Friday, 2 June 2017

Open Forum - Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector

The One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK) Organising Group would like to invite you to join us at our 2017 open Forum:
Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector
6.30-9pm on Thursday 29 June
at Ara Institute, Coventry St, Te Puna Wanaka Whare Kai
Bus routes at Parking map here.
Please bring a plate of kai to share
An opportunity to reflect together on our combined successes and challenges in achieving the links between the four wellbeings (economic, social, environmental and cultural).
After sharing kai, as a starter for the evening conversation, we've invited a speaker from each of these four wellbeings to summarise some themes they see emerging from the Third Sector. They'll be drawing from the voices they hear in the sector, including yours.
If you wish to contribute to the summary, please send your thoughts for environmental to Colleen Philip:, social to Sharon Torstonson:, cultural to Maria Fresia:, economic to Margaret Jefferies:
Then we can decide together what next…..
OVTRK aims to ensure that Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) are valued in the creation of positive plans for the future of Greater Christchurch. Our current focus is
  • advocating for the value of TSOs - see the Valuing TSOs Project.
  • promoting an ecological, Tiriti o Waitangi-based multicultural future
  • creating meaningful communication conduits for Third Sector voices so that they shall be heard, including in the earthquake Regeneration phase
Many of us have been referring to the research developed by Chrys Horn (et al) – see the full Report here. That Report identified some priorities on pages 29&30 which we considered at our 2016 Matariki Forum and at the 23 May 2017 Forum organised by SEWN on resourcing the Third Sector. We welcome feedback - see Sector Report & Actions for that received since the 2016 Forum.
…. from Max Harris THE NEW ZEALAND PROJECT Bridget Williams Books (2017):
Today, perhaps projecting a little based on my own experience [open heart surgery], I think a different kind of heart needs repairing: the heart of the country. This repair is about all of us. We’ve stumbled and fallen. Our heart’s connective tissue has been weakened. And we need the pulse of our social conscience to start beating harder again. So ……. What are we waiting for?
Do help us get the message out – here is a link to a simplified publicity flier for your noticeboard!
More information is available from the OVTRK Team - email <>