Meet Minister Poto Williams – Minister of Community and Voluntary, Associate Minister of Immigration, Social Development and Regeneration.

Hear about the 5 pieces of SociaLink research about social issues in the Western Bay of Plenty, an update of mapping the social sector, including an pay equity in the sector, hear about how clients experience accessing social and health services as well as the many waiting lists they are often confronted with. 

We are also launching some videos related to the research and the winning submission for the: 2019 SociaLink “Legacy Trust” Art with Purpose Award. This art installation was made possible thanks to the support of Legacy. This artwork was commissioned to reflect some of the issues raised in the research.

This event is called Opening the Blinds on the Real Life of Us i.e. opening the blinds of our homes and our eyes to the social issues experienced in the western Bay of Plenty..

Registrations open at 8.30am (coffee available) for a 9am start, finishing at 12.30pm.

Discussion with Community Networks Aotearoa

Community Networks Aotearoa supports local networks throughout the country.

They work closely with central government on a weekly basis on our behalf.

We are inviting you to come to meet them to discuss:

  • the review of Charities Act,
  • the changes to the Incorporated Societies Act which is now before cabinet,
  • whats happening at a national level,
  • and for CNA to hear about your concerns which they can then communicate to central government

Thursday 15 August at 3pm – 4pm at The Kollective


CNA tell us:

“We are aware that sometimes it is difficult to see how political changes can affect the work happening at the grass roots.  Today I want to tell you about something I am working on that although maybe not immediately clear how, will affect every single legal organisation.

Work has restarted in Government on changes to the Incorporated Societies Act.  I have been with several groups of people discussing what the proposed changes are, and if they are advantageous to our memberships and to those our members connect to.  In the majority of cases, most non-profits are at the very least Incorporated Societies and changes are coming.   Soon we are sure will be a review of the Charitable Trust Act.

We are keeping a close eye on all this.  If this is not directly of interest to you, it must be of interest to your Governing Committee or Board.  Please pass this information onto your Governance committee and watch this space for more information.”

Boards Reviewing Finances

You’re on a board. You’re not financially trained but you appreciate that reviewing finances to ensure they’re under control is an important aspect of good governance. What should you be looking for? What are the questions to ask? Is there a “cheat sheet” or checklist?
I received an email recently that asked “what should I be looking for?” 

In our experience as accountants who advise a wide variety of organisations, it’s a reasonably common question. Usually it’s asked by people in governance roles who don’t see themselves as having strong financial acumen but who want to do a good job in their role for their organisation. Interestingly the question is much more common in relation to not-for-profit (NFP) and charitable entities than profit seeking commercial organisations.

However while the question is reasonably short, the answer sadly, is not. Nor is it nearly as simple or concise.

Read the full post here from Craig Fisher of RSM

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.

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.

Apply here.




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

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.


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.


15th August

The Pōwhiri, Pūrakau and Motivational Interviewing with Youth, Emerging Adults and Adults: Paddling and Flying to New Horizons.


Arataki Community Centre

19th August

Community Led Change – Inspiring Communities

Village Hall, Historic Village

19th August

9.00am – 12noon

Working with gender diversity – Gender Dynamix

The Kollective

27th August

NFP Fundraisers Forum

Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel, 153 Kirkbride Road, Mangere

27th August & 10 Sept 9.00am – 12noon

Finance Essentials

The Kollective

29 August

6:00 pm8:00 pm

Strategic Planning Part 1. Crafting your vision and mission. Exult

Waipuna Park Pavillion

25 Kaitemako Rd, Welcome Bay



Managing burn out and looking after your own well being

The Kollective

10th September at 4.30pm

Mayoral Forum, all Mayoral candidates focusing on the social sector

The Village Hall

7th September 9.30am – 4pm

Governance, including models, strategic planning, more here – Exult. Email to book

Tauranga Coastguard, Sulphur Point Marina

9th September

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

By phone

8th October

6.00 – 8pm

Running a Meeting – Exult



The Social Impacts of Climate Change, Dr Niki Harre – date to be confirmed.


21 October

6.00 – 8pm

Running an Effective Meeting – 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. More information soon.



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