Te hira tangata ki Waikato, ki Raukawa ki Maniapoto, ki Hauraki


Useful Links

We have compiled a range of useful links. Please let us know of any others you think should be on this page.

Charities Commission

The Charities Commission - Komihana Kaupapa Atawhai - is responsible for registering and monitoring charitable organisations in New Zealand, as well as providing support and education to the charitable sector on good governance and management.

Community Response Fund

The 2009 Budget has confirmed $40 million in the first year for a Community Response Fund to assist those organisations facing cost and demand pressures to deliver vital social services.
The Fund is a short-term response to immediate pressures and has two key components. 

CommunityNet Aotearoa

An Internet resource to support communities and community groups throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Department of Internal Affairs Community Funding Advisors can help you with a wide variety of information and advice. Go to their website for information on COGS & lottery grants.
  • The DIA also administers the Community Internship Programme (CIP). This programme allows a skilled, experienced person to temporarily leave their permanent job, for a period of up to 6 months, and work as an 'intern' for community organisation. The intern's salary is provided to the host community organisation by funding from the CIP.

Generosity New Zealand

New Zealand's primary source of information about funding for voluntary organisations, special interest groups and individuals in the community.

Inland Revenue Department

This site contains provides access to information, forms and calculators for a wide range of areas such as   PAYE, IRD, KIWISAVER and Charities Commission.

JR McKenzie Trust

The Trust makes grants to community organisations in New Zealand, mainly in the areas of social services, health services and community development. You can check out whether your organisation might be eligible for a grant, and download our application forms.


Members of Parliament

This link provides access to a list of the current Members of Parliament and to access to each member’s biography and contact details page.

New Zealand Council of Social Services

NZCOSS is a national umbrella organisation for local Councils of Social Services and other social service networks throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. They use their collective voice to influence decision-makers in a way that leads to policy action, social change and community empowerment,  recognising that by working together, they can more effectively support local communities and member organisations to achieve social well-being.

New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations

The NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations is an active network of social service organisations. It has been active over four decades and has a membership base of more than 130 organisations.
The Federation's mission is to inform, inspire and advocate for a thriving voluntary welfare sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants

This link takes you straight to the not for profit section of their website

Philanthropy New Zealand

Philanthropy New Zealand is a membership association formed in 1990 as an initiative of the Roy McKenzie Foundation. The original nucleus of 20 members has grown to 111 organisations representing private trusts and foundations, and those grant-making trusts unique to New Zealand created through the sale of community banks and energy utilities.

Social Enterprise Studies

A Post Graduate Diploma offered by the University of Waikato and Within the Waikato Management School is "research led-Practice relevant" Click on the link to find out more about this exciting and community relevant degree

Community Research

A place to find good community research and researchers.
Community Research provides research and other resources to people and organisations involved in Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research. Help us build a strong, vibrant research community by registering to share your research.

The Essential Guide to Planning a Fundraising Event

This guide will outline everything you need to know about planning a fundraising event. From attracting sponsorship and explaining all stages of pre-event planning, to spreading the word about your cause and gaining on-going support, it’ll be your go-to resource for your fundraising efforts.

Trust Waikato

Trust Waikato's purpose is to help organisations carry out charitable, cultural, philanthropic and recreational projects of benefit to people in the Greater Waikato.

Every year the Trust holds three donation rounds, allocating funds to around 400 community groups each time.

The WEL Energy Trust

The Trust is a special purpose trust with a number of responsibilities set out in its Trust Deed:
1. To ensure WEL Networks Limited operates as a successful business.
2. To have regard to consumer interests in the deregulation of the electricity industry.
3. To distribute surplus income at its discretion.

Webhealth has been specifically developed to provide another avenue of access for people to connect with Health and Social Services and relevant information.
Resources and other Useful Links
Nga Kete Rauemi


These online resources have been designed to provide a guide for community group leaders to strengthen their organisation’s capacity and assist the process of organisational development. Each topic has been packaged in conveniently sized “bites” of information that can be used independently to address a specific development need or utilised as an integrated set of resource materials.

Audits and New Financial Reporting Standards

Facilitation Tool Kit

Supervision Project: Sheryl Fitzpatrick

Handy Things

State of the Sector 2010, 2011, and 2012

Developing a picture of the Waikato Social Service Sector

Refining the Picture of the Waikato Social Service Sector

Video Clips: Community Waikato and ROC