Thursday, 27 April 2017

OVTRK Update April/May 2017

Who is who on the Organising Group (April 2017)

Tangata Whenua
Rex Gibson Co-Chair with Ariana Wilson, Karaitiana Tickell, Anita Panirau, Richard Tankersley and Allen Gibbs.
Tangata Tiriti
Katherine Peet Co-Chair with Andrew Scott, Gina Payne, Nigel Rushton, Becca Bouffandeau, Sally Carlton, Martin Luff/Danny Squires and SelaFaletolu-Fasi
- with technical support from Dave Evans
If you would like to contribute to the planning of our work, please let us know at we would appreciate your contributions.

Third Sector Forum

Kia ora koutou
This is a heads-up for a 'must-attend' event coming soon.
Late last year a report on the post-quake recovery needs of the Third/Not-For-Profit sector was released. ( Many of us in the sector contributed our time, perspectives and knowledge to the research in the hope that we could influence some changes to help strengthen our sector.
The report came up with over 30 Action Points, and now is the time to figure out how to make these actions happen. This forum is aimed at establishing what's already happening that supports the actions. We'll be hearing from some of the stakeholders identified in the report - funders and central/local government, and discussing with them what they're doing now that aligns with the actions. There will also be opportunities to identify what else is already happening in our own sector, and start to tease out 'what next'.
Keep an eye out for more information coming out soon, and in the meantime make sure you keep Tues 23 May, 12 noon - 3pm free.

Monday, 6 February 2017

OVTRK Update + Any update from your TSO before 15 February?

This update to TSOs on the OVTRK Register is to alert your TSO to the opportunity to send your OVTRK Organising Group any update from you for 15 February - see below?

It also highlights some recent developments in the Third Sector
  • ECO Canterbury Regional Hub - for environment and conservation interested organisations. Discussion forum afternoon of Saturday 18 February 2017 Venue WEA, 59 Gloucester St, Christchurch

Fill in the Doodle poll "ECO Cant Regional Hub - discussion forum" if you can or cannot attend. Please fill your name and response and don't forget to "save". The link to the poll is:
    PROPOSED AGENDA Saturday for mid - late afternoon 18 February 2017
   1. Hub activities
    (i) Calendar of Environmental Activities: the format and action on this?
    (ii) Need for a physical Environment Centre?
    (iii) Research: needs for this or what is being done
    (iv)What do we want from the local government "network offer"
    2. Opportunity for Networking Action -
    Seven Rivers Seven Weeks - Walk for the Planet
    3. Panel discussion
     (i) Democratic Consultation and representation...there is strong concern of how organisations are being manipulated in so-called consultations Democracy is being lost...there is corruption of the democratic process.
    (ii) Urban and Red Zone issues What is really happening with Regenerate Christchurch and environment conservation organisation issues? And other urban issues.
    (iii) Ecologic economics - we need a systems change - we cannot go on the way we are.
    (iv) Water issues in Canterbury - overview/update

Monday, 5 December 2016

MAKING CONNECTIONS across the Third Sector - OVTRK December 2016 update

Welcome to the Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) who have put themselves on the OVTRK Register since the 7 July Sector Forum Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector - viz:

    Cooperative Sections
    Food Resilience Network
    LIFT Library
    Lincoln Envirotown Trust
    Restorative Justice Services Otautahi Christchurch
    Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand, North Canterbury Branch
    Unions Canterbury
    Waihora Ellesmere Trust
    Harbour Co-op
    Water Rights Trust

- if you want more detail about any TSOs on the Register go to the Registry tab on the OVTRK blogspot <>.

A chronicle of actions since that since that 7 July 2016 Forum are summarised on the new tab Sector Report & Actions on the OVTRK blogspot as reported in our last OVTRK update on 19 October.

We trust you will all get a break and wish you and all yours Happy Holydays!

This mailout is about MAKING CONNECTIONS across the Sector.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Shining the Light on the Third Sector - OVTRK October 2016 update

As part of our work in valuing Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) we'd love to have 5 minutes of your time.  
Please follow this link to fill out the form and answer six simple questions that tell us about your mahi.  
We'll be publishing the results on our blog as part of a series where you get to be the star! 
Collecting these stories was one of the ideas that emerged from the Sector Forum on 9 Julyread more of the post on that Forum. and

We have established a new tab on the OVTRK blogspot - see Sector Report & Actions. Do send updates and additions - and keep an eye on these! We are continuing to circulate the Third Sector Recovery in Post-earthquake Christchurch report by Dr Chrys Horn, Sarah Wylie and Janet Mountier.
One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) sits on the Greater ChCh Psychosocial Committee  bringing voices of the Third Sector there. We know we speak from, not for the sector and so if you have any questions you'd like asked or issues raised at the table, please don't hesitate to email us - and / or join the OVTRK Organising Group - see About OVTRK to help us plan next steps. Over the last few months, OVTRK Organising Group member, Becca Bouffandeau has been attending these meetings on our behalf.  She reports that she has found the meetings incredibly informative with many organisations making deputations to the group. One of the current discussions is about the clarification of what is meant by "community-led". 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

7 July Sector Forum and OVTRK August Update

This Forum Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector was convened by OVTRK to obtain feedback, from the city’s Third Sector (Not-for-Profit / Non-Government) Organisations (TSOs), on the 2015 research and consequent report by Dr Chrys Horn, Sarah Wylie, and Jane Mountier. The report was commissioned by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA).

Approximately forty individual community leaders, from in excess of 50 organisations attended and participated in group discussions and a plenary session. These were structured around the four major well-being topic categories: social, economic, cultural, and environmental. The Forum focused primarily on the “Priority Actions” (as outlined on pages 29 and 30 of the published report).