Thursday, 27 April 2017

OVTRK Update April/May 2017

Who is who on the Organising Group (April 2017)

Tangata Whenua
Rex Gibson Co-Chair with Ariana Wilson, Karaitiana Tickell, Anita Panirau, Richard Tankersley and Allen Gibbs.
Tangata Tiriti
Katherine Peet Co-Chair with Andrew Scott, Gina Payne, Nigel Rushton, Becca Bouffandeau, Sally Carlton, Martin Luff/Danny Squires and SelaFaletolu-Fasi
- with technical support from Dave Evans
If you would like to contribute to the planning of our work, please let us know at we would appreciate your contributions.

Third Sector Forum

Kia ora koutou
This is a heads-up for a 'must-attend' event coming soon.
Late last year a report on the post-quake recovery needs of the Third/Not-For-Profit sector was released. ( Many of us in the sector contributed our time, perspectives and knowledge to the research in the hope that we could influence some changes to help strengthen our sector.
The report came up with over 30 Action Points, and now is the time to figure out how to make these actions happen. This forum is aimed at establishing what's already happening that supports the actions. We'll be hearing from some of the stakeholders identified in the report - funders and central/local government, and discussing with them what they're doing now that aligns with the actions. There will also be opportunities to identify what else is already happening in our own sector, and start to tease out 'what next'.
Keep an eye out for more information coming out soon, and in the meantime make sure you keep Tues 23 May, 12 noon - 3pm free.

Sharon Torstonson
Social Equity & Wellbeing Network (SEWN)
Ph 366 2050

O Tatou Kaha, O Tatou Pae Ora – Valuing Connections, Connecting Values

Thought OVTRK (and the third sector) may be interested to know about this conference coming up in Ōtautahi Christchurch later this year. The four conference streams may interest the network, given the role OVTRK plays in promoting connections and communication, and a Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based multicultural future. OVTRK’s connections with environmental/ecological/sustainability-minded NGOs could also enrich the toitū te whenua – connections with place & environments team.
Please don’t feel obligated to share this with the OG or the network. I’m aware the cost will be prohibitive for many—but if potential interest to individuals, organisations, or the network generally outweighs this, please do share.
Cheerful regards,
Sara Epperson
Psychosocial Health Promotion Advisor | Community and Public Health
310 Manchester St | PO Box 1475
DDI 03 378 6702 | email
Full details available from Sara or visit the website at

Healthy Christchurch Review

Sharon Torstonson, Kaituiora of SEWN, has been appointed to the group to review the work of Healthy Christchurch representing the third sector.

Healthy Christchurch Seminar

Come along to the Healthy Christchurch Lunchtime Seminar “Sexual Health : Four Perspectives.” Four speakers will cover a range of sexual health areas. The speakers are Tracy Palmer from the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, Storm Geldenhuis from Ara Institute of Canterbury, Akira Le Fevre from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, and Anne Nicholson from Q-topia.
A question and answer time will follow the presentations. This will be a fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge from a range of different perspectives from local community workers and experts in relation to sexual health.
Date: Tuesday 16th May 2017
Time: 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Location: Aoraki Room at Community and Public Health (310 Manchester Street)
Click here to book online – A calendar appointment will be emailed following registration.
Please bring your own lunch. Come a little early if you would like tea or coffee.

NFP Toolbox directory

Kia ora
This is a follow-up email to an invitation that was sent to you recently to be part of a new resource for non-profits in Christchurch and Canterbury that are looking for services or support for their management and administration.
While there is a range of services, information and support available in Christchurch, this often comes from a business perspective and not all of it takes full account of the unique needs and circumstances of the non-profit sector. Services from within the sector itself are more likely to address these and deliver services that respond more completely to the needs and culture of non-profit groups and organisations. A collaborative project is creating an on-line directory of non-profits that offer that support or service.
We have some great listings already, and work has started on building the website. We think that your organisation's work might meet our criteria for listing in the directory. We hope to be launching it in a few weeks, so if you would like to be part of it, please submit your information here:
Any queries please feel free to call Sharon Torstonson
Social Equity & Wellbeing Network (SEWN) Ph 366 2050

Migrant Centre Update

“The Canterbury Migrant Centre Trust (CMCT) moved to new premises within the Christchurch Community House at 801 Tuam Street, Christchurch at the end of February 2017. The move has brought the CMCT staff and service users closer to the wide range of community providers operating out of Community House. As a consequence of this move The Migrant Times will be featuring the work of one or two resident providers in each newspaper over the next few months. The latest issue features the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust (MSSAT), Restorative Justice Services and the Canterbury Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society. This issue also contains a front page commemoration to Memea Bubsy Eleitino Ma’aelopa-Siania and his wonderful contribution to Canterbury through his 15 years at Christchurch Community House working for Niu Economic and Enterprise Development Trust (Need Trust).
If you are looking for a copy of The Migrant Times visit your nearest library or dial in to“
George Clark | Managing Trustee
Canterbury Migrants Centre Trust
P.O. Box 836, Christchurch 8140
Telephone (03) 366-1315 | Mob 027 2488611

ECO Canterbury Hub developments

1. Co-Chair, Diana Shand, has been helping to convene the new ECO Canterbury Hub which has drawn together groups working on climate, water and other urgent issues. This follows up on the desire of many at the 2016 OVTRK Matariki Forum for an opportunity for environmentally focussed TSOs to network.
Environment Canterbury (ECan) has been resourcing some gatherings involving statutory bodies and TSOs. They are summarised on the ECan website under Networking for the environment
2. Kia ora
Since the event, I’ve received a couple of requests to send group emails about upcoming community events, which is a bit of a grey area when it comes to using ECan email as a community notice board. Hopefully Dave Evans’ calendar and the Enviro-hub can fill this need in the near future! In the meantime, you can make use of the attendee contact list distributed after the first event.
I will on occasion send a group email to let you know about a resource/funding opportunities or other information relating to the projects we have on the go. Always happy to take feedback on this approach.

Ngā mihi,
Alison Bower
Community Partnerships Coordinator
Environment Canterbury
027 242 9341

Networking for the Environment

Dave Evans is currently working on a calendar for the proposed Enviro Hub. As Dave will be using the same Wordpress plugin that we’ve been using for a couple of years,I thought it might be helpful if you can see what it looks like, live:
  • Click back and forth to any month
  • Scroll over any event for it to appear in a popup
  • Or click on event (blue letters) to open the page with more details
  • At the top left, search for any event by month/ keyword
As an example, I have attached a flyer for our upcoming seminar on braided rivers. This is how the event appears in a calendar under ‘June 29’: ( and click on the entry for June 29).
If you have a closer look, you will see that it contains images, information, an address and Google map of the location, contact details, a link to book online through Eventbrite, and key words ’tags’ that are useful when using the ’Search’ function.
So, when Dave has the hub calendar set up, keep in mind how much and what kind of information you can include. One of the functions in the calendar (the paid version…ours is the free version) is that events can be mined from other calendars on other site. This will mean no need to double up.
Meanwhile, if you are running events that are related to braided rivers (i.e. specifically related to freshwater quality, fish, braided river birds, and braided river weeds) I would be most happy to post them on our calendar, which is widely viewed. Please bear in mind that if it is not related to these topics, I will not post them as BRaid needs to stay focussed on our specific agenda.
Also, you are invited to attend the free seminar if you wish. It’s getting close to being booked out, so first in best-dressed!

Selwyn District Council Links with OVTRK

On 31 March the Co-Chairs met with the Selwyn District Mayor, Sam Broughton. OVTRK had enjoyed a good relationship with his predecessor Mr Kelvin Coe. The Organising Group of OVTRK felt it necessary to reaffirm our support for Third Sector Organizations in the Selwyn District and keep open the communication channels at the highest level.
Sam reaffirmed his support and is to work further with the Organising Group to enhance their opportunity to restate the position, importance, roles and value of collaboration with the third sector, to an upcoming meeting of the Urban Development Strategy group (UDS).

Greater Christchurch Psychosocial Committee

March Meeting Summary.
Issues covered:
1. Red Zones. A presentation by Sally Carlton (Human Rights Commission) detailed the issues for those who stayed in the red zones and listed several key resources.
2. Co-Chairs update. This covered defining the committee’s scope, the CCC $2m grant for community led recovery and liaisons with MOH.
3. Port Hills Fires. Impacts on psychosocial recovery discussed
4. Evaluation of the Psychosocial Committee. 87% of respondents think committee useful; 80% preferred 2 monthly meetings. People agreed speakers at the meetings was useful.
5. 2017 priorities. Sara Epperson presented the priorities identified last year. Discussion covered: elderly a priority, HRC had provided advice to insurance companies, discussion between unresolved and unsettled important, SPOA saw communication as a priority, and opportunities for 2017 identified.
6. Canterbury Support Line. To be covered at April meeting.
7. An update was provided by EDLG.
8. Items for the Governance Group to note were:
  • Sources of information in Port Hills fire
  • Accessibility of Earthquake memorial and anchor projects
  • Visibility of sign language interpreters in all film media
  • Psychosocial Committee reducing meetings to two-monthly.
Useful overview of the work of the Psychosocial Committee:
The Psychosocial Committee recently pulled together a Report for an entry into a competition. They noted that the work reminded them of how the interesting group of diverse agencies and individuals are united in efforts to see this recovery through. That report provides a useful overview of the work to date.
The entry is to the Deloitte Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) Public Sector Excellence Awards for this year. It is competing in the ‘Achieving Collective Impact’ section.
It was submitted on behalf of the Psychosocial Committee by the Canterbury District Health Board and the Ministry of Social Development as co-chairing organisations of the Governance Group.
Successful entries will be announced at in Wellington on 5th July.

Post Disaster City Research Project

This excellent update report is available at:

Regenerate Christchurch – Te Kowatawata

The following text is from their latest newsletter. One of the Co-Chairs of OVTRK, Rex Gibson is amongst the Community Advisory Group selected.
We invited nominations for a Community Reference Group and community representatives on the Technical and Community Advisory Group in March and received 38 nominations for the 11 roles.
General Manager Partnerships and Engagement Chris Mene says he would like to thank everyone who expressed a willingness to help in this way.
“It is important that local expertise, knowledge and networks help shape planning for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor. We are delighted with the calibre of the people who came forward and believe these representatives will bring a real diversity of views to the table.”
The Community Reference Group will provide strategic advice to Regenerate Christchurch on community engagement as the draft Regeneration Plan is developed. The members are: BJ Clark, Jill Borland, Molly Behan, Rai Ellin and Maddy Teape, Nigel Ripley, Chris Cole, Rex Neville Gibson and Jane Harrison.
Their website is . It contains a new on-line “engagement hub”.

Matariki Third Sector Forum – Thursday 29 June 2017

Keep this evening free!
OVTRK will be organising the one year follow-up to the very successful 2016 Matariki forum on the action points from the ECAN legacy document from the quake and rebuild work of our city.
The statutory partners will be present to liaise with you on the current and future actions in this sphere and to respond to your priorities.
Discussion will again focus on the key headings of Environment, Social, Economic and Cultural regeneration.
Plan NOW for who will represent your organization at this function. More details will follow in next month’s update.