Community Governance

2020 has been a year like no other. The impact of COVID19 has brought the vital work of community organisations in Aotearoa into sharp relief. Quality governance will be more important than ever as boards navigate the future of their organisations through the pressures of the pandemic, and beyond.

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) was proud to collaborate with the Community Governance Steering Group to bring 150 people from across the motu together in a series of sprint workshops to co-design a National Action Plan for Community Governance. This will help inform initiatives to boost community governance capability.

The first major initiative arising out of the National Action Plan is the Co-learning Community Resources for Chairs.  We have funding available from the initial project budget to make 5-7 short videos on practical topics that will support Chairs to govern more effectively.  

Jo Cribb  is hosting a mini co-design process on Wednesday 27th January, 9am - 12pm, via Zoom.  This will be an interactive workshop where we’ll identify the most important content, prioritise it and work out the best way to present it. We need help from the community sector to identify the most valuable content to include in these videos.  If you would like to be involved then we warmly welcome your contribution and input.  Please register by emailing Aimee on before Friday 15th January.

New Steering Group Member

It was a pleasure to welcome Matua Kevin Haunui to the Steering Group in November.  Kevin is working on his PhD. in takatāpui wellbeing.  The term takatāpui today describes a person who is Māori and who exists somewhere on the wide spectrum of gender and sexual identity.   Kevin has interpreted these words to inspire his understanding of governance: "Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri" - "Vision and advocacy lead the way, the support of the people and the resources that are required follow". 

On Board

One of the actions in the National Action Plan for Community Governance was the On-Board Initiative.  The idea was to use current registration processes to direct new board members to training and resources and, as such, provide much needed support.  Charities Services (DIA), Companies Office (MBIE) and Te Tumu Paeroa manage registration processes for charities, incorporated societies, and Maori land and whanau trusts.  These agencies are working together to enhance their systems and registration processes so that when new organisations, officers and trustees register, they are directed to clear, practical advice and resources to support them in their new role.  These new enhancements will start in the new year. 

New Programme Manager

Recruitment will commence on 11th January for a Programme Manager to implement the first wave of actions identified in the National Action Plan for Community Governance.  This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced practitioner to work with committed and passionate people to make a real difference to community sector governance.  Amy Tea consulting will be helping us with this pivotal recruitment process, so please watch out for further information early in the New Year.  

Full Steam Ahead for Phase One

The Steering Group has secured funding from the funding family to implement the first year actions of Phase One of the National Action Plan for Community Governance. In addition to the On-Board initiative and Co-learning Community Resources for Chairs, these actions include:

  • A mentoring programme
  • An information hub (the Wayfinder tool) 
  • The Good Governance Code (including a Diversity Code for funders)
  • New models for Building Collective Community Leadership
  • A video toolkit for Māori governors

More information about these initiatives and how they will be co-designed and implemented will be shared in an update to our contributors and supporters in late February 2021.