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About the Strengthening Community Governance Project

The Strengthening Community Governance Project began in 2017 and is steered by Rātā Foundation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Department of Internal Affairs, Volunteer Nelson, Te Pūtahitanga and community representatives.

There has been in-depth research commissioned by Rātā Foundation & Nelson City Council, and full community involvement. A comprehensive action plan has been developed and there is an engaged action group taking the project further. You can read Strengthening Community Governance in Nelson and Tasman report here.

Some initiatives to come out of the project so far are comprehensive professional development training opportunities, scoping of a research portal and Volunteer Nelson’s latest Governance CV system. See more below.

A good way to keep up to date with what is happening is to join the Strengthening Community Governance facebook group here. If you would like to find out about joining the action group, contact Community Partnerships Adviser, Scott Tambisari at Nelson City Council, [email protected].

Upcoming Governance Event

“Getting the Right People On Board – and helping them disembark when its time” 

When: Thursday 31st January 2018, 5.15 – 7pm.

Where: Room T308, NMIT, Nelson Campus

Cost: Free event – registration required

This first session for 2019 will be all about Recruiting and Exiting Board Members – and will deal with topics such as, where do you find good board members? how do you convince them to serve on your board? how do you get the most out of them? what’s the best term limit? how do you get rid of people who are not performing? what about when founders need to move on?


More about this Project…

The Strengthening Community 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.

There is a steering group for the project including Rātā Foundation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Department of Internal Affairs, Volunteer Nelson, Te Pūtahitanga and community representatives. There is also a wider Action Group supporting and informing the project and a community of learning developing around regular Governance Bites training sessions.

For any questions contact Jane at Volunteer Nelson on 03 546 7681.

Governance CVs

AUGUST2018 – NEW initiative to the Strengthening Community Governance Project – Governance CVs

Those wishing to volunteer their skills and experience as a governance member for not-for-profit organisations can  complete a CV style profile here. Not-for-profit organisations searching for governance members with particular skill sets can search through the CVs, and Volunteer Nelson can connect organisations with volunteers.

Create a Governance CV

Want to let organisations know you are out there, and what your skills are? Take a few minutes to fill in a Governance CV style profile. Volunteer Nelson will add your CV to the published list on this website. Your contact details will be replaced with a unique ID. When an organisation responds to your CV, Volunteer Nelson will contact you, and you can choose whether to get in contact with that organisation.

To withdraw your CV please contact [email protected] or phone 03 546 7681.

Create a Governance CV

View Current Governance CVs

Are you a community organisation on the look out for board members? Are you looking for a board member with particular skills? Click on the button below to browse through our currently held Governance CVs.

Names and contact details are not published. Contact Volunteer Nelson with the Unique ID of the Governance CV and Volunteer Nelson will pass on your contact details to the person. Email Volunteer Nelson at [email protected] or phone 03 546 7681.

View Current Governance CV’s

(As it is the very start of this project, there are no CV’s listed yet. Please check back in 1 month)

Governance Training

Governance Bites Series

The Governance Bites series is one of the first initiatives to come out of the Strengthening Community Governance Project. Facilitator Garth Nowland-Foreman (Director, LEAD) guides you through the topic of Governance in a series of monthly evening sessions, held at NMIT. Garth has a wealth of experience in the sector, from staring his own organisation right through to leading a government policy unit, as well as 20 years teaching experience.

Workshops in this series are held on the first Thursday of the month. To sign up for the next workshop, please complete the Workshop Registration form at Workshop Registration Form or call Holly or Jane at Volunteer Nelson on 03 546 7681 for more information.

Strengthening Community Governance

Institute of Directors Not-for-profit Governance Sessions

As part of the actions and activities coming out of the Strengthening Community Governance in Nelson / Tasman research, Rātā Foundation are partnering with Institute of Directors to provide 3 sessions aimed at strengthening Not-for-profit governance in the Nelson / Tasman region.

These sessions will cover Governance essentials, Finance and Strategy. Each session will be delivered over a full day and be held In Nelson at the Nelson City Council offices.

Spaces are limited for these sessions so we have some criteria which attendees must be able to fulfil. These are:

– Organisations must be funded by Rātā Foundation

Priority will be given to:

– Organisations we have been working with to support capacity building, or where governance has been identified as an issue
– Organisations for whom Institute of Directors courses would normally be unaffordable
– Organisations which have engaged with the Strengthening Community Governance project

Further information on these sessions can be found below:

Governance Essentials – 31st August 2018 – 8.30am – 5pm…/Not-for-Profit-Governance-Essentia…

Finance – 28th September 2018 – 8.30am – 5pm

Strategy – 29th October 2018 – 8.30am – 5pm

Up to 2 individuals per organisation may register for these programmes, to get most impact for your organisation we advise that you register for all 3 of the sessions. Places are limited, we have 24 places for each session.

Please click here to register board members –

Governance Resources

Volunteer Nelson have a collection of resources to do with governance that you might find useful. Click on the button below to access and browse the folder. Please feel free to make suggestions of resources you would like us to add to this collection, email [email protected].

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