Who we are

We support not-for-profit organisations with knowledge and resources to serve their communities well.

We lead and deliver the National Strategy for Community Governance and the National Action Plan.

Community organisations provide a wide range of services that enrich our lives. This includes supporting parents, caring for older people, running youth groups, fighting fires, surf lifesaving, environmental protection, as well as organising education, religion, sport, and arts events. Most of these groups will have some form of board or committee governance.

We are here to help board members working in community governance who may feel under-resourced, overwhelmed, and isolated. By providing the tools and resources they need, we can help board members develop their governance skills to become effective governors and advisors.

Volunteers who freely give their time to NGO's and charities
$20 Billion
Annual income generated by New Zealand NGO's
$58 Billion
Assets managed by the national NGO sector
Supporting Community Governance in New Zealand
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We will facilitate opportunities to connect with people in governance roles through online panel discussions, think tanks, and co-design workshops.

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We will provide learning opportunities, tools and templates, and easy to follow guides to help you do your job well.

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Vision statement

We have a vision that all community governance organisations across Aotearoa are well governed. We hope to inspire, engage, and provide you with educational tools and resources to help embed best-practice governance at the board table.

Our why
We're here to help lift the governance ability of community organisations in Aotearoa.
Our people
Rose Hiha-Agnew
Chief Executive | Tumu Whakarae
Rose Hiha-Agnew
Chief Executive | Tumu Whakarae

Rose Hiha - Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhaakata, Ngāti Kahungunu.

Rose has extensive experience in management and governance across iwi, community, and governance organisations. During her career in local and central government Rose has led large-scale transformational programmes involving the environment, Te Ao Māori, and sustainability and infrastructure.

This has included the management of millions in partnership investments with iwi and communities across New Zealand.

Rose was Chair of Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Co-Chaired the Endangered Species Foundation. She currently supports national boards in digital equity and local art community boards.

A bit about Rose: She enjoys mountain biking and the forests and lakes; she has participated in several World Single Speed events and has a classic car 1962 Singer Vogue.

She is based in the Bay of Plenty - Lakes District.

Rāwiri Bhana
Tangata Whenua Co-Chair
Rāwiri Bhana
Tangata Whenua Co-Chair

Rāwiri Bhana is Tangata Whenua Co Chair of Community Governance Aotearoa Trust.

Ruia Taitea Ruia Taitea. Kia tū ko taikākā ko ahau anake.
Ko Ngāti Te Roro o Te Rangi te Hapū. Ko Ngāti Whakaue te Iwi. Ko Te Arawa te Waka. Ko Rāwiri Bhana ahau.

Having cut his teeth firstly as a Trustee on the Rotorua Youth Centre Trust, he has over the last 20 years worked extensively within the governance framework of his iwi Ngāti Whakaue across the entire spectrum of their interests.

Rāwiri is also the Chair of Mokoia Island, Te Komiti Nui o Ngāti Whakaue and IndigiShare, is Co Chair of Ngāti Te Roro o Te Rangi Hapū Trust and is on Owhatiura South 5 Committee of Management.

Rāwiri is based in Te Moana a Toi.

Prabha Ravi QSM, JP
Te Tiriti Co Chair
Prabha Ravi QSM, JP
Te Tiriti Co Chair

Prabha Ravi is Te Tiriti Co Chair of Community Governance Aotearoa Trust.

She is an Independent Director, management consultant, facilitator, assessor, coach, and a mentor. Prabha is regularly invited as a guest/panel speaker for various conference, events and festivals across NZ and overseas.

In her professional career, she has held many senior management roles in both public and private organisations. Prabha has been recognised with several national, regional and community awards including The Queen Services Medal by the NZ government and was a Finalist for Wellingtonian of the Year Award in 2016 for Education and is a Justice of Peace.

A bit about Prabha: She is the founder, producer, director and choreographer of Natraj School of Dance, a well-established and reputed Indian classical dance school based in Lower Hutt since 1999.

April McLennan
Programme and Events Lead | Kaiwhakahaere Tauwhainga
April McLennan
Programme and Events Lead | Kaiwhakahaere Tauwhainga

April came from a social enterprise background having started a charitable trust straight out of high school. For seven years she worked as an operations lead and board chair for that charitable trust. In her career so far, April has also held a programme co-design role, and a fundraising promoter role for a major charity.

April has developed high-level project and creative skills through her work having led projects including five youth conferences and the development of a modular online learning course. She has also enjoyed co-designing workshops for community of practice events.

A bit about April: Outside of work she enjoys exploring beautiful Ōtautahi and Waitaha, quality time with family and friends and playing hockey.

April works part time for Community Governance Aotearoa. She is based in Ōtautahi.

Community Governance Aotearoa Trust

Our Trust is made up of volunteers from across Aotearoa who represent government, philanthropy, Māori organisations and not-for-profit communities who support our kaupapa - providing good governance for our not-for-profits

Our Tangata Whenua Trustees are Rawiri Bhana, Theresa Roigard and Co Chair Kevin Haunui.

Our Te Tiriti Trustees are Gordon Oldfield, Nikolao Cockerell and Co Chair Prabha Ravi.

Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group is made up of volunteers from across Aotearoa. They represent governance community peak body organisations, not-for-profit sector representatives, marae committees, Māori organisations, and government organisations.

Supported by 12 nationwide community trusts

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