SEWN alerts readers to consultation processes or lobbying initiatives that we think are of particular relevance to the social services sector or to non-profit organisations. However you can keep an eye out for issues of importance to you or your organisation by regularly visiting the following websites:
Christchurch City Council consultations: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/have-your-say/whats-happening-now/consultations/
Central government consultations: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/business-before-committees/
Action Station is a great NGO and website to see what submissions are open and how to quickly submit an email or sign a petition on a current issue. http://www.actionstation.org.nz/campaigns or https://www.facebook.com/ActionStationNZ
Other reforms/consultations to note
- In early 2019, New Zealand’s human rights record will be reviewed by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This review covers the human rights situation in New Zealand. To have your say or find out more click here. Submissions by Non-Government Organisations and individuals are due on 12 July 2018.
- Between May-August 2018 the Social Investment Agency is consulting on the development of the Government’s approach to investing for social wellbeing and data protection and use. This will involve online surveys and 140 workshops throughout New Zealand.
To have your say or find out more, go to: https://sia.govt.nz/our-work/yoursay
- The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector has announced a review of the Charities Act 2005
Have Your Say on Living Standards Indicators for New Zealand
The Treasury has released an independent report, Treasury Living Standards Dashboard: Monitoring Intergenerational Wellbeing, which it commissioned from wellbeing expert Conal Smith of Kōtātā Insight. The report includes a proposed ‘dashboard’ covering a range of elements and specific indicators of living standards and intergenerational wellbeing in New Zealand. The Treasury’s Chief Economic Adviser Tim Ng says it is putting out the report for public consultation so people can consider the proposed Living Standards Dashboard and contribute their own views and knowledge.
There is an eight-week consultation period from 7 June to 31 July and people can get more information from the Treasury website at Living Standards Dashboard Proposal Survey. You can make a submission directly on Treasury’s website or you can email it to email@example.com.”