Friday 17 March 2023

March 2023 Update from the OVTRK Organising Group

In December several organisations on the OVTRK register met and celebrated the close of 2022. Attendees shared a
Highlight of the year and a Hope for 2023

These showcase the breadth and depth of the mahi of these TSOs here in Ōtautahi with themes that paint a picture of hard working high achieving organisations working together and of plentiful positive communication and successful collaborations.

2023 is set to be an exciting year. You can read each organisations highlights and hopes here.

The OVTRK Organising Group continues to meet 6 weekly working across our Sector in Greater Christchurch to promote the value of Profiling the Third Sector We're different - here's how!

We hope you took the opportunity to add your voices to others residents and their organisations in Greater Christchurch by completing the survey we emailed to you:

Kia kaha koutou

OVTRK team <>

Tuesday 8 November 2022

November 2022 Update from the OVTRK Organising Group


Since our previous update in May 2021 the OVTRK Organising Group (OG) has continued to refer queries to relevant organisations in our Sector and to meet 6 weekly as an OG to share and discuss where to next - see about OVTRK. Our OVTRK focus is on how our Sector can contribute to leadership, strategy and policy in planning the future of Greater Christchurch and beyond. We have been involved with several initiatives yet due to the effects of Covid and of Government reviews things have been in a state of flux and there have been no firm conclusions to report.
So do come along to this opportunity to reflect, connect and celebrate together.....

An open invitation to Organisations in our Third Sector to

Reflect, connect and celebrate
The kettle will be on….

Thursday 8 December 2022 1–2.30pm
at Aldersgate Centre
Durham Street

Please bring:

a positive story in 2022 & a hope for 2023
about your Third Sector mahi

RSVP (if possible) by emailing

In support of the Ngāi Tahu whakataukī Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei For us and our children after us, One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) continues to highlight the value of the work you are all doing and emphasises the expertise of organisations in our Sector when developing strategy and policy – see Profiling the Third Sector We're different - here's how!

Do keep in touch!

Monday 3 May 2021

May 2021 Update from the OVTRK Organising Group

 We continue to highlight the value of the work you are all doing in our Sector.

All the Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) who have put themselves on the OVTRK register are doing amazing work - holding up more than half the sky!

This mailout is to draw to your attention a summary we are using in our work - see

Profiling the Third Sector - We're different - here's how!

The purpose of this summary is to assist in clarifying the value of both

  • the opportunities for people in the wider community to be heard


  • the consideration by government - local, regional and central - of the expertise of TSOs in contributing to strategy and policy independently and alongside government, commerce, hapū and iwi and other players.

Our goal is that the contribution of TSOs with particular, relevant expertise will be sought to bring an independent view to the table when strategy and policy is being developed.

A positive example of this approach is the lead provided by CLING (Community Languages Information Network Group) in the work on the recently released Best Practice Guidelines for communicating with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. More information is available on the CLING website.

Please do send any feedback to OVTRK <> on this summary Profiling the Third Sector - We're different - here's how!

Following our November 2020 workshops, we are continuing to connect with the Project team for the VISION and PLAN for GREATER CHRISTCHURCH 2050 in support of the Ngāi Tahu whakataukī

Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei
For us and our children after us

We understand that this Vision and Plan is aligned with the work of the Greater Christchurch Partnership and expect a further update soon.

Do keep in touch!

Sunday 20 December 2020

Feedback from the Greater Christchurch 2050 workshop


16 December 2020 Feedback

from the 16 November workshop for Third Sector Voices on the


Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei   For us and our children after us    
Ngāi Tahu whakataukī

One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) has received this message from Anna Elphick, Greater Christchurch 2050 - Strategic Framework Lead

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the One Voice Te Reo Kotahi Greater Christchurch 2050 workshop. As you can see from the verbatim output the conversation was rich with some clear themes. The Greater Christchurch 2050 will be translating this workshop output into a specific paper for the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee and are using this output as an input into the development of the strategic outcomes, measures and plan. The Greater Christchurch 2050 team will work with One Voice te Reo Kotahi and the wider third-sector in the New Year to progress this work.

OVTRK is keen to hear your comments and to further the collaboration at the 26 November 2020 workshop. Our first meeting is on 28 January 2021 at ECan.

Contact email:

TSOs - Third Sector Organisations - are  not-for-profit/ NGO/ voluntary/community-initiated…... organisations

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Greater Christchurch Workshop for Third Sector Voices


KEEP THIS DATE – Thursday 26 November 12.30 lunch 1-3pm

Workshop for *Third Sector voices
and the

*not-for-profit/ NGO/ voluntary/community-initiated…... organisations
see One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK)

Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei   For us and our children after us    
Ngāi Tahu whakataukī

The Greater Christchurch Partnership (GCP) is working together on a new vision and plan for Greater Christchurch which is focused on ensuring intergenerational wellbeing.
Come to a workshop to help shape the vision and plan.
We’ll be considering the feedback from the community surveys and conversations.
Date + Time:
Thursday 26 November
12.30pm – lunch
1-3pm – workshop
Venue: Oxford Terrace Baptist Church
For catering purposes: RSVP to

Read these news articles: John McCrone; Arihia Bennett
If you want a head start, people in the community are contributing in a couple of ways:

  • An online survey for individuals, which can be found here.
  • A toolkit to support community and special interest groups to hold their own conversations which can be found here.
  • Waka Toa Ora is also having a seminar on Thursday 22 October 2020 12.30-2pm at Tūranga
The results of these responses from the community will feed into a series of workshops in November / December to begin to build the draft vision and plan for Greater Christchurch 2050. The Third Sector workshop on 26 November is part of that series.
OVTRK upholds all four wellbeings - environmental, social, economic and cultural wellbeing, where the indigenous status of tangata whenua and the role of tangata Tiriti - i.e. everyone else - is understood. Consistent with the Local Government Act, the GCP has always used the four-wellbeings framework to provide context and direction for its work. Here is our opportunity to make the links!
The workshop series will culminate in a final Leadership workshop in early December, where representatives from across all sectors, including the third sector, will join with GCP elected members to bring together the outcome of all the workshops and the community engagement and provide direction for the project team to finalise a draft vision and begin the detailed work on the plan, which will occur in the first half of 2021.
Greater Christchurch is the area of Christchurch city and nearby areas within the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts, from Rolleston to Rangiora.
The Greater Christchurch Partnership (GCP) has existed since 2007 and brings together Christchurch City, Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils, Environment Canterbury, Ngāi Tahu, Canterbury District Health Board and representatives of central government.
The Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy, produced in 2007 and updated in 2016 has provided strong collective guidance to the Partnership agencies, and was a critical foundation to enable rapid coordinated response following the earthquakes to free up land in response to the housing crisis.
Note: The earlier iteration of the GCP was referred to as the Urban Development Strategy (UDS).