- 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.