COSS NEWS BULLETIN
COSS News is published by The Council of Social Services with the generous support of the
Canterbury Community Trust, the Lottery Grants Board and the Christchurch City Council.
Welcome to the start of the New Year. We, at COSS, hope that the New Year finds you rested
and well and ready for another year working within the sector. Our hope is for 2012 to be a
rebuilding and restoring year for Christchurch and we are hopeful that the organisations
currently still working from home or temporary accommodation find a safe, more permanent
place to work from.
We would like to acknowledge our amazing volunteer Gwen who has been with us for quite a
number of years. Gwen was honoured with a recognition award in December at a celebration for
volunteers co-ordinated by Volunteering Canterbury. We certainly appreciate the work Gwen
does for us and her cheerful company in the office. Well done Gwen and to all the other
volunteers who were acknowledged. As we all know, volunteers make a world of difference in a
huge number of organisations.
Organisations Relocating: We are noticing that organisations are slowly finding more
permanent homes to settle their offices into. If you would like to let the wider sector know of your
new contact details please let us know at the COSS office (email@example.com or 366
2050) and we can add the new details to our next newsletter.
Entrepreneurship: We are aware that a number of not for profit organisations have a
commercial arm that is used to create profit to go back into the community work that they do. A
good example of this is Community Energy Action which has a retail outlet for items such as
window insulation and hot water cylinder wraps. Proceeds from these sales go into funding their
charitable programmes such as the Curtain bank and their Warm Families programme. We
would like to compile a directory of organisations that have this function so we can add it to our
newsletter and inform people of this valuable resource. It’s a great way of the community
supporting the community and we would love to do our bit to share the information. If you would
like to be part of this directory please contact us at the COSS office.
Supervision Directory Website: We have been able to access and update the supervision
directory and this useful resource is available at supervisioninfo.org.nz . If you would like to be
added to this website please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can either add or
update your information. Please note the provision of this directory is a service only and we take
no responsibility for checking credentials or information given. It is up to the individual using this
information to ensure they have made the appropriate checks before engaging a supervisor.
CHCH3 network - chch3.net.nz We originally set this blog site up to keep community groups
and people informed and linked after the earthquakes but we believe it has a need that goes
further than this. If you would like to join up please use the link on the website and if you are
already a member we would encourage you to post events happening within Christchurch that
may be of interest to the sector. Our intention is for this website to become interactive and
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provide a link between the groups. If there is anything we could be doing differently to make this
website more user friendly please let us know email@example.com .
Are you still trying to re-create your policy manual? You can share the policies uploaded on the
chch3 site by joining the Policy Manuals group.
Would your team like a private on-line place to work on policies, project plans and other
documents? You can set up a closed group on chch3 and invite team members to join.
Staffing Resource COSS now has a small number of copies of Mana Mahi and its latest
update free to give away to community organisations. This comprehensive employment
resource was designed specifically for the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector to
support good faith based and productive employment relations. If you need a copy, please
contact the COSS office. We hope that groups receiving one of these valuable resources will
share it freely with other groups.
COSS Newsletter and updating contact information: If you haven’t received a COSS
newsletter it may be that we have your information recorded incorrectly. Please let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 366 2050 if this is the case. We would appreciate it if you could
circulate the newsletter through your networks so we can also pick up on people and
organisations we may have missed along the way. If you have an item that you would like to see
in the newsletter you can email that to email@example.com as well.
We will also forward emails of interest to the sector as we receive them but a good way to keep
up to date is by visiting www.chch3.net.nz .
We would also like to say we really appreciate your ongoing support through annual
membership fees and donations which help us continue to provide our service in the sector.
One Voice Te Reo Kotahi
Speaking from the NGO sector
For Ōtautahi to be the haven we all seek, i.e. a place for people, an oft quoted proverb springs
'He aha te mea nui o te ao? Maku e ki atu.
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata'
What is the most important thing in this world? I will tell you,
it is people, it is people, it is people!
It is people who have lost their sense of tinanatanga / physical reality, it is people who have lost
their sense of whanaungatanga / community, it is people who are lost in a world of conflicting
emotions and ambiguity, it is people who when all else fails, only have their wairua / inner
strength to sustain them!
People need Ōtautahi to be a haven, a place of healing, a place that’ll allow human beings to be
human again. Create an environment that will enhance Papatūānuku, to be our museum, to be
our library, to be our university, our place of learning. An environment that’ll share its stories
and open its heart to all.
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Ōtautahi, a nest for the very young and a home for the elderly.
Let’s take this chance to create a place of spiritual safety, physical safety, emotional safety and
safe for all whānau.
Ruaumoko will shake and he will rumble.
Ko Rūaumoko e ngunguru nei i au, au, aue hā!
If you are an NGO with an interest in the rebuilding of greater Christchurch to be a haven and
place of safety for all, One Voice Te Reo Kotahi stands by you.
Who we are
We are ‘One Voice Te Reo Kotahi’ that speaks from the sector allowing the voices of
organisations that have not been formed by government or commerce to be heard. We stand
for all parts of the sector, as tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti, providing expertise and
experience of and in the sector.
We are a recently convened forum that anticipates future work towards the rebuild and will be
promoting the voices within the sector and the expertise that those voices can provide. We
have submitted to CCC and are currently beginning to engage with CERA.
Interpretation of Te Reo Kotahi: One voice is simply the waka on which the NGO sector with
its many faces (nga matatini) carries community expectations and truths with integrity.
How we function
We have held several meetings from which a steering group has been formed. By consulting
with groups and collating responses from them we provide two way communications between
the NGO sector and government, and commerce – a brokerage role. We support and promote
the contribution of organisations in the sector. We advise and inform decision makers of the
issues. We are working alongside CanCERN in its vital role with local residents’ groups, and
bringing in the specialist city-wide NGOs (many with national dimensions).
In whatever comes next, we want to make sure your voice is heard. We hold regular forums for
the sector to discuss and debate the issues. If you wish to be included in our informational
emails, or if you are interested in helping us amplify the voices from the sector, please register
your interest at http://bit.ly/1voicetereokotahi-reg
Kia ora .
Main contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or c/- COSS, ph 366 2050.
Tangata Tiriti chairs: Moira Underdown (email@example.com) and Adele Wilkinson
Tangata Whenua coordinator: at the time of publishing this, the coodinator was in the process
of changing. Please contact the COSS office for current details.
Lucy D’Aeth, the Community Resilience team manager at CERA was the speaker at
December’s meeting of One Voice Te Reo Kotahi (OVTRK). Lucy said that the OVTRK
initiative is valued at CERA and being able to come to a meeting was very helpful.
She outlined what she’s been involved with in the past week, to give a flavour of the kind of
work the Resilience team is involved with.
She advised that there was currently considerable work on revising the draft Recovery
Strategy so that it can incorporate the written comments received and be published as a final
version in February 2012. Written comments have been collated and are on the CERA website.
The strategic partners (including Waimakariri District Council, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn
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District Council and Ngai Tahu) have met to see how to incorporate contributions to the final
Lucy had just met with some residents from the hill suburbs ‘White zone’. CCC has arranged a
series of street-hosted community engagement meetings and CERA staff (especially geotech
people) are trying to get to every meeting. There is recognition of the psychosocial needs of
these residents, who live in uncertainty about the future for their homes.
Lucy outlined plans for a series of summer events, noting that there was a perfect storm of
exhaustion at present and everyone needed to have a good summer. There was anxiety that
students will leave town and not come back after summer. An arts community organisation will
employ students on Taskforce Green and coordinate lots of small events in local venues,
developed in consultation with local communities. This programme eventually became the Great
Choice CHCH Neighbourhood Events.
Work has started on organising an appropriate commemoration on 22 February, with
opportunities for people to contribute ideas before plans got too far along. That information will
also help grassroots organisations, workplaces and voluntary sector agencies to coordinate or
plan their own events.
The CERA Infrastructure team has begun an Assets Mapping exercise and while this originally
focused on horizontal infrastructure ( drainage, water supply etc) this then was broadened to
include community assets such as halls and meeting venues. It is intended that this map will
soon be available as a resource to communities as they plan for recovery.
The Community Languages Interpreting Network Group (CLING) is developing guidelines on
working with people whose first language is other than English. Feedback from OVTRK re
the reading age needed to be able to absorb CERA material has been well received and work is
happening to make it more accessible.
CERA is developing an Early Wins process – projects that need to be done and will return a
resilience, morale and confidence component can come under the Early Wins procedure.
After Lucy’s summary people raised questions and explored a range of topics.
Some people reported confusion when contacting CCC or CERA as to which of them was
responsible for what. It was suggested that they could jointly issue a document outlining their
areas of responsibility.
We discussed the links between the Community Assets Mapping project and the community
profiling work done by Christchurch City Council, and how the two could support each other. It
was noted that Waimakariri had done some interesting work around community mapping.
There was quite a bit of concern around the retention of students in the city. We have much-
needed graduates from trade courses, but little of the work that will employ them has begun yet.
Other students may also leave the city. There is a need to liaise and engage with students to
ensure that the efforts being made to retain them are actually what are required. Lucy will follow
this up at CERA and suggested we discuss this with the economic recovery team.
Much of the discussion was around CERA’s information and communication. In the draft
Recovery Strategy the diagrammatic representations of what’s happening don’t partner well with
what is in the accompanying text. Lucy noted that the final version of the Strategy will
incorporate many of the comments received from key stakeholders and respondents.
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One of the inconsistencies in recovery doc is the names for the sector. The sector needs to be
in the leadership segment, not as an aspect of social recovery only. This would better reflect
the reality of its role in the community and the recovery. Lucy supported this concept and asked
what such an engagement would look like in day-to-day practice. Within CERA there are a
range of perceptions and understandings of the sector and issues it faces.
Concern was expressed about the promotion of websites as being the place to go to get
information, when many people don’t have internet access. Lucy stressed that information is
never available on the website only, there are always other sources. Public meetings and
workshops are commonly used and there is also a CERA call centre.
There was discussion about the series of Residential Red Zone Homeowners Workshops,
and the ‘Technical Category Green’ meetings which CERA had hosted. Some people thought
they had been excellent but others noted the absence of EQC. There was concern that non-
Pakeha are highly unlikely to speak up at community meetings. There is a need to target
Pacific Island communities, migrant groups and Maori. At leadership meetings of ethnic groups
a lack of engagement with CERA has been noted. It would be helpful to have liaison people
who are mandated by their ethnic community.
There was a concern that communities are being fragmented according to how streets and
neighbourhoods are zoned and individual problems arise. Some people at the meeting felt that
CERA’s approach has been individualistic, which does not contribute to strengthening
communities. Communities are in transition and it is more important than ever to do work to
maintain and build community as well as individual resilience.
There was discussion about how connectedness comes from finding commonalities in the
individual responses to issues. That connectedness has to be bottom-up supported, not top-
down. Could stories of positive initiatives be shared so other streets could find useful ideas?
Communication is very important, that is what communities appreciate most.
The impact of the quakes on tenants was raised. Tenants (including vulnerable tenants) are
being made to move out of their homes so that repairs can be done, away from supportive
neighbours and communities. There is a shortage of rental accommodation made worse by
community agencies and businesses taking up residential properties for temporary offices.
There was also concern about how Housing NZ is managing its damaged housing stock in
Christchurch. Lucy said that CERA recognises that Social Housing is a key issue and that
needs to be defined as ‘accessible, affordable, available housing’. It was felt that so far the
focus of recovery has been too much on homeowners.
After Lucy left there was discussion of the proposal to create a river park along the Avon.
The current focus is to get agreement from government and to carry out a stock take of features
to be retained, such as historical sites and significant landmarks.
We ended by discussing how to measure markers and outcomes in the journey of recovery.
We need to relate these to the imperatives in the Local Government Act. After CERA closes
down it is that Act that we will need to work with. Our sector needs to be part of development of
markers and outcomes and not just data collectors for another agency.
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Earthquake Recovery Community Forum
The community forum has been established by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry
Brownlee to provide him with information and advice on earthquake recovery matters.
It consists of 38 members from a wide cross-section of the Canterbury community representing
business and ethnic interests, as well as residents associations and groups.
Under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act, the forum must consist of at least 20 members
and meet at least six times a year.
You can see the full list of forum members and read the notes of their meetings at
Resilient? What if we are not feeling that?
by Errol Hay, Registered Psychotherapist at Talking Therapy
We are hearing this word a lot at the moment, as Cantabrians are being praised for their
strength and resilience. It does feel like the media and speechwriters are trying to make us feel
good, but being repeatedly told that we are strong, and stoic can make us hesitant to
acknowledge that we may not feel that way, and that it is not ok to have the feelings that we are
experiencing and that worse, it is something to be ashamed of.
What if we are not resilient? What if we are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Fragmented and
scared we will fall apart more - or that the mental exhaustion of all the experiences we have
faced (and continue to face) grinds us down?
If you talk with a cross section of the community you will be aware of undercurrents that many
people are not coping that well. They are not feeling resilient – they are feeling stressed,
uncertain, surrounded by loss and grief, and anxious about their futures.
At Talking Therapy we have been providing free counselling for difficulties experienced with the
earthquakes since September 2010 when we provided free sessions, and then later after Feb
22nd 2011 when we were able to access funding via Ministry of Social Development and
Relationship Services. This funding is now extended until the end of 2011.
With the passing of time, and the impact of involvement in the Royal Commission of Inquiry and
details from the Coroners Court, as well as ongoing land and house decisions, we are seeing
more trends emerge with large numbers of people arriving exhausted, burnt out, depressed,
frustrated, disillusioned, irritable and angry. We continue to see people presenting for the first
time, no longer able to ignore or contain their anxiety and distress from experiencing the
earthquakes themselves. Many of these have held themselves together as they have dealt with
EQC issues, or relocated their business, or until their children have settled back into school
routines – and then when there is more space for that person to process the events of the past
year, and particularly the last six months, they have started to feel the emotions that have been
“shut off’ while in almost survival mode.
What do people need in this space? They need to feel that there is support around them, that
they are understood and that often these feelings are a normal response to the experiences
they have had. They need time and space to be allowed to have these feelings and then
experience how to cope with them. To be told that we are resilient can mean that it is more
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difficult to reach out and seek support, as it sets up an expectation that everyone is coping well
and how come I feel different? Am I not ok?
And for many people they have always coped quite well with life and it is a difficult experience to
acknowledge that they are not, let alone feel isolated and set apart in that. Understanding that
what we have lived through in the last year has been repeatedly traumatic and inevitably has an
impact is often not fully acknowledged.
So be aware that we are not all resilient; that our friends, family members, work colleagues and
others may not be feeling strong and stoic. Try and be aware of listening to them and
understanding how they are feeling, and be supportive. Let them know it is ok not to be strong,
and that it is ok to seek help.
St Albans News, Dec 2011
Council Relations with Community Groups - David Robinson, NZ Social and Civic
The NZ Social and Civic Policy Institute has been facilitating workshops and discussions on
relations between community groups and local authorities over the last three years. One aspect
has been the role of locally based community associations, that are formed voluntarily and are
concerned with issues of governance in their communities as well as carrying out activities or
providing services. SCPI co-sponsored the Residents 2010 conference held at Parliament in
April 2010 and convenes a working group with Local Government New Zealand which is
looking at ways to improve relationships between community associations and Councils. An
issue raised last year is how the nature of these relationships with the new Auckland Council
and in other amalgamations like that being discussed in the Wellington region. There are four
separate levels and different forms of “Council” structure in Auckland – Auckland Council, Local
Boards, Council Controlled Organisations and advisory bodies. What rights do citizens have to
engage with each and what procedures would make this as effective as possible from a
community (rather than a bureaucratic) perspective? The impetus to streamline and simplify
structures that flows from amalgamation may reinforce the status of those with privileged
access to decision makers. It is critical that easily accessible channels of communications are
available to all citizens and community associations. Relationships between community
associations and Councils include contracts to deliver services or manage facilities, grants,
sponsorship, monitoring the operation of Council policies and ensuring that Councils receive
and listen to citizen’s concerns between elections. SCPI is currently exploring community
group/Council relations in Porirua and Wellington (we made a submission on this to the
Auckland Plan). Our first step is to survey community groups to identify current forms of
relationships, the degree of satisfaction with these and how they could be improved. We are
talking with Council officers to clarify their structures and to identify relevant contacts. The next
step will be to hold workshops to explore issues raised. One suggestion is a “charter” between
Councils and community groups setting out agreed rights and responsibilities such as forms of
relationships, engagement, communication, consultation and resourcing. The “Council
Governance and Structural Review” carried out by Price Waterhouse Cooper for Wellington
region Mayors identifies the need to “explore alternate models for community engagement”.
However, there is no mention of this in the conclusions and no action was recommended. It is
up to the community sector itself to start this discussion. Initial analysis of survey responses
shows high levels of satisfaction from groups receiving grants and carrying out services. There
is less satisfaction among those with an “advisory” or “advocacy” role. These include
Residents Associations and groups representing specific sectors in the community such as the
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elderly. Where there are good relations this reflects clear channels of communication and
contact with specific sections of Council, individual staff members or Councillors. A key
question (already being asked in Auckland) is what will happen to these generally positive
relationships in any new amalgamated or (in the current jargon) consolidated Council? We
encourage community groups elsewhere in New Zealand to ask their Councils similar questions
or to contact us at: www.scpi.org.nz or firstname.lastname@example.org .
“Revenue Alert” from IRD
the Inland Revenue Dept has highlighted their concerns that some people are claiming tax
credits for “donations” where there may not have been a true gift of money to a charity.
The arrangements that have come to their attention involve smaller, locally-based charities, and
typically involve a payment being made in the expectation that the donor will receive something
Any payment of over $5 to a charity can potentially qualify for a donation tax credit if it is a gift.
To be a gift it must:
● be made voluntarily;
● provide a material benefit to the recipient without imposing a countervailing detriment;
● be for no consideration; and
● provide no material benefit or advantage to the giver in return.
You may wish to read IRD’s “Revenue Alert” to be sure that your charity is complying with tax
laws, and (if your charity is also a donee organisation) that your donors are able to claim tax
credits when they make donations or gifts.
Full information can be found at www.ird.govt.nz/technical-tax/revenue-alerts/revenue-alert-
ra1101html . For more information about donee organisations, see www.ird.govt.nz/non-
New Direction, No Map
Changes are on the way for the Family Court, although at this stage there are no specific
suggestions as to what they might be.
A review by the Ministry of Justice of the court’s principles and operations has revealed a
number of problems, described in a 93-page consultation paper which poses a series of
questions as to the future role of the court and how it should best function.
The government ordered the review in April last year, noting that although the court’s workload
had remained relatively stable over the previous five years, overall costs had increased and
there was little evidence of better outcomes, including any improvement in the time required to
There are also concerns about -
● the appropriate role of the State in family disputes
● insufficient support for people to resolve matters out of court
● complex and uncertain court processes and multiple pathways creating confusion for
court users and limited incentives to resolve matters quickly
● parties and court processes losing sight of the needs of children
● what type of cases the Family Court should deal with and the best way to resolve
disputes, for example, whether including counselling and mediation in a legal forum is
● limited responsiveness to the cultural needs of a ori, Pacific and ethnic communities
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● confusion about the roles and responsibilities of the different professionals working in the
Submissions close on 29 February.
Contact: 04 918 8800; email@example.com .
CCS DISABILITY ACTION has a new look website.
http://www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz/ is designed to give you better access to information
regarding what CCS Disability Action is able to offer clients and if you visit
http://www.mobilityparking.org.nz/ you can now download application/renewal forms and obtain
information on mobility parking permits.
More seminars on resilience after the quakes
The Heart Foundation is offering free seminars on staying power, a wellness toolkit, dealing with
stress and heart health. All are welcome to come along and hear advice and information from
four health experts. Refreshments provided.
The last series of seminars held in May 2010 were well received by the hundreds of people who
attended. A question and answer session was part of each seminar and feedback from those
who attended was positive.
The seminars will be held on the following dates:
● Thursday 1 March (5.30 - 7.30pm) at Linwood School North Hall (221 Woodham Rd,
● Friday 2 March (12.00 - 2.00pm) at the Village Hall of Heathcote Valley (Cnr Station Rd
and Martindales Rd, Heathcote).
● Saturday 3 March (10.30am - 12.30pm) at the Russley Golf Club (428 Memorial
Please register by either calling 03 366 2112, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . You can
also register online at the Heart Foundation website.
Westpac Business and Community Hub www.westpacbusinesshub.co.nz
The Westpac Business & Community Hub is open to businesses and community groups
affected by the recent Christchurch earthquakes.
The purpose of the initiative is to help you overcome some of the many practical difficulties in
running your organisation on a day to day basis, like access to office space, having meetings
and hosting events. Centrally located next to the CBS Canterbury Arena, it offers free,
temporary small to large office space, and provides:
● video conferencing
● corporate lounge
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The Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce, Recover Canterbury and New Zealand
Retailers Association will be present on site along with support services such as lawyers and
Bookings are now being accepted. If you've been impacted by the earthquakes, apply now to
use the Hub http://www.westpacbusinesshub.co.nz/apply
One Stop Shock. The latest One Stop Shock has been revised and distributed to Healthy
Christchurch signatories. It is also available on the Healthy Christchurch website. This is an
essential list for recovery information and contacts. It is a great resource for you to print out and
share with your community and clients. It covers key contacts (phone numbers and websites)
as well as all the earthquake related funding and grants available and a comprehensive list of
counselling & support. http://www.healthychristchurch.org.nz/
Recovery Guide. Community and Public Health have produced an excellent resource about
the process of recovery. If you have any involvement or interest in the work that is happening to
rebuild our communities, then the Integrated Recovery Planning Guide is an essential
document. You can download it from http://www.cph.co.nz/Files/IntegratedRecoveryGuideV2-
Jun11.pdf or contact
Collaborative Voices: Conversations with the community and voluntary sector “on air” about
topical issues … from Invercargill to Auckland and live-streamed globally on Access Radio.
Brought to you by NZ Council of Social Services and NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare
Organisations. Hear past programmes at
The Women’s Centre - Term 1 2012 courses www.womenscentre.co.nz is a community-
based organisation for women who are seeking information, support, advocacy and resources.
Enrolments are essential and women only. Phone the Women’s Centre 3862035 (95 Hills
Road, Edgeware). The Women’s Centre will be closed for the Xmas period from 14th December
2011 to 7th January 2012.
Creating My Unique Style Seminar Art Mandelas
15 Feb 2012 18 and 19 Feb 2012
Wednesday 6:45 – 9 pm Sat/Sun 10am to 4pm
Life Mapping Biography Emotional Freedom technique
11 and 12 February 2012 16 Feb - 1 March 2012 for 3 weeks
Sat and Sun10 am – 4 pm Thursdays 7pm to 9pm
Heart of the Matter Communication that Trauma and Emotions
Connects Non-Violent Communication 2 Feb - 8 Mar 2012
2 , 3 and 4 March 2012 Thurs 10am to 12 noon
7-9 pm Fri, 10-4 Sat and Sun over 6 weeks
Ongoing NVC support Group 5-6 meetings thereafter
CWEA Term 1 2012 courses:
Fleeing Vesuvius: Responding to the effects of Accounting for the Environment
Economic and Environmental Collapse Various speakers
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John Peet/Margaret Jefferies 20th Feb 7.30 to 9pm - 4 x Mondays
Saturday 18th Feb 1-4.30pm $13 $21 - free to WEA members
Coaching yourself to new goals 2012 Myers Briggs Personality type
Ron Tustin Indicator - Don Rowlands
29th Feb 7-9pm - 6 x Wednesdays 6th March 7-9pm 2 x Tuesdays
Personality Types in Relationships, Careers and organisations
20th March 7-9pm 2 x Tuesdays
To enrol or for further information please phone the WEA 366 0285 or email email@example.com
or go online to www.cwea.org.nz .
Free English Lessons 2012
Place: Christchurch College of English ( CCEL ), Car Park 1, Solway Avenue, Ilam (on the
College of Education campus )
Morning lesson, 9.30 – 11.30 am
7 – 18 May, Lower
30 July – 10 August, Lower
23 October – 2 November, Lower
Afternoon lessons, 1.30-3.30 pm
9 January - 3 February, Lower and Higher
25 May - 22 June, Lower and Higher
27 August – 21 September, Lower and Higher
26 October – 23 November, Lower and Higher
To register / for more information: Please ring 343 3790 and ask to speak to Bruno OR e-mail
The lessons are taught by trainee teachers under the supervision of very experienced tutors.
If you have been to our lessons before, we would be happy to see you again.
We also welcome new students. Please tell your friends and family about us.
Legal Education Course
This is an 8 week course (one morning a week) from 16th February to 5th April 2012. Learn
about the NZ Legal System, Consumer Law, Family Law, Disputes and Tenancy Tribunals and
more. It is also an opportunity to meet with other community workers and share experiences.
Register your interest now firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 382 8278. Please note there is a
$50 fee for this course.
SSPA Seminar on the Green Paper
8 February, 10.30 am to 4pm
St Albans Baptist Church, 64 McFaddens Rd, St Albans,
Fees: Free to SSPA members, but numbers are limited so you will need to register. $20 for non-
SSPA members to assist with catering costs.
Registration: Please register with Marama Jackson at email@example.com.
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Further information: For more information contact John Dickson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
● Mai Chen, ChenPalmer, Privacy Act: Barrier or Opportunity to Minimise Harm to
● Dr Tony Burton, Principal Advisor, Treasury, addressing the funding barriers to providing
effective services for vulnerable children.
● Dr Ben Mathews, School of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Does the
protection of vulnerable children require a system of mandatory reporting of
● Dr Nicola Atwool, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Sociology, Gender and Social Work,
University of Otago, Does the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children reflect best practice
and robust research?
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Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum
The Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum is convened by ANGOA, the
Association of NGOs of Aotearoa, with assistance from the Office for the Community and
The intention is to involve a balance of people (e.g. from the community and voluntary sector,
government, universities) who are actively seeking to increase the pool of information on the
sector by undertaking research or research-related projects, or by promoting or funding
Meetings are open to all who are working to increase the pool of information on the voluntary
sector by undertaking research or research-related projects, or by promoting or funding
ANGOA convenes two of these forums per year in Christchurch, with support from COSS and
Chch City Council. If you have an interest in research in the sector, you are most welcome to
attend or contribute.
This year's dates:
● Tuesday 24th April, 1pm - 4pm. Boardroom, Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo
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● Tuesday 25th September, 1pm - 4pm. Venue to be advised.
We are looking for people to present at these forums. If you are involved in research in the
sector, or know of work that is happening, please contact COSS, ph 366 2050 or
firstname.lastname@example.org . Research does not have to be completed in order for you to present on
it, we are interested in sharing news of research that is underway or planned as well as hearing
about completed work.
ASPIRE GROWING CAPABILITY IN THE NOT FOR PROFIT SECTOR – UPCOMING FREE
Evolving with the Times (Timebanks for Not-for-Profit organisations)
Presenters: Margaret Jefferies and Lisa Cardosi
Date: Wednesday 15 February 2012
Time: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm (Morning tea provided)
Venue: Conference Room YMCA, 12 Hereford Street.
Limited on-site parking, metered on-road parking available.
Times are changing for not-for-profit organisations. The global and New Zealand
economic landscape has changed which has resulted in goods and services being
exchanged, valued and created in different ways. This is particularly true in Christchurch
where in the last year not-for-profit organisations have had to adapt swiftly and make
major changes to meet the needs of their organisation, staff, clients and members.
Collaborative consumption has seen an increase in sharing, bartering, gifting and
Timebanks have proven to be a successful mechanism in dealing with such difficult times
and are part of the internationally growing movement of groups working collaboratively
and mutually to maintain or expand their services.
The interactive workshop will consider the potential role of time banking for Canterbury
community organisations and their members as we look to move forward in the
constantly changing operational and funding environment.
This is an opportunity for your group to be a trailblazer as we explore collectively how we
may be able to use time banking in your community and for not-for-profit groups.
The workshop will be jointly presented by Margaret Jefferies, Chair of Project Lyttelton,
the community organisation that holds the Lyttelton Time Bank. Lisa Cardosi is the
Registration forms can be downloaded from: http://www.csbec.org.nz/not-for-
Please register no later than Friday 10 February.
Christchurch Small Business Enterprise Centre
P O Box 4232
Ph 03-366-9978 / 021 2100 676
Mental Health Education & Resource Centre
The Mental Health Education and Resource Centre’s ( HERC) new Professional Development
Booklet for block 1 of this year (February – April) will be available on the MHERC website –
www.mherc.org.nz - from 30 January 2012.
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Limited numbers of hard copies will also be available from MHERC. For further information
about HERC’s professional development delivery, please phone HERC staff on (03) 365
5344 or 0800 424 399.
National Residents Associations Conference 2012 Christchurch: Community
Governance 2012: Beyond Resilience
Christchurch, October. Final date to be confirmed.
Who can attend: Representatives (not just committee members) of residents’, ratepayers’,
progressive (etc.) associations. Local body Councillors. Elected Community Board members.
Themes: There will be four themes – Social Capital, Community Competence, Information &
Cost: No charge to delegates representing residents’ associations, however donations are
welcome. Elected local body officials $150. There will also be a limited number of free entries
available to the media. Non-local government agencies entry is limited and will be by
Website: Yes we have one – visit www.residents.org.nz/2012
Registrations open: 1 January 2012
NZCCSS Services for Older People Conference, 29th -30th March 2012 Wellington
Moving Forward Together is the vision that inspires us in preparing the 2012 NZCCSS
Services for Older People Conference to be held at Te Raukura – Te Wharewaka o Poneke,
the award-winning new venue on Wellington’s fabulous waterfront and home to the two
ceremonial waka taua. Steering the waka requires teamwork, good coordination and everyone
contributing to help move forward together.
Moving Forward Together is about continuing to get closer together and reducing inequalities.
Different parts of the sector (home & community support, residential care, housing), different
cultures together with tangatata whenua, and different levels of wealth and income. The future
of aged care in New Zealand is one where we all have a part to play in ensuring that older
people can live with dignity and wellbeing. This conference aims to explore how we can help to
build this vision into a reality.
We are inviting sponsors and exhibitors to join us as conference partners and we welcome
proposals for conference presentations and workshops.
Conference Contacts: Conference Organiser Kaye-Maree Dunn
email@example.com (021) 0292 4328. NZCCSS contact Jo Paku
firstname.lastname@example.org 04 473 2627
Supporting positive youth transitions to adulthood
16 February 2012, 9:45am–4:30pm
Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland
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In this economic environment the transitions young people must make into further study, work,
and adulthood pose serious challenges. Such transitions are diverse, dynamic, and complex for
young people: adults’ understanding of what we and wider services can do to support young
people in positive directions is critical.
This symposium will be a quality opportunity for dialogue between those working with and about
youth in health, education, youth justice, public policy, academia and research – and a good
cohort of young people.
Registration is open to anyone committed to understanding youth issues in Aotearoa New
Zealand, and to finding the best policy solutions looking forward.
RSVP to David Craig at email@example.com
Places are limited, but please do pass this on!
A $30 koha on the day will cover lunch and morning/afternoon teas.
International Gambling Conference and Workshops
22-24 February 2012, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland
Across the world gambling industries are changing and evolving, expanding into new markets
and reaching new demographics. We are all seeking positive outcomes in this environment but
need to determine what they are and how we measure them.
This conference will examine how positive change can be brought about through research,
policy and practice.
Three workshops are being held prior to the conference. For information on these workshops
and to register for the International Gambling Conference, go to
The New Zealand Council for Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) invites you to the
Future Wellbeing Conference 2012, being held at the University of Auckland on 18-19 April
This conference will provide CEO’s, senior staff and board members of community based
(NGO) social services with vital information on the future of social service provision in New
It’s time to regroup as a social service sector, amidst significant policy, political, funding and
financial changes. Let’s work together to shape and gain clarity about the direction ahead.
This is a ‘must do’ conference for those planning, managing and delivering services and
advocacy that lead to real change for marginalised and vulnerable New Zealanders and
provides an opportunity for our sector to begin to develop an alternative vision for our whānau,
families and communities.
Registration to the NZCCSS Future Wellbeing Conference 2012 is now open with discounted
Early Bird rates available.
Auckland Futures - Co-creating Auckland Futures
20 April 2012
Following the Future Wellbeing Conference 2012, a third day will focus on
‘Auckland Futures - Co-creating Auckland Futures’ held on 20 April also at the University of
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The Auckland Futures day provides an opportunity to talk directly with key influencers and policy
makers during a range of themed workshops and keynote addresses. Come and ensure their
emerging social policies are creating a positive socio-economic future for all Aucklanders.
This one day mini conference can be attended as either a stand-alone event or combined with
the full “Future Wellbeing” Conference.
REGISTER NOW www.socialservicesconf.org.nz/
COMMUNITY FUNDING SEMINARS 2012
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND - SMALL GRANTS FUND
If you are a Community Organisation or a Sports Group considering applying to these funds,
you may wish to attend one of the following information seminars or drop-in sessions to find out
more about the funds.
Public Seminar 1 Public Seminar 2
Beckenham Service Centre Boardroom Linwood Service Centre
66 Colombo Street, Beckenham 180 Smith St, Linwood
Wednesday, 8 February 2012 Wed 8 February 2012
10:00am to 12:00noon 6:00pm to 8:00pm
A Sign Language Interpreter will be available at this session
Public Seminar 3
Papanui RSA – Meeting Room
55 Bellvue Avenue, Papanui
Thursday, 9 February 2012
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Drop - in Sessions (March 2012)
Beckenham Service Centre - Tuesday, 6 March 2012 (2.00pm – 4.00pm)
Shirley Library - Tuesday, 13 March 2012 (10.00am – 12.00noon)
Upper Riccarton Library - Tuesday, 20 March 2012 (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
As well as a presentation, staff will be available during the above times to provide your
organisation with individual advice and assistance. No bookings are necessary.
See the Community Funding page on the Council website www.ccc.govt.nz for more information
Jetstar's Flying Start Programme invites community groups and organisations to apply for
a grant for $30,000, made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar, to fund a
project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select an appropriate community group
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If you are a community group or organisation that could do with a flying start with Jetstar, we
invite you to apply.
● About the Programme www.jetstar.co.m/nz/en/flyingstart#about
● Meet the Panel www.jetstar.co.m/nz/en/flyingstart#the-panel
● Apply Now www.jetstar.co.m/nz/en/flyingstart#apply-now
Office Max e grants:
This small grants program is designed to help children get the most out of their education
through better participation.
As a leading child welfare charity, Barnardos know only too well that many children struggle to
receive a good and stable education and often cannot access the most basic resources that can
be the key to unlocking their true potential.
Whilst Barnardos provides comprehensive and integrated child and family support programs,
sometimes it just takes something small to help kids on their way. This could be assistance with
school books or uniforms, fees or equipment, special tuition or excursions.
Our goal is to give children in need a better chance at life through increased participation in the
education system. The Max e Grants program provides small grants of up to $5,000.00 per
● Community groups
● Day care centres
based in Australia or New Zealand and who apply on behalf of a disadvantaged child or young
person (or group of children for a single project - eg school excursion) to further their education
Generally, organisations applying for a Barnardos OfficeMax® Max e Grant will be expected to
be a not-for-profit community group.
Individuals can not apply. They must apply through the auspice of a group in one of the above
More information is available at www.maxegrants.co.nz . The next funding round closes 29th
Westpac Canterbury Care Fund
This fund still has available funding. They are looking for NFP groups in the community who are
seeking some assistance in getting back up and running after the earthquakes. So far the Fund
has been used to help a range of organisations such as the Salvation Army and a number of
non-profit organisations and charities. Some examples of things they have helped with include
new sports equipment for schools, books and toys for play centres, funds for Scouts to take kids
away on camp. If you have a non-profit group and a project to help rebuild our great city, they
may be able to help fund it. They are accepting applications up to a maximum of $5000. Please
ignore the closing date on the form as the fund is still open.
FCS Community Response Fund
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The Community Response Fund is a short-term, time limited response to address immediate
cost and demand pressures the economic downturn is placing on key community-based critical
social services for families, children, young and older people.
Community organisations can apply for the Community Response Fund when they are in
severe financial difficulty or are experiencing an increased demand for their services as a result
of the economic downturn. Applications for Round Nine open Thursday, 1 December 2011 and
close 5pm, Friday, 24 February 2012. http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/working-with-
Canterbury Social Support Fund
The Canterbury Social Support Fund – previously referred to as the Canterbury Earthquake
Community Response Fund – is a $10 million fund that has been made available by
Government for the 2011/2012 financial year for continued social services support for the
people of Canterbury as part of the recovery efforts following the Canterbury and Christchurch
earthquakes. The fund will support trauma counselling services, coordination and case
management for families with multiple problems, and critical community-based social services
responding to the Canterbury and Christchurch earthquakes.
Applications are particularly sought from organisations that:
● are working with people who live in geographical areas that have been hardest hit by the
● have developed services which are easily accessible to the target community, in terms
of physical proximity as well as being appropriate to particular ethnic/target communities
● wherever possible are:
○ involving the people most impacted by the earthquake in the planning,
implementation and delivery of the project
○ promoting the engagement of the most affected communities in the rebuilding of
their own communities and the wider Christchurch and Canterbury region
● providing opportunities for individuals and whanau to build strong relationships between
each other at the neighbourhood and community level.
● are developing innovative approaches to meeting particular social and community needs
● are collaborating with other organisations in order to increase effectiveness and
efficiencies as well as promote learning across organisations and communities
● are committed to working in partnership with local and national government and iwi in
the identification of need, planning, service/programme delivery and reporting.
What is not covered under the Fund
Funding will not be provided for the following:
● ongoing operational costs past the duration of the fund
● retrospective projects
● activities that replace voluntary/volunteer efforts
● capital items (eg vehicles or furniture) are generally not covered.
How to apply
Applicants need to complete the Canterbury Social Support Fund Application Form.
This document should be downloaded, completed and saved on your computer, then emailed to
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the Social Support Fund application form (PDF 877.19KB)
The Fund is open now. Applications will be assessed on a regular basis (initially weekly) to
ensure eligible community organisations can get help as quickly as possible.
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The closing date for the Fund is currently 30 June 2012.
The Tindall Foundation provides funding for providers of services to young children,
families, youth development, Maori and minority ethnic groups, adult literacy, budgeting or
community services and development. There is no closing date. See the Tindall Foundation
website at www.tindall.org.nz
Canterbury Community Trust closing dates:
Sector Closing date Decision date
Disabled 20 March 2012 May 2012
Youth 20 March 2012 May 2012
Further information from the trust at ph 335 0305 or call free 0508 266 878.
Email email@example.com . www.commtrust.org.nz
Todd Foundation Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Fund
Our $1.84m Todd Foundation Earthquake Recovery Fund set up through donations from the
Todd Corporation, Todd family members and Todd staff has now started its grant programme to
not-for-profit organisations in Christchurch and Canterbury.
The Todd Foundation Earthquake Recovery Fund funding will focus on two key areas:
● Engaging communities in recovery and renewal
● Supporting the recovery of the Canterbury not-for-profit sector
The Todd Foundation Earthquake Recovery Fund’s approach includes:
● Using a quick and simple online application form.
● Making funding decisions regularly; at least every four – eight weeks and more often
when required. Decisions on initial funding will be made by a committee consisting of
Christchurch residents Charles Reid, Helena Francis and Garth Nowland-Foreman and
Todd Foundation trustees Tom Lambie, Malcolm Whyte, Georgina Ralston and David
● Working closely with other funders wherever possible. As a first collaborative step we
are planning to contract a Christchurch-based project manager in partnership with the
Tindall Foundation. We are also working with Philanthropy NZ to support further funder
● All funds donated into the Todd Foundation Earthquake Recovery Fund and interest
earned will directly benefit Canterbury organisations. Overheads and administration
costs will be met by the Todd Foundation.
To find out more go to http://www.toddfoundation.org.nz/christchurch-earthquake-recovery-fund/
Funding Recipients: A list of Todd Foundation Earthquake Recovery Fund recipients is available
on their website and will be regularly updated as grants are made.
Charitable Trusts: The Public Trust administers quite a few grants and scholarships. See
their website http://www.publictrust.co.nz/grants-and-scholarships/how-do-i-find-one.html to find
out if some might be relevant to you.
Donated IT software. Remember if you require additional Microsoft Software, affected
organisations and those supporting affected communities may be eligible for a special Microsoft
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donation with no administration fees. These are available through TechSoup New Zealand.
Find out more about the special Microsoft donation policy for Christchurch at
Lottery Committee Closing Dates 2012
Committee Application closing date meeting date
National Community Committee Wednesday 25 January 2012 April 2012
Wednesday 2 May 2012 18-19 October 2012
Wednesday 24 October 2012 18-19 April 2013
Wednesday 1 May 2013 17-18 October 2013
Wednesday 23 October 2013 17-18 April 2014
Regional Community Committees Wednesday 2 November 2011 5-14 March 2012
Wednesday 29 February 2012 5-15 June 2012
Wednesday 18 July 2012 26-30 November
Wednesday 14 November 2012
2012 25-29 March 2013
Wednesday 13 March 2013 22-26 July 2013
Wednesday 13 November 24-28 March 2014
Community Facilities Fund Wednesday 29 February 2012 13 June 2012
Wednesday 11 July 2012 21 November 2012
Wednesday 27 February 2013 19 June 2013
Wednesday 17 July 2013 20 November 2013
Wednesday 26 February 2014 18 June 2014
Environment and Heritage Wednesday 2 November 2011 1 March 2012
Committee Wednesday 21 March 2012 26 June 2012
Wednesday 18 July 2012 30 October 2012
Wednesday 28 November 18 April 2013
2012 17 October 2013
Wednesday 29 May 2013 15 April 2014
Wednesday 20 November
Marae Heritage and Facilities Wednesday 22 February 2012 15 June 2012
August 2012 December 2012
February 2013 June 2013
August 2013 December 2013
Outdoor Safety Committee Wednesday 18 April 2012 10 August 2012
Wednesday 17 April 2013 9 August 2013
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Community Sector Research Wednesday 22 August 2012 28 March 2013
Wednesday 21 August 2013 27 March 2014
Health Research Committee Wednesday 26 September 14 March 2013
2012 13 March 2014
Wednesday 25 September
SITUATIONS VACANT / WANTED
Support Worker Position , West Christchurch Women’s Refuge : 35 hours per week
Monday to Friday.
The duties and responsibilities of the role are varied working as part of a team providing
services to women & children affected by domestic violence:
Key duties include:
● Working as part of the team to support those accessing refuge services
● Data base entry & general administration tasks
● Coordination of 24 hour crisis line roster
The ideal person would have refuge experience, well developed communication &
organizational skills, and be experienced in administration & data entry.
Full training and support will be given specific to refuge/domestic violence if no prior refuge
experience. A full current driver’s license is essential.
Closing date for applications is 8 February
Contact Diane Ph 379-0575, weekdays between 8.30am and 4.30pm only
Community Liaison Manager is required to connect and support CanCERN’s resident groups
in the greater Christchurch area. Working with a small team, you will also need
to work independently, relate well in the community and listen carefully as you assess
situations and help community leaders meet the earthquake related needs of their residents. All
information about who we are can be found on our website www.cancern.org.nz where you will
also find this positions job description. All applications(cover letter and CV), must be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12pm Friday 10th Feb 2012. A minimum of two referees is
expected. Interviews will be held on Wed 15th February.
I am the former Manager and Programme Facilitator of Deep Wells Trust, which ran life skills
courses and employment placement services in Christchurch until 2011. I am currently seeking
employment and have skills in the following areas: Community liaison and networking, Training
program design and delivery, Group facilitation, Public speaking/presentations,
Management/Administration for NGOs, Funding application and report writing, Interviewing and
assessment of clients.I am happy to discuss any employment opportunities in the community
sector. Please contact John Timings, Phone 021 0577304, email@example.com
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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other
time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that
we seek.” – Barack Obama
The Council of Social Services in Christchurch Inc
Te Kaunihera Kaupapa Oranga ki Otautahi
Charities Commission Registration No: CC26511
Ph 03 366 2050 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership: Membership entitles you to the monthly newsletter, voting and nomination rights,
attendance at meetings, advocacy and the right to bring concerns to the attention of the Board.
Subscription: Non-members may subscribe to the newsletter for the same cost as
Donations: Many community groups these days are facing a cut in funding. Any donations will
help to ensure that COSS will continue to provide information and a voice for community
Organisations (Income under 50,000) $35.00 (Income over 50,000) $50.00
Individuals (Waged) $20.00 (Unwaged) payment at ember’s
If finance is the only barrier to membership, fees can be waived. Please contact the office.
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