Sunday, 13 October 2019

OVTRK Forum with Minister Poto Williams 7.30pm 4 Nov. at ECan

One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) open Forum

Monday 4 November 7.30 - 9pm at ECAN


Seeing the Unseen in our Sector
Building Respect and Recognition for Third Sector Organisations
An evening with Hon. Poto Williams - Minister for our Sector
For us and our children after us   Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei
Ngāi Tahu whakatauki

at Environment Canterbury Council Chambers
(easy access from Bus exchange, car park access off St Asaph St)


The Minister has been invited to address the question:
How can we treasure our Third Sector stories as measurements of wellbeing?

Our Third Sector contributes to all four well-beings – environmental, cultural, economic and social.Bring your ideas about what strategies and policies are needed to get better recognition and resourcing for our contributions including our mahi in assessing wellbeing. We are particularly interested in
  • How do we tell our Third Sector stories in relation to achieving greater wellbeing?
  • How can our contribution be measured?

As you may know One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) speaks from, not for the Third Sector.
  • OVTRK provides a Register of Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) interested in working with others in greater Christchurch according to the OVTRK Tiriti–based kaupapa and upholding environmental, cultural, social and economic wellbeing.
  • These TSOs may be organised around a common interest, identity, issue or place.
  • OVTRK promotes the valuing of TSOs and seeks for them to be heard in deliberations on strategy and policy, complementing statutory and commercial voices.
  • OVTRK is calling for a review of administrative support to further the contribution of TSOs’ wealth of experience, collective expertise and established, ever-expanding networks.
For more information, including about previous Forums, one of which the previous Minister Hon. Peeni Henare addressed in June 2018, see below.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Report from 2019 Forum

OVTRK Forum on 1st April 2019 on
Decision-Making for the Wellbeing Budget Report
- from Adie Gray's presentation and from the four discussion groups
The One Voice Te Reo Kotahi kaupapa was supported by Mananui Ramsden leading us in a mihi whakatau to open the Forum.

Adie Gray, Statistics NZ Maori Partnership and Design Lead, then gave an overview of links between the work of Statistics NZ, Treasury's Living Standards and the capitals model of stocks and flows, which is also used by the Conference of European Statisticians. She also spoke of close links between Statistics NZ and the CDHB Wellbeing Index work noting there is a rich source of data for decision-making.
She then addressed the topic of Challenging tokenism towards Decision-Making for the Wellbeing Budget noting that wellbeing is about identity. The question was posed: Who has the right to represent others?
The cards used for feedback in the consultation by StatisticsNZ asked people to respond to the question What matters to you? Here are people's comments.
Generalising from such feedback from an individual or even a collection of individuals, each of whom has their own unique context means that aggregation of responses is at best fraught......
The importance of naming was highlighted - for example, when a child's name is changed by a teacher who is not proficient in the mother tongue of the child.
These issues gave much food for thought for the discussions which followed Adie's presentation.
Adie emphasised that she would share with OVTRK the links from the Stats NZ work to date as soon as they were available.
Those links are now available:
The engagement report includes some interesting insights from the Te Ao Maori reviewer and appraisers, which will drive a lot of the work and direction in the next phase on which Adie is working. We note from that Report that:
Incorporating wellbeing from te ao Māori perspectives is seen as vital for Indicators Aotearoa NZ. This will enhance the relevance and richness of the indicator set for Aotearoa New Zealand. The idea of wellbeing is an intrinsic and fundamental part of te ao Māori. A range of frameworks define wellbeing outcomes from a te ao Māori viewpoint and capture the essence of wellbeing in a holistic manner.
We understand that Stats NZ is committed to further developing the set of indicators to incorporate concepts of wellbeing from a te ao Māori perspective. This development process will be led by te ao Māori in partnership with Stats NZ.
OVTRK looks forward to getting further feedback on this development.

The 66 participants then broke into four discussion groups - economic, environment, cultural and social.
While acknowledging the connections between them, these four groups were chosen in anticipation of the Local Government Act being amended to restore those four wellbeings to the Act's primary purpose.
Here are some notes we have received from those discussion groups:
Economic - convened by Christine Dann
Environment - convened by Colleen Philip
Cultural - convened by Rina Singh
Social - convened by Liz Hawes
The verbal feedback on the night emphasised connections between the 4 wellbeings and similarities with all cultures upholding Aroha ki te Takata. Co-designing the process, not just the outcomes, the central role of mana whenua and of understanding the past as we move to the future were highlighted along with the recognition of "nothing about whanau in their environment without whanau in their environment". A paradigm shift was seen to be vital so these synergies and connections, interdependencies and relationships can be enacted.
In closing the Forum, Mananui reflected on the aroha and understanding of ecological values of participants and called on the need to feed this knowledge to the world, noting how the wisdom of minds outside the institutions leads to discussions which are really rich.
We look forward to the conversations continuing and will really appreciate any further feedback - send to <>. We suggest this general topic of WELLBEING AND DECISION-MAKING deserves another local Forum...... ideas welcome!
Kia kaha!
The OVTRK team

Monday, 18 February 2019

OVTRK 2019 Forum

 For us and our children after us     Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei
Ngāi Tahu whakataukī
Decision-making for the Wellbeing Budget

Monday 1 April 7 – 9pm

at Environment Canterbury
(car park access off St Asaph St)

We will gather at 7pm for light refreshments provided by koha from CCC

The Forum will start promptly at 7.30pm

New Zealand is about to implement its first Wellbeing Budget in May, leading the world.

Adie Gray will talk about the work being done by Statistics NZ. This work has links to the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework and the CDHB Canterbury Wellbeing Index.

Adie’s particular role in the project is as Māori Partnership and Design Lead, tasked with ensuring Te Ao Māori perspectives are not tokenistic and are meaningfully applied within the project.

Adie will present for around 30 minutes on Challenging tokenism toward decision-making for Wellbeing. Participants will then break into the four wellbeings (social, environmental, cultural and economic) and workshop responses - including talk about who is at the table in deciding what wellbeing looks like. Adie will be available during the discussions.

We note that these developments are alongside the impending return of a primary purpose for local government to uphold the four wellbeings and hope there will be an update on this aspect by the time of the Forum

For more background you can download your own digital copy of Wellbeing Economics: The Capabilities Approach to Prosperity, written by Paul Dalziel, Caroline Saunders, and Joe Saunders - click here.
You can also see a short video on the book’s contents  at

For further information on the Forum - email

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

OVTRK Update October 2018

Kia ora koutou
First, we hope you find this Update to the Sector Report and Actions tab on the has a number of interesting snippets.
In particular we draw your attention to the offer from BENEFACTION about how they work with Third Sector Organisations (TSOs).

They are keen to work across the breadth of the Third Sector.
As the OVTRK Organising Group (OG) will have some of its members at the upcoming Earthquake Symposium on 29 & 30 November we have made a Summary to take with us.
YOUR feedback is welcome!
If you haven't had a look at the OVTRK Communication protocol and Ideals upheld please do.
Any feedback on these is also really appreciated.
One of the matters the OG has been discussing as we focus on where best to make input re Third Sector voices to strategy and policy developments in Greater Christchurch is the (large!) number of doorways into collaboration by statutory bodies in Greater Christchurch.
These include:
  • Regenerate Christchurch and their work on Integrated Assessment Criteria Wellbeing Indicators are usually referred to as criteria with other bodies e.g:
  • The Greater Christchurch Partnership (GCP) - it has a subcommittee on the "Future Development Strategy"
  • Healthy Greater Christchurch - the GCP has identified HGChCh to implement their healthy communities strand of work
  • The Mayoral Forum
  • Safer Christchurch
In addition, Government nationwide has:
  • Statistics NZ is also working on wellbeing indicators
  • The Social Investment Approach (SIA)
  • A new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
Another important impending influence is that the Local Government Amendment Bill is expected to be dealt with by Parliament very soon - this will restore the statutory responsibility of local government to uphold the four (economic, environment, social and cultural) wellbeings, taking a sustainable development approach.
Urban Development is so reliant on Third Sector actions ...... the doorways for opportunities to make a space for TSO voices are many and varied. OVTRK will continue to advocate for those voices to be influential in the development of strategy and policy for Greater Christchurch.

Any corrections or comment on the above list will be appreciated!
Finally, with all the busyness at this time of year, the upcoming EQ Symposium, and the holyday season approaching, we are planning the next OVTRK Forum for around early March.....
Ideas for that are welcome too!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Report from 2018 MATARIKI FORUM on 18 June

This year the topic was:
Big    New    Ideas
for ourselves and our children after us
mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei
After the mihi whakatau from Kaharoa Manihera representing mana whenua, the Forum began with an address from our Third Sector Minister Hon. Peeni Henare. The Minster emphasised his openness to Big New Ideas for the Third Sector and shared some of his thinking. This was followed by a welcome opportunity for feedback by participants.
Bridget Frame then gave an overview of The Grant Making Ecosystem. This summarised her 4 year review of where grant funding to Canterbury region Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) comes from, where it goes and how it gets there. It demystified the challenges we face. If you can't open that PowerPoint presentation then here is a PDF of the slides, unfortunately without the speaking notes.
Dr Suzanne Vallance then spoke from the December 2017 Progress report which she co-authored Together: Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities which is available on the Valuing TSOs tab on the OVTRK website.
She focussed on Big New Ideas about wider resourcing approaches on how to value TSOs. These can help measure what we treasure, not only treasure what we measure.
After a short break for light refreshments participants gathered in four groups to discuss their Big New Ideas and provide Third Sector voices, on each of Environmental, Economic, Cultural and Social Wellbeing. Here are the notes from those discussions.
The statutory partners representatives from Environment Canterbury, the Christchurch City Council and Waimakariri District Council reflected on what they saw as next steps. Apologies and a request for a report from the evening were received from Selwyn District Council and the Canterbury District Health Board.
Brief feedback from each of the groups confirmed connections between the four wellbeings. A synthesis of the feedback was generously provided by one participant which we share for your interest:
  • Decisions, ethics, and actions of practitioners working from the ground up should determine the governance and funding processes which empower our Third Sector to meet its full potential. An example to consider might be that much as Canterbury's Water Management Strategy enabled place-based decision making, catchment by catchment, the responsibility to allocate funding for the Sector should lie within the places it affects, in order to meet the needs there.
  • Catalysed by the imperative for a healthy environment, it's the trust built from these social actions that create an accessible culture of efficacy and collaboration which informs the economic processes that support the Sector.
The evening was closed by mana whenua.
We welcome feedback from participants in the evening discussions - and any others interested.
Noho ora mai ra
The OVTRK Team