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Kia ora koutou katoa

Over the last couple of weeks, it has been a pleasure to get back to the office and to catch up with some of our clients and associates in person again. Alongside this, as Matariki draws closer, I have been reflecting on the past year, acknowledging the present, and planning for the year ahead. Since Matariki 2021, the challenges of Covid have continued. The CSI team have continued to navigate these challenges as we evolve the way we execute mahi to meet growing demand from the community and philanthropic sectors.

This month sees some changes to our associate network. I’m pleased to welcome Dan Gerrard to the CSI whānau. Dan brings a wealth of leadership and facilitation experience to our associate network as you will see in the brief profile below. We also farewell Adrian Field and Suzanne McNicol from the network. Adrian leaves us to focus on his growing research agency, Dovetail, and Suzanne to take up the position of Director Marketing and Communications for Rotorua Lakes Council. On behalf of the CSI network, thank you Adrian and Suzanne, it’s been a pleasure working with you, nga mihi nui ki a kōrua.

In this Dial, we share updates on Te Pūaha Talks, Haumanu, Community Governance NZ and news from around the motu.

We at CSI look forward to working alongside you and hopefully be able to hui/meet kanohi ki te kanohi as and when we can.

Ngā manaakitanga

Karinia Lee, Head of Centre
Centre for Social Impact

Te Pūaha Talks for Matariki

On 24 June Matariki, the Māori New Year, will be celebrated for the first time as a national holiday. To honour this, Te Pūaha Talks in June will focus on hauora, wellbeing, to lead us into this significant event in te ao Māori. A series of three online Unu Ora wānanga will be facilitated by CSI associate Tuihana Ohia. Tuihana will take us through a series of reflective practices to draw out and bring us into a space to consider our taonga, pūmanawa and the magic of our tupuna, ancestors. Tuihana says it will be a process of navigation and discovery and an opportunity for rediscovery and rejuvenation of our wellbeing.

While each session is available as a standalone learning event, Tuihana hopes as many people as possible will be able to participate in all three wānanga. You can register for these free online workshops, funded by Foundation North, here

Further information on Te Pūaha Talks for 2022 is available here

A recording and resource kete from our first Te Pūaha Talk of 2022, Social Media for Social Impact, is available here

If you want to know more about Matariki and the maramataka, Māori lunar calendar, the Te Papa website provides a good overview

Haumanu – restorative systems change

The Haumanu Framework is an emerging approach to restorative systems change which draws on mātauranga Māori, and new developments in science around healing trauma, to guide us towards a place of mauriora. CSI associates, Louise Marra, Tuihana Ohia, Kate Cherrington and Rachael Trotman are part of a small group which have participated in the development of the framework as a resource that can be used to bring healing and restoration into the process of changing our systems. They are now developing a kete of Haumanu tools, processes and practices. A webinar on the framework in early May has led to a number of people expressing an interest in becoming part of a community of practice. This will be established in August, and facilitated by CSI.

An introduction to the Haumanu Framework, a recording of the webinar, and a detailed article on Haumanu is available here

Community Governance NZ

Development of a good governance code for not-for-profit community boards continues, informed by a series of online co-design sprints held by Community Governance NZ over the last three months. A total of 319 people with an interest in community governance have taken part in the first five workshops. Each of the workshops focused on a different aspect of governance and what good governance looks like. Effective processes and Pono is the focus for the final series workshop on the 17th June.

Following the final co-design workshop, Community Governance will undertake a stakeholder/network peer review before finalising and launching the official Good Governance Code. Updates will be available on the Community Governance website, the e-pānui, and Facebook

The community governance conversation is also continuing through Community Governance NZ’s online Board Talks. The next talk, What does digital and cyber security mean for NFP’s?, is now open for registration. Guest panellists for this talk are Anthony McMahon (Target State) and Katie Brown (Social Good).

Introducing Dan Gerrard

We are delighted to welcome Dan Gerrard, leadership coach, mentor and facilitator, to the CSI associate network. Dan is Programme Director at Leadership New Zealand, and has his own leadership consultancy, Ngakau NZ, where he has appointed himself C.L.O (Crafting Leaders Officer)! Dan brings to our network extensive experience in leadership development gained over 20 years working in corporate, government, and local government.

Around the motu

What we're listening to, reading and watching

Foundation North’s new podcast series Ka Tū Māia (Stand Brave), produced in collaboration with Ngahere Talks, is featuring some of South Auckland's most innovative community change-makers. Episode 1: He Tangata - People are the Key with Kelly Francis (aka Whenua Warrior) and Tuputau Lelaulu from MAU Studio, and Episode 2 Ko Wai Au - Knowing Yourself with Jerome Tairi from South Auckland Young Entrepreneurs & Amber Taylor from ARA Journeys are now online

How Funding Systems Change is Changing Us is a reflection from Todd Foundation staff on the impact of the Foundation’s decision in 2018 to set out “to form more high-trust relationships, to fund systemic change, and to fund collectives and communities for longer.”

Bringing back the iconic whio to the Nelson Lakes district is a Rātā Foundation digital story about their strategic partnership with the Friends of Rotoiti who established one of the largest trap-lines in the country – over 52 kilometres. A grant from Rātā is supporting a community-led project to support the growth of the iconic whio or blue duck population in the Nelson Lakes and further protect the area around the Rotoiti Nature Recovery.

Wellington Community Trust has a new name, Wellington Community Fund. The new name is supported by the byline Te Upoko o Te Ika, the Māori name for the Wellington region, to reinforce the fact that their funding is for the wider Wellington region. Their new logo represents the ebb and flow of tides giving life to all communities of the region.

Australia’s Centre for Social Impact released a series of briefing papers covering key social inequities that need investment and policy reform to inform debate ahead of Australia’s recent federal election. These were prepared to “provide non-partisan evidence and recommendations for improving education and health equity; social, digital, and financial inclusion; homelessness; social enterprise and impact investing.”