Free Workshop: Setting up your Business for Success

The day-to-day of running a business can leave Employers with many questions.

Join us at this free HR workshop and learn more on the importance of contracts and policies, wage payments, changes to casuals and managing employee performance.

We’ll help you develop the tools to set up your business for further success through the backend of 2021.

Employsure Consultants and workshop leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you through some of the complexities in running your business.

Places are limited, secure your spot today!

Topics covered:

  • Contracts and policies
  • Managing casuals
  • Wages and underpayments
  • Redundancies and performance management

When: 25th August 8.30am – 10.30am
Where: Awakeri Events Centre, State Highway 30, Awakeri, Whakatane
Cost:  FREE


Phone: 0800 675 700

Kanorau Digital: Free Courses

Learn Basic Digital Skills: Free Course

Do you need to learn basic digital skills?

Here’s a free course to help you.

You’ll get the skills and confidence to start using computers, create documents and keep in touch with family and friends over the internet.


Kanorau Digital is a short course designed to help individuals who find the digital world a bit (or a lot) challenging! Gain the skills to get online safely and the know-how to

Don’t be shy, call us today at 0800 526 672 or sign up now.

Courses in Tauranga, Whakatane and Rotorua.

Sustainable Funding

Are you sick of scrambling from one funding round to the next?
Would you like your organisation to have a reliable income, but are unsure where to start?

Sustainable Funding is a one day or two hour express workshop that helps organisations develop a sustainable funding plan. The workshop is packed with practical ideas that can be easily implemented and it is designed to help organisations develop opportunities that are ‘best fit’ for them.

In this workshop you will discover:

  • The essential first step in creating a Sustainable Funding Plan. Have you laid the right foundations and why is it important that you do?
  • The 7 Key Income Streams for Non-Profit Organisations. Are you properly aware of your opportunities and are you making the most of them?
  • The difference between donations, sponsorship and grants. Are you approaching each one in the right way, and if not, how can you do it differently?
  • Why traditional fundraising activities are still an important part of the mix and how to make them worth your while.
  • Why it’s the same people doing all the work and how you can get more people involved in your fundraising efforts. What is stopping people from helping out?
  • How to increase your income by doing what you already do, but by doing it better. What are the simple tweaks you can make for the biggest impact?
  • How to develop a sustainable funding plan so you can stop scrambling for cash.

You will have the chance to explore fundraising through donations, sponsorship, grants, contracts, membership, social enterprise and traditional fundraising events, and what combination of those will work best in creating a sustainable plan for your organisation. It may be different than you think.

Did you know we run Express 2 Hour version of this workshop?  Check out all the details here

When: Thursday 11th March 9.30am – 4pm
Where: Tauranga Coastguard Centre
Cost: $50 – $120  (includes GST)
          Bay Trust Subsidy $50 per person
          Tonic Members $108 per person
          General $120 per person

Click here to secure your spot TODAY.
Want to know more? Email

Sustainable Funding – ONLINE

THIS IS AN ONLINE WORKSHOP – delivered via zoom. Part 1: Tues 23rd March 9-12pm Part 2: Tues 30th

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March 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

ONLINE Zoom Meeting

Growing Great Volunteer Teams Workshop

Growing Great Volunteer Teams Workshop

Do you wish you had more people helping out, more often?

Do you attract a steady stream of volunteers but find they never stick around for long?

When it comes to volunteering, people are spoiled for choice. There is no shortage of organisations to get involved with, so in order to attract volunteers and keep them on-board, you need to offer them the best possible experience. Learn what drives people to volunteer and discover simple strategies for ensuring your volunteers get what they need to stay involved.

In this workshop you will discover:

  • If your organisation is even ready for volunteers. Are you losing volunteers before they properly come on-board? What things do you need to have in place before you start recruiting?
  • How to ensure your organisation offers a good fit for potential volunteers. Is there more than one model of volunteering and should you even care? What things do you need to consider in creating a ‘good fit’?
  • The difference between Recognition and Appreciation. What do volunteers really need to feel appreciated and how can you give it to them effectively?
  • What being part of a team really means to volunteers. Are you providing a true team environment or is there an under-current of ‘them and us’?
  • What makes a volunteer experience go from good to great? What are the simple things you can do to leave a lasting impression and develop loyalty in your volunteer team?

This workshop gives you loads of practical ideas for making your organisation a place where everyone wants to volunteer. Get more people helping out more often, with more fun and more impact.

Introduction to Living Design Process

This two-day workshop will accessibly introduce Living Design Process as a compelling holistic design approach applicable to the design and creation of anything whether personally or professionally. We will explore living design equally as a theory and as a practical reality at Oakdene Forest Farm which is just outside Whakatane in New Zealand.

Living Design Process starts with the question of what it means to design and create human environments using a process that mimics the process nature uses to create natural systems. This question leads to a design approach very different to contemporary understandings of what design actually is.

During this two day workshop, Dan will present an accessible introduction to the theory of living design process, with chances for you to start practicing under his mentorship. Our objective is that you will feel the process in your body as much if not more than you will understand it with your mind.

Our intention is also that you will leave these two days with a permanently modified understanding of what design can be.

In the below video Dan explains a bit more about the workshop:

Saturday, January 25, 2020 – Sunday, January 26, 2020.  We recommend arriving and setting up camp on the Friday evening where it will be a shared meal you bring something to contribute to if you can. We’ll then run from 9am-9pm on the Saturday and 9am-4pm on the Sunday.

On Line: Governance – The Power of Policies

Does your organisation need policies, but you don’t know where to start?
Are your policies out of date and irrelevant?

The Power of Policies

Does your organisation need policies but you don’t know where to start?

Are your policies out of date and irrelevant?

Mention the word policy and most people’s eyes glaze over or roll to the back of their head. However, policy is an essential part of providing good governance and helps safeguard your organisation from potential risk.

In this workshop you will discover:

  • What is a policy and why are they so important?
  • How to identify what policies you need.
  • A simple framework for developing effective policies.
  • Tips for ensuring your policies are also up-to-date and relevant for your organisation.

Discover useful frameworks to guide your policy development, and understand the power of a well-written, well-timed, and well-practiced policy.

In this 2-hour workshop you will discover what a policy is and why they are so important.  You will also learn how to identify what policies you need and work through a simple framework for developing effective policies.  Discover useful tools to guide your policy development, and understand the power of a well-written, well-timed, and well-practiced policy.

Where and When:
Whakatane: Tuesday 17th November, 6pm – 8pm  Register online here

$25 per person for Bay of Plenty non-profit organisations


Re-Think Pain Workshop

Having trouble managing your pain?

Join Danyel Degenhardt at his RETHINK PAIN WORKSHOPS at Pou Whakaaro in 40 Te Tahi Street Whakatane every 2nd Thursday of the month between 5.30-7.30pm.

Danyel Degenhardt is a physiotherapist with a passion for education, and an expert in pain sciences and in the treatment of pain management, so if you are struggling with your own pain management, come along to this valuable workshop.


Making a Living Hut Workshop

This is a child friendly workshop where we will use no-dig gardening and companion planting to build a living hut.
You will then have the opportunity to plan your own living hut and take home seeds to grow it.

Koha entry

For bookings please email

Venue: 20 mins from Whakatane – to be advised on booking.

No Dig Gardening Workshop Whakatane

No-dig gardening is a way of using materials from your local area to build soil and create gardens. In this hands on workshop we will discuss how to locate a garden, the basic principles of no-dig gardening, and then make some small banana box gardens out of found materials.
You will then be able to choose some seeds to take home for your garden.

Koha entry.
For bookings please email

Venue: 20 minutes from Whakatane – to be advised on booking.

Mulch & Cover Crops Workshop

Mulch is like a cloak over the soil. It protects the soil and keeps it alive. In nature if there is bare soil it is quickly covered. How can we work with nature to optimize our growing?
In this workshop we will;
– discuss the benefits of mulch, types of mulch, cover crops, and some of the basic principles of what to use where.
-look at strategies for using and growing your own mulches -succession, companion planting…and have a look at what these practices look like in a garden. Photo courtesy of Katie Horrocks.
Koha entry.

Venue is 20 mins from Whakatane – to be advised on booking.

For bookings please email

Merino Wool & Silk Felted Bowl Workshop

with Fibre Artist Caroline Burton

Boat Safety Workshops

for Safer Boating Week and beyond


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