Our whakatauki

Uhia te kahui korowai Hei Parirau he Kohinga a rohe, Ma o Koringa a rohe Ma o Koringa what atawhai, Pumau he mutunga Ngakau. Haumi e, ui e, Taiki e

SociaLink will offer our skills and support to all people and communities, That they will feel safe and assured by our guidance, That through our nurturing, training and skilful hands much will be achieved to their satisfaction. Let it be so. 

Minister Poto Williams – Minister of Community and Voluntary, Associate Minister of Immigration, Social Development and Regeneration launched our research to around 90 people on Friday 9 August.

In SociaLink’s meeting with the Minister we asked how the issues raised in the research can be progressed, she suggested that a local collaborative sector response be organised to prioritise need and to demonstrate a collective approach to addressing needs.  In return the Minister advised that she would be happy to organise a meeting with the relevant Ministers.  SociaLink intends to support the sector to facilitate a collaborative, community led response to a prioritised issue to make the most of the opportunity to engage with central government.

For more information about the outcomes of this event, keep an eye on this page.

Download the reports here:



Tamati Tata welcoming the Minister                  Minister Poto Williams                                       The Opening with Carly Shorter

The representative from Legacy Funerals with Liz Davies presenting the award for the Art with Purpose competition to Maria Kausaleinen for her work depicting family violence.

Mayoral Forum focusing on social issues in WBOP

The social sector has not had the opportunity to meet with Mayoral candidates to challenge them on their views on the future. So here is our opportunity. Council can do many things to improve the lot of our vulnerable people. Lets get everyone thinking this way. Have your questions ready to ask on:

Monday September 30th at 4.30pm at the Village Hall in the Historic Village.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. RSVP here.




Minister Tracy Martin’s visit

Two community hui were held recently in Rotorua and Whakatane respectively where Minister for Children, Hon. Tracey Martin outlined the key issues Oranga Tamariki are currently facing and suggestions for the approach that Oranga Tamariki are taking to address these.

There was a common desire expressed to see fewer children and young people needing the help of Oranga Tamariki and the Minister was clear about her desire to work closely with whānau, hapu, iwi and local kaumātua and kuia to develop and enhance prevention and early intervention.

The main reason a child goes into care of Oranga Tamariki is through family violence exacerbated by drug, alcohol and mental health issues.  The reminder of just how many children lost their lives in the past 10 years through violence showed a very high percentage were of Māori decent and they died at the hands of whānau and/or friends of whānau.

Both hui were positive and the collective feedback form attendees is that Māori are in crisis.  This was acknowledged and the Minister invited whānau, hapu, iwi and local community to engage with us to provide feedback and proposals around questions posed at the hui.




A new approach MSD family-violence-funding-approach July 2019

Personal Coaching

is a collaborative, solution-focused partnership that helps participants produce the results they want as leaders for the organisation and for their personal lives. Through the process of coaching, leaders improve their performance, increase their energy, maximise opportunities, build engagement and enhance their enjoyment. Coaching is not simply a conversation – it is about action and change.

If you would like to benefit from personal coaching apply now. You need to be either in, or aspire to be a general manager, board trustee or chair and wish to extend your capability through working on a specific area.

Here are some words that earlier participants used to describe their experience:

Guidance, Support, Progress, Insightful, reflective, reframing, Insight, focus, accountability, mindset shifts, sounding board, Empowering, confidence, clarity, Hugely grateful, heard and supported, – life changing.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Apply here.


One2One Hands on Help with Funding  

  • Do you need some advice on obtaining funding – where and how?
  • A specialist eye on your grant application?
  • How to manage the fund when you’re successful?
  • How to plan for your funding? etc and so on.

You can  make an appointment with Tracy our funding guru to give you some free advice.

Make an appointment here.


Cultural Coaching

Would you like an individual coaching session on Māori cultural issues?

Our Māori Engagement Advisor Joy, is willing to help you with cultural Māori cultural issues on an organisational basis. To speak with Joy and book a one off session email: joy@socialink.org.nz


Tax and Charities

Read an update here.

Good Governance

In partnership with BayTrust, Exult will be running a Governance Workshop in Tauranga on Saturday 7th September 2019, 9.30am – 4pm. We have space for 8 organisations to attend this heavily subsidised session.

When: Saturday 7th September 2019. 9.30am – 4pm
Where: Tauranga Coastguard, Sulphur Point Marina, Tauranga

Cost: Usually this workshop costs $950 per organisation, but BOP Organisations pay just $400 thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust.

To register or for more information: Email rosie@exult.co.nz 

Creative Views – Groundswell Event 26 August – 2 September 2019


When: 26 August – 2 September 

Where: Red Square, Tauranga CBD

Groundswell marks the launch of Creative Bay of Plenty’s pilot project ‘Creative Views’. An initiative to bring a vacant CBD storefront to life through collaboration and creativity.

Creative Bay of Plenty aims to provide a taster of what can be achieved in vacant spaces in the Tauranga CBD by adding colour and vibrancy to a once empty window.  

The ‘Creative Views’ window features two installations during the Groundswell Festival. Otherworldly creations will be on display thanks to BOP Film, as well as the winning 2019 SociaLink ‘Legacy Trust “Art With Purpose” Award Installation by local artist Maria Kausalainen sharing a powerful message about social issues in our community.

It is important to note that the beautiful building being used is available to lease. It offers expansive window frontage with a north-facing aspect which utilises natures best spotlight, “The Sun”, to light up the window and store

Join us for an Express 2-hour Workshop on:

‘Strategic Planning Part 1: Crafting Your Vision and Mission’

Having a Vision and Mission statement that truly reflects your purpose is incredibly powerful, but how many do you know that just don’t make sense?
A powerful vision connects people with your organisation, empowers your team, provides direction and frames everything your team does.Looking for good ideas, information and advice for running your non-profit?

Thursday 29 August 6pm – 8pm – Waipuna Park Pavilion – more info here

Want to be re-energised for your role in the community? Check out Tonic Magazine – a quarterly publication which covers all the issues related to non-profits in New Zealand.


7th September 9.30am – 4pm

Governance, including models, strategic planning, more here – Exult. Email Rosie@exult.co.nz to book

Tauranga Coastguard, Sulphur Point Marina

16th September 11am – 12.30pm

Māori Culture

The Kollective

23rd September, 1.00pm – 2.30pm

The Impact of Climate Change on the social sector – Dr Nikki Harre,

Dr Nikki Harre

30th September at 4.30pm

Mayoral Forum, all Mayoral candidates focusing on the social sector RSVP here

The Village Hall

30th September – 10.30am –2.00pm

How to tell your story with impact – Part 1. with Dawn Picken, Journalist, TV anchor presenter, tutor.

The Kollective

8th October

6.00 – 8pm

Running a Meeting – Exult


14th October 10.00am – 3.00pm

Going the Extra Mile Without Killing Yourself!!!!

Getting your life and work balanced – Barbara Hill

The Kollective

14th October

Coaching Programme begins – 6 coaching sessions for Chief Executives, Board Chairs, senior leaders or emerging leaders.

By phone

21st October, 11am – 12.30pm

Māori Culture – last session

The Kollective

24th October –part 2

How to Pitch your story – Part 2 with Dawn Picken Journalist, TV anchor presenter, tutor.

The Kollective

28th October 12noon – 1.00pm

Impact Investing – Terri Eggleton, Bay Trust

The Kollective

21 October

6.00 – 8pm

Running an Effective Meetings – Exult


30 October

6.00 – 8pm

The Power of Policies


4th – 5th November

Beyond Diversity – a powerful 2 day workshop  designed to transform your understanding of how race impacts our lives, our work and our communities.

Club Mt Maunganui

45 Kawaka St

Mt Maunganui

7th – 8th November

Tonic Conference – Exult

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport

14th November

Running an Effective Meeting – Exult


5 – 8th November

Partnership Brokers Training – a 4-day skills development course for those involved in brokering and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships – Thought Partners

Te Wahanga Atawhai Mercy Conf Centre

15 Guildford Tce Wgtn


Avalon is looking for an energetic, proactive, and dynamic Facilitator to join Avalon on a 1 -year fixed term position, while one of our team is on parental leave. Read more about this vacancy and application details here .

Applications close on 5th September.

AGM – SociaLink

You’re invited to come to the Social Sector Innovation WBOP Charitable Trust’s AGM on

Tuesday 24th September 2019 at 2pm

Guest speaker: Bill Murphy Purpose Captial Impact Fund and Enterprise Angels: on Impact Investing

Please rsvp: kathy@socialink.org.nz

Many thanks to our funders. Without them, none of this would be possible.