From the CE: Your opportunities for sector collaboration and participation

June 5, 2018

From the Philanthropy Sector Meeting with Government May 2018

Oranga Marae Funding Partnership: get involved

Robyn Nicholas from DIA/Lotteries is very interested in talking with anyone from our sector about participating in a new partnership approach to funding Marae development. DIA and Te Puni Kōkiri have created Oranga Marae to streamline funding for Marae development. They are already talking with Foundation North and Creative NZ to extend the partnership and have issued an invitation to other funders to discuss how they might get involved. If you are interested contact Robyn:

Indigenous Funders’ Hui follow-up

We discussed the challenges that came out of the International Funders of Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) Hui in 2017.  John McCarthy (Tindall) reminded us that we had been invited back to Otaki to talk with Mana Whenua about our responses to the issues raised at IFIP. CEOs from several trusts at the meeting signalled they would like to do this. If you are interested in being part of this process – which will ensure that the conversation and challenges are included as an integral part of the content of the Philanthropy Summit 2019– contact

Review of the Charities Act

Minister Henare signalled that the terms of reference for the review will be announced soon. This is an opportunity to make a submission or be part of PNZ’s response.

Streamlining Grantmaker Due Diligence

Robyn Nicholas (DIA), and Christine Grice (MSD) are establishing a working party with reps from Philanthropy, NGOs, and Local/Central Govt grantmakers (as opposed to contractors) to explore creating a system that will streamline grantseeker provision of the financial and organisational information we ask for as part of grant applications. This work takes the project started by PNZ’s Wellington Funder Managers’ Network to a national scale and will involve grantmakers sharing their due diligence on grantseekers in a way that will allow grantseekers to submit only that information once across multiple applications. If you’d like to be part of this great response to funding burden contact Robyn: or Christine:


New vision for NZ Criminal Justice System

Aphra Green, GM Strategy, Evidence & Investment, Ministry of Justice presented an overview of the work they were doing to help create a new nationwide vision for the criminal justice system. This includes facilitating community conversations and working with many of the groups our sector funds. Aphra has asked PNZ to help MOJ convene any funders who might have an interest in the justice system to hear more about this and possible ways of working together. Contact if you’d like an invitation.


MSD Generator Project

The meeting heard from Sonya Cameron (MSD), Manu Sione (Emerge Aotearoa), and Vui Mark Gosche (Vaka Tautua) about the Generator Project – a new MSD initiative to generate prosperity through community action and enterprise in New Zealand communities that are the most vulnerable to poverty. There will be opportunities for philanthropy and grantmakers to collaborate, or at least understand what the project is doing locally. Click on the Generator Project link above or contact Sonya if you’d like more information:


Imputation Credits Meeting with Minister Nash

Reps from several philanthropic trusts who are unable to receive refunds of imputation credits attached to dividends from New Zealand companies are meeting with Revenue Minister Stuart Nash (when?).  The loss of imputation credits is effectively a form of tax on non-tax paying entities and encourages charitable entities to take on riskier direct investments, which do not generate imputation credits. If you’d like to be in the loop contact: Chris Milne (Community Foundations NZ) or Tony Paine


Philanthropy Meeting with Ministry of Education (MOE)

Patrick McKibbin from the Ministry briefed the meeting about the upcoming seminar with MOE leadership and key education philanthropists and grantmakers (August 2nd). He has been working with Jenny Gill from Foundation North and PNZ, and the meeting will be a chance for grantmakers to share stories and findings about the important education work we are funding. MOE will share data that may inform and support grantmakers and explore what other data and evidence we would find useful. If you are an education funder and have not had an invitation to this meeting, please contact