New Zealand Networks / Organisations

WHAT: There are many hundreds of networks and organisations across Aotearoa New Zealand that are making significant contributions toward creating a positive future for all New Zealanders. It is the objective of NNZ to make visible this work and enable people to contact these networks / organisations and engage them. This is the beginning of a list that will continue to expand.

WHY: To enable New Zealanders to

HOW TO BECOME INVOLVED: If a network / organisation attracts you, contact it and become involved in any way appropriate.

We invite you to contribute to this compendium by

  1. Notifying us of networks / organisations which should be included and
  2. Writing and sending 200 word abstracts and complete descriptions of the network(s) in which you are involved. The complete descriptions are available upon request . Information should include purpose, objectives, methods used, history, size, results, etc.
Send information to Box 32, Albany Village or email to


See the format in the following examples.



P.O. Box 12-470 Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara / Wellington

Tel / Fax (04) 472-6375

Topical Links: Business, Social, Community, Environmental, Ethics

Purpose: To coordinate and network organisation for more than forty other Non-Government Organisation (NGOs)

What is ANGOA

ANGOA was established in 1993 and incorporated in 1995. An NGO is defined as an organisation which is non-profit making, voluntary, independent of government and of politically partisan bodies, and part of or serving social movement with a commitment to an economically sustainable Earth and a dignified existence for all.

It is committed to relating to Maori, and is discussing with them how best to work together in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

ANGOA ensures that NGOs in this country are aware of international conferences and other events that may be of interest to the NGO community. ANGOA assists groups to have input into these, by distributing information, arranging meetings, and supporting any ongoing coordinated NGO activities that may arise from this.

ANGOA is the Commonwealth Liaison Unit (CLU) of the Commonwealth Foundation, an organisation that encourages networking and exchange throughout the Commonwealth. ANGOA is also the National Liaison Unit (NLU) for the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO).

As part of its networking role ANGOA has regular mailouts to members. This includes a newsletter that has information about ANGOA activities as well as news and notices from other member organisations.


Board: Dick Hubbard, Roger Spiller, Karroll Brent-Edmondson, Kerry Griffiths, and Wes Brown

P.O. Box 109-579 Newmarket


Tel (09) 529-5078

Fax (09) 529-4290

Topical Links: Business, Social, Community, Environmental, Ethics

Vision: NZ BSR recognises, encourages and seeks to strengthen the linkage between business prosperity and community prosperity through cultivating socially responsible business.

What is BSR

New Zealand BSR’s vision is to advance New Zealand through socially responsible business. Members are from the business community and understand that socially responsible business practice is a desirable end in itself, and can also contribute to the financial success of individual business.

The "Businesses for social responsibility" network is well established in Europe, North America and Asia. Business engage in the wider questions of business responsibility and use socially responsible business practices to create financial, social and environmental wealth.

Many New Zealand businesses are already socially responsible in ways that are creative and innovative. New Zealand BSR seeks to promote this, to encourage learning and sharing of both local and international examples and thereby achieve its vision.

BSR is an incorporated society providing:

For further information, contact Karen Staines, above.


For further information contact:

Paul Honeybone, Management Services, Sustainable Cities Trust,

P.O. Box 4490, Christchurch 8001

Tel (03) 377-8566, Fax (03) 379-5554, email


Topical Links: Community, Business, Local government, Social, Economic, Environmental, Leadership

What is Canterbury Dialogue

Canterbury Dialogues is an independent charitable trust established in 1998 to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the city and region. It aims to mazimise cross-sector involvement between the community, corporate and public sectors with initiatives for a sustainable future.

3 Key Areas of Activity

1. Canterbury Dialogue Forums

A community, corporate and public sector annual leadership forum series

Targeted events to assist cross-sector coherence and to foster civic participation.

2. Canterbury Quality of Life Indicators

Management of the "indicate" programme to measure progress towards a sustainable future.

3. Action Projects

Facilitate working parties developing and pursuing initiatives where cross-sector value can be added.

Stakeholders: The Community Trust, Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Regional Council, Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce, Ministry for the Environment, Canterbury Development Corporation, Ngai Tahu Group Management, and Canterbury Tourism.


Kotare Research and Education for Social Change in Aotearoa

P.O. Box 3813, Auckland 1, Aotearoa New Zealand

Tel (09) 302-2496, Fax (09) 377-4804

Topical Links: Social, Change, Education, Research, Leadership

Vision: We are joined by a common determination to work for a society in which all have the right and ability to take an active part in the political, social and economic structures which affect our lives.

What is the Kotare Trust?

Kotare is a Charitable Trust established in 1996 by a wide range of people involved in community, church, youth, union, local economic development and adult education networks. They realised that unless people from all sectors, and from both rural and urban districts, could be inspired and taught to develop and sustain their own organisations, much of the potential of ordinary people and their communities would never be realised.

The Kotare Trust believes that for real change to be effective, solutions must come from the people who are most directly affected. Kotare’s educators understand that developing and enhancing leadership skills is one of the fundamental requirements for successful community development.

The Trust intends to assist people to work together on analyzing the reality of the situation in which they live, and to evolve new solutions appropriate to their local district and area of work, so that budding leadership qualities can be enhanced, and both community workers and their projects be supported to reach their full potential.

Kotare also plans to use its courses, programmes and research to strengthen the developmental work which is already happening at grassroots level in many parts of the country, and to be part of the infrastructure which helps existing groups survive through the long haul.

Trust Activities include:




"The national voice for local communities"

P.O. Box 24 084 Whanganui a Tara (Wellington.

Tel/Fax (04) 385-3358

Topical Links: Social, Community

What is NZCOSS

NZCOSS/s focus is on supporting and resourcing small groups without a national body and local communities through the networking of the local Councils of Social service (COSS). The COSS are all autonomous and vary in size and function. COSS provide an interface between Local Authorities, Government and the voluntary social service sector through their forums, newsletters and community networks.

NZCOSS is especially keen to encourage all COSS to actively make links with their local marae and runanga / runaka and with Maori social service groups.

NZCOSS was formed in 1986 and was incorporated in 1987. It now represents 51 councils of social services and also has affiliates with a number of small networking groups throughout the country.

NZCOSS has been part funded by Government from its establishment and has maintained regular contract with relevant Ministers and Government Officials. Where NZCOSS has brought concerns – from its "grass roots" constituents. The Prime Minister and other Ministers have addressed NZCOSS annual gatherings.

NZCOSS has a formal Treaty based protocol that is confirmed at each Annual Meeting. This includes a commitment to continue to work to enhance Maori groups engagement with COSS and NZCOSS and to have 50% Maori membership on the NZCOSS executive committee.

NZCOSS has a close working relationship with the NZ Council of Christian Social Services and the Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations. In collaboration with the NZ Council of Christian social Services, NZCOSS published Signpost which is circulated to 3800 organisations and individuals, keeping them informed on social policy developments and analysis of the effects of government and other changes in the social services field.


Promoting Futures Thinking

For information contact:



P.O. Box 12-008, Wellington

Tel / Fax (04) 473-6644

Topical Links: Futures, Sustainability, Education

What Is The New Zealand Futures Trust

The New Zealand Futures Trust is an independent non-profit organisation whose members aim to identify developments and changes affecting the lives and aspirations of New Zealanders, and to promote debate about possible futures.

Goals are:

What the New Zealand Futures Trust can do for you: If you would like to join us as an individual or a corporate member - it will challenge you to face the future with a greater understanding of possible scenarios and the skills that will be required.

We are:

What We Can Offer:

See our Website.


The Pacific Institute of Resource Management publishes Pacific World quarterly. Contact information is:

Editor: Kay Weir, P.O. Box 12125 Wellington

Tel (04) 473-6623, Fax (04) 472-6374

Topical Links: Environment, Conflict, Justice, Democracy

Vision: Harmony amongst races and species on the Planet, with all people and peoples exercising kaitiakitanga (guardianship, protection and nurture) of all life and the Earth from which it sprang.

What is Pacific Institute of Resource Management

PIRM is an advocate for:

PIRM believes that What PIRM Does: What is Pacific World

The objective of Pacific World is to provide information, viewpoints, and news of significant events on regional, national and global issues related to global ecology and human justice – issues critical to the future of people and the planet that are not covered by mainstream media.

The journal covers the growing international movement for the resolution of human conflict, protection of the environment, human justice and democracy – all essential elements in achieving transformation to people centered societies living in harmony with the natural world.

Pacific World is a member of DATNET, a worldwide journal of exchange, organised by the People Centred Development Forum, an international network for global transformation.