisation?

To social enterprise, or not to social enterprise: that is the question?

It’s a hot topic around the globe as the gap between ‘funding needs’ and ‘funding reality’ continues to grow wider.
Done well, social enterprise can deliver opportunities to generate revenue while delivering on your organisation’s mission and purpose. They allow not-for-profit entities to gain greater financial independence, expand their activities and scope of services, and to build better connections with the community.
However, there are risks, especially if your organisation has limited commercial and governance capabilities. When executed poorly, social enterprise can burn through your ‘social capital’ at an alarming rate and jeopardise not only the social enterprise, but the organisation it supports.

So how do you know if setting up a trading operation is the right move for your organisation?

Focus on the golden rules of social enterprise. The services or products it offers should be innovative, unique, people oriented and environmentally friendly. It should also operate with a purpose of creating value for the community it serves. So start by establishing two key fundamentals: identify the issues your social enterprise seeks to resolve and clarify how it will help tell your organisation’s story.
You then need to dig a little deeper. To ensure a social enterprise is a step in the right direction for your organisation, ask yourself four key questions:

  1. What is the social enterprise’s business model?
  2. What corporate form should it take?
  3. What is your plan for capital and growth?
  4. How will you measure your impact?

If you don’t know the answers, it’s critical to seek the right advice before investing your organisation’s valuable resources into a venture that could rapidly turn into a serious misadventure.

Brayden Smith
Grant Thornton New Zealand
T +64 4 495 3768
M +64 21 240 9570

Masterclasses and Workshops : Climate Change Engagement

During 2018, the Deep South National Science Challenge will be offering workshops and masterclasses to build skills and capacity in communication and engagement about climate change.
These workshops will be open to anyone interested – including end-users, researchers, communicators, educators and community members – and will focus on our latest understanding of the impacts and implications of climate change in New Zealand and opportunities for adaptation.
The aim is to develop a community of “Climate Ambassadors” who feel increased confidence in facilitating, enabling or contributing to critical conversations about the impacts and implications of climate change in New Zealand.
We understand that you – or your colleagues – might be interested in these workshops.

To ensure that the workshops are successful, and tailored to your needs, please could you complete the short survey that can be found at:

The survey should take less than 10 minutes and asks for your recommendations about content, delivery style and timing/location, and also includes an opportunity for you to indicate interest in participating or presenting at these events. The deadline for the survey is Monday 22nd January. (If you return from leave after this date but still want to submit your feedback, please email us.)
Please feel free to forward this email around others who might be interested in shaping or participating in these events. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Matt Scott (, the summer scholar who is is leading this work.

Vitae: Workplace WellBeing Community Workshops 2018

Vitae is led nationally by an executive team of senior practitioners and all Vitae’s Senior management team are trained trauma responders. Our commitment is to a shared vision of people realising their potential and engaged in healthy relationships at home at work and in their communities. As part of supporting this vision Vitae engages with community partners to offer education across the country and with a special focus on rural and smaller communities.
Mental Wellbeing and the Workplace (1.5 hrs)
Building Resilient Teams (1.5 hrs)
Cost:    $100 per person excld GST for each 1.5 hour session
Contact:  to confirm  a booking

Liz Pennington
Chief Executive-Tumuaki 

RCpN,  BA, DTTchg, Dip NFP Mgt,
Liz was appointed to the role of
Vitae Chief Executive in 2013.
She is based in National office in Wellington on the Terrace and travels regularly.
Her background has included a wide range of senior management roles in mental health, social and community development, tertiary education, central government and in the not for profit sector.  Liz is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in mental health and a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa. Liz has been a senior lecturer in mental health and served as National Chairperson of the Anglican Care Social Services Network of New Zealand. She is currently  the Vice President and NZ representative on the Australasian executive of EAPAA (Employee Assistance Programme Association Australasia) and the NZ representative on the management committee of  CIMA (Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia).
Liz is Vitae’s CEO and works as a senior practitioner providing consultancy,  facilitating workshops ,as a  professional supervisor and as a  trained psychological  trauma responder.

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.

Click here and listen to Ros interview Lyndy McIntyre discussing the Living Wage ; Jo Cribb regarding research on the governance capability of Social service NGOs,  and James Lord from Careerforce discussing pathways for qualifications in the NGO sector.

To blog, or not to blog…

Here are the links to the latest ComVoices blogs on Community Scoop. Interesting reading as always…

Let’s campaign to stop predatory lenders by Soraiya Daud Communications Adviser National Building Financial Capability Trust
Lets do this – better by Brenda Pilott, Manager, Social Service Providers Aotearoa
Money vs Passion : parliamentary lobbying by Warren Lindberg, Chief Executive, Public Health Association NZ

It’s 2018 – time to look forward !

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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