- The Labour and Greens Cooperation Agreement provides information on the working relationship between the two parties and also highlights some areas of policy priority.
- The Minister of Education has published a Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP) and the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) which have 8 specific priorities between them. Many of these priorities are aligned with philanthropic and grant making organisations’ collaboration with Government around how to improve education outcomes and equity gains for Māori and Pacific students, and students with learning support needs.
- The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has released a recent report in two parts – one on an approach to assess the effects of gambling on wellbeing in New Zealand and the second applying this approach to Class 4 gambling. This second part indicates that the system currently transfers wealth from more deprived communities to less deprived communities and the benefit in the form of community grants is large and could be increased significantly through reviewing the regulatory environment and the operation of the Corporate Society sector.
- A new report by the Human Rights Commission offers a framework for a human rights approach to alleviating poverty in working households across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Human Rights Responses to Poverty in Working Households”. It also examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and offers practical responses and recommendations for how to take a human rights based approach to this issue.
- We have released a research paper that provides more information about the Class 4 gambling system and community distributions. Our membership has high interest in this topic and we wish to facilitate further discussion on the issues arising as part of our “better philanthropy and grantmaking” mission.
- As electioneering ramps up, Philanthropy NZ has created its own Election 2020 webpage which hosts recorded conversations with some political party representatives. It shares their views on issues of interest to the philanthropic sector, as well as contains links to other major party policies.
- Charities Services has launched Te Puna Atawhaitanga as a new section on their website to provide guidance on charity matters relevant to new and existing charities with a kaupapa Māori focus.
- Two reports of note published this month are Salvation Army’s The State of Our Communities 2020 and Inspiring Communities’ Funding for Change in Ōtepoti. This research examines community need and funding considerations in specific communities but contains findings that are more widely relevant and which deepen our understanding of what is happening in New Zealand communities.
- The Government has released its latest action plan to support digital inclusion and assigns government agencies for key initiatives. Concerns have been raised since the publication of the plan around the need for continued affordable connectivity and the distribution of devices when current arrangements instituted during the Covid-19 lockdown end shortly.