Kia Whiti Tonu - an online capability building programme for community organisations

The Kia Whiti Tonu series of free online workshops was launched in November 2020 responding to the need for capability and capacity building in community organisations identified by the  COVID-19 impact survey. Proudly funded by Foundation North, the introductory programme covered grant writing, marketing and communications, innovation, strategy, and wellbeing.

These workshops were well attended and we are delighted to announce that a further eight free sessions will be presented in 2021.

NIHO TANIWHA - Embedding evaluation in your mahi
Date & Time:    Wednesday 24 November @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenters:      Rachael TrotmanPenny Hagen and Sophia Beaton

This session is for anyone interested in embedding evaluative thinking and practice into their work, and in growing a values based, tikanga led and evidence-informed approach to evaluating their mahi. It shares The Southern Initiative’s learning from developing its Niho Taniwha framework and toolset, and the essence of the Niho Taniwha approach. Participants will have a chance to reflect on their own evaluative practice and be part of a conversation designed to strengthen that practice. We warmly invite you to be part of this conversation. Places limited to 100 maximum.  

**Following the Niho Taniwha workshop, you are now able to access the presentation and video recording below. The take-home kete is also available here.

COLLABORATION – A Journey of Mastery
Date & Time:     Wednesday 21 July @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         Louise Marra

Most collaborations fail because they are often idealistic about wanting to belong to something perfect, instead of something that is learning and growing always.

This session will benefit those leading or participating in collaborations and help develop new tools and skills to make collaborations successful. Places limited to 110 maximum.  

**Following the Collaboration workshop, you are now able to access the presentation (which includes resources & take-home kete); along with the video recording below. 


WELLBEING – Kua haehae ngā hihi o Matariki (The rays of Matariki are spread)
Date & Time:     Tuesday 6 July @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         Tuihana Ohia

As we move into Matariki, it is a time to reset, to look to our goals for the time ahead and discuss the aspects of self and personal growth we would like to nurture.

This will be a reflective workshop on the past year enabling participants to assess how did we grow and what goals did we achieve or not? Places limited to 80 maximum. 

 ** Following the Wellbeing workshop, you are now able to access the presentation and video recording below. There is also take-home kete available, as outlined below:  

1. Resources
2. Worksheet used during the session











Date & Time:     Tuesday 22 June @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         Louise Marra  and Rachael Trotman

Strategy is changing for organisations – from being burdensome, prescriptive, detailed – to setting direction and innovating the future as we head there. This session is for senior leaders wanting to rejuvenate their organisations through an innovative approach to strategy. Places limited to 110 maximum.  

** Following the Innovation & Strategy workshop, you are now able to access the presentation and video recording below. The take-home kete is also available here.


GOVERNANCE – What is Keeping you Awake at Night?
Date & Time:     Tuesday 1 June @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         Judy Whiteman with panellists, Tania Jones and Kevin Haunui

There is so much information available online these days and we are all very busy! Sometimes having a trusted friend to discuss a challenge or an issue with is the way to go. This is an opportunity for current board members to learn from the experience of others on a tricky governance issue or something governance related that may be bothering them.

Those registering will be asked to submit 1 governance issue that is occupying their mind at the moment, and where possible we will take the most frequently asked questions and cover these in the workshop.
This interactive workshop is designed to benefit individuals who are currently board members of small to medium Not For Profits or community organisations. Places limited to 250 maximum. 

** Following the Governance webinar, you are now able to access the presentation and video recording below. The take-home kete is also available here.


MEDIA – Working with the Media
Date & Time:     Thursday 29 April @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         Suzanne McNicol 

If you’ve ever thought the media are only interested in bad news or that there’s no such thing as bad publicity then this webinar will challenge those assumptions.   

Starting with an overview of the current New Zealand media landscape, you’ll learn how to create your good news story then the steps required to successfully pitch your social impact or community hero story to the media.

Along the way we’ll look at great local examples of good news stories and you’ll also learn how to manage media relations in a crisis situation. Places limited to 200 maximum.

** Following the Working with the Media webinar, you are now able to access the presentation and video recording below. The take-home kete is also available here.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY – Think and Act Digital
Date & Time:     Tuesday 30 March @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         John Lau 

The Covid-19 pandemic - as much as it has unleashed unprecedented disruption, it has also presented an unparalleled opportunity to change and accelerate the way we work today and for the future.

According to the global consultant, McKinsey & Company study, on average, digital offerings have leapfrogged seven years of progress in a matter of months.  More importantly, we are not going back, we are only going to move forward, fast and furious.

The webinar will give you a big picture view of what digital technology is with trends & insight across New Zealand.  Participants also learn broad core knowledge and some practical resources to help you to move confidently in the digital world. Places limited to 200 maximum.

** Following the Digital Technology webinar, you are now able to access the presentation and video recording below. In addition we have some take-home kete, as outlined below:  

1. Resources
2. Digital Ecosystem Scorecard

WELLBEING - The Whare of HauOra
Date & Time:     Wednesday 24 March @ 10am – 11.30am
Presenter:         Tuihana Ohia

Professor Mason Durie developed Te Whare Tapa Wha, a holistic health and wellness model in 1982 to enable a wider audience a clearer and more informed understanding of a Māori point of view with regard to hauora and ora (health and wellbeing). 

As relevant today as it was then,  Te Whare Tapa Whā speaks to the holistic approach and thought to health and wellbeing. 

In this workshop we will create a practical resource, our Whare of Hauora, Home of Wellbeing with intention around the pou (pillars):  Taha Tinana (physical health), Taha Wairua (the spiritual dimension), Taha Whānau (the family), Taha Hinengaro (the mind), and Whenua (land & environment). Places limited to 80 maximum.  

** Following the Wellbeing workshop, you are now able to access the presentation and video recording below. In addition we have a number of take-home kete, which is as follows: 

1. Wellbeing Tips
2. Worksheet (workplace) - Finding balance: Te Whare Tapa Whā 
3. Worksheet (workplace) - Finding balance: Te Whare Tapa Whā (Activity)
4. Worksheet (individual) - Finding balance: Te Whare Tapa Whā
5. Worksheet (individual) - Finding balance: Te Whare Tapa Whā (Activity)
6. Handout at the workshop
7. Resources and support

The 2020 Kia Whiti Tonu Series of workshops and their associated kete of online tools can be accessed here