Monday 17 September 2012

What's next: follow-up and upcoming forum

Kia ora koutou...

Follow up from August forum
The last One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) Forum on 31 August decided among other things to invite the organisations specified in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act to clarify their roles and discuss our NGO Recovery Strategy at the next OVTRK Forum on 9 October 8.45 - 11am at the Mental Health Education Resource Centre, 403a Worcester St.

Accordingly the following invitation has been sent to the Chief Executive Officers of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Selwyn District Council, Environment Canterbury and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu:
NGO Recovery Strategy

One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) has set out to ensure Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) make a full contribution to the Recovery, alongside Government and commercial interests.  It has been set up to assist recognition of NGOs in the Recovery.

OVTRK is independent and not aligned with any political party. Any non-profit NGO (large or small) who agrees with the OVTRK kaupapa can put themselves on the OVTRK register The purpose of the register is to ensure that the numerous NGOs in Greater Christchurch can find out about each other and can gather to decide on next steps for OVTRK - see

We are very keen to act in a collaborative and solutions-focused way.  Accordingly, we would like to invite each of your organisations to send a representative to a forum we are organising on Tuesday 9 October 8.45am till 11am.

At this Forum we would like to clarify and identify the statutory roles of each of your organisations and how NGO's can support these roles.  We would also like to understand how your organisation could support our NGO Recovery Strategy, for example by working with OVTRK as an interface and integrator broker and consultant for NGOs.

Recognising and understanding each other's roles is a powerful first step in such an approach.

Please advise us as to whom we should give venue details and with whom we should clarify any other details.

Kia kaha,
Dora Langsbury and Katherine Peet
Co-Chairs OVTRK Organising Group

OVTRK is independent and not aligned with any political group or party.  OVTRK speaks from the Non Government sector - allowing the voices of organisations that have not been formed by Government or Commerce to be heard. A recent study, carried out in this country by Johns Hopkins University, concluded that there were 97,000 such organisations in the country - only 10% of them had any paid staff. We all know how much was done after "our" quake by groups in our sector.

Next Forum: 9-October, 8:45am - 11am
As indicated above, the next next OVTRK Forum is on 9 October 8.45 - 11am at the Mental Health Education Resource Centre, 403a Worcester St.

This is an Open Forum with those NGOs that are on the OVTRK Register.

We hope to see you there! If there are other organisations or individuals who you think would be interested in learning more about the forum, please let us know.
The full notes of the last Forum have also been circulated to the contacts on the OVTRK Register. 

We hope to see you in October.  In the meantime, if you have media skills you'd like to contribute towards helping OVTRK develop a media strategy plan, please send us an email.

Kia kaha,
The OVTRK steering group