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Promoting good practice Whakatairanga mahi tika

Our advisors are able to provide advice and support to assist community organisations in developing good governance and management practices.  For further information contact your local advisor.

There are also a number of online resources available to support good practice management for community organisations.

CommunityNet Aotearoa

CommunityNet Aotearoa is an Internet resource supporting communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  CommunityNet Aotearoa aims to help community organisations by providing access to relevant, good-quality information; raising the profile of the community sector; and encouraging information-sharing between organisations.

Good Practice Participate

This information helps public servants to involve the community in decision-making. The involvement of community, voluntary, iwi and Māori organisations in decisions that affect them is a sign of a healthy participatory democracy. Topics include:

Good Practice Funding

This code of funding practice aims to assist government and non-profit organisations when entering into government funding arrangements. The code also aims to encourage greater collaboration between the parties.

Keeping it Legal

This online resource has been developed to give organisations, groups, trusts and societies simple, accurate information about their legal obligations.

Obligations of a Registered Charity

There are many benefits for organisations becoming a Registered Charity; however the registration also means that charities have some obligations to meet. More information on these benefits and obligations can be found on the Charities Services website.

Community Resource Kit

The Community Resource Kit, hosted on CommunityNet Aotearoa, is a guide to setting up and running community groups in New Zealand. It is for community, voluntary and iwi/Māori organisations, from small or emerging groups to more established organisations, and all the workers, volunteers and advisors working with these groups.

Te Puni Kōkiri - Effective Governance

Te Puni Kōkiri’s website for effective governance education is designed to help trustees and directors of Māori organisations with their responsibilities and role as guardians and leaders.

Community Research

The Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre's website gathers research about New Zealand’s tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector, shares it with a broader audience, creates a virtual hub for researchers, iwi and community organisations to share their ideas, and advocates good methods in community research.