By Ronja Ievers (Hui E! Community Aotearoa) E nga mana, E nga reo It has been 4 years since New Zealand made a commitment, when it signed onto the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to empower people, reduce inequalities, promote social, economic and political inclusion, and to leave no one behind. Yet knowledge about the SDGs in New Zealand is still fragmented, and government engagement is low. Inequalities continue to exist and we are facing a major threat to our land, bio diversity, waterways and marine life. When the government therefore announced to present its first progress report (voluntary
External Relations Manager
Hui E! Community Aotearoa
Ronja Ievers is the Pou Takawaenga – External Relations Manager for Hui E! Community Aotearoa, a national body set up to support, strengthen and connect the wider community sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. Ronja’s experience in the not-for-profit sector ranges from facilitating small peer support groups for new mothers, to running the national office of the United Nations Association of New Zealand. She is now responsible for Hui E!’s work on the SDGs, among many other tasks, and currently chairs the steering group for the first Civil Society Report on the SDGs. Prior to that, Ronja worked in international education for many years, both in the private and public sector. Ronja has a first class honours in International Business Management, and has been studying towards a Diploma in Early Childhood and Adult Education, as part of her own journey of raising two boys. Ronja has also recently joined Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and is studying te reo Māori.