For those who don’t know us – Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) is the umbrella organisation for local community networks throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa. Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been up to.
A big focus for our organisation is promoting the role of the community sector, and trying to ensure community organisations have the support and resources needed to do the amazing work you do. This often involves talking with MPs, and at the end of last year I, along with Brenda Pilott, Social Service Providers Aotearoa and a representative from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, met with Grant Robertson and Carmel Sepuloni to talk about the role of community in improving wellbeing and the needs of the sector, including resourcing issues.
I came away with the impression that both Ministers are fully aware of the challenges facing NGOs. So we’ll keep the pressure on for change, and with so many significant reforms underway, a big focus for us this year is pushing for the needs and voice of the community sector to be recognised.
And finally – save the date! CNA and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services are holding our joint conference on the 27th and 28th August 2019 in Wellington. Everyone is welcome. The theme this year is Tātou tātou e (all of us together): The value of relationships in building wellbeing. Once registration opens we’ll let you know (we’ll also put information up on our website – http://communitynetworksaotearoa.org.nz).
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