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The Families Package
The Families Package will provide targeted assistance to improve incomes for low- and middle-income families with children. It is part of the Government’s focus on reducing child poverty, and ensuring children get the best start in life. The package includes:

  • boost the incomes of low- and middle-income families with children by increasing the Family Tax Credit and raising the Working for Families abatement threshold
  • introduce a Best Start tax credit to help families with costs in a child’s early years
  • introduce a Winter Energy Payment to help older New Zealanders and many of our poorest families heat their homes over winter
  • increase the rate of Orphan’s Benefit, Unsupported Child’s Benefit and Foster Care Allowance by $20.31 per week
  • increase paid parental leave to 26 weeks
  • reinstate the Independent Earner Tax Credit
  • implement the Accommodation Supplement and Accommodation Benefit increases announced in Budget 2017
  • repeal the tax cuts and changes to Working for Families announced in Budget 2017.
  • Read what Paul Barber from NZCCSS is thinking about this.  Click here


24 Ways to Thank Your Donors - Exult Fundraising

Got new fundraising staff on board for 2018?  Want to re-invigorate the way you thank your donors?  Then this poster full of ideas might help.


Tsunami Evacuation Maps for Gisborne and coastal areas can be found online at  Gisborne's harbour, the industrial subdivision and low-lying properties are some of the areas included in the tsunami evacuation zone.  The Gisborne city tsunami map spans across the district along the railway line, Anzac St, Kaihutia St and Childers Rd until the Turanganui River.  Kaiti Beach properties are also on the map.  Civil Defence advises people to prepare emergency survival items.  Equipment suggested include a touch with spare batteries, a batter-operated radio, wind and waterproof clothing, first aid kit, food and water to last at least three days.  They also advise for people to create a getaway kit that is easily accessible at home and work, and this kit should include similar items.  a full checklist is available at:


Action Station is a great NGO and website to see what submissions are open and how to quickly submit an email or sign a petition on a current issue. or


Special offer just for members of Community Networks Aotearoa and their networks - because we think you're great!

Facing an increase in your insurance premium? Then Community Networks Aotearoa in association with Rothbury Insurance Brokers can help!

This is a package specifically created for community groups and organisations, with extremely discounted rates.

We are pleased to offer this opportunity not only to our member organisations but to their members as well. If you, or one of your network organisations, are interested in receiving an obligation free quote, please contact us for the special code you will require and Rothbury's contact details.


  Please read below for current and upcoming workshops here in Gisborne:

Ka Pai Kaiti Regular Events
  • Monday, 6-8pm     Romiromi Massage (koha)
  • Wednesday,  5.30pm   Whanau support around Meph
  • Thursday, 6-8pm     Ka Pai Kaiti KINGS Chess & Draughts Club

These weekly events take place at the Kaiti Mall, 500 Wainui Road.


The Travellers Resilience Camp

A free camp that will be held in Rotorua on 16 – 18 March 2018. The Travellers Resilience Camp is open to youth aged 12 – 15 years, and we are inviting young people in your region to take part. Parents have to cover transportation to and from the camp, but everything else is taken care of.

This weekend camp is free, and promotes themes of resilience, collaboration, and positive thinking. It’s a great way for youth to gain confidence, make friends, and have fun! The programme can be found online here

When:Friday 16 March to 18 March

Where: Lakes Ranch, Rotorua

Complete the registration form here and email to

Incredible Years Parenting Programme

The Incredible Year parenting programme is a 14 week programme for parents of children aged 3-8 years, who would like to develop positive
relationships, and be empowered and supported to make changes, and feel more confident in their parenting.

Programme One: Strengthening Children’s Social Skills, Emotional Regulation and School Readiness Skills

  • Session One: Introductions, Goals, Child Directed Play
  • Session Two: Child Directed Play Promotes Positive Relationships
  • Session Three: Play Academic and Persistence Coaching Promotes School Readiness
  • Session Four: Play Social and Emotion Coaching

Programme Two: Using Effective Praise and Incentives to Encourage Co-operative Behaviours

  • Session Five: The Art of Effective Praise and Encouragement
  • Session Six: Effective Ways to Praise & Using Tangible Rewards

Programme Three: Household Rules, Routines and Effective Limit Setting

  • Session Seven: Establishing Routines and Household Rules
  • Session Eight: Effective Limit Setting
  • Session Nine: Effective Limit Setting and Follow Through

Programme Four: Positive Discipline, Handling Misbehaviour

  • Session Ten: Ignoring Children’s Inappropriate Behaviour
  • Session Eleven: Time out to Calm Down
  • Session Twelve: Time out for Aggression and Noncompliance
  • Session Thirteen: Natural and Logical Consequences
  • Session Fourteen: Teaching Children to Problem Solve

When: The programme will be running for 14 weeks beginning 1st March every Thursday

Time: 10.30am - 1pm

Where: Family Works, 141 Bright St

Cost: Free

To register: email


Gisborne Alziehmers Fundraiser

LJ Hooker Gisborne’s Home Inspiration Series 2018 with all the money raised on the day  going to the Gisborne Alziehmers.

Look at 10 wonderful homes, meet the Block NZ 2017 winners and maybe  win a spot prize!

When: Sunday March 18

Time: 10am

Where: Raglan Roast Gizzy, 116 Wainui Road

Tickets: $45.00 online at  or available at the LJ Hooker office.


Collaborate without losing your Soul

Join us in a workshop for managers and leaders of NFP and community organisations on how to collaborate without losing your soul.

From providing you with a fresh perspective on collaboration to addressing your own unique situation, this workshop will equip you with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to build effective collaboration with other organisations.

Facilitator: Sandy Thompson

When: Tuesday March 20

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

Where: Tui Room, Community Operations, 42 Grey Street

Cost: $50

To register contact


Exult - Sustainable Funding

Would you like ongoing income but are unsure where to start?

Do you want more people helping out with your fundraising efforts so you can work smarter, not harder?
Join us for a one-day workshop on Sustainable Funding and create real action steps for increasing your fundraising revenue. Much more than grants, this session is full of practical ideas that will help you develop a truly sustainable funding plan, so you can stop scrambling from one crisis to the next.

In this Sustainable Funding Workshop you will discover:

  • The 7 Key Income Streams for Charitable Groups. What opportunities are you missing out on and how can you make the most of every funding stream?
  • The difference between donations, sponsorship and grants. What does it really take to secure all three? What are they looking for and are you approaching each avenue in the best possible way?
  • Why traditional fundraising events are still an important part of the fundraising mix, and how you can make them worth your while. How do you get more people helping out so that you're not doing all of the work, all of the time?
  • Simple tips and tricks for improving what you already do. What little tweaks can you make to help you raise more money for your efforts? How can you work smarter, not harder?
  • How can you put it all into a Sustainable Funding Plan?

This Sustainable Funding Workshop is not like any fundraising workshop you've been to before. It is full of practical, down-to-earth information that you can easily implement in your organisation and covers membership, donations, sponsorship, social enterprise, contracts, grants and traditional fundraising events and activities. No fluff and jargon - just real ideas that will work for you.

When: Thursday 22nd March,

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

Where: Napier Coastguard, 704 Meeanee Quay, Westshore, Napier

Cost: $120 per person (Tonic Subscribers receive a 10% discount)

To Register: Email or click here to register online



Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care Programme

Hospice Tairawhiti is offering the Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care education resource to all staff. There are eleven learning packages, delivered in 2 hour education sessions. It is a truly multidisciplinary education resource. Certificates will be awarded for each session attended. All sessions are free of charge. Participants must attend the introductory session, Essence of Palliative Care, first and then may attend the other sessions in any order.

Date Session

5 April from 10:00 to 12:00 Chronic Illness
10 April from 1:30 to 3:30 Symptom Management
7 May from 10:00-12:00 Spirituality
15 May from 1:30 to 3:30 Communication Skills
5 June from 1:30 to 3:30 Last Days of Life
14 June from 10:00 to 12:00 Dementia

Syringe Driver training will be offered once per quarter in the Poutama Room, Gisborne Hospital from 9am to 12pm.

Breakfast Sessions, with the generous support of the Cancer Research Trust New Zealand, will continue to be offered free of charge. This Palliative Care Lecture Series will be delivered via teleconference with a PowerPoint presentation that the speaker takes participants through. Lectures will take place on the first Thursday of the month, 7:30 to 8:30 am from February to December 2018.

5 April Managing complex wounds in palliative care: the principles
7 June Complex pain management: the old and the new
5 July Spiritual care for people with dementia

There will be two seminars offered throughout the year, dates to be announced.
17 May Understanding me When I’m Dying: perspectives from different cultures

For registrations and further information please contact Clarice Alderdice, Hospice Tairawhiti Education Co-ordinator
Email: or Phone: 06 869 0552


Exult - Growing Great Ideas

Are you an ideas person who is always looking for ways you can do things better, brighter and smarter in your organisation?

Would you like to to learn specific strategies for exploring ideas and getting more people involved and engaged in the idea process?
The non-profit sector faces ongoing challenges and organisations need people who are prepared to think outside the box and explore new possibilities. Our Growing Great Ideas workshop will help you hone your skills in creativity and innovation and provide you with practical tools for encouraging your colleagues to get involved.

In this workshop you will discover:

  • The fundamentals for innovation. What are the basic building blocks for generating new ideas and encouraging an ‘idea safe’ environment for your team.
  • Simple ideas for encouraging your colleagues to get involved with the generating new ideas. The more people engaged, the more great ideas you’ll find.
  • The innovation process step-by-step. What are the barriers you might face putting your ideas into action? How do you overcome those barriers along the way?
  • Practical tools to help you unlock your creativity and help others to do the same.

This workshop will help you see idea-making with fresh eyes and arm you with a practical toolkit for ensuring innovation is encouraged and enabled in your organisation. Learn how to navigate comments like ‘we’ve tried that before’ or ‘it’ll never work’ so that your ideas can truly take shape.

Auckland: Wednesday 21st March, 9.30am - 4pm
Tauranga: Tuesday 19th June, 9.30am - 4pm

Cost: $120 per person
BOP Organisations pay just $50, thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust

To Register: Email



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