What's On

  • Neighbours Day Aotearoa Workshop

    Wednesday 13 November

    69b Briggs Rd, Shirley

    Neighbours Day Aotearoa is fast approaching and Sam and Cissy are gearing up to hit the road again!

    Last year they traveled the length of the country, connecting with as many of you as possible.  Once again they will be coming to Christchurch to chat with locals about community, connection and neighbours.

    This Christchurch workshop is a chance to develop and refresh some of the skills we all need when working in communities. Explore ways to reach out and include all of the different people that make up our communities.

    The workshop is ideal for neighbours, community leaders and organisations, and anyone that wants to build more connection.

    For more information click here.

  • Arctic Voices

    3 October-3 November, 9am-5.30pm

    Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch Central

    Arctic Voices uses interactive experiences, photos, videos and real specimens to convey that the Arctic is more than just snow – it is land, water, and ice. It is home to people and a surprising diversity of wildlife. It is a place of rapid change being studied and monitored by scientists. Find out what affects the Arctic and in turn, how the Arctic has an impact on the whole planet.

    Pounce, hop, push and crawl like an Arctic animal as you explore one of the planet's harshest environments. Come face to face with a polar bear. Travel with scientists as they catch and tag Arctic whales, and then go on a garden tour to see how plants have adapted to survive and thrive in this harsh environment. Listen to stories from the people who inhabit this region, as they share their knowledge about the land and their unique culture. You can even try throat singing, a traditional art with modern applications.

    Arctic Voices is co-produced by Science North, one of Canada's largest and most respected science centres, and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences.

  • SCAPE Public Art Season 2019

    From Saturday 5 October

    Weave your way around SCAPE's temporary and permanent artworks via the SCAPE Public Art Walkway, either by self-guiding or by joining a guided tour. To self-guide, pick up a map at the artworks and from a number of central city locations from Saturday 5 October. Alternatively, download the SCAPE Public Art app to take a self-guided audio tour.

    The six-week festival kicks off with a weekend packed full of art-inspired activities, including the FREE Hellers Family Fun Day at the Margaret Mahy Family Playground from 10am2pm. At Hack Circle from 2pm, we launch five new public artworks by the winners of SCAPE’s Re:ACTIVATE Junior and Senior Aspiring Artists competition.

    Curated by Emma Bugden, Season 2019 boasts an incredible range of local and internationally renowned artists. Taking the iconic game Rock : Paper : Scissors as its starting point, it features artworks will make us think and feel: about what home means, the emotional resonance of materials, and the patterns and rituals that help us make sense of the world.  

    Read more about the artworks and find a full programme of events on the SCAPE Public Art website.

  • Shapeshifter Exhibition

    From Monday 7 October, 6pm-8pm

    Pūmanawa Gallery, The Arts Centre 

    Shapeshifter, a solo retrospective exhibition by Carmen Brown, opened on Monday 7 October at Pūmanawa Gallery The Arts Centre in Christchurch.  

    Marking Brown’s return to The Arts Centre after an absence of nearly ten years, Shapeshifter presents Brown’s unique way of seeing, offering to Christchurch a defiant sense of place, regeneration, recovery and hope.    

    Featuring work spanning almost twenty years, the exhibition includes painstakingly detailed work characterised by patterns and shapes, as well as highly gestural work.  Brown approaches diverse subjects including buildings, people, places, flowers, ships and ladybirds with humour that is in turn menacing and whimsical, with cartoonish renderings of historical and local characters such as Captain Cook and The Wizard of Christchurch.  

    This exhibition will run until Sunday 13 October.

  • ASSIST: Practical Suicide Intervention Skills Training

    Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October

    Learn how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their safety.

    This two-day skills building workshop prepares helpers to provide First Aid Interventions confidently and safely. Professionals, volunteers, informal helpers and everyone need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their safety.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Christchurch Housing Initiative Q&A

    Friday 18 October, 10am-11am

    Board Room, Level 2, 209 Tuam Street

    The Christchurch Housing Initiative, Te Whāriki tū-ā-Rongo, is a shared-equity initiative, jointly funded by the Crown and the Christchurch City Council, aimed at helping up to 50 modest income families in Christchurch achieve their dream of home ownership over the next three years. 

    It will do this by providing successful applicants with interest-free equity (secured by way of a second mortgage) to bridge the gap between bank deposit requirements and household savings. Applications for the first round of funding open on 1 November 2019.   

    As Provider of the Initiative, Habitat for Humanity (Christchurch) welcomes your questions on the Initiative and looks forward to understanding how we can work together to help modest income families in our community into home ownership.   

    To register, email info@christchurchhousinginitiative.org.nz.

    To find out more about the Christchurch Housing Initiative, please visit the website www.christchurchhousinginitiative.org.nz 

  • Community Partners Opening Event

    Friday 18 October, 12.45pm

    Delta House, 101 North Avon Rd

    Come and see the Delta Inn and Evergreen Club in operation, followed by a brief presentation, Q&A, and drinks and nibbles.

    RSVP to Audra on 03 389 0214 by 15 October.


  • Managing and Leading Community Organisations Workshop

    November 11-13, 9.30am-4.30pm

    Avebury House, Richmond

    Because leading in a community organisation can be complex, this training programme gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage people, money, projects, and stakeholders, whilst still driving results. So, no more second-guessing yourself...

    During three days of highly interactive learning, topics are explored in the context of your community and organisation. By the end you will have two plans – one for your own leadership development, and one for building the capacity of your organisation.

    Topics include:

    •             Creating and understanding the bigger picture
    •             Being a mindful leader, and how our management and leadership impacts on others
    •             Building a strong team
    •             Working creatively in the face of ongoing change and complexity
    •             How to create real change for our communities
    •             Using your ongoing learning to add value

    LEAD is committed to giving you the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead and create change. We invite you to embed what you learn in the training workshop by:
    1. Getting 6 months of ongoing mentoring with the LEAD team to support you to implement the two plans you create during the training workshop. This will enable you to make your learning even more pertinent to your context and have support to create the changes you identify.
    2. Joining a learning community of like-minded managers and leaders working in a diverse range of community organisations.

    This course costs $750+GST per person. Register here.

  • Community Research Annual General Meeting

    Thursday 31 October, 4pm-5pm

    Te Puni Room, Wharewaka Function Room, 2 Taranaki St, Wellington

    The Kaitiaki of the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre warmly invites you to join us at our 2019 AGM. Preceded by coffee or tea at 3.30pm.

    Our Co-Chairs Garth Nowland-Foreman and Pania Coote will report on the past 12 months and invite your support for the year ahead. 

    Please email jenny.moore@communityresearch.org.nz to RSVP or to sign up for membership of Community Research. All members are able to vote at the AGM and eligible for election to the Community Research Kaitiaki/Board.

  • Free Post-Stress Counselling Service

    Canterbury Charity Hospital

    This service is provided free of charge at the Canterbury Charity Hospital to provide “psychological first aid” for people who are needing extra support to help with their grief and with regaining their “life balance” following the major traumatic event.

    All counselors hold recognised national qualifications.

    Those seeking help can self-refer or be referred by you by contacting the Charity Hospital as follows:

    Phone: 03 360 2266 (8am until 5pm) or 020 4098 0750 (after hours)

    Fax: 03 360 2616

    Email: reception@charityhospital.org.nz

  • Attending training courses, workshops or network meetings, can be a useful means of learning and development.

    There are many opportunities across our regions. Check-in here regularly to find out what’s on.

  • Introduction to Great Grantmaking

    Wednesday 16 October, 10am-11.30am

    This webinar will feature Genevieve Timmons. Genevieve is an international philanthropic consultant with a wealth of knowledge and experience of both Australia and New Zealand. Genevieve will cover the three common traps and six savvy strategies all grantmakers need to know.

    What others have said about Genevieve TImmons:

    • “Genevieve has such a wealth of experience to draw on - very useful and interesting - she has a great presentation style, too.”
    • “The content and presentation style was helpful. I particularly enjoyed Genevieve's stories and her ability to relate 'theory' to 'practice.”

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Lunchtime Seminar: Integrated Planning Guide

    Thursday 17 October, 12:15pm-1:15pm

    Community and Public Health, 310 Manchester St

    The Health in All Policies Team and Community and Public Health recently led various local agencies min a collaborative update of the Integrated Planning Guide. The guide provides a set of questions to give structure to conversations around the building blocks of health - otherwise known as the determinants of health. This version of the guide is designed to help us all:

    • Plan in ways that build stronger, more sustainable social, environmental and economic outcomes
    • Promote the health of all
    • Keep sight of the shared vision for strong, healthy and resilient communities

    Register online here.

  • Managing and Leading Community Organisations Training

    11-13 November

    Leading in a community organisation can be complex! This development programme grows your skills, knowledge and confidence to manage the people, money, projects, and stakeholders, whilst still driving results. So, no more second-guessing yourself.

    You'll have two plans by the end of 3 days of highly interactive leaning - one for your own leadership development, and one for building the capacity of your organisation.

    Choose your level of learning: $750 plus GST for the three-day workshop only or $1750 plus GST for the 3 day workshop as well as 6 months of coaching and mentoring.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Nurturing Through Nature

    Thursday 7 November, 9am-4.30pm

    Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club, 301 Main Rd, Sumner

    This one-day workshop will examine the latest research and current understanding of how regular time in nature-rich spaces for play, rest and connection, aids the development of resilience in children, their families and communities.

    This day will be of interest to educators, therapists, community workers and parents/carers. This will be an inspiring day bringing new insights, and ensuring you have the chance to connect with others and with nature. Come and learn, be nourished and build relationships!

    The guest speaker will be internationally recognised thought-leader in nature-based practice Niki Buchan. Niki Buchan brings knowledge and expertise from her 35+ years of experience as an educator, researcher, consultant and author on the topic of nature-based practice. An opportunity to delve into the healing power of combining nature with nurturing, connected relationships to support well-being and mental health for children.

    The cost for this workshop is $80. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Register your interest here.


  • Safeguarding Children: Applied Child Protection Practice

    Wednesday 23 October, 9.30am-3.30pm

    Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl

    Are you looking to deepen your knowledge of child protection? Are you your organisation’s ‘designated person for child protection’ and/or facing challenging child protection situations? Robust, effective child protection response is essential if we are to improve the wellbeing of our vulnerable children.

    Child Protection reviews regularly reveal gaps in our best practice response which impact on the children we are working with or supporting.

    Working interactively in groups and guided by the Safeguarding Children team, we will explore the issues and obstacles to best practice we face.

    The workshop will give you the tools to develop robust, effective child focused strategies and responses to reduce professional risk, follow best practice, and close the gaps.


    • Reviewing your child protection knowledge

    • Risk assessment and child vulnerability

    •Using best practice and reviews to overcome obstacles

    • Reporting thresholds and ‘grey’ areas

    • ‘Professional dangerousness’

    • Difficult conversations 

    This seminar costs $165. Light refreshments provided. Click here for more information and to register.

  • Safeguarding Children: Child Protection Seminar Level 1

    Tuesday 22 October, 1pm-4.30pm

    Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl

    Grow your child protection knowledge and skills with this seminar delivered by Safeguarding Children's nationally recognised experts. No matter what sector you work or volunteer in, this seminar will give you the skills to protect children and young people.


    • Child abuse and neglect and the impact on children
    • Signs of abuse and neglect
    • Vulnerability
    • Responding and reporting to child abuse
    • The roles of child protection policies and procedures
    • Best practice guidelines
    •  Children’s Act
    • Information sharing

    This seminar costs $110. Light refreshments provided. Click here for more information and to register.

  • Suicide First Aid: Life-Supporting Conversations

    Tuesday 3 December

    This is a one-day suicide first aid skills training. A skill set that every organisation should have in support of their first aid training.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Suicide to Hope: Suicide Recovery and Growth

    Friday 1 November

    This is a one-day suicide recovery support skills training. Learn how to support someone who has recently been at risk of suicide or a suicide attempt and is wanting to find new ways to cope.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Surviving Volunteer Management

    Friday 18 October, 9am-2pm

    Tahunanui Community Centre

    Following on from his highly popular 'Good Grief' workshop, Andy Fryar will share his thoughts on how volunteer managers can best deal with those parts of volunteer leadership that are difficult to deal with and not often spoken about. In addition, he will explore how we can best leverage those times our volunteers share good news stories, and how volunteer managers can not only survive the complexities of the job, but flourish. 

    This workshop costs $20 +GST. Drinks and morning tea provided.

    Call 03 546 7681 for more information, and click here to register.

  • Tech for Non-Tech

    Friday 25 October, 9.30am-4.30pm

    Vodafone InnoV8, 213/221 Tuam St

    It is Tech 101 and so much more!

    In this workshop you’ll learn how these computer things actually work.  The roles different people play in putting together an application or website.  What some of the jargon means, and how to understand new jargon.  A bit about the different types of roles (and why one person might not be able to do it all).  How to speak some tech language with developers, and translating technical concepts into non-technical ones.  Tips and things to watch out for when managing a technology project.  We’ll dive a little bit into privacy, open source and IP, and also cover some upcoming trends. BASICALLY ITS VERY GOOD, so come along.

    Even if you’ve managed a tech project before you’re guaranteed to learn something new.  It’s designed for those with no tech understanding, but even those who’ve managed an app build before said they wished they’d done this workshop before that.

    Click here to find out more, and to register.

  • The Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society of Canterbury AGM

    Monday 21 October, 5pm

    Community Law Canterbury, 198 Montreal St

    The Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society of Canterbury are hosting their Annual General Meeting. At the meeting, the following two resolutions will be sought:

    • Approval of the proposed changes to the constitution, and
    • Authorising the Committee to submit the changes to the various authorities for registration

    RSVPs are appreciated.. Contact opmanager@parscanterbury.org.nz or call 03 371 9183.

  • Webinar: How to Detect and Prevent Fraud

    Thursday 24 October, 12pm-1pm

    Charities Services will walk you through how to detect and prevent fraud in your charity or not-for-profit organisation.

    We will cover:

    • What fraud is
    • What your responsibilities as a member of a board or committee of a charity are
    • How to detect fraud in your organisation
    • How to prevent fraud in in your organisation
    • What you should do if you identify fraud in your organisation
    • We will also discuss examples of fraud that have resulted in significant losses to the charitable sector.

    There will be opportunities to ask questions during the webinar.

    Sign up for How to detect and prevent fraud in your not-for-profit

  • Women-only Pilates for Beginners

    Wednesdays from 16 October-18 December, 10:30am-11:30am

    Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton St, Somerfield

    Free women-only Pilates for beginners. No registration required, Contact Lana on 027 436 3046 for more information.