Sector Report & Actions

Sector Report 

The research report on Third Sector Recovery in Post-earthquake Christchurch is still available in hard copy at Te Whakaruruhau ki Otautahi Christchurch Community House (301 Tuam St), the Migrant Centre (166 St Asaph St),and the WEA Centre (59 Gloucester St).

Updates received on Actions for strengthening the Sector
- in addition to OVTRK mahi as posted on OVTRK Home page.

These are listed in chronological order

Recent developments in the Third Sector as of 6 February 2017

  • 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
TSO Avon Otakaro Network (AvON)'s Evan Smith and Sylvia Smyth recently had an article in The Press which is a very useful overview of the approach they are taking to the consultation that has commenced under Regenerate Christchurch on the Ōtākaro​ Avon River Corridor from Barbadoes Street to Bexley. Here is the link to that article:
Chris Mene from RC has written to OVTRK emphasising that engagement of third sector organisations in the development of their planning are priorities for their team at RC. He sees "this ~535hectares of land as an extraordinary opportunity for Christchurch, our province and NZ ( and wants to ensure that health and wellbeing outcomes are present in the 'Draft outline'. RC welcomes submissions from organisations or individuals on the draft outline up until 21 February. OVTRK has suggested that in the first instance he approach the organisers of the EcoHub gathering on 18 February to get in touch with a number of TSOs who will be gathering there.
  • Living Economies Expo - 31 March to 2 April in Lyttelton
This event is bringing together people with great experience in helping communities to grow in healthy ways. If you don’t know about it, go to
  • TSO Ohu <> reports on their event Finding Common Ground
Brie Sherow states "There was a really amazing energy in the room..... For those who weren’t able to attend, I wrote a blog post to share a bit about the event and the ideas and plans that were discussed. Ideas included everything from co-housing projects to non-wilsons carparks, renewable energy cooperatives to arts hotels, urban agriculture to a youth services hub..... Please do register for our email list if you’d like to stay informed or get involved in a project that we’re working with"
  • SEWN reports their guiding question:
“What will contribute most to increasing social equity and wellbeing in Greater Christchurch?”
TSO Social Equity and Wellbeing Network (SEWN) would love to hear your thoughts on this question and also specifically about where do you think SEWN's stitching can best help strengthen our social fabric.
Email, phone 366 2050, or pop in to Community House for a coffee and conversation.
  • Making climate action meaningful - Communication practices in the New Zealand climate movement
All the results of a research project on communication practices in the New Zealand climate movement are now available at: This research was undertaken by Jonathan Oosterman while completing a Master’s thesis in Sociology at Victoria University in Wellington. It is the first in-depth study on climate communication that draws on perspectives from across the New Zealand climate movement.
  • Government requiring organisations to hand over client information in order to get funding
Clear and strong messages of concern are being expressed from many organisations that service providers who do not provide the personal information of clients to government will be penalised by the removal of any funding to assist those clients.
  • Survey of community and volunteer organisations
The second ComVoices Survey is a must read for those wanting to learn more about how Third Sector Organisations are faring amidst financial pressure, greater volumes for services and increased complexity.

Update 19 October 2016

An Environment and Conservation HUB for Greater Christchurch is being considered, following a meeting held in September. There was general consensus that a hub would be very helpful for environment/conservation groups starting in Christchurch and, if needed, growing outwards. People were supportive of an ECO Canterbury - Regional Hub and also enthusiastic about the possibility of a Regional Gathering, perhaps next March.
It was suggested that another meeting could be called to discuss this further, with information is being shared through Tieke - the ECO no-cost nationwide newsletter. It is emphasised that there not be added pressure on already busy local organisations.  Also, there is no compulsion to join ECO on groups wanting to be involved with this local coming-together.
More information: Diana Shand <> or Colleen Philip <>

The Canterbury Migrant Centre has recently reviewed its operations.
They are focussing on three main areas: 
·         Out-Reach Services - which involves the consolidation the expansion of the various and excellent activity based services developed and co-ordinated by Jane Song across Christchurch and now expanding into the greater Mid and North Canterbury area.
·         Communication Services – co-ordinated by Kevin Park involving the development of digital services and communication including The Migrant Times newspaper and web site, the Migrant Hub website and face book services. 
·         Migrant Information  Service - Building on the success of collaboration with Phillipino Culture and Sport and the excellent work of Delia Richards particularly in regard to Phillipino skilled migrant workers in Christchurch for the rebuild. We see the Migrant Information Service being able to provide supported information to migrant people wherever they reside be that in an urban or rural situation. 
More Information: (03) 366-1315 or 027 2488611  Website:

Social Equity and Wellbeing Network (SEWN) reports that:
The directory project that they are convening to provide 'for the sector, by the sector' resources - legal / financial advice, venues available, purchasing schemes, training, sector information, volunteer recruitment, etc.- to be widely distributed is progressing, but there is nothing substantive to report yet.  
SEWN's focus is to promote and support the role of the non-profit sector in reducing poverty and discrimination and enhancing the social inclusion and wellbeing of marginalised groups.
More information: (03) 366 2050 or email <>

Social Service Providers Association (SSPA) national conference
is in Christchurch 27-28 October 2016 at Chateau on the Park
For more details visit:< 

Living Economies (LE) is organising an extended conversation across the various fields - all of which are inter-related - in Christchurch from 31 March to 2 April 2017
Towards a vision:
Imagine a country which respects the living planet; whose people enjoy good housing, good health, wholesome food, a satisfying occupation, free education, a compassionate justice system, and an adequate income: a country with an inclusive democracy grounded in vibrant communities.
This could be Aotearoa New Zealand – together, we can make this vision a reality. 
with the purpose of:
Raising awareness of how the current economic system works, and the interconnectedness of all issues
Connecting all groups working on these issues
Giving a sense of hope and asserting our power to change systemic structures
Building strong voice
Giving those with knowledge and drive the tools for community action.
More information: Margaret Jeffries and


Update 11 August 2016

Story collection initiative
Those present at 7 July Sector Forum were given the opportunity to express interest in their stories being made visible on the OVTRK blogspot <>.

Notes from the Forum plenary session following the Forum group discussions 
The findings and conclusions of these discussions are summarised in this link.  (The numbering of the Priority Actions used by the authors of the Report is duplicated in this summary.)

An environment and conservation network is establishing in Christchurch led by Forest and Bird, and connecting with OVTRK. 

Social Equity and Wellbeing (SEWN) is convening a group of Third Sector Organisations that provide generic resources and/or support to the Third Sector; for example; legal or financial advice, venues, purchasing schemes, training, sector information, volunteer recruitment, etc. The group is in the process of creating a directory of resources 'for the sector, by the sector' to be widely distributed. 

The Migrant Times editor is interested in following up about a searchable website for the Third Sector. He has informed OVTRK that a page is available in his fortnightly publication for upcoming events in the Sector and that there is a page on The Migrant Centre website for stories from the Sector. 

Focus for OVTRK One Voice Te Reo Kotahi  is currently on advocating for the value of TSOs, promoting Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based multicultural future and creating communication conduits for TSO voices to be heard by the five statutory partners in the UDSIC (CCC, Waimakariri DC, Selwyn DC, ECAN and TRONT) in the earthquake Regeneration phase.


Forum on 7 July 2016

A Sector Forum Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector was convened to obtain feedback on the Report. 
The focus was primarily on the “Priority Actions” (as outlined on pages 29 and 30 of that report). 
Forty individual community leaders, from in excess of 50 organisations attended and participated in group discussions (structured around the four major well-being topic categories: social, economic, cultural, and environmental) and a plenary session.