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Our 2023/24 programme of Te Pūaha Talks, free online webinars funded by Foundation North for not-for-profits, is underway. Upcoming dates and details coming soon for the series Storytelling, showcasing good practice.

Te Pūaha Talks - online resources from previous events

Future Search - helping people transform their capability for action.

Future Search is a highly participative process which brings people together with diverse interests in a particular issue or challenge to explore common ground, share what they want for the future, and plan for action in their system. The webinar is being co-facilitated by CSI associate, Miranda Cassidy O’Connell, and Lisa McNab (Te Pātu, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Te Aupōuri and Ngāti Kuri). Miranda and Lisa recently co-facilitated a Future Search for the Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe Beach Management Board and Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa to look at the future for Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe (90 Mile Beach). The recording and resources are available here.

Climate action - Your sphere of influence

The Your Sphere of Influence webinar was our contribution to the Auckland Climate Festival. The workshop was designed to give us some pathways to move from anxiety to action as individuals, in our organisations, and in our communities. This included exploring the unique Aotearoa perspective of how honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and drawing on the wisdom of mātauranga Māori can help build a strong foundation for climate action. The recording and resources are available here.

Ngahere - Nurturing our connectivity

The wellbeing webinars were facilitated by CSI associates Tuihana Ohia and Louise Marra. “We were delighted Tuihana and Louise combined their considerable wisdom and experience in helping people to nurture their wellbeing to create the Ngahere workshops,” CSI Kaihautu Karinia Lee says. “The workshops provided a welcome opportunity to think about how to reset, rejuvenate, nurture and care for ourselves and those around us, when so many of us are navigating so much disruption.” A recording of the Ngahere workshops and resources for the Ngahere wellness process are available here.

Communications in the good times & the bad

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.

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 developed by Associate Professor Maria Bargh, 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.

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.

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.


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.