NGOs: A Global Movement

NGOs are organisations which are non-profit making, voluntary, independent of business, government or politically partisan bodies. We grow from people's commitment to a socially and ecologically sustainable world, and a dignified existence for all.

Around the world NGOs are increasingly recognised for their contribution in

  • providing services
  • helping shape government policy
  • assisting community and economic development and well-being
  • advancing the rights of women, ethnic minorities and groups such as disabled people.
  • peace, environmental, health and trade issues
  • defining and planning for the future

NGOs offer solutions to problems from grassroots, community perspectives, and this ability is increasingly acknowledged by Governments, business and international institutions such as the United Nations.

ANGOA helps meet the challenges for NGOs in Aotearoa New Zealand: increasing our skills, strengthening our resources and ability to act, consolidating our partnerships and building new ones.

ANGOA is about working together.

The ANGOA Constitution

The ANGOA Constitution contains the rules of ANGOA, as amended in 2001.

Our Members

ANGOA member organisations come from across the range of NGOs in Aotearoa New Zealand. Some are national umbrella organisations, some are regional, and some are local in their focus. They are active in issues of health, human rights, the environment, social development, youth, women, ethnicity, international development, and the peace movement.

Membership of this network is just $50 per year, and is gained by applying to the ANGOA Coordinating Committee. We are constituted as an Incorporated Society.

How We Work

Each year we hold a national gathering of members which sets the direction and priorities for ANGOA. Members elect a Coordinating Committee at the Annual General Meeting, to oversee ANGOA's ongoing work.

Current activities include:

  • Information to members on public policy issues e.g. Charities Review
  • Organising conferences and forums
  • Facilitating networking e.g. Community Sector Roundtable
  • Gathering input from members on emerging trends and issues
  • Attending meetings with Ministers and Departments
  • Working with other NGO networks and interest groups e.g. CTU
  • Advice and support to members
  • Gambling Working Party: a sub-committee of the Roundtable
  • Community Sector Taskforce and National Projects Leadership Group
  • Community Sector Research Forum: meets 4 to 5 times each year
  • Commonwealth Foundation: ANGOA has links and hosts conferences

National Networking

ANGOA is a vehicle for interaction within the NGO community, working with members and other shareholders on issues of common concern.

ANGOA facilitates NGO networking on issues such as citizenship, good governance and taxation of charities.

Because members come from all sectors of the community, participation in ANGOA gives you the opportunity to network with a wide range of interest groups.

ANGOA encourages central and local Government to work positively with NGOs. We facilitate the Community Sector Roundtable, an email network and face-to-face forum, where we can share views, strategies, and information which help develop the sector's relationship with Government.

Mahi Tahi — Working Together

ANGOA strongly believes in the need for organisations to work in partnership with Maori. We are working closely with organisations committed to strengthening Maori NG0s, to serve Maori in ways they feel are appropriate. Most recently this includes cooperation with Te Wero, formed alongside the Community Sector Taskforce as a result of sector-wide consultation.

International Contacts

ANGOA has links with NG0s throughout the world. We keep up-to-date with trends in the NGO movement and can assist your organisation in contacting like-minded groups.

We participate in the Pacific Islands Association of NG0s (PIANGO) and have regular contact with the Commonwealth Foundation. We organize and assist delegations for conferences, and we make input to NGO programmes and policy at the UN and other international institutions or events.

ANGOA is a member of CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and participates in international research through CIVICUS.