Monday, 5 March 2018

OVTRK Update March 2018

Welcome to March 2018 – where have January and February gone?!
Since the last update we have continued to focus on promoting recognition and respect of the broad range of Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) in the development of strategy and policy for Greater Christchurch.
We have continued to collate resources on Valuing TSOs which highlight activities that rely on generosity as well as those that are not driven by a market approach. These resources are gathered to assist in increasing understanding of the imperative for a broad, Treaty-based ecological approach where the indigenous status of tangata whenua is understood. Many activities in our Sector are necessarily driven by government or commercial contracts, and broader contributions often need greater visibility in order to address difficulties around satisfactory measurement and justification. This is particularly the case when it comes to obtaining funding and other resources. The interface with Social Enterprise has provided much food for thought. In our previous Update we referred to our conversations with Dr Suzanne Vallance, whose research (described earlier) now has Ethics Committee approval to formally begin. We can remind ourselves to make a case for thinking about what would happen if our mahi was NOT done!
On 9 February we made a submission to Regenerate Christchurch on the Avon Otakaro River Corridor. This follows up previous communication with them where we highlighted their statutory responsibility to uphold environmental, social, cultural and economic wellbeing. We submitted that for them to give equal weight to 44 criteria in an assessment may risk generating confusion, energy overload and greater cost. By addressing those criteria that are of greatest importance, those involved with the assessment can then make a judgement. This then becomes an iterative process which, we suggest, can provide a greater sense of satisfaction and enhance the value of collaboration of those involved.
A few days ago we forwarded some papers to the Greater Christchurch Partnership in line with our OVTRK Working Agreement with them. These were sent in response to their proposal about Our SPACE – Settlement Pattern Review (SPR) and Greater Christchurch Outcomes. For your information our contribution was in addition to those we know are being considered – the CPH Wellbeing Monitoring Tool, Statistics NZ General Survey, Regenerate Christchurch Integrated Assessment Criteria and ECan’s Environmental Indicators.
One of the four current One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) priorities is to promote the need for independent and affordable shared spaces for Third Sector organisations around Greater Christchurch – including in the central city. Recently we learned Waimakariri District Council is considering a Community House and an update on the EnviroHub is available in the Sector Report and Actions update – see below. The Christchurch Co-Working Collective, has been established as a peer support for Managers and Coordinators of Co-Working Spaces (which includes organisations in the Third Sector). These Co-Working spaces include Christchurch Community House, Phillipstown Hub, Ministry of Awesome, BNZ Community 101, BiZ Dojo, Xchange Christchurch…. A contact is Camia Young 021 1125 087. The FB link if you want to join is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/162324744413204/.
Our Sector Report & Actions has been updated today!
Let’s encourage TSOs large and small to make us all visible on the Registry and let’s embrace interdependence and maximum autonomy for each of our organisations and those involved in them.
Please do help shine light on the broad Third Sector - making connections for us and our children after us!
Finally, YOUR FEEDBACK IS MOST WELCOME!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

OVTRK Update December 2017

HAPPY HOLYDAYS everyone!
Following the election the OVTRK Organising Group and the Greater Christchurch Partnership (GCP) committee have now finalised our Working Agreement.
This is part of the OVTRK commitment to creating meaningful communication conduits for Third Sector voices so that they shall be heard in deliberations on Strategy and Policy in Greater Christchurch.
The recent OVTRK Matariki Forum presentations from Helen Leahy on Whanau Ora framework and from people in TSOs on environmental, social, cultural and economic well-beings, and links between them, have been most useful.
Commitment to an ecological Tiriti o Waitangi-based multicultural future remains our guiding framework.
During the next two weeks we hope to have more to share - watch this space!
Collating resources on Valuing TSOs is continuing - particularly in conversation with Dr Suzanne Vallance, whose generosity we really appreciate.
Sue's proposed research draws upon literature from systems thinking, social capital, community development and collaborative governance to identify, evaluate and facilitate the development of 'soft infrastructure' that enables different ways of ‘working together’. Innovative examples of working together include brokers, working groups, charters, MoUs, programmes and bespoke governance bodies.
Feedback from TSOs about the interface between Social Enterprise and the Third Sector as well as about citizenship and Treaty-based development all raises further points for discussion!
We continue to promote the need for independent and affordable shared spaces for Third Sector organisations around Greater Christchurch – including in the central city. The EnviroHub has almost completed its scoping report
     - see the Sector Report & Actions
which has been updated today!
Do remember we love your feedback to help shine light on the broad Third Sector - making connections for us and our children after us! Do encourage TSOs large and small to make us all visible on the Registry embracing interdependence and maximum autonomy for each of our organisations and those involved in them.
NOTE: We have been asked to pass on to you that the Long Term Plans for ECan and for the CCC are open for submission and that the feedback received on the draft concept for Cathedral Square and surrounding areas can now be viewed at : engage.regeneratechristchurch.nz .

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

OVTRK Update August 2017

To keep you in the loop at this (nearly) Spring, busy time in the lead up to the election the OVTRK Organising Group has been following up from the:
Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector
and
making connections for us and our children after us
We have updated the <onevoicetereokotahi.blogspot.> with a "new"
and
We have also followed up with the Greater Christchurch Partnership (GCP) Group
and are
working to build the GCP/OVTRK relationship. We should have a document for circulation later in September.....
Finally, for your consideration, the Sector Report & Actions has been updated today.
Do remember to send any contributions.... and we love your feedback!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Report from 2017 FORUM on June 29

Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector

and
making connections for us and our children after us
In spite of several apologies, due to several major events coinciding with the Forum, 66 people gathered to reflect together on our Third Sector combined successes and challenges, and in the achieving of links between the four well-beings (economic, social, environmental and cultural).
After sharing kai, we heard four wonderful presentations from each of these four well-beings presenters, summarising themes emerging from the Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) involved in OVTRK.
Here, with an introduction of the presenters, are the links to those:

Friday, 2 June 2017

Open Forum - Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector

The One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) Organising Group would like to invite you to join us at our 2017 open Forum:
Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector
6.30-9pm on Thursday 29 June
at Ara Institute, Coventry St, Te Puna Wanaka Whare Kai
Bus routes at metroinfo.co.nz. Parking map here.
Please bring a plate of kai to share
An opportunity to reflect together on our combined successes and challenges in achieving the links between the four wellbeings (economic, social, environmental and cultural).
After sharing kai, as a starter for the evening conversation, we've invited a speaker from each of these four wellbeings to summarise some themes they see emerging from the Third Sector. They'll be drawing from the voices they hear in the sector, including yours.
If you wish to contribute to the summary, please send your thoughts for environmental to Colleen Philip: colleenphilip@paradise.net.nz, social to Sharon Torstonson: Sharon@sewn.org.nz, cultural to Maria Fresia: maria.fresia@interpret.org.nz, economic to Margaret Jefferies: Margaret@lyttelton.net.nz.
Then we can decide together what next…..
OVTRK aims to ensure that Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) are valued in the creation of positive plans for the future of Greater Christchurch. Our current focus is
  • advocating for the value of TSOs - see the Valuing TSOs Project.
  • promoting an ecological, Tiriti o Waitangi-based multicultural future
  • creating meaningful communication conduits for Third Sector voices so that they shall be heard, including in the earthquake Regeneration phase
Many of us have been referring to the research developed by Chrys Horn (et al) – see the full Report here. That Report identified some priorities on pages 29&30 which we considered at our 2016 Matariki Forum and at the 23 May 2017 Forum organised by SEWN on resourcing the Third Sector. We welcome feedback - see Sector Report & Actions for that received since the 2016 Forum.
…. from Max Harris THE NEW ZEALAND PROJECT Bridget Williams Books (2017):
Today, perhaps projecting a little based on my own experience [open heart surgery], I think a different kind of heart needs repairing: the heart of the country. This repair is about all of us. We’ve stumbled and fallen. Our heart’s connective tissue has been weakened. And we need the pulse of our social conscience to start beating harder again. So ……. What are we waiting for?
Do help us get the message out – here is a link to a simplified publicity flier for your noticeboard!
More information is available from the OVTRK Team - email <tsovoices@gmail.com>