Tautoko Network

The former Volunteer Coordinator’s Network and Not-for-Profit Managers Network have been merged to form the new Tautoko Network. “Tautoko” relates to support and advocacy, and we believe that combining the two previous forums will allow more accessible information sharing within the community sector. We are also putting together a programme of events in the Hurunui, Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts; those meetings will also be included in the Tautoko Network listings.


Wednesday, 23 Oct: Tautoko Network Meeting
Topic: Funding Applications
Presenter: Rhodora Sages, Birthright
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch
free event
RSVP: outreach@volcan.org.nz

Governance Bites – in association with Otautahi Partnership for Strenthening Community Organisations (OPSCO)

The purpose of Ōtautahi Partnership for Strengthening Community Organisations is to strengthen the not-for-profit sector of Greater Christchurch. The Partnership was formed to ensure that the actions to build capacity and capability across the sector are cohesive and effective. Read more information here.

Governance Bites is a series of 12 free events offering practical development opportunities in bite-sized pieces for ’time poor’ and cash-strapped community leaders involved in non-profit boards in Canterbury. Served with pizza, the events will be held in the evening on the first Thursday of the month at Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch. Limited numbers, bookings required. See monthly event listings for details.

Certificate in Managing Volunteers

With the support of Careerforce, VNZ is now able to offer the New Zealand Certificate in First Line Management to its membership network. This means leaders and managers of volunteers can now gain a Certificate in Managing Volunteers. This is a New Zealand qualification that is flexible, offers affordable learning, and provides the opportunity for recognition of workplace based learning. This certificate is perfect for anyone who is an experienced or aspiring team leader, supervisor or coordinator.

For more information visit: Volunteering New Zealand


Tuesday, 5 Nov: International Volunteer Managers’ Day
11:00am – 12:00pm
Do you co-ordinate or manage a volunteering programme? Join us for a coffee and a chat to celebrate International Volunteer Managers’ Day. 
The Cat Nap Cafe, 391 Colombo Street, Sydenham.
RSVP: limited numbers, please book your space via email outreach@volcan.org.nz

Thursday, 7 Nov: Governance Bites
Topic: Boards and Managers – Getting the Balance Right
Presenter: Garth Nowland-Foreman, director of LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Governance and Leadership www.lead.org.nz 
In Association With: Ōtautahi Partnership for Strengthening Community Organisations (OPSCO) (More information available here)
This sessions gets down to the nitty-gritty of good governance, dealing with the most common question and concern that non-profit leaders have about boards. How can boards and managers work constructively together? Is there a clear dividing line between governing and day-to-day management? If not, how do we sort it out in practice? Does that change over time, and is it effected by the life-cycle stage of the non-profit organisation?
Time: 5:15pm – 7:00pm
Meeting Room 1, Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch
free event
RSVP: registration via Eventbrite


Business and Computing Short Courses

Looking for flexible and affordable Short Courses? Check out the up and coming bite size courses from Ara Institute of Canterbury.


Thursday, 5 Dec: International Volunteer Day