Community Networks Aotearoa Network News August 2019


Network News August 2019

This newsletter covers topical issues in the community sector. In this newsletter:

  • Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice
  • Guest column - Brett Jeffrey (AUSAE) The Incorporated Societies Act.
  • Meet the members: Neighbourhood Support New Zealand
  • Notice of CNA AGM 
  • CNA and NZCCSS joint conference 27th and 28th Aug 2019
  • On Air
  • To blog, or not to blog
  • Government reforms/consultations
  • Campaigns / programmes / events
  • Special offer for members

About Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa is an umbrella organisation for local community networks. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.


  • Provide advice and support to members
  • Connect community networks nationally
  • Use our collective voice to advocate for policy change and raise awareness of issues affecting the community sector

To find out more visit our website here.  

We encourage you to send this newsletter our through your networks


Update from CNA Executive Officer, Ros Rice

T?n? Koutou Katoa 

The last three weeks are upon us, and we need to encourage you strongly to remember to register for our conference.
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 T?tou t?tou e (all of us together): "The value of relationships in building wellbeing."  If you can't make it, how about someone else, staff? Trustee?  Board member?  To find out more or register, click here

And lastly, as always, remember we’re here to help. If you’re a member of CNA and have a problem or issue, or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (04) 472 3364 or


Guest column: Brett Jeffrey NZ CEO of AUSAE: The Incorporated Societies Act:

In 2016 MBIE released a draft version of the Incorporated Societies Act of 1908. With the ministry receiving 116 submissions it has taken multiple years to get it to the next stage – which is now.
The draft bill now is being rewritten based on these submissions and should be presented to Parliament and then select committee over the coming months. For all of us this means that a bill that was over 110 years old now grows from 29 pages to over 100 pages. But this bill is groundbreaking and will shape how other countries throughout the world legislate their not-for-profit membership sector.
The sector will finally be recognised that societies are private bodies and should be self-governing and free from an appropriate government interference. They shouldn’t distribute profits and financial benefits to the members. And most of all the societies are organisations with members who have the primary responsibility of holding the society to account. These three important points should never be overlooked in a membership organisation.
Most of the information that is in the draft bill we are doing anyway, such as holding regular annual meetings, what our purpose is. And most of all how a person must consent to become a member of the said society. As new bill should be embraced by all Incorporated societies as it brings us into the 20th century.
Brett Jeffery
General Manager New Zealand
Australasian Society of Association executives (AuSAE)
027 249 8677

From time to time CNA invites individuals to contribute to our newsletter as a guest columnist. The thoughts, ideas and opinions shared by guest columnists are not necessarily those of CNA. 


Meet the members:  

Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities. Over 200,000 households are part of our growing network.  We work alongside NZ Police and other partners to equip neighbourhoods to improve safety, be prepared for emergencies and support one another so that our communities are great places to live.
C/O Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street
Thorndon, Wellington, 6011
New Zealand
Please direct all enquiries to: Tess Casey, CEO – 021 133 4550 or Alivia Prattas, Communications Advisor – 022 032 7200,

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is ushering in a new chapter with the launch of a new logo at their National Conference on July 1st and 2nd in Wellington.
An iconic part of Kiwi streets and neighbourhoods for the past two decades, Neighbourhood Support New Zealand has ushered in a new chapter with the launch of a fresh logo in July.
“There has been a lot of change since we first established ourselves as a not-for-profit in the 90s.  Our members felt that it was time to ensure the ‘face’ of Neighbourhood Support kept up with where we are headed as an organisation,” says Louise Grevel, Chair for Neighbourhood Support New Zealand.
The new logo is a colourful update of the existing design. The latest design features a nod to the country’s emergency services partners, as well as a better representation of the neighbours, members and supporters who make up the growing organisation.
The updated logo also features a koru pattern which reflects the important place of taha Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand. The colours chosen symbolise Neighbourhood Support’s vision of inclusive communities, where everyone is welcome and belongs while the blue colour represents their ongoing partnership with New Zealand Police.
“The bright colours reflect the positivity and energy that is created when people work together to create safer, caring and more connected communities,” says Tess Casey, Neighbourhood Support NZ CEO. 
 “The rebrand is an exciting opportunity to better reflect the increasing number of people we support.  Our feedback shows that New Zealanders want to be part of neighbourhoods where people know and support each other.  Increasing numbers of people are reporting that they feel isolated or lonely, so knowing that you are a part of a neighbourhood that looks out for each other helps people feel safer and more connected.”
The official unveiling of the new logo took place at Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s inaugural national conference – ‘CONNECT’, held at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel on July 1st and 2nd in Wellington.
CONNECT was a priceless opportunity to bring Neighbourhood Support New Zealand’s members, volunteers, supporters, Police and other partners together under one roof to network, learn, and be inspired to create safer, more resilient and connected communities.
About 100 participants and speakers took part in this year’s event including Police from across New Zealand, special guests from Queensland Police Services, Maria Bennett - CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, and Police Minister Stuart Nash who presented the opening address.
Other highlights from the event included keynotes from Henare O’Keefe (Flaxmere Community Leader) and Blair Benefield (Ride Against Depression) and a closing address from Member of Parliament, Alfred Ngaro based in Te Atatu.
There were 8 workshops over the course of the two days participants could choose from to take part in with topics ranging from social media to fundraising and even conflict resolution. There were plenty of opportunities to bounce ideas around and of course ‘connect’ throughout the course of the conference with a strong emphasis on collaboration and networking.
In the words of Henare O’Keefe: “relationships are the real currency” – CONNECT was a rich opportunity to remember the difference we can all make through the time we give and share with others.
To learn more about how we create safer, more caring and connected streets, visit the Neighbourhood Support website here:    


Notice of Community Networks Aotearoa AGM 

The Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) AGM is on Tuesday 27th August, 5pm-6pm at Westpac Stadium 105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington.          

The AGM is an important part of our organisation's democracy so we encourage you to come along, especially if you're a member.        

The AGM is being held at the joint CNA and NZ Council of Christian Social Services conference. We hope you are able to stay for the full conference, but if you can only stay for the AGM you are not required to register for the conference to attend the AGM (there is no cost to attend the AGM).

If you are intending to attend the conference, you can register for the conference and AGM together here

If you wish to attend the AGM only, you can register by emailing



Registrations are now open for the joint Community Networks Aotearoa and NZ Council of Christian Social Services 2019 conference



  • Do you want to hear what the Minister of Social Development and other high profile Ministers/MPs have to say about better supporting the community sector? 
  • Do you want to explore how community-based organisations can contribute to a sustained response to exclusion and discrimination following events in Christchurch?
  • Do you want to hear more about how community organisations can build meaningful, effective relationships with the people they serve and with each other?
  • Do you want to learn more about how the Government’s focus on wellbeing affects communities and community organisations? 

All of this and more will be explored at the joint conference of Community Networks Aotearoa and NZ Council of Christian Social Services.

Quick facts

  • It’s on the 27th and 28th August in Wellington.
  • The conference is earlier than usual this year – it’s now only a couple of months away so please get in quick and register. 
  • The theme this year is T?tou t?tou e (all of us together): The value of relationships in building wellbeing.   

CNA members may be able to access funding to help with conference expenses. If you are a CNA member and would like to learn more, please email

To find out more, or register, click here.