People Resources

The management of people in any organisation is most important as without the work of staff most organisations would not be able to function. Staffing also accounts for the biggest expenditure item for most community organisations. 

Called ‘Human Resource Management’ or ‘People and Capability’ it covers the management of staff, competence, talent and culture in an organisation. It includes, for example, recruitment and selection, health and safety and wellbeing, employment relations, organisational development, remuneration and rewards, and learning and development. In the social sector this often also includes the management of volunteers.
There is an enormous amount of information about managing people and the information below is by no means extensive, please see this resource as a start only!

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?



He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Packed crowd, lively discussion on Treaty

A packed theatre enjoyed a lively discussion last night at Baycourt on the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and how it influences today’s issues of co-governance, Three Waters and the redevelopment of Tauranga’s city centre . Te Kohinga, a Tauranga-based...

High interest in co-governance discussion

Interest is high in next week’s discussion at Baycourt on understanding co-governance, Three Waters and Tauranga city’s redevelopment.Te Kohinga, a Tauranga-based reconciliation network, has organised the free event at Baycourt - Three Voices at the Treaty Table - on...

Volunteering Bay of Plenty hands over local services to SociaLink

After 17 years of dedicated service to the volunteering sector and local communities, Volunteering Bay of Plenty (Volbop) has passed the baton to SociaLink, acting Chair Berenice Langson said. “I am pleased to announce that SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the...

Three Voices at the Treaty Table: Understanding Co-governance, Three Waters and city redevelopment

How does Te Tiriti o Waitangi influence co-governance, Three Waters and the redevelopment of Tauranga’s city centre? Te Kohinga, a Tauranga-based reconciliation network is organising a free event at Baycourt next month to help improve public understanding of Te Tiriti...

Collaboration in action – the importance of community

By Charlotte Van Doorn (Collaborative Practice Coordinator, SociaLink) As we all know, the last two and a half years of living and working with a pandemic in our midst has been challenging in many ways.Change is never easy and when change is ongoing it takes its toll....

Volunteer Bay of Plenty to close its doors

After 17 years of dedicated service to the volunteering sector and local communities, Volunteering Bay of Plenty will be closing as a registered non-profit charity, acting Chair Berenice Langson said. “Unfortunately, Covid has made its impact in various ways, and it...

Democracy and co-governance are not mutually exclusive – Liz Davies

One of the main concerns people seem to have about Three Waters and health system reforms is a perception that democracy is denied in co-governance with Māori. Concerns seem to be driven by what some of us think we might lose, rather than what we might gain. It seems...

TECT funding boost for Community Insights

TECT funding will allow SociaLink’s Community Insights to support Western Bay of Plenty community organisations with useful data for another two years. The website,, provides Western Bay of Plenty community organisations with up-to-date...

What is fuelling the racist backlash?

The introduction of co-governance as part of the Three Waters reform and the establishment of a new national Māori Health Authority seems to have created a noticeable racial backlash, whether it’s due to opposition to co-governance or, at its worst, expressed as...

SociaLink meets with Minister

SociaLink Western Bay of Plenty met with the Minister of the Community and Voluntary Sector Priyancha Radhakrishnan, who was promoted to Cabinet this week.They also met with Minister of Women and Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti who is also Associate Minister of Education...


Are you, like us, looking forward to Aotearoa’s new Matariki holiday (on Friday 24 June)?  The stars of Matariki will reappear in the morning skies of Tauranga Moana at the end of this week, signalling the start of an important time in the traditional Māori calendar....

SociaLink launches website to share social agencies’ data

Liz Flaherty and SociaLink Policy Advisor Liz Stewart check out the dashboard SociaLink has launched a new website this week which makes evidence-based information available for community groups about the communities they serve and the social issues they are facing. ...

Recruitment, Selection and Induction (including diversity)



Recruitment & Selection Methods

Read a short overview

Do Good Jobs
A jobs board to connect dogooders with paid and volunteer roles at NGOs, charities and social enterprises in New Zealand.

SociaLink website also advertises vacancies see
New Zealand’s national body for workplace diversity and inclusion.

Employment for disabled people
Employment NZ information to help remove barriers to employment for disabled people.

Facing up to human resources
Article on developments relating to employee recruitment and management



Recruitment, selection & induction
Video clip explaining recruitment, selection and Induction

Health, Safety and Wellbeing



Download this great little resource put together by Community Waikato. It steps you through the process of getting everything into place in the correct way.

Worksafe – Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa 

Government website with extensive health and safety information including how the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 affects organisations and its workers. To start see

Health and Safety obligations for clubs, societies and charitable trusts
Article on how the Health and Safety at Work Act relates to charitable trust and societies

Health isn’t just physical
Read about the importance of protecting mental health at work

What is a healthy workplace?
Read article on why investing in physical and mental health and wellbeing of your workforce creates a healthy workplace and is simply good business.



Work-life balance
A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Work-life balance.

Talks to help you manage stress
Sometimes life can feel like a bit of a mess, but these TED talks are here to help you de-stress.

Employment Relations



Employment New Zealand
The leading source of information on employment in New Zealand, part of Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) inclusive of eg. employment agreement builder, wages, leave and holiday and resolving problems sections.

Remuneration and Rewards



Pay and wages
Employment NZ information

Not for Profit Remuneration Report Overview 2019
Strategic Pay (whole report or salary bands can be purchased)

5 things that motivate your employees more than money
Article on other things that motivate people besides pay

Volunteer Management



Employment NZ: Volunteers
Read about who is a volunteer and why they are not covered by employment law.

Information for volunteers
Fact sheet explaining how the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 applies to volunteers.

Volunteering BOP
Information and volunteer management consultancy

Volunteering NZ:

Reports and research
inclusive of State of Volunteering in NZ report

Xperts: Online “Essentials of Volunteer Management” course.
Course Fee: $175.00 NZD

Articles (in general)



Human Resources Institute of NZ news bulletin with frequently new articles on the HR topics
HRD is an online source of news, opinion and analysis about HR issues.

Books (in general)



Human Resources Management in New Zealand by Richard Rudman

Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Strategic Approach by Joan. E. Pynes

Managing the Non-Profit Organization by Peter Drucker

 Note: Information on policies and procedures can be found under ‘Administration’