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Creating a digital space to equip a thriving community sector
The NZ Navigator Trust has an ambitious vision - to create a growing portfolio of digital spaces that provide easy access to a number of high quality tools and resources that equip community organisations and create a thriving charitable and community sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our aim is to provide resources that are:
- Simple - the resources are easy to use.
- Relevant - they make sense to people.
- Useful - they help people to solve a problem and/or to improve.
- Trusted - they are curated by the community for the community.
The Trust currently has three free online tools:
NZ Navigator is an online self-assessment designed for community organisations to assess themselves across nine domains of operation including governance, strategic direction, finances, people management and communications.
The final assessment links the organisation to resources held on this website, CommunityNet Aotearoa.
Digital Stuff We Love gives us a great way of sharing clever digital tools with New Zealand organisations. Most of the tools we highlight are free or low cost for not-for-profits.
Together these free tools enable groups to develop stronger organisations, set their own priorities for action and access resources to assist in that development.
The NZ Navigator Trust resources below include a number of:
- resources we have created ourselves and
- lots of links to great resources we've found that have been developed by others.
We always acknowledge the developers of each resource - if we've linked to your resources and you would like to become a contributing organisation with your own profile page, please contact us.
- Organisation Size
- Organisation Stage
- Serves the following communities
- Any sector
- Based in the following regions
- Wellington City
Resources from NZ Navigator Trust
The Volunteering New Zealand, sector-led and co-designed Best Practice Guidelines | Te Anga Whaitake, supports volunteering engagement.
A guide, one of a series on evaluation techniques, exploring outcomes-based approaches to evaluation.
This guide provides some best practices and templates for effective onboarding or job orientation - the purpose is to provide…
A British site that provides employment guidance, resources and guides, a number of which apply to New Zealand employment relationships.
How to effectively manage the relationships in your organisation between individuals, teams, and larger groups of employees.
SportTutor is a free online learning tool for the NZ sports sector, created to support, help and guide people working…
Templates to start you off with the preparation and documentation of your Annual General Meeting
This guide for people who are, or are thinking about becoming, board members of a charity.
The governing body must ensure that the charity has the finances to do its work and ensure that these resources…
An interactive guide for people who are managing an evaluation, this resource can be used for different types of evaluations…
The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) is New Zealand's primary health & safety law.
Volunteering Waikato have gathered these resources to help guide community organisations working with volunteers
This policy builder tool guides you through the steps to create a variety of policies tailored to your workplace.
A Creative NZ kit for boards, managers and coordinators to help attract, manage and retain volunteers.
This Creative NZ webinar series is aimed at developing governance capability.
How can you be better prepared and reduce the likelihood of harm to your organisation through risk management?
A resource aimed at developing governance capability, including the fundamentals of good governance practice.
Advice and suggestions for groups and organisations seeking donations.
A downloadable document giving an overview of the information contained in the online Community Resource Kit.
What to do when Inland Revenue lets you know your organisation is going to be audited.
The balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement are key tools to check the financial health of your organisation.
The SafePlus Online Self-Assessment Tool is a free health & safety performance improvement tool, designed for small and medium-sized organisations.
SEEDS talks with inspiring people making a positive impact with their lives.
CERT NZ supports businesses, organisations and individuals affected by cyber security incidents, and provides trusted and authoritative information and advice.
Getting digital - assess and improve your organisation's website, digital marketing and online performance with these tools.
An online ‘do-it-yourself’ constitution builder tool that will help you produce a draft set of rules. . .
This resource focuses on a suggested decision-making process to be used when seeking grant funding for development projects. .
Is your organisation eligible for access to donations and discounts from technology companies? Start by becoming a member of Techsoup…
Providing up-to-date and relevant software for your organisation can be costly.
This resource, developed by Community Law, contains a practical legal toolkit designed to support organisations working in the community sector.
This tool helps you create tailored employment agreements for your staff, covering what you must do by law and helping…
These guides, focusing on anti-fraud measures, are written for UK charities but the principles and protections apply equally to New…
A free online library of 1,000's of practical resources that include organisational development in non profits - many resources are…
Links to COVID-19 information that is relevant to the community sector - for organisations and how they work, their staff…
Information about tools and useful links to help you, your staff and volunteers continue to work together effectively from different…
This digital wellbeing platform aims to provide employers across New Zealand with fast, online access to mental health and wellbeing…
This video tutorial service provides access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing,…
This guide is designed to help charities identify and record conflicts of interest.
Charities in NZ must retain their independence from political parties and candidates.
The Institute of Directors have established a hub focused on not-for-profit governance - 'for passion and purpose'.
This guide describes the range of ethical and legal duties and obligations of being an effective director.
This guide helps boards manage conflicts of interest in the boardroom and model good practice.
This IOD resource includes templates to help organise your board meetings.
A risk management guide for organisations in relation to volunteers.
The NZ Navigator Trust highlights news about events and issues of interest to the NZ community sector.
Being on a committee or board of a charity can be difficult in a crisis - how can a governance…
The Working Well Guide provides organisations with tools and resources to create a culture that enhances and protects people's mental…
A number of resources to help you and your staff integrate, treasure and celebrate te reo Māori.
An online toolkit to help the volunteers who manage governance at a Marae level. . .
To ensure good relations between staff and the governance team, it is important to clarify the division of responsibilities in…
New Zealand has twelve Community Trusts that provide grant funding and support to a range of regional community-based organisations.
Digital Stuff We Love introduces you to lots of smart digital ways to work, communicate, and engage with your staff…
Reducing emissions can save your organisation money as well as help avoid global climate catastrophe – this easy-to-use toolbox shows…
Digital Boost is a free online tool, backed by the government, providing information and videos to help kiwi businesses and…
Community Research makes the validating, gathering and sharing of community research easy by providing digital resources and opportunities for…
An overview of the balance sheet to help people charged with the governance of not-for-profit organisations make informed decisions.
Covering the questions a not-for-profit treasurer needs to ask - this handbook aims to make your job a bit easier.
Guidance for workers who do office-type work in their home, rather than at their usual work premises.
Resources from The Workshop to help you build trust in COVID-19 vaccinations.
A COVID vaccination policy for workplaces - including legal principles around vaccine mandates.
This toolkit is designed to help apply the concepts of evaluation to work being done on digital inclusion in communities…
A comprehensive online course about good governance for Incorporated Societies and Charities.
Dealing with life's challenges in the workplace can be stressful - share these tools and resources with members of your…
Timeline of key dates for existing incorporated societies to update rules and reregister.
A Companies Office information hub about the incorporated societies law changes and what your society will need to do to…
An online fundraising training programme for small charities in Aotearoa New Zealand that leads to a two-week crowdfunding campaign.
Keep your network safe by encouraging staff to create strong passwords.
Charities Services have translated some of their key resources into nine languages.
NZCCSS have produced this resource to not only inform policy makers and funders, but also to value those working hard…
The Governance lite framework aims to improve governance functions in small and voluntary organisations.
Information about the Government Community Support Package and more, to help those affected by the recent North Island floods and…
Connecting community organisations needing help with communications with a volunteer.
What questions should a non-profit board be asking to facilitate the measurement and reporting of social outcomes?
A 7 stage process to help you understand all that needs to be done when choosing and implementing a database.