Dunedin Curtain Bank: Room for rent


The Dunedin Curtain Bank has a separate office within the curtain bank available for rent.  The rent is $230 per month which includes power, wifi/printing are extra costs and there is no landline.  Rental includes use of the common room/cinema which need to be booked in advance.  There are kitchen/bathroom facilities.  Access to the office is via stairs and there is no lift available. Please contact Tammy on 021 224 0922 or email at info@dunedincurtainbank.org.nz if you are interested in this space.


Survey about collaboration

Kia ora,

Greta Gordon is a Doctoral student at the Victoria University of Wellington and needs your help for her doctoral thesis.

As a provider of social and / or employment services in Otago with clients that might include people at risk of long-term unemployment and who is likely to be involved / have been involved in collaborative initiatives, she would like to invite you to participate in her research into collaboration. Your perspective is important as it will help to provide a clear picture of non-government organisations’ priorities when engaging in collaborative initiatives.

An online survey is open until 15 October and she will invite some respondents to participate in a face-to-face interview in October or November. The online survey includes around 40 questions, which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.  It asks questions about a collaborative initiative in which you are involved, and your opinions on the types of accountability mechanisms, participatory processes and leadership behaviours and competencies needed to make collaboration effective.

A final question asks if you are willing to take part in a face-to-face interview which will provide more in-depth information on these topics. If you are willing to take part, your name and email address is collected. This data will be recorded in a separate dataset to your answers to the survey and will only be used to contact you for a follow-up interview.

If you would like to take part in the online survey, please click this link -> SURVEY START

Further information

Her aim is to develop recommendations for institutional arrangements that would enable a more effective collaborative approach to the governance of initiatives addressing long-term unemployment. These recommendations will take the form of guidelines that can be used by government and non-government organisations when setting up new collaborative initiatives.

Her doctoral thesis will be based on this research and she may also use the research to contribute to conference papers and / or publications such as book chapters or journal articles. She has obtained ethical approval from the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee to undertake this research. All data will be stored securely and will remain confidential to her and her supervisors. They will not disclose your name to anyone else, including in any discussion or dissemination or the research. She will not collect your IP address.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact her on this email address, or her supervisors, Dr Valentina Dinica on valentina.dinica@vuw.ac.nz, or Dr Chris Eichbaum on chris.eichbaum@vuw.ac.nz.

If you know of others involved in collaborative initiatives who might like to contribute to this research, please feel free to forward on this email.

Thank you for your support


Details: Greta Gordon


021 232 7761

Help us by filling out the 3 minute survey about outcome measurement

outcomeI am a third year student at the Otago Polytechnic and I am on an internship with the Council of Social Services Dunedin. The survey is a part of my research project with the topic “outcome measurement in non-profit organizations”. It would be great if you could participate. It takes just 3 minutes and it would help me a lot.

In order to keep the survey confidentially, you are able to leave out your organizations name and email address.

Thank you!

Kind regards,
Juliane Janzen

Online until 05.10.2014

Planning to Win: A Free Online Guide For Nonprofit Campaign Planning

Steps to success: stage one - defining the victory. Stage 2: evaluating the campaign climate. Stage 3: charting your course. Stage 4: choosing your influence strategy. Stage 5: messaging for impact. Stage 6: managing the campaign.

Planning to Win is an online guide for nonprofits that are looking to win support for an issue, impact policy, or get a corporation or government body to change its policies. Spitfire developed this upgraded version of its first campaign planning tool because of the many new factors affecting what it takes to design and run winning campaigns in today’s rapidly changing world. The site and toolkit was created through a partnership and support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and input from campaign experts.

Planning to Win framework organizes the process of campaign planning into six stages. The tool walks you through a series of questions that will help you make effective campaign strategy decisions each step of the way. It is filled with lots of examples and practical advice. A successful campaign strategy lays down the basics and then adds more details and nuances. This framework leads you through a logical decision-making chain where each step and decision builds upon the next.


Like Minds, Like Mine Community Partnership Fund

Sun shining through flax fronds

The Health Promotion Agency is calling for submissions to their new community partnership fund:

“Like Minds, Like Mine is a national programme to promote the reduction of stigma and discrimination and to increase social inclusion for people with experience of mental illness. The programme is guided by the Like Minds, Like Mine National Plan 2014-2019

More info on their website here.

Settling In Dunedin: Local services and activities for newcomers and migrants

Group of people at signal hill, view of dunedin in background below

The Dunedin branch of the wonderful New Zealand Newcomers Network have produced a directory of local services, support and activities for people moving or recently moved to Ōtepoti Dunedin.

You can view and download the PDF below. Also connect with the group and their local events on their facebook page.


New online toolkit for planning social change

social change toolikit logo

social change toolikit logo

The Social Change toolkit helps organisations and project teams work through their thinking in terms of the changes they are seeking and how to bring them about. The toolkit also targets audiences and provides indicators for the measurement of social change. The toolkit consists of tools and resources, including evaluation and working with the media templates, and tips from experts and other changemakers.

The purpose of the toolkit is to enable users to share and connect up when there are common goals, insights and experiences. Registered users can access a private My Project workspace, make ‘to do’ lists, and connect with other changemakers.

For more information, go to the Social Change toolkit:

IT for good: learn local, think global talk, 17 July 2014

Stephen Blyth

cartoon-small1Stephen Blyth presented to a note scribbling audience here at Dunedin Community House last week. He has now posted the presentation online along with links:

Whether you were there or not there are links galore and learning to be had.

Stephen is also featured on Sustainable Lens on OAR F tonight at 7pm.

If anyone is interested in helping get net2 up and running in Dunedin please email Rob to let him know.