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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, governance training and governance consultations. 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].

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Upcoming Governance Events

Building Capability & Capacity in Governance & Financial Sustainability

Starting in April 2021, there will be a series of seven FREE workshops aimed at not-for-profits and designed to strengthen governance and financial sustainability. Each session will be led by Harald Breiding-Buss of Community Capacity Accounting, a charitable organisation providing low cost accounting solutions to not-for-profits.

Workshop topics and dates:

  1. Not for profit basics (for migrants and pacific people) 14th April 2021
  2. Your Organisation’s Constitution 19th May 2021
  3. Committee Meetings and Rules 16th June 2021
  4. Grants, Contracts & Accountability 21st July 2021
  5. Internal Controls and Financial Policy 27th October 2021
  6. Costing and Budgeting 17th November 2021 (postponed from18th August)
  7. Financial Governance 8th December (postponed from 15th September)

All session will be held 5:30 to 7:30pm. Please be sure to register so we can keep you updated on any changes to venue (e.g. moving to Zoom due to Covid level changes etc).

Exploring Peer-To-Peer Opportunities in the Not-For-Profit sector in Whakatū

In order to build new peer-led governance support processes that would most effectively strengthen governance outcomes in Nelson Tasman, the Nelson Tasman governance community was invited to participate in a scoping exercise to identify what was most needed and how this should be delivered. A range of people active in community governance in Whakatu participated in exploratory 1-1 conversations in May-June, with a broad range of peer to peer governance support opportunities now identified for further discussion and prioritisation by the Community Governance Steering and Action Groups.   Follow the link to read the full report by Helen Watson on SCG Peer to Peer Connections.

Advertise for a Board Member


If you would like to advertise for a board member, you can use Volunteer Nelson’s free Volunteer Referral Service here or may want to consider the Institute of Directors ‘Director Vacancies’ here. There is a cost for the Institute of Director’s service but it is heavily discounted for non-profits.

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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