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Community Internship Programme Open for Applications Until 26 September 2012

Community Internship Programme: Te Tahua Whakahaerenga Tauira Hapori

The 2012/13 funding round for the Community Internship Programme will close Wednesday 26 September 2012 for internships planned to begin in January or February 2013.


The Community Internship Programme (CIP or the programme) funds hapū, iwi or community groups with identified development needs to employ skilled professionals from the public, iwi, private or community sectors as interns for three to six months.

The programme is designed to achieve specific capacity-building outcomes for host hapū, iwi or community organisations, and relationship-building outcomes between the public, private, iwi or community sectors.

The programme focuses on skill-sharing and the exchange of knowledge between sectors, while building ongoing relationships which continue after an internship ends.

Who is involved?

Community internships work as a partnership between the host community organisation, the intern and the home organisation (the intern’s usual employer). Interns work for the host organisation for three to six months on agreed work programmes designed to improve the effectiveness of the organisation.

There are three partners required for a community internship:

An established, not-for-profit community or hapū/iwi organisation, which has clearly identified an area for development, is known as the host community organisation and is the applicant for the CIP grant (the Host) An experienced and skilled professional who temporarily leaves their paid position within a public, private, iwi or community and voluntary sector organisation to work as the intern for the host community organisation for three to six months fulltime (the Intern) The home agency that is the regular place of work for the intern before and after the internship. A home agency can be a private business, iwi authority, government department, local authority, or a non-profit community organisation (the Home).

What is funded

A CIP grant is a salary specific grant to the host organisation to cover the full amount of an intern’s salary for the period of the community internship.

For more information go to http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/

  • Click on ‘Apply for Grant Funding’
  • Click on ‘Crown Grants’
  • Click on ‘Community Internship Programme’


Ruth Tamihana-Milne

  • Community Operations, The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
  • Ph:09 3625188 – Mobile: 0272322504
  • Level 1, 20-24 Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckland 2241
  • www.dia.govt.nz

Transgender Passport Inquiry Meetings Wellington 27 June, Auckland July


The Human Rights Commission continues to work alongside government agencies and community groups around implementing the Transgender Inquiry’s recommendations (http://www.hrc.co.nz/human-rights-environment/action-on-the-transgender-inquiry) . Recently the Department of Internal Affairs approached the Commission about possible ways to simplify the process for trans people who want to change sex details on their passport.

The department attended the recent Agender national conference in Christchurch, to talk with trans people there. The Human Rights Commission has also invited them to speak at community meetings in Wellington and Auckland, as part of a general discussion about progress on the Transgender Inquiry recommendations. Come along to ask questions and have your say.


The Department of Internal Affairs is currently reviewing its operational policies regarding the issuance of passports for transgender applicants, where they wish to record a change in gender identity.  The expectation of the review is to implement a more flexible policy.

The Department’s current thoughts are that applicants would need to provide a witnessed Statutory Declaration with their passport application, outlining their circumstances, and advising the gender identity they wish to be displayed in their passport.

It is intended that the new gender identity would be displayed in the passport only and will not alter a person’s birth or citizenship record.

This change will have no effect on the Births. Deaths and Marriages and Relationships Registration Act 1995 which allows for an adult or guardian of an eligible child to apply to the New Zealand Family Court for a declaration to have their birth record reflect their nominated gender.

The Department has been consulting with communities across New Zealand with an expectation of being able to implement a new flexible policy in September 2012.

The Department invites any feedback regarding this issue to be forwarded by email to: ispassportsbusinesssupport@dia.govt.nz


Commissioner Richard Tankersley invites you to a community discussion about progress implementing the Transgender Inquiry recommendations. It is a chance to reflect on work that has been done by the Human Rights Commission, government agencies and community groups and our respective roles in progressing outstanding recommendations. The Department of Internal Affairs is coming to ask trans people for their views about proposed changes to the steps needed to change sex details on a passport.

  • Date: Thursday 28 June
  • Time: 5.30 – 7.15pm
  • Venue: Human Rights Commission, Level 1, Vector House, 44 the Terrace, Wellington

RSVP:    to jackb@hrc.co.nz by Tuesday 26 June (as some nibbles will be provided)

Proposed agenda

  • 5.30 Welcome (Commissioner Richard Tankersley)
  • 5.35 Introductions
  • 5.45 Transgender Inquiry – summary of progress on the recommendations (Jack Byrne)
  • 6.05 General questions and discussions about the Transgender Inquiry recommendations including the roles of the Commission, government agencies and community groups
  • 6.45 Department of Internal Affairs’ proposed change to its passports policy for trans people (Helen Jamison)
  • 7.00 Discussion about the proposed passports policy
  • 7.10 Closing comments so we finish by 7.15 –  though people are welcome to stay to talk informally


An Auckland meeting will be held in late July. The date is still to be confirmed. If you would like to be sent an invitation please email Jack on jackb@hrc.co.nz.