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					ANGOA Community and Voluntary Sector Roundtable


Reminder: Next Roundtable:
1pm – 3pm, Wednesday 10 October 2007

NOTE TIME CHANGE: this event is on the usual Wednesday but at a different time – 1pm to 3pm!

Venue:
2nd Floor, James Smiths Building, Corner of Cuba and Manners Streets, Wellington (Centre for Global Development
Meeting Room).

Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koe - All Are Welcome. Feel free to forward this invite, and the information
that follows, to others who may be interested. ANGOA disseminates this information as part of its effort to
strengthen the Community and Voluntary Sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Any enquiries, to be added to this mail list, or to be removed from it, please contact the ANGOA Coordinator:
dave.henderson@angoa.org.nz


In This Issue of the Roundtable Update
    1.    Agenda for the 10 October Roundtable
    2.    Notes from the September Roundtable
    3.    ANGOA Membership Information
    4.    ANGOA meeting dates for 2007: Roundtable and Research Forum, including Auckland and Christchurch
    5.    The politics of CSO (Civil Society Organisation)regulation: risks and responsibilities in complex legal
          environments
    6.    UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown's comments on the Compact
    7.    COmVOiceS Media Workshop, Rotorua
    8.    Inland Revenue working with Not for Profit Organisations
    9.    The latest on Financial Reporting for small businesses and charities
    10.   Health & Disability Sector NGO-Ministry of Health Forum; Working Group election
    11.   Professional Mentoring & Supervision Skills
    12.   NGO Social Work Study Awards; 2008 Application Round
    13.   Auckland Ethnic Communities Meeting & Workshop
    14.   STAND UP and SPEAK OUT against poverty and inequality
    15.   Thriving church reaches out to city
    16.   Local Peace Grants 2007
    17.   Religious Freedom in New Zealand
    18.   Is Civil Society is taking on the traditional responsibilities of political parties?
    19.   Government ignorance of civil society after 9/11 brought havoc to the world
    20.   The role of civil society organisations in promoting social justice and sound developmental policies


1. AGENDA for the 10 October Roundtable
1.1   What’s Going On?
A round-robin exchange of news about the current activities and plans of everyone present.

1.2 Tariana Turia, Maori Party
ANGOA wrote to all the Party Spokespersons for the community and voluntary sector:
     We understand your Party is currently thinking about its policies in relation to the sector. We would like to hear
     from you about what those policies might be, and about ways in which we might make input to the policies. We
     recognise the relationship we have with Government is crucial, and we obviously have an interest in ensuring
     your policies are as realistic and as connected as possible to the current situation of the sector.


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        Therefore we invite you to come and speak to the monthly Roundtable…We would ask you to speak for 10 - 15
        minutes, and then we would open the floor for discussion. The discussions may be questions about particular
        policy points, or may be questions about your party's response to the policies of the current government. Please
        also feel free to ask questions of your own about the sector. We want this to be a constructive two-way exchange.


2. Notes from the 6 September Roundtable
An apology was received from Tariana Turia who had to attend a tangi.

ANGOA Chairperson Claire-Louise McCurdy opened with an acknowledgement to Sir Roy McKenzie, noting his respect
and capacity to listen to and understand the details of the vision held by community groups, and to help build the vision by
significant funding into a real model. His involvement with Auckland WEA and the formation of Kotare trust is just one
example. We hope his style can be emulated by funders to support a wide range of community initiatives and
organisations, especially those not attracting government funding or other conventional funding support.

Claire-Louise also highlighted the role of sector organisations in development of the Satellite Account for Non-Profit
Institutions, the report on which was released by Statistics dept (www.stats.govt.nz) the week previous. Both Ministers‟
speeches completely ignored that it was nearly two decades of work by community organisations (ANGOA, Philanthropy
New Zealand, Tindall Trust, JR McKenzie Trust) and community funds that brought Lester Salomon to New Zealand and
kick-started the project. Particular acknowledgement should go to Ken Gordon, formerly of Trust Waikato, who helped
persuade Government to come on board with it, contributing funding to the Project Advisory Group. It would have been
good if this was recognised by government, rather than Ministers taking all the credit.

2.1    Problem Gambling Foundation: Gambling Amendment Bill
The Gambling Amendment Bill has been sent to Select Committee. Problem Gambling Foundation are doing some work
on this, and part of this work involves consulting those involved in the sector or affected by current arrangements.
PGF is a national treatment provider, with 60 staff involved in counselling, education and health promotion. It is funded by
a levy on the gambling industry, to pick up a role which should ideally have been recognised by Government as its own
responsibility.

Adrianne Transom, Regional Manager of PGF adrianne.transom@pgfnz.org.nz provided a brief explanation re the Bill
and key issues. Information and easy submission forms are at www.askthepeople.org.nz .

The Ministry of Health collects some data on problem gambling, but none is collected from foodbanks, domestic violence
services, or family support agencies, even though gambling is often at the heart of these issues, plus loan-sharking,
corruption and imprisonment. Agencies in all these areas should receive funding from the levy on the gambling industry,
the same way tobacco is taxed to support the health costs to users, including hospitalization.

PGF is gathering information on the impact of gambling (and gambling funding) on the NGO sector plus also its impact on
communities, particularly poorer communities. PGF wants to engage the NGO sector around this issue, as it is seeking
to widen the discussion at the Select Committee, from the specific changes proposed to the whole issue of the impact of
problem gambling in communities. One fact: Gambling is an inefficient way of raising community funds. Only $1 in 3 is
returned to the community.

PGF has specific proposals in 3 areas:
 Transparency – pokie money must go back to the community it came from, and distribution should be fair and
   transparent
 Local Control – annual review of all pokie consents to enable a community say in their presence
 Responsible Gambling – the pokie equivalent of a seatbelt is available in the form of player tracking technology and
   player pre-commit cards that run out when you reach a pre-decided limit – like a phone card.

2.2    What’s Going On?
A sampling from the round-robin exchange of news about current activities and plans:
Pat Hanley: The Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre is in process of finalising its
constitution and will present it to the first AGM on 21 November, at a morning meeting prior to the ANGOA Research
Forum in the afternoon. Both events will be at the Families Commission, Lambton Quay. Registrations and the database
of research are beginning to grow significantly – see www.communityresearch.org.nz .

Sue Driver and Adam Awad; Changemakers Forum was established last year in Wellington and Palmerston North.
Run entirely by former refugees, it is an umbrella for Ugandan, Sudanese, Iraqi, Burmese, Congolese, Eritrean, Somali,
Assyrian, Cambodian and Vietnamese arrivals in New Zealand, working together on a health and development action
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plan, based on a vision that refugees should be able to live a life like other New Zealanders. It is collaborating with
Volunteer Wellington and Community Law Centre to help people learn how things work; governance, working with
Government, advocacy and research, attitudes, working with the police and working with CYFS. The current funding
contract is with Dept labour, but MSD have been very supportive, including through their Internship Programme, which
enables refugees to learn new skill from MSD staff.

David Robinson:
 CIVICUS Assembly June 2008, theme will be “Active Citizenship”
 Stuart Etherington, Exec Director of NCVO (National Council of Voluntary Organisations) in the UK will be in New
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   Zealand in 2 week February 2008. ComVoices will organise a parliamentary breakfast and ANGOA will organise
   other events. We want to hear his experience with the UK Compact between Government and the sector, and
   particularly how to maintain sector independence while working closely with government.
 David has been working in Laos where there is currently no legislative framework for community organisations.
   Legislation is in draft, but there are clear parallels with New Zealand; what kind or organisations should be permitted;
   should they be required to support Government policies; who should define what constitutes public benefit; and
   should people be allowed to benefit from membership of a community group?

Christine Goodwin, Wellington Community Interpreting Service; provides interpreters in close to 70 languages,
recruiting native speakers who train for 4.5 months in evening classes and are then contracted. The training emphasises
accuracy and completeness of translation. WCIS also has an advocacy role.

Ros Rice, NZCOSS; Coordinators of the 52 local Councils of Social services are being invited to a Hui and the NZCOSS
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AGM in October. Wellington Community Access Radio is playing recorded discussions about the sector the 4
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Saturday each month (29 September 10.30am) or they are available as streamed programmes via the net. They are
linked of the NZCOSS or NZFVWO websites, or direct from www.accessradio.org.nz

Michael Woodcock, NZFVWO; We need to challenge the assumptions in the recently–released Statistics New Zealand
work re the sector, and in the Satellite Account. The use of GDP, and the arbitrary hourly rate used as a value for
volunteer work, are questionable. E.g. VAVA Study (value added by voluntary agencies) shows $1 in funding leads to $4 -
$5 in value. The Stats work undervalues our work significantly also in that it does not measure increased community
wellbeing. We need to discuss more whether in fact this is anyway too important a value in itself, which would be
degraded by giving it a monetary value.

Tim Burns, Volunteering New Zealand: the ILO recognises a value for what volunteers do.
 VNZ is working with Victoria University on a survey of personal costs to volunteers, which will inform discussion about
   the proposed legislation. IRD will be producing a discussion paper on costs of volunteering and taxation, in October.
 VNZ is working with OCVS re non-tax aspects of what was agreed in the Government budget – strategies to promote
   generosity.

Kevin Haunui; Finding Information Service are working together to bring various research into one robust information
source. They are working with Career Services on funding for Trade training – bringing more info into public eye, to be
more available for those needing it. Also working with Government, seeking a whole of government approach to dealing
with liability for organisations like FIS, providing best available information to the public.


3. ANGOA Information
ANGOA is an independent nonprofit incorporated society, supported by an anonymous Family Trust. We receive no direct
funding from Government, and we sincerely thank the Trust for the independence it gives us. Other contributions for
specific projects have been gratefully received from the JR Mackenzie Trust.

ANGOA Membership – If you are an NGO you are Welcome to Join!
Subscriptions are an important component of support for ANGOA‟s work, helping us remain independent of Government.
An Application and Renewal Form can be requested from the Coordinator, or printed from the website. Membership is
open to any NGO supporting the objects of ANGOA and willing to pay the specified fee ($50). Organisations and
individuals who do not qualify as members but who support ANGOA‟s aims are welcome to make a donation, and may
receive some of the materials ANGOA produces. We thank you warmly for your support.




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Website, and Postal Address
More information is available from the ANGOA Coordinator, dave.henderson@angoa.org.nz or from the website
www.angoa.org.nz The site includes back issues of Updates for the Community Sector Roundtable and the Community
and Voluntary Sector Research Forum.

The ANGOA postal address is PO Box 24 243, Manners Street, Wellington. This changed over a year ago but we are still
receiving a lot of mail via the old address. Please update your records!


4. ANGOA meeting dates for 2007: Roundtable and Research Forums (including Auckland
   and Christchurch)

Roundtable: 1.00pm to 3pm, 10 October, 7 November (AGM)
Guest on 10 October will be Hon Tariana Turia, Co-Leader of the Maori Party..
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Wellington Research Forum: 1-4pm on 21 November, at the Families Commission, 6 Floor, Public Trust Building, 117-
125 Lambton Quay, Wellington.

Auckland Research Forum: 1-4pm on 3 October at the Fickling Centre, Three Kings

Christchurch Research Forum: Next (tentative) date is 11 February 2008, at the Beckenham Service Centre of
Christchurch City Council, 66 Colombo St, Christchurch.



5. “The politics of CSO regulation: risks and responsibilities in complex legal environments”
Report of a workshop held at the CIVICUS World Assembly Glasgow, 26th May 2007
Presentation at the August 2007 Roundtable by Pat Hanley, Chair, Social & Civic Policy Institute;
Lawler.hanley@slingshot.co.nz

This workshop was organized by Ford Foundation and Cordaid during the CIVICUS World Assembly as a forum for
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participants to explore the politics of CSO regulation in complex legal environments and to discuss the most appropriate
and effective strategies, tools and mechanisms to adopt in response to disabling or restrictive regulation in different
contexts. A background paper was provided prior toi the workshop entitled „Promoting Rights while Offsetting Risks’ by
Peter van Tuijl there were also 7 case studies from 7 different countries.

Governments may introduce and enforce “legitimate” regulations which can aid CSO‟s by creating an enabling
environment. The absence of any legislation, as in the case of China 20 years ago, can in fact be a barrier to CSO
development.

In many countries there are now shifting poewer relationships as countries attempt to limit the space occupied by CSO‟s
as for example in the United States in response to the “war on terror” where CSO‟s are seen as providing a potential
avenue for funding, training and harbouring of terrorist related activity.

In Israel the state is dependent on CSO‟s to deliver social services but attempts to restrict the activities of human rights
groups and any organisations critical of the army or government.

It is important to realize that governments are not monolithic and that different parts of government may have very
different attitudes to Civil Society. For example in China the Ministry of Civil Affairs, which is responsible for managing
Civil Society organizations, is very friendly to CSOs, whilst the Ministry of Public Security is not that friendly.

In nascent civil society there can be particular concerns about foreign funding pushing Civil Society to work to donor
agendas and leading to a sector with weak links and accountability to local populations. This concern was expressed in
Uzbekistan and Uganda.

Government Strategies
„Promoting Rights while Offsetting Risks‟ identifies 5 types of strategies applied by government to limit space:
    1. Challenging an organization‟s credibility
        This tactic is about publicly discrediting an organization or its representatives for what they do.

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    CSO refers to Civil Society Organisations referring to organisations which in New Zealand are called NGO’s .
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    2. Challenging an organization‟s legality
       In this tactic laws and regulations are used to limit the space for NGOs. This may be through excessive legal or
       bureaucratic requirements to register an organization or through ambiguous requirements that leave the
       government a lot of space to repress organizations they don‟t like.

    3. Corrupting the Civil Society sector
       This includes tactics that mean the civil society sector is not autonomous and independent of government. This
       may be done by co-opting CSOs, by setting up bogus CSOs or by putting enormous bureaucratic requirements
       on what CSOs can do which waste resources and makes it hard for organisations to operate effectively. It may
       also include only funding organisations that agree with or do not challeng government policies.

    4. Intervening at operational level.
       Tactics here include tapping phones, opening mail, preventing meetings happening, harassing employees and
       officials, etc.

    5. Illegal interventions
       Tactics here include the worst forms of human rights violations such as harassing people‟s families, burning down
       offices etc.

The case-studies also highlighted how restrictions on CSOs often go hand in hand with wider restrictions on civil liberties
often using similar arguments affecting, for example, the media.

Civil Society Strategies to Combat Restrictive practices.

    1. Protective Alliances and Networks
       „Safeguarding Civil Society’ states „the importance of networks and alliances cannot be overstated’. This is
       reflected in nearly all of our case-studies.

    2. Raising Public Awareness
       Where populations and government have little understanding of what civil society is, what its role can be, or the
       threats to its space to operate, raising public awareness of this is vital. Here both national and international media
       strategies are vitally important.

    3. Advocacy and Campaigning
       „Advocacy and campaigning‟ covers coordinated attempts to pressurize government to prevent the introduction
       and implementation of a particular policy or law, change its content or interpretation, or to press for new positive
       legislation.

    4. Direct Public Action
       Direct Public Action includes approaches designed to apply direct pressure to governments or human rights
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       violators or to provide direct relief to victims of violations‟ . Examples include strikes or boycotts.

    5. International Diplomacy
       „Diplomatic efforts can be critical to communicating concerns at the higher echelons of government. Leaders of
       other nations and international organizations can initiate discussions with a government to dissuade it from
       introducing repressive regulatory measures, providing the government with sufficient space to change course
       publicly. „Domestic litigation offers a potentially powerful tool to challenge rights violations, to explore the
       repressive nature of the governing system, and/or to generate public attention and awareness. Litigation can be
       used to directly challenge constraining legislation‟

    6. National and international human rights mechanisms
       “Freedom of association has been recognized as an international right for 50 years -- in Article 20 of the Universal
       Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, in Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights ("ECHR"),
       which entered into force in 1953, and in Article 22 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights
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       ("ICCPR"), which entered into force in 1976.”



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 David Moore ‘Safeguarding Civil Society in Politically Complex Environments’ ICNL
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 European Court of Human Rights Holds Right to Form Associations is Fundamental Human Right, ICNL, International Journal for
Not-for-Profit Law (IJNL), Volume 1, Issue 1, September 1998 cited in Safeguarding Civil Society
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           As explained in Safeguarding Civil Society, many countries have established governmental entities with
           responsibility to monitor, if not enforce, human rights law, including ombudsmen, human rights commissions, truth
           commission and judicial regulatory bodies. These provide important tools for human rights CSOs and lawyers. In
           addition „the right to freedom of association is protected by numerous international covenants and treaties.
           Multiple international human rights mechanisms, some with global reach (UN commissions) and some with
           regional jurisdiction, have been created to ensure compliance with these international instruments. Each offers a
           potentially significant complimentary tool for the work of NGOs and lawyers at the national level…. With the
           exception of the European Court on Human Rights, these mechanisms cannot issue legally binding decisions that
           force states to comply. Nonetheless, the political and moral force of the decisions has proven significant in
           influencing state behavior.’
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       7. Being active from outside the home country
          An additional strategy, which would be worth further exploration, is the role is being played by civil society
          organizations of diaspora communities living abroad. In some cases these may provide ground to keep certain
          civil freedoms at home alive, at times bordering on „political opposition in exile‟. They may also be involved in
          collecting money in support of humanitarian crisis at home. (Tonga and Fiji may be relevant cases in this respect.
          P.H.)

Two common themes emerged during the workshop:

       1. The tension between the desire to be inclusive and reach consensus on the one hand and the need to articulate
          concrete goals and achieve desired outcomes on the other.
       2. Governments will attempt to limit the activities and legitimacy of civil society through willingness to only talk to
          and work with those organisations that support government policies.


6. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown's comments on the Compact.
This speech was made at a National Council of Voluntary Organisations event chaired by Stuart Etherington, Executive
Director of NCVO. ANGOA proposes to ask Stuart to talk about the realities of Gordon Brown's policies during Stuart‟s
visit to New Zealand in February.

"let me just say, the renewal of the compact with the voluntary sector, the compact that I believe over the last 10 years
has made a difference, is first of all to give more stability of funding to the voluntary sector, and I personally am very
committed to the three year funding we announced that we want to make happen when we complete our Spending
Review"

The following are answers to questions following his speech.

"On this issue about the independence of the voluntary sector, which essentially has been raised almost by all the three
questions, let me just say that I have always wanted to recognise that when voluntary organisations and charities and
community groups disagree with government, or disagree with local government that is irrespective of funding decisions,
and we wrote into the first compact that irrespective of whatever views that voluntary organisations expressed, this should
not have any effect on the funding. I believe that we should be considering going further now because I am aware that
charities defined as charities have difficulties when they wish to advocate and put forward the views that they hold very
strongly, and I do not personally believe that you can be an effective charity and community organisation if you see
something on the ground, if you see something that needs to be changed, and somehow you are limited in the advocacy
and your ability independently to speak out and say what is wrong.
And I think we will have to, but it is really a matter for the Charities Commission and what is happening there, we will have
to look at how we can safeguard the independence of charities to speak out on issues that they think are important
without it affecting their ability to raise funds and do so in the charitable sector."

"the whole purpose of renewing the compact is that the independence of voluntary organisations and charities is
established."

Note this comment from a radio interview with Richard Wilson of Involve following Brown's speech:

1) Know Thy Citizen Jury: citizens juries, summits... come in all shapes and sizes. The key differentiator is who delivers
them. The vast majority of recent large scale national efforts have been run by research agencies, best known for their
opinion research and polling expertise. Consequently the events they run tend towards being polls-in-the-round, as

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    Thanks to Peter van Tuijl for pointing this out
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opposed to over the phone. They tend not to be conduits for citizen empowerment, but rather opportunities to extract
social intelligence. Which is fine is what you want is more research but not if you want citizen empowerment.

and:

Yet these debates have engaged only thousands, not millions of the public. So part of the solution is to have national
debates that are really national. One place to start could be through our national broadcaster, the BBC, and its newly
agreed first public purpose: "Sustaining citizenship and civil society".


7. COmVOiceS Media Workshop 2007
MEDIA PLANNING IN ACTION: effective collaboration to raise the profile of the community & voluntary sector
Rotorua Workshop Thursday 8 November, 9.30am - 4pm
This event is being hosted by the Rotorua Social Services Council (RoSSCo). The venue is the Rotorua District Council,
1061 Haupapa Street, Commitee Room 1.

Up to 25 places are available and registrations must be made by Wednesday 31 October. The registration cost of $50
(incl GST) goes towards catering, venue costs and expenses of Workshop presenters. If you want to register or have any
queries please contact either Debs Tangohau or Richard Totton on (07) 349 4440 or email to rossco@callplus.net.nz

Taking part in this lively, practical workshop will provide you with:
 Guidelines for building media relationships, understanding the media (including online media), identifying key
    messages and preparing for a story.
 Hands-on training exercises with experienced trainers, including tips and techniques for different media
 A complementary (and free!) set of tools, and take away resources
 Useable knowledge on how to piece together forward thinking media plans that are based on national and local
    research and events
 Feedback on your organisation‟s wider communications needs and a forum to discuss how you can develop
    collaborative strategies, based around the example of COmVOiceS


8. Inland Revenue working with Not for Profit Organisations
Inland Revenue is looking closely at the way it works with not-for-profit organisations in the hope it may prove productive
for both parties. A new unit, Customer Insight, has been set up within Inland Revenue to understand how to make it
easier for not-for-profits to work with Inland Revenue. This group will represent your „voice‟ within Inland Revenue so your
perspective can be reflected in new systems, products and services.

Katrina Williams, the Customer Insight manager leading the initiative, is hoping to involve many not-for-profits.
“Not-for-profits work in a unique environment. Some are staffed with elected executives, or volunteers, who might change
every year. It can be very difficult to gain and retain the knowledge required to manage tax commitments.”

Katrina wants to understand your perspective, and learn what Inland Revenue could do that would make things easier for
you. The initiative is just kicking off and Inland Revenue is seeking your involvement and feedback. Some initial
questions to think about are:

   What are the key issues your organisation has in meeting their tax/compliance obligations?
   What are your main compliance costs?
   How could we assist in reducing compliance costs?
   What bothers you in dealing with IR?
   What would make a difference?

If you would like to provide feedback and/or meet Katrina please email her at katrina.williams@ird.govt.nz.


9. The latest on Financial Reporting for small businesses and charities
Carolyn Cordery notfor-rofit@nzica.com Ph. 463-5761 School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University
Has provided us with the following update:
As you will (probably) know the Ministry of Economic Development have still not released their discussion document on
appropriate financial reporting levels and the Financial Reporting Act requirements, although a certain amount of work
has been done on this document.
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However, late last week there was an announcement (see press release below) that there will be no mandatory
requirement for small and medium sized charities and other not for profit entities to comply with NZ IFRS. This will be a
temporary (2-3 year) relief until the MED review can be completed during which time I trust we all have the chance to
input to the development of appropriate financial reporting standards for the sector. We will try to keep you updated with
developments as they occur.

Financial reporting changes for small businesses and charities
Thousands of small businesses and local charities will be affected by the decision of the Accounting Standards Review
Board (ASRB), on the recommendation of the Financial Reporting Standards Board (FRSB), to delay the mandatory
adoption of the New Zealand equivalents to international financial reporting standards (NZ IFRS) for certain small entities.
Following a 2002 decision by the ASRB, all New Zealand entities that prepare general purpose financial statements were
required to adopt NZ IFRS for periods beginning 1 January 2007. Since that decision was made, there has been much
debate, both internationally and in New Zealand, about the applicability of NZ IFRS to small entities, particularly small
family-owned businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
“We have recently conducted an extensive consultation on small and medium-sized entity reporting,” says Joanna Perry,
chair of the FRSB. “Attendees shared concerns about whether it was appropriate for current reporting requirements to
apply to many small entities. There was a lot of interest in the Australian experience in financial reporting for small
companies.”
The Hon Lianne Dalziel has recently advised the ASRB and FRSB that a government review of the financial reporting
requirements applying to small and medium-sized companies under the Financial Reporting Act will commence in mid-
2008.
 “It is possible this review could remove the legislative requirement for many small companies to prepare GAAP-compliant
financial reports,” says Warwick Hunt, chair of the ASRB. “If this happens, it calls into question the benefits of adopting
NZ IFRS now. As a result, the ASRB has decided that mandatory adoption should be delayed for some small
companies.”
The Ministry of Economic Development is also considering the financial reporting regime for charities. It is not yet known
what the outcome of this work will be. To allow consistency of treatment between companies and other small entities,
including small charities, the postponement of mandatory adoption of NZ IFRS also applies to some other small entities
not covered by the Financial Reporting Act 1993. This includes small partnerships, trusts, charities, clubs, societies and
associations.


10. Health & Disability Sector NGO-Ministry of Health Forum; Working Group election
The H&D Sector NGO-MoH Forum was set up in 2002 as an NGO and Ministry of Health (MoH) response to the 2001
“Statement of Government Intentions for an Improved Community-Government Relationship”. The “executive” arm of this
Forum is the Working Group. The Working Group consists of 2 invited representatives from the MoH and 2 or 3 elected
representatives from each of the Health and Disability sub-sectors. Each year there are 1, 2 or 3 positions from each sub-
sector open for nomination for either a 1 year or 2 year term.

To nominate candidates and to be eligible to vote in the election, an NGO must be registered. A list of those NGOs who
are currently registered to vote, the sectors in which they are registered to vote and the name of the primary contact
person in that organisation is at http://www.moh.govt.nz/ngo Please check it to see if your organisation is registered to
vote and if the NGO Working Group has the correct details for your organisation, for the sub-sectors you wish to vote in
and for the primary contact person.

Who is the primary contact person?
The primary contact person listed on the NGO register is the person who will be sent the voting form for NGO Working
Group elections which will be held after the Forum in October / November.

What is a sub-sector?
An NGO organisation can vote for candidates in up to 2 sub-sectors. These should be areas in which your NGO holds
contracts or is actively providing services.

NGOs can register if they fall within the following definition:
“In the context of the relationship between the Health and Disability NGOs and the Ministry of Health, NGOs include
independent community and iwi/Māori organisations operating on a not-for-profit basis, which bring a value to society that
is distinct from both government and the market. In reality this will mean that any profits are put back into the
organisation, rather than distributed to shareholders.

Some organisations identify closer with other categories, for example third sector organisations, voluntary organisations,
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community organisation etc, rather than under an NGO category. For the purposes of the relationship between the Health
and Disability NGOs and the Ministry of Health, an "NGO" includes all these types of organisations.”
Further information from Muno Richards, NGO Working Group secretariat; munoandyrichards@xtra.co.nz


11. Professional Mentoring & Supervision Skills
Auckland October 10,11,12 & Nov 5,6

Another opportunity to do this in depth course in Auckland with the NZ Mentoring Centre.
5 days of practical training for beginning or experienced supervisors who want to extend their skills and attain a
qualification for the role. Applicants need to be experienced practitioners in their own field and have at least 12 hours of
supervision experience as a supervisee. Please email aly@mentorcentre.co.nz for further information.
Costs for not for profit organisations $650 plus GST. 7 places left.


12. NGO Social Work Study Awards; 2008 Application Round
Family and Community Services (FACS) – a service of the Ministry of Social Development, is offering up to 65 new NGO
Social Work Study Awards for the 2008 academic year. The awards are targeted at practicing social workers, including
supervisors and managers of social workers, employed by a Non Government Organisation (NGO).
Applications can be made by any social worker employed by an NGO who is enrolled in or intending to enrol in a social
work course of study that is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) as meeting the minimum
educational standards for Social Worker Registration. Intending applicants should refer to the Social Work Registration
Board web site for appropriate information on social work qualifications recognised by the Board.
The application is a joint process between employer and employee. Priority will be given to NGO employers with
government contracts for services that are delivering social work services to “vulnerable children and families”, such as
services responding to family violence and child abuse, and early intervention programmes.
Applications close 28 September. Further information from: Family and Community Services Regional Offices; Schools
of Social Work, or http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/our-work/community-development/ngo-study-awards/index.html.
Free Phone 0508 346376


13. Auckland Ethnic Communities Meeting & Workshop
10 am – 12.00 pm, Sunday 30th September 2007 CFC Mangere Function Centre, 747 Massey Road, Mangere, Auckland

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres, Director, Office of Ethnic Affairs Mervin Singham and President of New
Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils Pancha Narayanan invite you to this joint meeting and workshop for the Auckland
ethnic communities.
The theme is ~ Effective Engagement with Local and Central Government agencies : the workshop will focus on
discussion and ensuing improved engagement of migrant and refugee communities in Auckland with other agencies,
Local and Central governments.
To find out more contact Executive Officer, New Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils
Phone (04) 916 9177 or Email: executive@nzfec.org.nz.
New Zealand Federation of Ethnic Councils P.O. Box 1409, Wellington


14. STAND UP and SPEAK OUT against poverty and inequality
CIVICUS (to which ANGOA is affiliated) has been hosting GCAP (Global Call to Action Against Poverty) for the last three
years since its inception in 2005. CIVICUS and its members have played an important role in setting up GCAP and have
contributed significantly in its growth. In its three years of experience, GCAP has effectively built itself as the largest anti-
poverty campaign. The campaign has grown rapidly from only a few country coalitions to now more than 100 countries
actively engaged in national, regional and global processes.
Since January 2005, GCAP has deepened and expanded its presence globally to become a significant voice against
poverty and inequality in both the North and the South. With the help of many more organisations and countries joining
GCAP over the past 3 years, GCAP has managed to mobilise over 24 million people in 2006. As part of the CIVICUS
family, your contribution in the growth and effectiveness of GCAP and building a strong global campaign would be
extremely appreciated.
Last year, over 23 million people around the world took part in the Stand Up initiative against poverty and in support of the
MDGs. This year on 16-17 October, we will be attempting to break last year‟s world record by asking people all over the
world to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT against poverty and inequality and for meeting and exceeding the MDGs. Please
see attached a letter from Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of CIVICUS and Salil Shetty, Director, UN Millennium
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Campaign, and the STAND UP and SPEAK OUT brochure at http://www.whiteband.org/Action/materials/stand-up-
2007/brochures-stand-up-and-speak-out-2007 regarding how you can be involved in this year‟s activities.


15. Thriving church reaches out to city
For the first time in many years, the desire of church leaders in Auckland, New Zealand, to find unity has outweighed
concern over differences. Recently, 11 clergy and pastors of every denominational shade turned up for the Auckland
Church Leaders lunchtime meeting, an unprecedented number for the gathering, attended previously by only a small
number of traditional denomination leaders. Among the new faces were Bishop Brian Tamaki of Destiny Church, who has
led several large rallies protesting a moves by the Government on various issues, and Brian Hughes from Calvery
Chapel, joining leaders from Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Salvation Army and other denominations around the table. For
the first time in many years, the desire of church leaders in Auckland, New Zealand, to find unity has
http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?breve1518



16. Local Peace Grants 2007
The Religious Society of Friends - Te Hahi Tuhauwiri - Quaker Peace & Service Aotearoa-New Zealand.
The next closing date for Local Peace Grant applications is 30 October 2007 (allow four weeks for notification of
decision).
Applications are invited for grants up to $500 to assist with non-violent local peace work anywhere within Aotearoa-New
Zealand;
 Applicants need not be Quakers;
 Preference is given to work which is innovative in content or starting up. It could be a one-off occasion (constructing a
    mobile peace stall; printing / advertising; inter-faith peace conference; peace / green fair; non-violence training day) or
    for a longer project (eg. restorative justice; a new organisation);
 Grants are decided twice a year.

Application form from / enquiries to: Local Peace Grants, QPSANZ, Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 72 Cresswell
Avenue, Christchurch 8061 or email qpsanz@quaker.org.nz Or download the form from the Quaker Peace & Service web
page at http://www.quaker.org.nz/groups/qpsanz


17. Religious Freedom in New Zealand
The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has released its annual International
Religious Freedom Report for 2007.

Joris de Bres, Race Relations Commissioner, has distributed this link - a view from abroad on religious diversity in New
Zealand. The New Zealand section of the report can be accessed at the following location:

International Religious Freedom Report 2007
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/2007/90148.htm

Note: If your organisation has not yet discussed and endorsed the Statement on Religious Diversity, you are encouraged
to do so. Copies of the booklet (and of translations into a number of languages) are still available from
nzdiversity@hrc.co.nz .


18. Is Civil Society is taking on the traditional responsibilities of political parties?
Pablo Kummetz interviewed Detmar Doering in Germany.
Detmar Doering heads the Liberal Institute of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, a think tank of Germany's
free-market liberal party. Civil society is taking on the traditional responsibilities of political parties, which seem powerless
in the face of global trends. Detmar urged that it is “true that non-governmental organisations do dominate the
international political agenda today while political parties only influence international political institutions in an indirect
manner”. For more information, see www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2774236,00.html




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19. Government ignorance of civil society after 9/11 brought havoc to the world
Statement from CIVICUS:
Six years ago last Monday, about 3000 innocent people lost their lives through the Al Qaeda attack on the twin towers of
the World Trade Centre in New York. The horrendous images of people jumping from the 50th floor to escape the
scorching fire are forever etched in our minds. Some argue that the demolition of the Twin Towers took the heart out of
Lower Manhattan, New York. Yet, what has been confirmed once more this past year is that Lower Manhattan was not
the only one losing its heart: the heart has also been ripped out of international politics, or so it seems. The wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq have further deteriorated as armed Islamist groups mushroom in reply to the occupation. A year
ago, the CIA executing secret flights that move abducted detainees out of the realm of justice to be tortured, seemed like
wild allegations. Now we know it to be true, as we also know that democratic US allies condoned and facilitated the
flights. Additionally, many democratic and non-democratic societies further restricted civil liberties in the name of the „War
on Terror‟, to protect us they say. Sadly, all this is a stark reminder of how many of our leaders did not listen to us, to a
large part of global civil society. Indeed, civil society advised ten days after 9/11 in a CIVICUS led statement that “a safer
world for all can only be achieved by the extension of human rights and the rule of law”. Not doing so, we pointed out,
would result in the mayhem and violence the world faces now. In the words of Don McLean:
 They did not listen
 They did not know how
 Perhaps they‟ll listen now
Please find the original 9/11 statement by Civil Society at: www.civicus.org/new/media/JointCivilSocietyStatement-
Tragedy-UnitedStates.doc


20. The role of civil society organisations in promoting social justice and sound
    developmental policies
A case study of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
CIVICUS, through its Southern African Development Community (SADC) Accountability Project, commissioned a survey
of three countries: Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe using a lead researcher and three in-country
researchers. The report is now available and draws heavily from these country studies to provide a synthesis of the
salient issues applicable to and obtaining in Southern African countries. In addition, the report provides a comparative
analysis of the main issues across countries in order to come up with clear conclusions and recommendations for the
benefit of CSO-State relations. For more information, see www.civicus.org/new/media/PGSADCStudyJune2007.pdf



Don‟t Forget – Next Roundtable; 10am – midday on Wednesday 8 August at the 2nd Floor, James Smiths Building,
Corner of Cuba and Manners Streets, Wellington (Centre for Global Action Meeting Room).

This newsletter is produced as part of ANGOA‟s efforts to strengthen the Community and Voluntary Sector in Aotearoa/
New Zealand, and all information in it is gathered and included to assist that purpose. The accuracy of information
reprinted here is not guaranteed, but we do our best - Cheers!




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