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Te Pūaha Talks, our 2022 programme of free online capability building webinars, starts this month.

“This year’s programme covers communications and marketing, evaluation, hauora, and climate action,” CSI Kaihautu Karinia Lee says. “We are delighted Foundation North has agreed to fund the programme, following the success of our Kia Whiti Tonu online workshops in 2020 and 2021. The Kia Whiti Tonu series were developed in response to the need for capability and capacity building needs identified by community organisations in the COVID-19 impact survey.

“Te Pūaha Talks meets the needs we are seeing in the community sector now and will encourage participants to draw on the wealth of resources available through Te Pūaha O Te Ako as our knowledge hub.

“All sessions are focused on practical “hands on” learning and include a take home kete of resources such as templates and further reading so participants can build their knowledge and apply what they learn to their own community organisation or area of practice.”

Social media, social impact

The first session, Social Media for Social Impact, takes place on Wednesday May 25 from 10:00 to 11:30am. This workshop is designed for staff and volunteers responsible for social media posting and management for community organisations. Participants will learn how to use their organisation’s values and audiences to design a social media strategy that will help them to grow organically on social media platforms.

Social Media for Social Impact will be presented by Kirsten Matthew, mastermind behind public relations agency, Mabel Maguire. Kirsten is a former journalist, editor and author with more than 20 years’ experience working in New Zealand and the USA. Her company works with clients ranging from Toyota Global, to Auckland Council, to The Kindness Institute.

“At Mabel Maguire we help organisations big and small to enhance the way the world sees them,” Kirsten says. “Social media plays a big role in that. In the session we will look at how your organisation’s objectives, audiences, communication goals and values should inform every move you make on social media, how to create compelling content, how to manage your social media community, and how advertising works on social media. We will also look at how to use analytics to inform your content each month.”

Registrations are now open at Humanitix.

Hauora, wellbeing

Te Pūaha Talks in June will focus on hauora, wellbeing leading us into Matariki. Three Unu Ora wānanga will be facilitated by CSI associate Tuihana Ohia.

“Over three weeks we will be engaged in a series of reflective practices which will draw out and bring us into a space to consider our taonga, pūmanawa and the magic of our tupuna, ancestors,” Tuihana says. “It will be a process of navigation and discovery and for some, a rediscovery of our wellbeing.”

While each session is available as a standalone learning event, Tuihana hopes as many people as possible will be able to participate in all three wānanga.

“This is an opportunity to nurture yourself and your hauora, to be aspirational with your goals and ambitions for the year ahead inclusive of your whānau, workspace and community.”

Registrations for the Unu Ora sessions will open later in May.

Coming up

Details on further Te Pūaha Talks will be released in June. These will include three workshops on aspects of evaluation, two more communications sessions, and a workshop that will help community organisations and other not-for-profits to develop their own climate action plans.

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