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November 2010 - Wellington

Three Working Group papers formed the basis of the 15th National Forum’s theme: "Connections, Strengths and New Directions." Ninety-seven of the 113 registered heard an opening address entitled 'NGOs need greater role in health, disabilities decision-making'. by Associate Minister of Health Hon Peter Dunne.

Presentations included:

Gabrielle Baker (Manager Maori Health Policy in Ministry of Health) presented on Whanau Ora and Henry Harrison, writer of the three working papers, presented on innovation and sustainability. The three papers were:

October 2009 – Wellington

Around 165 people attended this Forum focused on ‘NGO Challenges for Challenging Times’. The Forum provided a platform to consider the changing NGO/health environment and the challenges and opportunities this presents. Ministers Turia and Dunne and the Director General of Health, Stephen McKernan provided perspectives on these “changing times” and sector delegates engaged in discussion on these.

Staff from the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector (OCVS) ran a workshop seeking ideas on strengthening the community-government relationship. This was a precursor to the November NGO Forum, which would lead to the Kia Tutahi Steering Group’s work to develop a Relationship Accord.

Delegates also participated in workshops on CORE (Crisis, Opportunity, Risk, Efficiencies) services at the frontline. These identified the support needed to maximise opportunities and address challenges of the economic downturn. A number of ideas and resources were shared, including useful material from the Impact on Communities: Managing the Downturn Together forum held earlier in 2009.

October 2008 – Auckland

The theme of the day was ‘Making Partnerships Work’. Around 120 delegates heard presentations from Nicola White (Assistant Auditor-General, Legal), Nicole Hermanson (Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences), Hingatu Thompson (Ministry of Health), Colin Tukuitonga  (Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs) and Hugh Lawrence (OCVS).

Stephen McKernan (Director-General of Health) talked about the different roles of NGOs and the Ministry and ways to improve the relationships. Ministry of Health managers, Jane O'Hallahan and Marilyn Rimmer presented workshops on working with NGOs on long-term conditions and the future workforce, respectively.