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Strengthening Community Governance Update – October 2018

Strong, skilled and resilient governance is an important driver for healthy communities. The Nelson Tasman Strengthening Governance Project began in 2017 and is making significant progress towards short and long term project outcomes that were collectively set at the end of 2017.

The project is  steered by Rātā Foundation,  Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, DIA, Volunteer Nelson, Te Pūtahitanga  and community representatives. There is also a wider action group supporting and informing the project.

As  a bit  of a recap,  the Nelson/Tasman Combined Community and Whanau Meeting in March 2017, and an earlier Rātā Foundation Social Services Sector Scan, indicated that there was an unmet need in terms of governance development in Nelson/Tasman. In response to this need, Rātā Foundation and Nelson City Council, working with the Department of Internal Affairs and Volunteer Nelson, commissioned in-depth research into the issues and strengths of governance in the region.

 In November 2017,  there was a large event ‘Moving  Forward, Strengthening Community Governance’ held  at the Trafalgar Centre Northern Extension with over 100 community board members and managers.  Here research was presented, discussed and there was a facilitated interactive session to gather  input. The steering and action groups for driving the Strengthening Community Governance Project forward were formed.

 A  year  on, there  has been significant  progress around key themes, with the action and steering groups meeting regularly. Key development areas are People/Tāngata, Resources/Rauemi, Learning/Mātauranga and Collaboration/Mahi Tahi with short and long term outcomes for each.

 There will be another special event this year, celebrating and reviewing the activities of 2018 and looking forward to 2019. This event is titled ‘Everything you wanted to know about governing a community organisation, but were afraid to ask’ and is to be held starting at 5.30pm on 1 November at the Trafalgar Pavilion.  At the November event there will be an update on progress in key areas this year, a partners update and an educational session run by Garth of LEAD who has been delivering the Governance Bites sessions throughout the year.


Below is a brief overview of overall project progress this year, for more, come along to the November event.

 Project Update, Oct 2018: There has been a lot of achieving around the Learning/Mātauranga theme with five of the year long series of Governance Bites sessions being delivered. These are delivered by Garth Nowland-Foreman of LEAD. Over 70 attendees have been to a session or attend regularly. There was two in-depth, day long training sessions offered by Institute of Directors and one more is planned in that series. Rātā Foundation has fully funded both Governance Bites and IOD learning opportunities so there is no cost to participants.

 Some other areas of development are: Rāta Foundation has funded the scoping of a collective resource portal, Volunteer Nelson have developed a governance section on their website where prospective board members can submit a governance C.V. and organisations seeking board members can view them. Nelson City Council and Rātā Foundation are also working towards developing a mentoring programme.

Register for the November event via Eventbrite here, or phone Holly or Jane at Volunteer Nelson on 03 546 7681 to find out more.

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