TCV Weekly News: 19th March 2020

Kia ora koutou

What a crazy week. A lot happening with the Covid-19 information coming through. If you any events that are cancelled or postponed due to this please send them through and we can get them out to our networks. Stay Safe and Well everyone.

The 30 year celebration at our Network meeting on Monday 9th March went well with a number of organisations attending along with Life Members Nona Aston and Judy Livingston. Thank you to all those that attended and our Guest Speaker Cain Kerehoma from Taike E.

Great article in the Gisborne Herald Thursday 12th March (see below)

 Check it out here:

Welcome back to returning members Insights Unlimited and Stroke Support Gisborne. We are excited to have you on board for 2020 and feel our network will value your contributions greatly.

Our Newsletter this week has lots of interesting information. If you missed our Newsletter this week then Please send any information through to to be shared next week or in the future.

Next network meeting is 20th April 2020, 13.20-1.30 in the Council Chambers as usual.
(Delayed meeting due to Easter weekend being early April)

Trust Tairawhiti
Liz Alder will be our Guest  for this meeting

Ngā mihi nui
Alice Kibble (Coordinator)

A message from Exult


This is to inform the Tairawhiti community that our CAB Bureau at 124a Bright Street, Gisborne will be closed for
Face-to-Face enquiries  (including our fortnightly Legal Clinic) as from 9am Thursday 19th March until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
However we will still be available to take enquiries :-

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to be open again as soon as possible.
Robyn Stuart-Kohn

May be of interest to your networks and clients

Contact us for FREE reading and writing lessons for Rural / Isolated adults and teenagers.

If you live in a rural community and enjoy chatting with people of all ages, you could help teenagers and adults in your area who need help with reading and writing.

Do you know about Rural Youth & Adult Literacy Trust? We are a free nationwide service offering one on one help with reading and writing for people living in rural or isolated areas. We're looking for Volunteer Community Ambassadors and Coaches who can represent us in your community.

These passionate volunteers spread the word about our free services by helping us build relationships with local organisations and people. Full training is provided.

For more information about giving a couple of hours a week to help those who don't feel comfortable asking for help please visit our Facebook page or email below for further information.

Phone: 0800 891 339
Facebook: Rural Youth & Adult Literacy Trust
We are also always on the lookout for Local Ambassadors and Coaches.
Kindest regards Liz Alexander
Community Coordinator
Rural Youth & Adult Literacy Trust



A message from LEAD

Development Programme: Managing & Leading Community Organisations

29 - 31 July Auckland  |  11 - 13 November Wellington

$750+GST for the 3 day workshop only 
$1750+GST for the 3 day workshop + 6 months of coaching & mentoring

This Programme SOLD OUT in Wellington & Auckland last year!! 
It is quite possibly the only comprehensive training for sector leaders, & run by sector leaders with decades of experience in New Zealand's not for profit sector.

Leading in a community or not for profit organisation can be complex!  This Development Programme grows your skills, knowledge and confidence to manage the people, money, projects, and stakeholders, whilst still driving results. So, no more second-guessing yourself…  

A message from Trust Tairawhiti
Liz Alder will be in attendance to our next network meeting on the 20th April.

A message from Jodie at Barnardos


Forest Industry Information Sheet Coronavirus Update



A message from Wendy at Barnardos

Service Manager - Social Services

A message from Wendy at Barnardos


Social Media Platforms: Tips and Tricks

This weeks blog post is from

Click here to give it a read: 

A message from LEAD Charities Review

Not so Good News on Charities Review

Finally six months after requesting it, the ‘recently’ appointed Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Hon Poto Williams, met last week with Sue Barker & Dave Henderson, who have spearheaded efforts to get sector views into the Charities Act Review. Unfortunately, the new Minister appears to have been captured by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and its preference for a ‘quick and dirty’ review, rather than a more considered, first principles review that many in the sector had requested, and was part of the pre-election commitment of the Labour Party (, and in fact has been promised since the Charities Act was originally rushed through in 2005.
It is clear that this review is incapable of helping to ‘modernise’ the Charities Act and make it fit for purpose in our changing social context. Instead it appears be focusing on fiddling around the edges on just three issues:
(1) reporting requirements for small charities (this probably a good move as its likely to reduce requirements); 
(2) charities business activities; and
(3) accumulation of funds.

These latter two are areas for great caution. They risk increased meddling in the operational and strategic decision-making of charities, and are likely to reduce their flexibility and impose additional reporting and compliance costs. Of all the positive things that could have come out of a review like this, it is immensely disappointing that decisions were made behind closed doors to focus on just these three issues, especially when two of them pose potential threats to the sector that we will need to guard against. Once again fighting to defend current positions, rather than being able to move forward. Important definitional issues, and greater independence of the regulatory body, and of judicial and other forms of accountability of Charity Services look like they're being passed over. You can check out the issue we believe this Review should have dealt with, in LEAD’s submission ( At least we are promised no legislative change will be made this parliamentary term, so we live to fight another day.
Meanwhile the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is having another go at getting the long-awaited changes to the Incorporated Societies Act (1908) to be considered by parliament in May. Despite the exposure  draft being consulted on in 2016, it has not been given enough priority since then to squeeze a place in either government’s legislative agenda.
There has been a bright side to these inordinate delays, in response to sector feedback, Minister Faafoi has approved two important changes to the May 2019 version of the Bill:
(1) The plan to extend Financial Reporting standards to incorporated societies that are not Registered Charities (and therefor have to use them already), will now be restricted to ‘larger societies’ only.
(2) Instead of happening automatically, only existing incorporated societies that confirm they wish to do so, will be transferred to the new register and have achieved compliance with the new legislation (for example amending their constitution to include dispute resolution provisions).


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