Kia ora,

Here is a link to the audio of our last call (the latest episode of seeds podcast), where we got to hear from:

  • Nicola Nation, the CEO of the Ākina Foundation about their work, impact led initiatives, her views on the state of purpose led business and the upcoming world forum in Australia;
  • Lisa Foster, the Chief Executive of Rare Disorders NZ who gave us insights into their work and the challenges faced – did you know 1 in 17 of us will be directly affected?  She shared the message below and attached as follow up too; and
  • I also shared about the changes for Incorporated Societies which are coming up and affect all 23,000 of them (The Information Hub with lots on that is here).

Feel free to forward this on so others know about this cross sector monthly gathering focusing on impact.  In July will take a rest from the call as I get the chance to travel overseas to see my Father who is turning 80 – due to Covid haven’t seen him for several years now!  I will send out an update email towards the end of July but we can gather again for a call in August.  (I was going to try and do the call while on holiday but then I realised – what sort of a model is this of prioritising rest and how important that is too?!).


I came across this quote recently and like it: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou

Ngaa mihi,


Kia ora all,

Thanks to our speakers last Friday we had a great session which you can listen back to here:

  • From 4:24, Kate Frykberg shared reflections on her journey: “Missteps and learning: personal experiences of Pākehā organisations wanting to support Māori aspirations and learnings along the way…”  This was so powerful, we needed an hour to hear more!  Powerpoint attached.  More on her work
  • From 18:53, Sue Barker shared about her report which is now released and available here looking at Charities Law Reform and what a world leading framework would be.  Slides attached and note an upcoming workshop on the topic on 22 June – link below.
  • From 33:24, Justin Stevenson shared about whether governance in Charities is harder than in for profit companies then we had some discussions in breakout rooms – really interesting topic to consider and will share the article he mentioned when it comes out!

Next call? – Well, because of the new Matariki holiday (hooray) which is the last Friday in June – will meet again on Thursday 23rd at noon.  If you want a meeting invite, let me know.   Lined up to speak is Nicola Nation the CEO of The Ākina Foundation, and another person is being confirmed.

Previous calls are all here:   It is a good resource point to hear from others – last time we heard from Kirsten Patterson (KP) the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand (IOD), Maria English the CEO of Impact Lab and Ros Rice the Executive Officer of Community Networks Aotearoa.  The session before that was Sue McCabe the CE of Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa,  Kaye Maree Dunn sharing about He Kōrero podcasts focus on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Michelle Berriman the Executive Director of Fundraising Institute of New Zealand.

We had a great call at the end of April 2022 and here is the video and the index of each of our speakers.

00:00 – Introduction to call and a few updates

05:09 – Kirsten Patterson (KP) is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand (IOD) – was great to hear more about this organisation that has 10,000 members and some of the resources available on their site and the initiatives and training and conferences they run.

15:52 – Maria English the CEO of Impact Lab – was good to learn background to the work they do in helping organisations measure impact and how they go about doing that

27:22 – Ros Rice the Executive Officer of Community Networks Aotearoa sharing about their recent initiative to provide governance training “Tick for Governance” in the form of a series of 10 modules at a reasonable price – including the first one being free – and loved hearing about the whimsy in the videos https://www.communitynetworksaotearoa…

44:38 – Final thoughts



Kia ora all,

Great session on Friday with a turnout of more than 70 of you joining in.  Great to see so many of you interested in our speakers, they had a lot of helpful ideas to share – thanks to Sue McCabe, Michelle Berriman and Kaye Maree Dunn for sharing some of your journeys and what is keeping you busy!  Index of the call is below and under that are some other things for your radars.

The audio is uploaded as episode #297 of seeds podcast in Spotify or Apple Podcasts or the video is here and this is a LinkedIn post on it in case you want to tag someone in so they know.  Index:

  • 00:00: Welcome and Intro to the call by Steven
  • 04:09: Sue McCabe the CE of Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa shared about their new initiative Match | Te Puna Taurite which is about to launch and provide “a more equitable, accessible and collaborative funding system”
  • 13:19: Kaye Maree Dunn sharing about He Kōrero – podcasts focus on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the way different practitioners apply its intent and principles in their respective mahi.
  • 29:13: Michelle Berriman the Executive Director of Fundraising Institute of New Zealand who are releasing a research report soon on wills and bequests – relevant for us all!

Next month join in on Friday 29th April when we have:

  • Kirsten Patterson (KP) the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand (IOD)
  • Maria English the CEO of Impact Lab
  • Ros Rice the Executive Officer of Community Networks Aotearoa

Each will share their perspectives and discuss resources that they are working on or conferences coming up.  The purpose of the calls is to hear from a variety of people and learn more from people we might not otherwise connect with.

One ask is simple – is there someone you know of who might like to receive these updates?  More than 60 people have joined the email list in the last 2 weeks with more than 650 of you receiving the emails, and want to continue to grow this community focussed on impact.

Previous calls and videos of them are all here – quite a collection of stories and materials now

A few other things:

  • The link for the Impact Lab survey is here: Note that as a token of their gratitude, and to thank you for your time, they will donate a koha to your organisation. To better understand the charitable sector’s needs, and to discover how they can help to build its capacity, ImpactLab are conducting research to learn how charitable organisations track and measure their success. If you’ve got a moment, they’d appreciate your help with answering a few questions.
  • Nick Cowie has pass on a link to the introduction page on the Home of Brands website and the attached description too.  He said here’s how the Home of Brands Conscious Consumer Programme works: Every time your supporters are buying something through the Home of Brands Conscious Consumer Programme, 2% of the invoiced purchase is rebated back in the form of a donation payment from us to you.  You can reach him at
  • The IOD Leadership Conference is all online this year and coming up in early May, I am looking forward to sharing at it about stakeholder vs shareholder governance on a panel.
  • Anne Edgar sent the attached summary of Fringe Benefit Tax and charities and donee organisations, thanks Anne.
  • I always like to see the NFP newsletter attached which has a good list of upcoming seminars etc.
  • While she did not get time to speak to it Sue McCabe is also involved with the Good Registry and they are worth checking out here – facilitating donations to good causes:
  • Am crowdsourcing any thoughts you might want to share with the XRB – email me back, tomorrow will be attending the XRB Advisory Panel quarterly catch up and they would like to have input on what they do (any issues any of you have with accounting standards and reporting)?
  • Speaking of which, XRB have got a survey going to get input n the XRAB and how they go about their work – here:
  • Been getting quite a few questions about duties of Trustees in light of Trusts Act 2019 and referring them to this guide.
  • Have been helping quite a few companies with their Capital Raisings and so be watching out for a guide to capital raising which we are releasing soon.
  • There are 31 people booked in for the next Impact Lunch on 8th April here – if you are going to be in the area come along… Impact Lunch + The Future of Christchurch …, Christchurch, 8th of April | Humanitix
  • I can recommend this free session based on the Dare to Lead book by Brene Brown which is being run by BOMA – info here
  • The attached Harvard Business Review tip on running efficient meetings resonated so sharing it.  They are a useful daily reminder of best practise.
  • To finish off with a good news story, this is Wilby from The Addington Farm.  We are helping him set up as a charity – they do good work creating an Urban Farm where volunteers work.  Article about them here:

Kia ora All – great to have almost 40 of you join the Impact Call last Friday.  This is a chance to connect with others involved in impact in different ways that might be different to us, and share stories and learn.

The video is now up here and feel free to share this and if anyone wants to join the list of more than 600 of you just have them drop me a line.

Index of call:

00:00 – Intro to the call, context, key updates

05:46 – Tim Pare on The Funding Network and the programs they run; and

19:42 – James Stewart on Gemelli Consulting and the work they do helping plan and assess impact focussed projects

33:08 – Breakout rooms feedback (thanks all for your insights!)

44:58 – End

Because Michelle Berriman could not join (as she was getting a Covid test just before the call) she will join us next one instead to share about the research report that FINZ are releasing.  Also joining will be Sue McCabe the CE of Philanthropy NZ to share about their new initiative Match | Te Puna Taurite which is about to launch and provide “a more equitable, accessible and collaborative funding system”

If you come across interesting resources feel free to share and I can pass on to others – for example I saw that for small charities in Tier 4 the XRB have released a simple format to use for reporting here.

See those who can join on Friday 25th March for the next call!

Ngaa mihi,


Kia ora All,

Here is the recording of the final impact call of the year last Friday and index is below, where I shared about Community Finance, book on reimagining business and seeds podcast as well as the first time I’ve talked about a conference planned for October 2022 in Christchurch for 1,400 on the theme of Impact – am seeking more organisations to get behind and support it (there are about 80 so far, would yours like to join and provide a logo?).  Info

Index of the call:

00:00: Intro

01:54: Community Finance introduction

06:07: Answering questions on Community Finance

17:44: Sharing about book on Reimagining Business

20:55: Sharing about Impact Conference in October 2022

28:11: Sharing about Seeds Podcast

31:11: Feedback from breakout rooms

43:05: Ends



Also, Chris House from Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs has another short update: “We have now published the decision on the briefing topic we discussed at the call on 17 November. The final topic is: “How can community participation and decision-making be better enabled by technology?” There is more information about the topic and what we heard on our website, including a summary of the themes specifically from the November call on page 8 of the Topic Decision document. We will keep people updated directly and through Steven on opportunities to be involved as the briefing develops. Thanks again to everyone who has helped shape this mahi.  We hope you all have a fantastic summer break.”

If you are looking for road trip listening this week will be episode 289 of seeds podcast and just did a collection of 30 conversations with those involved in EHF that may interest here

Be watching out for info on the conference in October 2022 – likely 27/28th in Christchurch for 1,400 is the plan.

Will send out meeting invite next year for the next time we gather which is likely in late February.  It will be for all the meetings that year so if you accept it they all go in your diary.  Have a great restful break all!!

Ka mihi


Thank you to the over 40 people who joined our October Impact Sector Update Call session on Friday the 15th and thanks again to John Morrow for sharing key highlights of the JB Were Cause report and answering so many questions we all had.  The video is now up so if you missed it or want to watch again then you can and feel free to tag in others who might appreciate it.

Also, thanks to Andrew Phillips for the Charities Services update and many of you for the comments on what was discussed in the breakout rooms part of the call.  For a quick link to the Cause Report check it out here.

We will meet again in December but in between will be sending out a copy of the book of essays, mentioned below in other recent items of interest, when it is released in early November and don’t forget there are a whole bunch of links and info in the email below as well on upcoming things.  Last, some of you might enjoy this recent seeds conversation about purpose and many other things with Tim Jones – good for commutes.

Other recent items that may interest (thanks to those who sent things in):

    • Recently did a session for Queenstown Startup Lakes on zoom and the video is here – it started focussed on business but we ended up discussing a variety of structures for impact, may interest

Hope that was helpful and if you have missed any of the previous Impact Sector Calls you can find them here:

Thanks to the almost 50 who joined the zoom call on Friday – here is the recording for those who wanted to be there, want to revisit or to share with others:


00:00:   Welcome
02:32:   Arron Perriam on Community Foundations of New Zealand (slides also attached)
10:58:   Peter “Razor” Reynolds on Moral Compass
15:31:   Andrew Phillips with a Charities Services update
20:19:   Vicki-Anne Parker on NZ Gifts of Love and Strength
25:59:   Colin Magee on Catalist (fundraising means for impact driven projects)
34:42:   Katie Sherriff and Rodney Barber (impromptu) on improving engagement with Government
41:29:   Break out room feedback from 6 groups
51:52:   End

More resources and links are below:

Hope that was helpful and if you are looking for some inspiration or information to watch while we are in lockdown then the other most recent update calls are here:

On Friday the 18th of June we had our Impact Sector Update call and the link to the video is now here.  The aim here is to connect and encourage those involved in impact of various kinds. Thanks to those who shared variety of stories which was awesome to hear and gave a real taste of some of the good that is being done across the country.  The next call will be on Friday 20 August – feel free to pass this article on to others who may be interested or it is posted here on Linked In to tag people, and note resources and links down below.


Key points:

  • 00:00  Welcome from Steven Moe
  • 01:26  Sarah Grant on Kia Kotahi Ako Trust (info below)
  • 06:13  Erica Austin on the upcoming Aotearoa SDG Summit Series (info below)
  • 12:39  Courtney Ennor on Supergenerous, helping claim back tax rebates (info below)
  • 17:55  Francesca Ephraim with a Charities Services update (info below)
  • 21:34  Heidi Quinn on National Volunteering Week (on now) – “Recognise, connect, reimagine…”
  • 23:22  Intro to Breakout rooms
  • 24:27  Reporting back from each of the groups in breakouts on key trends (such as …. watch to find out).
  • 36:41  End

Info on what was mentioned on the call by the speakers

  • Kia Kotahi Ako: solving otherwise impossible problems through education and learning.   Focusing on incubating community projects that are tackling climate change and wellbeing.  ASKS: we’d love to hear from any funders who are interested in this kaupapa. We’ve raised $80k out of our first $400k. Also keen to connect with other projects in this area to see how we can collaborate and do more together.
  • Supergenerous information pack is attached to this email.  Supergenerous is a digital service that automates the process of claiming donation rebates. Requiring just a couple of minutes from donors to sign up — they can effortlessly regift 33% of their past donations back to the charities they support. Courtney can be reached at if you have questions.
  • The 2021 Aotearoa SDG Summit is coming to Ōtautahi Christchurch on 2 – 3 September! Want to be a part of an epic two-day Summit event at the University of Canterbury, focused on connecting, learning, and collaborating for urgent systemic change? Early Bird Tickets are now live – get yours at ly/2021sdgsummit before 24 June and get free access to Online Hui #3!  You’ll be inspired with two days of participant-led sessions, workshops, creative stations, activations and field trips, plus fill your stomach & soul at the Community Feast dinner.  What does 2030 look like to you? Head to for registration & all event details. All ticket prices are GST inclusive and 100% of profits from booking fees will be directed to giving the gift of education through our ticketing platform, Humanitix.

  • Charities Services update – A few updates from us:
    • We ran a webinar on 2 June about different structures charities can have. The video of that is now up on our website.
    • We also presented at a webinar run by CAANZ on 14 May about changes to trust law.
    • We’re publishing new content on our website. We just put a new page up about other legal obligations for charities. We’re also planning to add and update pages and resources on our website over the next little while.
    • Our June newsletter is going to come out next week. Our big focus is National Volunteer week. But we’re also including governance links, busting some myths, and providing updates from wider government.
    • We’re looking at our engagement over the next year. If there are any significant events in your region that we could add value to, get in touch.

A few other things for your radar:

  • Catalist are a new initiative worth checking out here Catalist – a platform for growth – Colin will speak at the next catch up.  In summary, Catalist is a new type of stock exchange that makes it economical for SMEs and impact investments to be listed and raise funds from the general public.  Particularly for you looking at alternative funding models/social enterprise structures etc this could be worth looking into.
  • Francesca Ephraim passed on: 100 Diverse, Board-Ready Chairs and Directors, to properly reflect NZ society in the 21st century and to ensure all talent is in the board room. Diversity includes diverse thinking, socio-economic status, diverse professional backgrounds as well as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious beliefs and an intersection of those characteristics. See the Diverse Thinking Capability Audit of NZ Boardrooms published by the Superdiversity Institute in 2018 and an article from Stuff here.
  • Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand have sent info on an upcoming conference on Philanthropy in the Age of COVID-19: Asian and Global Perspectives. CLAANZ Chair, Professor Matthew Harding, is one of the keynote speakers.  No charge to attend – see email attached.
  • Link to the “Chairing the Board” series of four videos for community governance here.
  • National Volunteer Week info National Volunteer Week – Weaving The People Together
  • Charities Services just put out their latest newsletter which is here.
  • There are some more resources below the sign off but also in this email chain too so not repeating all of those here…
  • For those interested in agile contracts, just co-wrote an article for Stuff on what they are and how they can promote creativity and innovation with Louisa Taylor here.

Be watching out for next call in 2 months, and feel free to send on information that may be of interest

More relevant materials online sent to Nelson impact structuring seminar:

Doing Business in NZ guide:

Article on impact investing

Impact Investing report from CSI

My story in 6 minutes–generational-legacy-and-kaitiakitanga

Stewardship options ownership report

Article on role of charities

Seeds Podcast with 250+ interviews and other info and videos I do

Social Enterprise Book

Charities and tough questions when thinking about change:

Guide for Churches:

Article on creatives and governance

Article on new legal structures for purpose driven business

Structuring for Impact and legal structures in NZ report

Thanks to all who joined the video call yesterday – great to have 45 of you listen in to the first one for the year with a refreshed format on zoom and then have some break out room discussions too – am sending out this video link of the recording while fresh.  Why not watch this instead of Netflix and get some fresh updates that matter!

The kaupapa/purpose of these catch ups every two months is to connect across the “for purpose” impact sector so that we can get out of our silos, hear about what others are doing and learn from each other.  Next call will be on June 18th (calendar appointment sent before, let me know if you want resent – it was for all the meetings in 2021).

I actually felt super energised and inspired after the call and especially hearing two stories of new charities that have started to help meet diverse needs in our society (Our Little Village + Makingtrax).  Thank you Sue, Louise, Francesca, Anna and Jezza for sharing on a wide variety of things they are seeing in their mahi, summarised further below – they are copied as some of you may want to contact them if you saw synergies or had questions or saw ways you could help?  This email can be forwarded on to others who would be interested and if they let me know can add them to the list too.  Order of speakers and place in video:

  • Louise Aitken CEO of Ākina on social enterprise, Impact Initiative and more: from 2:56
  • Sue McCabe CEO of Philanthropy NZ on their upcoming summit and more: 11:34
  • Francesca Ephraim on Charities Services and review of Charities Act update (also written summary below): 21:17
  • Anna Judge on founding ‘Our Little Village’: 27:54
  • Jezza Williams on founding Makingtrax: 35:25
  • Break out rooms reporting back on what each group is seeing “at the coal face”:  51:23



We have just released a free 55 page guidebook for Charities which is downloadable and covers setting up, structure options, operating, liability, duties, leases, employment, impact investing, social enterprise etc – when things take a year or so to compile it is strange to finally release them, but here you go!!: This joins our articles, videos, templates and more at our website as well as the Doing Business in NZ guide and Social Enterprise book and Start-ups Legal Toolkit book.


A few other updates and so on your radar:

  • Jezza Williams shared about Makingtrax – here is the website for more on that 
    • Jezza shared his personal story of how a life changing accident 10 years ago inspired him to start Makingtrax a company, which has now transitioned into a charity, which focuses on providing inclusive tourism for disabled people. The focus for Jezza is to educate the public on inclusive tourism and developing adaptive technology to allow for inclusive adventure. Jezza wants to challenge public perception of what it means to be disabled and empower people living with disabilities through the power of adventure. Listen to his part on the video and guarantee you will feel inspired!
  • Anna Judge shared about ‘Our Little Village’ – website: 
    • Anna shared with us her story of how she founded Our Little Village. The charity was created from her experience with child birth and the challenges she faced, as a mother. With the support of her family and guidance of a doctor, she made it through the challenges but was the experience inspired to start Our Little Village, the name for which is inspired from a comment by her doctor saying it takes a village to raise a child. With the charity up and running Anna is now working with others doing similar work and with support from Ronald McDonald house is well on their way to delivering 20 packages to new mothers to support them with their needs.
  • On Wednesday 12 May we (Parry Field Lawyers) will be hosting the Privacy Commissioner to give a talk about Charities/NFPs and privacy obligations in light of the new Privacy Act.  This will be held in person in Christchurch with limited numbers, but also with the chance to join by Zoom – more information and to book is here.   More than 50 have signed up already.
  • The Philanthropy NZ conference is coming up 18 – 20 May – see here for info and early bird registration details.  On the call Sue shared that the upcoming summit is designed for funders to discuss their challenges.
    • The full programme is mainly for funders, it will include a keynote package that all can attend
    • Title is “Amplifying Community Aspirations”
      • Intention is to have different voices from different communities voice their challenges and needs
      • Speakers presenting from a Maori perspective and from under served communities
    • They also have other covering global issues of inequality, black lives matter etc.
  • Am sure some of you will be interested in growth of impact investing – I am the Chair of Community Finance which just raised $40m last year and have $70m+ pledged for this year all for social housing.  If you want to know more then have a look here
  • IOD have a conference in Auckland 5-6 May described here.  I’ll be going along to that one so maybe see some of you there.
  • Have you come across Exult? Megan was on the call – their purpose is to help non profits grow – check them out at  They have a magazine too: “Never miss a funding opportunity again. Subscribe to Tonic Magazine and get loads of ideas, information and advice, including a list of upcoming funding rounds, in every issue. It’s NZ’s most comprehensive publication for the community sector.”
  • The new Trusts Act – an opportunity to revisit your rules?  Article on this
  • Fundholding paper – pulling in all the feedback on the draft white paper, will send it around later hopefully by next call.
  • Kate Frykberg’s done a helpful overview of funding sources in Aotearoa – check it out here.
  • Impact investing – this is more and more relevant for Charities and others as a means to outwork purposes, see this recent overview from CSI
  • The seeds podcast I’ve been doing just hit 250 episodes interviewing inspiring people – you can find out more at

  • Latest episode 250 I shared the 15 things I wish I had known when I was 17 as I gave a talk on that at the high school I attended It was fun although actually it all still applies to me even now…

Update from Francesca at Charities Services:

  • Our GM, Natasha Weight has recently returned from parental leave.
  • You’ll have seen the modernisation of Charities Act is back underway, you’ll see a comprehensive update on the Policy Group website.  Just a reminder, we aren’t part of this process, this is a separate branch of the Department of Internal Affairs – you can contact them by emailing or Modernising the Charities Act 2005 – Questions and Answers –
  • Key focus areas include:
    • The obligations of charities including annual reporting requirements for small charities
    • Whether the regulators powers, decision-making and accountability to the sector is appropriate, and the accessibility of appeals under the current structure.
    • Charitable business and accumulation of funds
  • The Incorporated Societies Act is currently open for submissions. This is a big change for a lot of societies. Submissions close on 28 May date.
  • The Trusts Act also changed this year which impacts on charities. Charities Services will be participating in a webinar on the changes sometime in May, but we published a blog explaining the changes, and keen on hearing your feedback.  Sign up to the Charities Services newsletter on our website and like us on Facebook if you want to know when the webinar will take place.
  • We are resuming our in-person engagement that we committed in 2019 after we received feedback that charities wanted to see us in person more. We’ve attended a few workshops in the greater Wellington region and Nelson. We are currently planning on a more systematic engagement for the next few years, where we’ll try to get around the country. We’ll be visiting Christchurch on 26th May, which will include in person clinics.
  • One of our main priorities this year is a change to our IT system. This is mainly to improve security, but will also involve some changes to charities online portals, but this will be communicated via email closer to the date.
  • Our new formed charities sector group will be meeting in May and you can read about what is discussed on our website . You can also read about research in the charities sector in our brand-new research page.
  • But as always, we really do want to hear from you, how are things going, what could we be doing more of, less of, don’t hesitate to get in contact –


In case you read this far (impressive!) and are wondering about who I am and why I am active in this area, this is a short 6 minute “Pechakucha” video where I shared my story in 20 slides for 20 seconds each:–generational-legacy-and-kaitiakitanga