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.

OVTRK speaks from, not for, the Sector.
As reported in earlier mailouts, the OVTRK Organising Group is currently focused on
  • advocating for the value of TSOs,
  • promoting Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based multicultural future
  • creating communication conduits for TSO voices to be heard by the six statutory partners in the UDSIC (CCC, Waimakariri DC, Selwyn DC, CDHB, ECAN and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu) including in the earthquake Regeneration phase.
At our regular meetings with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Greater Christchurch Group we respond to their requests, report from the Sector and promote CoProduction - see the Parable of the Blobs and the Squares (if you have not already viewed that).

We are heartened by their response.
More information will be available as soon as there are actual responses from the matters we raise - hopefully at our next meeting on 9 February. One of the contributions we have been asked to make is to the EQ Recovery Learning website. Our video with Sally Carlton and written case study with Rex Gibson are now published: That site will be updated as more interviews come to hand.

Recently Environment Canterbury hosted a day for environmentally focussed TSOs and statutory bodies to make connections. Connections with mana whenua, including the role of Mahaanui Kurataiao were also clarified. There will be an update from ECAN on these developments soon.
This event was preceded by a decision to establish in Christchurch an environment and conservation network of TSOs. Led by Forest and Bird and then also linked with ECO. This Third Sector "ECO hub" is planning another meeting in 2017. Many of the TSOs involved establishing that network were at the Sector Forum on 7 July 2016 as described on the new tab Sector Report & Actions on the OVTRK blogspot as reported above.

One way of connecting with news from various networks of TSOs is through the newsletter from Healthy Christchurch for which there are several Champions.
For example, in recent editions there have been updates from:
Are there other newsletters specifically speaking from and about the Third Sector activity?
There is also the national network ComVoices which recently has completed a State of the Third Sector Survey 2016
- details about the range of TSOs working together in ComVoices are in the above links and the latest Healthy Christchurch newsletter includes an invitation to give feedback on the ComVoices Issues Paper - " The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has introduced a new clause in its contracts that  requires providers to collect and pass on data identifying individual clients ......" [read more].

And did you know that Christchurch Community House Te Whakaruruhau ki Otautahi, 301 Tuam St, has established The Cupboard where a number of resources relevant to our Sector are available? Sally Carlton, an OVTRK Organising Group member, has deposited a hard copy there of a report on which she was a principal researcher. It is the Human Rights Commission (HRC) Red Zone Report. It was launched on 3rd November in Christchurch and highlights that government in this country has a power not retained in Britain. Referred to as the Third Power, or Plenary Power, this enables NZ governments to do anything that is not explicitly illegal - for example create the Red Zone and appoint ECAN Commissioners. The HRC is working on this issue. OVTRK is interested in follow up on this matter.

Finally we want to let you know that we keep a summary of OVTRK mahi updated on the right side of our blogspot.
Here is the link - One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) - to the latest version.
Your feedback is MOST welcome!