Sector and AuSAE News

  • 19 Aug 2014 2:55 PM | Louise Stokes
    Hart Square is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, which focuses on delivering valuable and topical information to the professional membership, associations and NFP sectors. The new-look site has been designed to be easy to use, with ‘one-click’ navigation and a user-friendly interface.

    “There has been a lot of activity recently at Hart Square, with the addition of new services and new staff to drive our continued growth,” said Glenda Parker, Founder and CEO of Hart Square. “We want to ensure that our new website provides professional membership organisations, associations and NFPs with high quality information that is topical, relevant, and most importantly, independent.”

    Mick Clarke, Commercial Director for Hart Square in Australia is ‘delighted to see the new site launched as it provides the ideal online platform to increase awareness of Hart Square in Australia as the only truly 100% independent CRM and Technology Consulting business exclusively focused on NFP’s and Associations’.

    The new website features a wealth of information on Hart Square’s core services, as well as industry news, informative blogs and articles, eBooks, white papers, useful tips and tools, a resources library and an FAQ section. Visitors to the site can also subscribe to regular updates and will soon be able to sign-in to gain exclusive access to a repository of information assets and resources.

    To see the new site visit

  • 15 Aug 2014 10:13 AM | Louise Stokes
    I am pleased to announce the launch of a very unique event for Association Professionals in New Zealand from October 28 – November 2.

    With the generous support of AuSAE Annual Partner – Tourism New Zealand, we are offering you the educational opportunity to attend the 2014 AuSAE NZ Leadership Symposium in Rotorua (October 29-30) and continue on to visit another popular New Zealand destination for the reminder of the trip.

    Valued at more than $5,000 per person this program will be available FREE of charge to 10 carefully selected Association Professionals. This means that all costs including flights, accommodation, professional development sessions and adventure activities will be covered!

    Applications for the 10 free places are now open. To be considered all you have to do is apply before COB on August 22. We are specifically looking for professionals who share a commonality of issues and wish to visit New Zealand for potential event research to create a cohesive group. The agenda for this trip will be developed via consultation with the successful delegates.

    To apply for this hosted educational experience please click here.

    If you have any questions please contact me on the details below, good luck and I hope to see you there!

    Warm Regards,

    Toni Brearley
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer
    Australasian Society of Association Executives

  • 15 Aug 2014 10:00 AM | Louise Stokes

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    A recent decision by the Supreme Court has developed the law on what may qualify as a charitable purpose. 

    In its decision on an appeal brought by Greenpeace New Zealand, the Supreme Court has found that political activity may itself be accepted as a charitable purpose (rather than just being "ancillary” to an organisation’s main purpose). Refer to the Supreme Court judgment [PDF, 360 KB] and media release for details.

    The Department of Internal Affairs - Charities Services and the independent Charities Registration Board are reviewing our approach to assessing applications for registration in the light of the Court’s decision, and Charities Services will issue new guidance for organisations considering applying to register as a charity. We will publish updated guidance on this website when it is available.

    To be eligible to register as a charity, an applicant has to show that its purpose and activities meet the definition of a ‘charitable purpose’ set out in the Charities Act 2005—relieving poverty, or advancing education or religion, or other things beneficial to the community. There is a long history of case law that helps to define what can be considered charitable, and the Supreme Court decision now forms part of the law that we apply when considering each application.

    Many not-for-profit organisations try to influence change by raising awareness of a societal issue or by lobbying to change the law. This has never been treated as a bar to registration as a charity, provided that the activity was ancillary to an entity's main charitable purpose.

    While the Supreme Court decision found that political activity may now itself be accepted as a main charitable purpose, an applicant will still have to demonstrate that its purposes and all its activities provide benefits to the public or a sufficient section of the public, not just to an individual, organisation or closed group, as well as being charitable. Applicants must also demonstrate that they meet all of the other requirements of the Act.

    The Court’s decision does not invalidate the independent Charities Registration Board’s previous decisions to decline to register any applicant, or to deregister any previously registered charity, on the basis of political advocacy. Those decisions were made applying the law as the courts interpreted it to be at the time.

    The Charities Registration Board and the Department of Internal Affairs - Charities Services will now apply the law as it has been clarified by the Supreme Court. Current applications which have an element of political advocacy will be considered in the light of the Supreme Court decision.

    Any organisation that has previously been declined registration on the basis of political advocacy that was not “ancillary” to a main charitable purpose can, if it wishes, submit a fresh application for registration. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they meet all of the requirements of the Act. All applications will be considered carefully on their own merits.

  • 15 Aug 2014 9:59 AM | Louise Stokes

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    Celebrity promotion of charities is ineffective at raising awareness but can make the stars more popular with the public, a British study says.
    A survey of more than 2000 people found two thirds could not link any celebrity with a list of seven well-known charities and aid organisations that they worked for.

    Stars did not support charities for self promotion, but this was the unintended outcome of their work, researchers concluded.

    The seven organisations mentioned in the survey were Action Aid, Amnesty International, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and the Red Cross.

    Speaking about their study which also used focus groups, Professor Dan Brockington, of the University of Manchester, and Professor Spencer Henson, of the University of Sussex, said: "Our survey found that while awareness of major NGOs (non-governmental organisations) brands was high, awareness of celebrity advocates for those brands was low.

    "Instead it was plain from the focus groups that most people supported the charities that they supported because of personal connections in their lives and families which made these causes important, not because of the celebrities.

    "The evidence suggests therefore that the ability of celebrity advocacy to reach people is limited and dominated in Britain by some extremely prominent telethons and the work of a few stars.

    "Regardless of what celebrities may want in terms of publicity - and the interviews suggest that many would seek to maximise the attention given to their cause and not to them - it is clear that the celebrity can often do better out of this attention than their causes."

    In a separate related study, also published online in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Dr Martin Scott, of the University of East Anglia, conducted focus group observations with 108 people with nearly half asked to keep a diary on their thoughts about poorer countries.

    "In the diaries only six per cent of all entries were about celebrity humanitarianism - almost all of which were about programs or advertisements in the build-up to Comic Relief," Scott said.

    "Celebrities were both valued for their seemingly instrumental role in drawing attention to worthy causes but at the same time this was often accompanied by cynical statements (written in the diaries) about their motivations for involvement or about the genuineness of their emotional responses.

    "There were still a relatively large number of occasions in which seemingly authentic celebrities did appear to generate a distinct sense of proximity and agency vis-a-vis distant suffering.

    "However, overall the results of this research suggest that celebrities are generally ineffective in cultivating a cosmopolitan engagement with distant suffering.

    "In conversations about the mediation of distant others, research participants rarely talked about instances of explicit celebrity humanitarianism."

  • 15 Aug 2014 9:55 AM | Louise Stokes
    We welcome to the AuSAE community in New Zealand the following associations



    New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists



    Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa



    Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa



    Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa



    Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa



    New Zealand Institute of Surveyors



    Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia

  • 15 Aug 2014 8:54 AM | Louise Stokes
    We are excited to announce Danni Da Ros will be performing at the 2014 AuSAE Symposium Gala Dinner – celebrating AuSAE’s diamond anniversary.

    Straight from Australia’s number one rated TV Show, The Voice Australia, “Pocket Rocket Diva” Danni Da Ros is one of Australia’s most talented, versatile and dynamic vocalists. Her powerful soulful tone, unbelievable range, and demanding stage presence allowed her make it to the top 4 in Team Delta on The Voice Australia and gave her a number 19 single on the ITunes Chart with “Alone”. A name synonymous with the Sydney live music scene, Danni has been singing and performing for over 15 years all over Australia and in countries such as the USA, Dubai and Singapore and was the featured singer for Qatar’s Olympic bid in 2007 broadcast throughout the Middle East.

  • 04 Aug 2014 9:30 AM | Deleted user
    How do you sustain your member’s interest so they renew year after year and remain active, committed members of your community?

    At this year’s AuSAE Leadership Symposium there are several membership focused sessions covering a range of specific membership components such as the all-important: retention, segmentation, research and engagement.

    We all know good research is fundamental to gaining the information and the insights necessary for successful decision-making, so why not join other not-for-profit leaders at this special event to hear what innovative membership component strategies they have in place and their future plans?

    Sound good? Then click here to download the 2014 AuSAE Leadership Symposium Program and click here to register today.

    I look forward to seeing you on October 29-30 in Rotorua at this special event.

    Kimberley Miller
    Events and Communications Manager

  • 01 Aug 2014 10:24 AM | Louise Stokes
    AuSAE are excited to announce the 2014 Leadership Symposium “Future Trends for Associations Events” session panel.
    • Michelle Blicavs, CEO, International Association for Public Participation
    • Helen Bambry, Business Events Manager Australia, Tourism New Zealand
    • Oscar Van Elten, Federal Sales and Event Manager, Australian Dental Association
    • Sarah Markey-Ham, CEO, ICMS
    • Brett Jeffery, General Manager, Australasian Society of Association Executives
    This expert panel will discuss current and future trends for association events including unconferences, event gamification, running hybrid events and changing technology. Our panel will also consider the value of non-attendee engagement and involving delegates in event planning.

    Don’t forget early bird pricing to attend the 2014 AuSAE Leadership Symposium (October 13-14) ends in two weeks!

    Click here to register today.

    We hope to see you there!
  • 01 Aug 2014 8:22 AM | Louise Stokes
    Thursday, 31 July, 2014 - 16:15

    New Zealand Association of Credit Unions (NZACU) director, Rob Nicholls, has been honoured with a prestigious international award from the World Council of Credit Unions, the international body representing more than 208 million people in 103 countries across the globe.

    Last night, Rob Nicholls was presented with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award at the 2014 World Council of Credit Unions’ annual Conference held this year on the Gold Coast. Mr Nicholls was one of only two recipients to receive the award this year by the global organisation.

    Mr Nicholls has been involved with the credit union movement within New Zealand and Australia for over 30 years and the award recognised his long standing service, dedication and contribution to the development of credit unions in this region, and internationally.

    More than 1,800 international delegates from around the world were at the conference, and Mr Nicholls received the accolade from World Council President and Chief Executive Officer, Brian Branch, and World Council Chair, Grzegorz Bierecki, at the closing ceremony on Wednesday 30th July 2014.

    NZACU represents 22 cooperatively owned credit unions and building societies in New Zealand, who in turn provide a wide range of financial services, like savings accounts, loans and insurance.

    Any profits made stay within New Zealand, and are returned to the members in a combination of ways, such as fairer fees and interest rates with community involvement.

  • 30 Jul 2014 4:00 PM | Louise Stokes
    by Janie Smith | 29 Jul 2014 Sourced from:

    Being able to work remotely is becoming increasingly important to businesses and employees alike, allowing for more flexible work practices.

    But it’s not as simple as letting employees work from home.

    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute released the Telework Briefing, a collection of findings on managing telework.

    Institute director, Professor Tim Bentley, said that teleworking was about giving employees the flexibility to make their own decisions on how to work best and the tools to achieve outcomes.

    “If a proper teleworking policy is implemented across the company, both employers and employees will reap the benefits.”

    The research found that trustworthiness was the biggest expectation that employers had of employees who worked remotely.

    The report said that organisations had emphasised that their teleworking arrangements were based on “high trust relationships in which employees are treated as responsible and are expected to act with integrity when teleworking”.

    The clear communication of expectations and organisational support were also key factors in successful teleworking.

    “Managers can lead teleworkers effectively by maintaining an open line of contact and communication of expectations, as well as providing them with infrastructure support so they can work effectively off site,” said Bentley.

    Balancing the amount of time spent in the office and working remotely was important, as the research showed that workers who spent a lot of time teleworking could end up feeling socially isolated, more anxious and less satisfied with their jobs.

    Successful teleworking also depended on buy-in from the organisation’s leaders.

    “It is important to have a culture that places a high value on employee empowerment and trust, and then develops and maintains leadership and resources,” said Bentley.

    The research provided these 10 tips for senior management:

    1. Understand the implications of the ‘new ways of working’ for the organisation

    2. Establish a business case for incorporating telework in the organisation’s flexible
    work practices

    3. Develop a policy framework for telework implementation and ensure guidelines are

    4. Develop and maintain a culture of trust and engagement within which telework

    5. Encourage and facilitate telework uptake within the organisation

    6. Assess and develop the capabilities needed to support and manage telework

    7. Provide the appropriate infrastructure and support for telework

    8. Assess and manage the risks associated with telework

    9. Ensure teleworker well-being and safety

    10. Monitor and review telework practice and outcomes

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