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VNZ UPDATE FOCUS
Message from the Chair
I wanted to update you on the exciting changes at VNZ.
By now, you will have heard about the appointment of Vanisa Dhiru to the role of Executive Director.
I was heartened by 40 applications from a wide range of very well qualified candidates. The Board applied a robust recruitment process – it was recruitment by committee and we managed to agree and identify seven candidates who could do the role before we put together a panel to interview the final shortlist.
I am pleased to welcome Vanisa to VNZ and will be working with her to ensure that the priorities that the VNZ Board have identified for the year are achieved.
Tim Burns left VNZ after more than six years service. Tim has left a legacy of strong sector relationships and as often happens when someone moves on the new person must forge their own relationships. Vanisa will be out and about getting to know as many of you as possible; she would also welcome you making contact with her.
The last year has been a challenge for VNZ financially. I personally have been relieved to have the support and expertise of Peter Davies, a qualified accountant. Peter was co-opted to the Board at the last AGM and has since been confirmed as a full Board member. We were able to do this when Lloyd Davies resigned earlier this year. We have recently appointed Paul Eagle to the Board as our Maori Board Member representative. Paul replaces Tyron Love who resigned soon after the AGM.
We also had challenges in presenting you with a successful conference. I can share with you all now that at the end of March we were in the unenviable position of having to decide to call off the conference or run at a loss. Up until this point we had not secured any sponsorship. I spent some time weighing what was the best approach and with the backing of the organising committee we changed the programme to include lessons learnt from the recent disaster in Christchurch. This gave us the opportunity to include other organisations in our conference which led to both speaking opportunities for those organisations and to sponsorship partnerships. I want to personally thank all of those kind sponsors who gave me their time and dug deeper to help us to achieve a financially viable conference. We couldn’t have done it without them.
Claire Teal’s secondment to VNZ finished in mid-July. Claire has accomplished an amazing amount in the six months that she has been on loan to VNZ from the Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau to drive the Managers of Volunteers project. She has extended and cemented relationships and got you all on board with the importance of this project. It is vital to our sector.
Last week at our Board meeting, the Board made the decision to include the work of the project as core VNZ business. We are working on our business plan to ensure we achieve the outcomes of the project. Once we have this plan and a timeline in place we will create a role at VNZ and recruit a project manager. The Board recognises how important this piece of work is and we believe that VNZ needs to lead this project. I can assure you we will be moving very quickly so we do not lose the momentum that Claire has created.
It has been a busy first half year and I am confidently looking forward to a busy and successful future at VNZ. Keep warm.
Managing Volunteers Online Course
Our online course is off to a very encouraging start! 12 registrants started the course and are well on their way to becoming even better Managers of Volunteers. The six weeks requires up to three hours of study per week, depending on the person. The next intake starts on 3 October and nine people have already enrolled. Be sure to register online today if you would like to make it for the October session.
We’re still considering whether to run one in November, however, if you are keen and can commit for six weeks from November to mid December, email Trevor at email@example.com and we’ll run another course if there is enough interest.
Kia Tūtahi Relationship Accord
On 13 June 2011, Cabinet endorsed the Kia Tūtahi Standing Together Relationship Accord and agreed to the release of the Kia Tūtahi Steering Group’s report. The Kia Tūtahi Relationship Accord (previously described as an agreement) is an important symbol of commitment between government and communities to build strong relationships.
The Prime Minister and the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector will host a signing ceremony at Parliament on 1 August 2011. Following the ceremony there will be opportunities for communities to sign the Accord at a small number of regional events and online. Check the OCVS Website for more updates. View the report the Cabinet Social Policy Committee paper and Cabinet minute here.
Telecom Foundation Launches Paid Volunteer Day
Source: Telecom Foundation
The Telecom Foundation announced a paid volunteer day for all Telecom Group employees on 15 July 2011. The initiative is enthusiastically received, and just three days after the launch of the Foundation the first team has taken up one of the first volunteer opportunities. Barely into his first week, Mark Ratcliffe newly appointed Chorus CEO volunteered his time behind the bar serving drinks at the Oxfam Trailwalker Awards. His team also managed the refreshments and logistics of the set up throughout the night.
If you have a project that requires volunteers, the Telecom Foundation would love to hear from you. Visit their site to find out more.
With 21 approved Kaiwhakamana, the scheme at Waikeria Prison is flourishing. Kaiwhakamana are volunteers, who identify as being Maori, are nominated by their Iwi/Urban Authority or National
Maori Organisation and are generally speaking elders. They are registered as ‘specified visitors’ who are given greater access to Maori prisoners.
“A year ago we only had six or seven Kaiwhakamana, and they weren’t that active,” says Peri Mason, Area Advisor Maori. “Now we, and the custodial staff, are over the moon about the way it’s working. Over the last year Peri and his colleagues have organised 20 hui to find suitable Kaiwhakamana, and he also did a huge amount of work with his colleagues in Prison Services “letting everyone know about the benefits of the relationships Kaiwhakamana have with prisoners.” Peri says, “We’ve had at least 15-20 prisoners seen by Kaiwhakamana, some on an ongoing basis, in a three-month period alone.”
MANAGEMENT OF VOLUNTEERS
Managers of Volunteers' Project Update
In terms of the Project’s growth and development, the Internship has gone fast and well. As the Steering Group hoped, my time at VNZ has seen a good idea turn into a happening reality, and this is due to the passion and hard work of a growing team of people across the country and even the world. As the Internship has progressed, I have moved from describing the Project as being about ‘development for Managers/Leaders of Volunteers’ to saying it is ‘seeking to build the critical infrastructure of volunteering in New Zealand’. To me, this captures the fact that there is no effective volunteering without the creative, strategic input of Managers and Leaders of Volunteers. People are beginning to latch on to the interconnectedness of what the Project is hoping to achieve, and the long-term success of NZ’s volunteering in general. The ideas and vision the Project is bringing to the table are increasingly being seen as key aspects of community development, leadership development and future-proofing across our society as a whole.
I think everyone involved in the Project can be really proud of what they have achieved thus far, and the relative speed with which they have achieved it. However, the thing that really stands out to me is the fact that we have always stayed true to our stance that this is from the community, by the community. The Project is doing its best to remain collectively owned and directed by the NZ volunteer-involving community. I hope wherever we go with this into the future, we retain that. Read more about the project here.
Organising a volunteering event? Have it listed in our online Event Calendar on www.volunteeringnz.org.nz
The Great Living Legends Muck-In
September - October 2011, All across New Zealand
13th IAVE Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference
28-31 October 2011, Changwon Exhibition Convention Center, Korea
Registration Fee: $250 for the early bird (from July 4th until Sept 16th) and $300 for the late registration. For more information, visit http://english.2011iavekorea.org
IAVE World Youth Summit
3-5 November 2011, Barranquilla, Colombia
For more information, contact Partners at IAVE2011@partners.net or +1-202-628-3300
Australian National Conference on Volunteering 2011
9-11 November 2011, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland
Earlybird Conference Registration Rate (on or before 28/July/2011) - $850.00 and Standard Conference Registration Rate (from 29/July/2011) - $950.00. For more information, visit: http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/News-and-Events/-National-Conference-on-Volunteering/Conference-Registrations.asp