- What are the implications of the new Trusts Act for your organisation?A range of resources have been recently released to respond to this question. Here is guidance from the Māori Land Court with particular relevance for Māori land trusts.
Charities Services have released:
- Have your say on Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development. Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is leading the development of the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development, which will communicate the long-term vision for our housing and urban development system, and how Government will work with others to make it happen. Responses are called for by 30th July. Have your say here.
- In mid-May 2021, DIA began re-engaging on selected topics of interest from the Charities Act review with the purpose of developing policy options for the Minister of CVS and considering legislative amendments to the Charities Act. Philanthropy New Zealand has provided initial feedback on three issues, taking a particular focus on accumulation of funds and the option of minimum distribution. You can read our submission Response to Charities Act Proposals 2021 Final Submission. Updates from DIA can be found here, as well as here – Questions and Answers about the work to modernise the Charities Act
- A survey of 1400 tangata whenua, community and voluntary organisations in May-June 2020 found that many faced slashed funding at the same time as demand for their services increased. A deep dive of the survey data has found that the hardest hit have been organisations serving Māori, Pasifika, and other ethnic communities, and organisations with low to medium incomes and operating budgets. Check out Hui E! Community Aotearoa‘s report on key trends from the survey here. A new survey of community organisations which checks in about how they are coping now, is due to be conducted later this year.
- The Government’s Wellbeing Budget 2021 report includes analysis of New Zealander’s wellbeing upfront using Treasury’s Living Standards Framework and He Ara Waiora that draws on principles from mātauranga Māori. The latest child poverty report is also included from p.24.
- PNZ have been involved in discussions with some other organisations about how to promote philanthropic investment or donations via the migrant investor visa immigration categories. Since that article there are some responses in Stuff and NZ Herald. This discussion is timely because the Government have recently announced changes to the immigration settings via a productivity inquiry and have made border exemptions for wealthy migrants from other business immigration programmes.
Good practice guidelines for investing in Ngā Toi. Creativity, culture and the arts – can help funders contribute to the social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of New Zealanders. These good practice guidelines have been developed by Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi with the support of Creative New Zealand to help the decision-making of both specialist arts and culture sector funders, and the broader range of funders looking to make a difference in our communities.
The Ministry of Education has signed a Kawenata agreement with a number of iwi to establish a perpetual Tiriti based partnership. This relationship agreement has been signed by the Ministry, Tūwharetoa, Raukawa and Waikato-Tainui (Ngā Iwi) to establish a perpetual Tiriti | Treaty-based partnership based on equity and rangatiratanga.The Kawenata includes employing a ‘one-Ministry’ approach with Ngā Iwi, providing a seat at the table to influence key policies and programmes that impact ākonga Māori and their whanau, and the ability ifor Ngā Iwi to implement initiatives to support Māori educational success as Māori.
- The Department of Internal Affairs (NZ) has announced that it is resuming targeted engagement with the charitable sector to inform advice on legislative amendments to the Charities Act (https://lnkd.in/g4ZxBPD). Initial topics drawing attention include reporting requirements for small charities; charities’ business and accumulation activities; and the duties of the officers of charities. Click here for the latest Q & A’s
January 2021 updates:
- Charities Services have provided a brief summary of the new Trusts Act 2019 (which came into effect from 30 January 2021). It includes the rules that can and cannot be changed, including that all Trustees must know their trust rules and keep a copy of key documents. Following recent court decisions, Charities Services have also updated their website guidance on advocacy to reflect the new approach, which outlines when advocacy is and isn’t charitable, as well as how to assess if your organisation’s advocacy is charitable.
- The Climate Change Commission has laid out a roadmap and draft advice for meeting Aotearoa New Zealand’s emission reduction targets in a way that aims to create new economic opportunities and reduce most household bills. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden noted that the two things that stood out in the Commission’s draft paper is that ‘action will be required across all sectors of the economy, and second that meeting our targets is affordable and possible with existing technology’.
- A recent publication, A Brief History of Disability in Aotearoa New Zealand is a valuable resource that explores the painful history of eugenics, institutionalisation and policies that have disempowered disabled people in New Zealand over time. Also reflecting on our current environment, the Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic report examines New Zealand’s adherence to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during the Covid-19 emergency from late March to mid-June last year and makes important recommendations for future pandemic planning.
- Following feedback on Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Plan that was published in May 2020, the revised version has a stronger alignment with Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025, as well as updated information on actual and anticpated impacts of COVID-19 on mental wellbeing and provides a framework for actions to support the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders over the next 12 to 18 months. The summary of feedback also provides examples of diverse initiatives and collaborations led by iwi/hapū, community organisations and volunteers duing the Covid-19 lockdown to respond to grass-roots needs.
- The state of New Zealand’s housing continues to dominate headlines this month. Two data products released recently provide further insight. Housing in Aotearoa: 2020 brings together a range of housing information and focuses on how well the New Zealand housing stock provides suitable, affordable, warm, safe, and secure shelter for its citizens. The Government housing programme dashboard published by Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development tracks how many families have bought their first home, how many households are in public housing, and how many new homes are being built.
- The dataset behind the Time to shine, time to take stock, time to shape our future report which shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tangata whenua, community & voluntary sector in Aotearoa is now available to explore here. Particular enquiries can be made depending on your area of interest, for example filtering results by region, size of organisation, or service type.
- The Centre for Social Impact and Steven Moe have published an update on impact investment in Aotearoa and current activity. This short report provides a useful update on the definition of impact investing and its place in Aotearoa and overseas markets. It also highlights insights from some investments made so far and signposts to resources.
- 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.