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Community Governance

Good governance is crucial for community organisations. Volunteer Nelson has been a part of a governance development programme since 2017 with the Nelson Tasman Strengthening Community Governance project. That project had partners including Rātā Foundation, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Department of Internal Affairs, Volunteer Nelson and Te Pūtahitanga. There is now more of a national push for governance support and we are closely following the resourses and trainings that become available.

Throughout the past few years Volunteer Nelson have a committment to supporting community governance and have been a part of training such as the Governance Bites series, the Governance Roundtable series, the Governance & Financial Sustainability series. A good way to keep up to date with what is happening is to join the mailing list for updates here or join the Strengthening Community Governance Facebook group here. Read on for details of our latest Governance Training on offer in 2022 and 2023.

Governance Opportunities

Looking to volunteer on a community board? Your skills, passion and energy could help strengthen our community sector and the support it provides to our community.

To look for governance opportunities, head to our Volunteer Opportunities page. We use the power of the Be Collective software platform to manage volunteer opportunities, applications and volunteers on our website. If you choose to apply for an opportunity, you’ll be directed to set up a profile on Be Collective. This profile is private to you, and enables organisations that you have applied for an opportunity with to get in contact with you.


Governance Training


Volunteer Nelson offers governance training at different times of the year.  Please sign up for our governance newsletter to receive information when they are scheduled here.

Sessions and Topics

For more details email [email protected] or phone (03) 546 7681.

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CommunityNet Aotearoa Community Resource Kit

CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen organisations working with New Zealand communities

Here is a link to CommunityNet’s Board Talks for 2022.

Community Governance NZ

Community Governance NZ support not-for-profit organisations with knowledge and resources to serve their communities well

After a successful and insightful 2022 Board Talk series Community Governance Aotearoa have some inspiring talks for not-for-profit leaders – Click this link for more information

Community Governance NZ

Good Governance is fundamental to the success of your organisation
By getting your governance right, you will have capable, diverse, and engaged board members, a strategy about how to achieve your organisation’s ambitions and serve your community, and ensure your organisation is operating in a legal and ethical manner.

Check out the Community Governance NZ website and resources.

Good Governance Code

Governance Resources

Volunteer Nelson has 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].

Are you looking for information on changes to the Charities Act? 

Chairing a board?

Here is a link to Part 1 of the Chairing the Board, a session with Steven Moe from Parry Field Lawyers video. 

Here is a link to Part 2  Good Governance, a Masterclass with Steven Moe of Parry Field Lawyers.

If you would like to advertise for a board member, options include:

  • Volunteer Nelson’s free Volunteer Referral Service here
  • Community Governance Aotearoa
  •  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.

Here is a presentation from Stevens Orchard Lawyers (pdf) on Incorporated Societies Presentation


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