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Te Pūaha Talks, our 2022 programme of free online capability building webinars, offers a range of learning opportunities for not-for-profits.

“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.”

Links to the resources from completed events, and information on current events, are listed below. If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list and be notified of further Te Pūaha Talks, please email

Te Pūaha Talks - online resources from previous events

Te Pūaha Talks - Communications in the Good Times & the Bad

Communications in the Good Times & the Bad was the final in our series of Te Pūaha Talks for 2022. It followed the success of our earlier communications-focused webinar, Social Media for Social Impact, with former journalist, editor, author and public relations expert Kirsten Matthew.

Communications in the Good Times & the Bad was designed for beginner to intermediate communications practitioners and volunteers in the not-for-profit sector.

A recording of the webinar is available here.

The webinar includes:

  • Planning, Priorities & Platforms - how your organisation’s objectives, audiences and brand values can help you to create a communications calendar and plan for the year
  • Making the Most of What You’ve Got - how to use your existing resources - staff and volunteers - to create compelling content, implement your comms, spread the word about your mahi, and become your own ambassadors
  • Surviving a Crisis - how and where things can go wrong, dealing with negative feedback and criticism, how to stop a crisis from escalating, and when to call in the experts.

    Te Pūaha Talks - Funders and Climate Action in Aotearoa

    Funders and Climate Action in Aotearoa introduced the Funders Commitment on Climate Action developed by the Community Trusts of Aotearoa.

    The commitment was developed in recognition of the key role philanthropic funders can play in supporting collective action on climate, the low level of environment and climate action funding in Aotearoa (about 4% of all funding allocated), and to build funder understanding of climate issues and how they can contribute.

    A recording of the webinar is available here.

    The webinar includes:

    • Context around philanthropy and climate action in Aotearoa
    • The whakapapa of the Funders Commitment and Funders Climate Action website
    • Key content of the website, including the Tika Transition approach developed by Associate Professor Maria Bargh, which is a uniquely Aotearoa approach to a just transition
    • Some calls to action for community groups and funders to connect and support joined up climate action

    Thanks to our presenters:  Linn Araboglos, Chief Executive of Wellington Community Fund, Aimee Kaio, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Regional Investment – Rūnanga Engagement Manager, and Devon Judd. Devon, who is currently studying at Te Herenga Waka, has been involved in the youth-led climate action group, Generation Zero.

    Te Pūaha Talks - Evaluation series

    Evaluation is an essential social impact tool. We all want to make a positive difference through our work but can struggle to understand and demonstrate that difference clearly. How do you practically work out the contribution you are making? How can you be assured you are not doing harm or unintentionally holding the status quo in place? How can you learn and adapt along the way?

    Three online workshops were designed to answer these questions for those newer to evaluation and people who are less experienced or confident about evaluation. Facilitated by CSI associate Rachael Trotman , the workshops provide an introduction to some key ideas, frameworks, tools and guidance organisations can use to understand the impact of their mahi.

    The topics of the workshops are:

    • Session 1 - Key ideas and useful evaluation frameworks
    • Session 2 - Getting to 'value' - how can we know what good looks like?
    • Session 3 - Tools to gather data and capture learning

    The presentation and resources from the three sessions can be found here.

    Te Pūaha Talks - Hauora Wānanga for Matariki

    Matariki is a time to come together, to reflect on the past year, our challenges, our triumphs, on those that have passed on, and on all that it brought us. It is a time to reset. This year we offered a series of three wānanga which provided us with the quiet space and the time to nurture ourselves and our hauora, and to be aspirational with our goals and ambitions for the year ahead.

    The wānanga, which were made possible with funding from Foundation North, were facilitated by CSI associate Tuihana Ohia. Over the series, Tuihana took us through a series of reflective practices to draw out and bring us into a space to consider our taonga, pūmanawa and the magic of our tūpuna, ancestors. It was a process of navigation and discovery and an opportunity for rediscovery and rejuvenation of our wellbeing.

    The presentations and some reflections from the three wānanga are available here. They complement Tuihana’s 2021 Unu Ora workshops on hauora and you can also access the unu ora resource here.


    Te Pūaha Talks - Social Media for Social Impact

    Presented by Kirsten Matthew, mastermind behind public relations agency, Mabel Maguire, this workshop was designed for staff and volunteers responsible for social media posting and management for community organisations. The session looked at how participants could use their organisation’s values and audiences to design a social media strategy that will help them to grow organically on social media platforms. A recording of the session, Powerpoint presentation and associated resources  is now available.

    Coming up

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