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>

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

What would help your group or organisation?

Keeping a non-profit or third sector organisation ticking over and carrying out its mahi can be a challenge. We've all got ideas of what might help. Perhaps you'd like to see funders and/or central and local government:
  • Think about sector capacity and find ways to communicate this.
  • Give full consideration to concerns regarding under-resourcing of the sector relative to the demands made of it.
  • Increase the length of funding periods and recognise the opportunity these present for groups to take a more strategic approach to their work.
  • Fund more positions and fewer projects, to allow greater flexibility for organisations to meet changing community needs
  • Continue to support the Leadership in Communities initiative run by the Leadership Lab.
  • Recognise the importance of providing affordable accommodation to ensure Third Sector Organisations can meet current and future needs
  • Make space available in libraries, or schools for Third Sector groups to hot desk or timeshare, and meet in libraries.
  • Provide access to services and support such as photocopying, broadband, computers, meeting rooms, graphics assistance, or financial and legal assistance for community groups and individuals working to set groups up, building on support already provided.
  • Ensure indoor community meeting space is required in all new housing developments.
  • Facilitate governance conversations with local community groups around local developments to give groups and local government more capacity to prepare and adapt.
  • Are these actions feasible? What are funders and government already doing that reflect these actions? How can the sector, funders and central and local government work together to achieve these to the full extent possible?
Come along and join SEWN at a forum to discuss these questions with Christchurch City Council, Rata Foundation, Wayne Francis Trust, and Dept Internal Affairs. We hope that by the end of the forum we'll all have a better idea of what's already happening, what's possible, and how we can get there.
Tuesday 23 May, 12 noon - 3pm,
Oxford Tce Baptist Church Lounge,
286 Oxford Tce, Christchurch.
There will be finger food and refreshments available throughout the meeting, RSVP to Carmel, admin@sewn.org.nz (Remember to let us know if you have any special dietary or other requirements.)
Many thanks to the speakers from Rata, CCC, Wayne Francis and DIA for being willing to come along and give us perspectives from the funding and government sectors.
The action points above are taken from "Third Sector/Not-for-Profit Sector Recovery in Post-Earthquake Christchurch", commissioned by CERA and researched and written by Dr Chrys Horn, Sarah Wylie, and Jane Mountier. Hard copies are available from Christchurch Community House, or you can find it on the SEWN website - http://ccoss.org.nz/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Third-Sector-Recovery-Report-2016.pdf
We look forward to seeing you on Tues 23rd!
Sharon Torstonson
Kaituiora
Social Equity & Wellbeing Network (SEWN)
Ph 366 2050

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 tsovoices@gmail.com 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. (http://ccoss.org.nz/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Third-Sector-Recovery-Report-2016.pdf) 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: http://doodle.com/poll/y5qbvqyk6bfahhqz
    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
   
https://www.facebook.com/walk4theplanet/
    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 <onevoicetereokotahi.blogspot.co.nz>.

NOTE:
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.