NZ Navigator Trust

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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.

Our resources:

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

A Project Brief is a key document that outlines the scope, scale and detailed requirements of your proposed project.

Learn how to create and manage a project budget with this comprehensive guide and downloadable templates.

Project evaluation can save you both time and resources.

How do smaller nonprofit organisations build effective campaigns that trend? Putting together a social media toolkit is a good place…

Information about tools and useful links to help you, your staff and volunteers continue to work together effectively from different…

This guide helps boards manage conflicts of interest in the boardroom and model good practice.

Are you looking to build connection and capacity across a diverse team in a virtual environment?

New Zealand has twelve Community Trusts that provide grant funding and support to a range of regional community-based organisations.

Employing and supporting the Chief Executive is a core role of the Board.

The updated edition of Nine Steps to Effective Governance is now widely used in the non-profit sector locally and globally.

Find out what steps are involved in setting up a whenua Māori trust or incorporation.

Personal qualities to develop for working with Māori.

A Tika Transition, developed by Maria Bargh, is what a just transition can look like in Aotearoa.

Virtual volunteering is volunteering using the internet, offsite from the organisation in a range of tasks.

A resource to empower mental health professionals in Aotearoa to support rainbow communities.

Enhance your organisation's ethical standards with this code of conduct template from Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society.

Use this health & safety reporting form from Forest & Bird to help you design your own.

How to talk with friends, whānau and workmates about Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Why we have Te Tiriti o Waitangi, what it says and why it matters now.

Learn how to measure impact effectively with this guide for community organisations. Download the printable infographic for free.

Discover expert insights on Māori governance for trustees in this video series.

Explore the Aged Care Continuum in Aotearoa, a guide outlining care levels and third-party involvement.

Explore sensory-friendly strategies and tips for people with autism in Autism NZ's guide on low sensory sessions and effective ways…

Explore the resources and join the nationwide campaign to learn NZSL.   

Te Kōrero mō ngā Tamariki provides valuable insights into middle childhood (ages 5 – 12) in Aotearoa New Zealand.

He Kete Mātauranga is a space for supporting communities to build climate resilience through Māori knowledge systems and frameworks.

Discover how to effectively use large language models (LLMs) by crafting prompts that include clear topics, context, and formatting instructions.

A set of cards to kickstart powerful and hopeful conversations with young people around areas of prejudice and racism.

Early Resolution is a free phone-based service that helps resolve a workplace issue early, quickly and informally.

InsideOUT Kōaro's video resource emphasises the significance of sharing and asking for pronouns to respect diverse gender identities.

Start your journey with AI by learning how to create effective prompts with this cheatsheet from Digital Boost.

This guide provides philanthropic funders and community grantmakers with practical guidance and key insights for supporting communities during disasters.