Election 2020 series

 

This space has been created to highlight political parties’ positions on issues of key interest to the philanthropic sector in the lead up to Election 2020. In some cases we have had the opportunity to raise awareness of these issues directly with political representatives and hear their views. Issues of interest include:

  • Imputation credit refunds;
  • Community distributions by gaming trusts;
  • Agency for Community & Voluntary Sector;
  • Recognition of volunteers and strengthening support;
  • Representation of philanthropic funders in future investment decisions;
  • Full funding of government contracts delivering essential services.

The political party election webinars are ordered by date.

 

New Zealand National Party

This is the first discussion in our political series with political representatives to raise awareness of issues of interest to the philanthropic sector and to hear their views and proposed policy approaches.

Here are some key outtakes from the webinar:

  • On support for individuals – The National Party sees that the first line of support should be family or whanau, then community (including philanthropy) and then central or local government.
  • On funding and support for the community sector – some organisations have not been sufficiently funded by Government when that was necessary.  Would seek to fund and commission in different ways (including for outcomes) and high trust models are important.
  • On local solutions – who has the door open to people who need help? How do we best get services to them?  There are different local priorities and local solutions are more likely to be successful. Likes the idea of regional social investment boards and have those who are funding locally involved in discussions.
  • On the seniority of the Minister of the Community and Voluntary Sector – Having a Minister of CVS in Cabinet may be less important than you would think as most of the work and discussion happens in Cabinet Committees. What is more important is whether your Minister is actively engaging with the sector.
  • On the first 1000 days of life – this is the time when you can change peoples’ futures.  Lots of awareness has come from work philanthropy has funded which is reaching policymakers and now it’s time to take this understanding out again to expecting parents and households. There is greater opportunity to make products and services evidence based and to partner between sectors.

Want to know more about New Zealand National Party policies?

Here are the National Party’s election policies which include Investing in the first 1000 days, and the National Infrastructure Bank policies.


Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand

This discussion was the second in a series with political representatives to raise awareness of issues of interest to the philanthropic sector and to hear their views and proposed policy approaches.

Here are some key outtakes from the webinar:

  • The Green Party policy is that if an essential service is initiated by the government then it should be fully funded by government – “There should be options for government to partially fund services that may be initiated through a community context and support a community initiative rather than delivering necessarily on a priority of government.”  
  • The Community and Voluntary Sector Minister should be within cabinet and of a higher ranking – supports Community and Voluntary Sector agency to be established, and the Charity Services Commission to be brought back to a purely regulatory role.
  • Pokies are a particularly dangerous form of gambling – “We have a policy of creating a fund to replace that money so community organisations don’t have to be dependent on it.”
  • Working out how government becomes a good treaty partnerThe Greens acknowledge the Community, Voluntary and Tangata Whenua sectors and ensuring Māori define what a kaupapa Māori service is. “There needs to be mechanisms for oversight of our work, and we need to build in much more around partnership.”
  • Government and philanthropy should support innovation – The philanthropic sector has a role in supporting groups that government has not caught up with the needs of. “There are times where it’s really critical that the philanthropic sector is there to provide that protection, and the support and the voice.”

Want to know more about Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand policies?

Here are the Green Party’s Election Policies which include Community & Voluntary Sector policy and Disability policy.


New Zealand Labour Party

Want to know more about New Zealand Labour Party policies?

Here are Labour Party’s Election Policies which include Valuing our Communities & Social Development and Employment policies.


New Zealand First

Here are Hon Tracey Martin’s comments on the philanthropic and community sector.

  • How she sees government, philanthropy and the community sector fitting together
    • New Zealand First supports the establishment of an official relationship between Philanthropy NZ and the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector through regularly scheduled bi or tri monthly meetings; enabling the sharing of ideas, options and opportunities for your organisation and sector to support the community sector.
  • How the CVS portfolio needs greater budget and status
    • New Zealand First agrees that the Community and Voluntary Sector portfolio needs to be enhanced and would welcome the opportunity for that Minister to sit within Cabinet.

Want to know more about New Zealand First’s policies?

Here are New Zealand First’s recent commitments


ACT New Zealand

Here are ACT’s election policies, you may be particularly interested in the Build Baby Build and Transforming Mental Health policies.


Māori Party

Here are the Māori Party’s election policies, you may be particularly interested in the Whānau First and Māori Sports policies. 


Other political discussions of likely interest to philanthropic sector

Educating NZ Political parties to help the community sector webinar

Watch this webinar that helps better educate political parties about how they can help our community sector. Click here for notes and takeaways.

Online election forum on the arts

The need to develop a stronger arts and culture ecosystem across Aotearoa, existed before the COVID-19 crisis.  The COVID crisis brings a new urgency to this mahi.

This pre-election forum, Shaping the future of the arts, culture and creative sector was designed to contribute to shaping the conversation around this important goal.

This forum provided the arts sector with an opportunity to join together for a conversation on arts policies with:

  • Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Associate Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage
  • Jonathan Young MP, Arts Culture and Heritage spokesperson National Party
  • Chlöe Swarbrick MP, Arts Culture and Heritage spokesperson Green Party