"Network New Zealand"
Together We Can Do
Creating the Best New Zealand
For All New Zealanders.
(Socially – Economically
Network New Zealand is a tool
to link existing networks across sectors and provide an easy and
effective way for these networks to be aware of each other and dialogue
on vital subjects of common interest. It recognises that there are a lot
of great networks already in New Zealand and its role is to add value to
what already exists. It is vision driven and values / principles
based to enable and stimulate New Zealanders to come together and create
the best possible future for all New Zealanders. It encourages taking personal
and collective responsibility for our future.
PURPOSE of NNZ is to:
Stimulate the collective will of
New Zealanders to take responsibility for their own future – individually
Increase public awareness of
Strengthen networks at all levels
and promote vital dialogue across sectors and throughout society that empowers
us and enables action to follow vision.
Promote values and principles,
which lead to sustainable communities and a sustainable nation - socially,
economically, and environmentally.
WHAT NNZ DOES
Existing initiatives and organisations
Positive news and
Issues requiring public involvement.
HOW this is done is through a:
Generates dialogue and debate on
critical issues, leading to action and results - by providing a link between
existing networks and people across society, culture, socio-economic strata,
including public, business and community sectors.
Provides a compendium of networks,
organisations and projects, which are contributing, to a better New
Zealand for all New Zealanders. This enables these existing networks, organisations
and projects to be resourced and supported, for people to become involved
in them, and for them to be models for future developments.
Creates a compendium of visions
together with projects for implementing these visions – thus enabling collective
visions for New Zealand’s future to begin to form.
Encourages and enables cross-sector
initiatives to be created and implemented.
Acquires collective opinions and feedback
on strategic and key questions.
Communicates latest news and developments
in areas relevant to NNZ.
A state-of-the-art website, search
engine which is interactive and interlinked with other national and overseas
sources – for credible information, inspiration and networking.
Links from the website into
the communities of interest and geographical communities across New
Zealand – with feedback to the Website.
magazines, radio, TV, etc.)
Regional and local meetings, forums
Potential outcomes of NNZ include:
Enhance and support existing projects
Reduce wasted / redundant
effort – reduce re-inventing the wheel.
Focus attention where it is most
Enable national level initiatives
become a reality.
Enable the synergy of individual
and collective visions to be implemented.
A common vision for many New
Zealanders is that Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of great promise and
opportunity, a land of New Zeal, God’s Own or God Zone – the land of Everlasting
Light. Aotearoa New Zealand has everything going for it – our people, capitalising
on our diversity and strength as a society, and achieving our highest aspirations
to take our place within the world community.
This generalised vision will be expressed
in many diverse ways. These can be in youth, senior citizen, family
/ parenting, employment, education, health, social, housing, environment,
spirituality, men / workmen, media, arts, personal development, community
development, etc. projects (you name it).
In addition, National level initiatives
can be developed such as New Zealand becoming:
A world leader in achieving social, economic
and environmental excellence.
The First Global Park, the cleanest, greenest
country in the world
The global centre for peace and reconciliation.
The organic capital of the world.
The first country to adapt Zero Waste
The country in which every child feels
The country in which youth and senior
citizens have a significant voice.
The country in which everyone that wants
Values are the compass by which we
make our decisions. NNZ values are those espoused by all world religions
and caring successful societies. They include for example respect, integrity,
love, forgiveness, good will, creativity, collaboration, empowerment, responsibility
and unity in diversity.
The principles upon which NNZ is based
It is up to us to be individually and
collectively proactive in creating our future.
Opportunities are stressed in a situation
rather than the problems.
WinWin is a central feature of the decision
Society decisions are best made across
sectors and through the social-economic spectrum.
Decision-making is devolved to include
the persons affected by the decision.
Societal well being is measured by social-economic-environmental
People have the most control over their
future and are supported in their growth best at the level of community.
Our strength is in consciously and creatively
using our diversity.
To have 20-25 % of the relevant networks
in NZ involved by Jan 2000, and 50% involved by Jan 2001.
To have a significant number of decision-makers
in NZ focused by Jan 2001 on achieving long term social, economic, and
To have 3 to 4 national initiatives successfully
addressed or on-going by Jan 2001
One of the objectives is to
grow Network New Zealand across all sectors of society to encompass a cross
section of the country. This is done by networking the existing networks
that represent those sectors.
The following sectors and topics of
interest will be addressed in full as the Network develops. The list includes
the following, but not limited to it.
Health / Medicine
Employment / Work
Youth / Children
Families / Parents
Treaty of Waitangi
Religion / Spiritual
Science / technology
Sports / Recreation
ACTIVATING THE NETWORK
The Network is seen as a tool for
change, providing a source of useful information, an opportunity to
dialogue and link within and across sectors and a means for mobilising
the people involved toward common goals. It is an activating agent.
This is done through:
Resourcing the Website with info on Networks,
Projects, Visions, etc.
Enabling new information to be presented
on the Website
Forwarding "Calls For Action" which emerge
from the Network.
Providing Complementary Media Coverage
Offering a surveying service on the Website.
Providing Community Links between the
Website and "The People".
A newsletter will be sent out to all
members. This will inform members of activities and plans. It will be a
point of contact and a link, particularly for those not yet on Internet.
It will provide an opportunity for inviting new members into Network New
WHO SHOULD BE ON NETWORK
Network membership is encouraged for:
MANAGEMENT OF NNZ
Existing networks which want to further
their own objectives through cross-sector communication.
Existing networks that want to work together
collaboratively on initiatives which are of common interest.
People and networks that want to create
initiatives that benefit from cross-sectoral communication and collaboration.
People and networks which that want to
test their ideas with a large cross-sector contingency.
People and networks who want to know what
others are thinking / doing.
People and networks who want to act in
a more informed way and act more collaboratively.
People and networks who want to be informed
about the positive activities ongoing.
People who want to be involved in the
positive activities ongoing.
People who want to know what events they
People who need information and resources
to further their personal interests.
People who want to create a synergy for
Network New Zealand is presently led
by a small core group of people who subscribe to the Vision, Values and
Principles. This core group is composed of Dave Breuer, Louise Belcher,
John Williams, Paul Butler, Sylvie Gibbins, Ross Merritt, and Susie Kelt.
A Trust is being formed to provide
a structure from which to operate. The Trust is designed to serve the people
of New Zealand, their needs and desires. Your feedback and involvement
will be a vital part of Network New Zealand’s success.
The Trust and its administration addresses
the strategic and administrative functions of the Network – but will not
be involved directly in the "Content" of the Network. The "Content" is
set by YOU.
The Network will require a most significant
participation and ownership by "The People of New Zealand" and the "Existing
Networks". Network New Zealand is a TOOL for you to develop and use.
FINANCIAL BASIS OF NNZ
Network New Zealand is funded from
contributions from individuals and organisations that subscribe to the
Vision, Values and Principles. It "answers" to no one and is an independent
organisation aimed at representing the people of New Zealand.
In August 1998 prominent leaders
from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand launched the programme, "Our Nation’s
Promise" at public events in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Taupo,
with key leaders from New Zealand alongside visiting world leader of transformational
change, Dr. Jean Houston. These events were designed as a time for inspiring
creativity and commitment to facilitate change.
Close to 2000 people attended
these events with more than 500 participating in workshops, and 900 registering
their interest in participating in a network.
Network New Zealand, formed
as a result, is inclusive and open for people to participate. It operates
within the strategic guidelines of the Vision, Values and Principles.