Office spaces to rent


Diabetes Otago are looking for like-minded tenants to work alongside them:

Prime Location – Close to Hospital

• Two to three individual office spaces available for lease.

• Offering approx 15.5m2, 20.9m2 & 18.4m2

• Can be leased together or separately

• Shared use of amenities

• $200 per m2 + GST (includes rates, insurance & power)

All enquiries to Diabetes NZ Otago Branch

Phone 474 0240 – Office Hours 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday


Aotearoa New Zealand at a glance 2015

two childern at the beach on a sunny day, with the words New Zealand in profile 2015

New Zealand’s population is younger and growing faster than those of the biggest visitors to our shores, according to Statistics New Zealand’s latest yearly review of the country.

The just-released New Zealand in Profile: 2015 shows our population is growing at 1.52 percent a year. That’s faster than Australia, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, which are the top five countries for people visiting New Zealand.

Of those, Australia had the next fastest-growing population at 1.09 percent a year, while Germany’s is declining at a rate of 0.18 percent.

Other highlights show that while an average white loaf of bread costs the same today as five years ago at $1.80, a 400ml glass of beer’s gone up from $4.78 to $5.87 in the same time.

New Zealand in Profile offers a picture of life in Aotearoa and is useful for people looking to learn more about the country. It has an overview of New Zealand’s people, economy, and government.

“We know people looking at moving to New Zealand want to know about the cost of housing and basic essentials, how much they might earn, and what the main industries are. We also know that for people who already live here, it’s useful to have a one-off snapshot of statistics about the country,” Deputy Government Statistician Colin Lynch said.

“And while the consumers price index provides important information for big business decisions, at a personal level it’s just interesting to know that a piece of fish and a scoop of chips is 59 cents more expensive than five years ago.”

New Zealand in Profile is available in English and in te reo Māori. It is produced with support from Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Read New Zealand in Profile: 2015 online, or get it from libraries, schools, or other public places. You can also order printed copies online, request it by email from, or call 0508 525 525.

Just Cook community kits 2015

"Just cook" with chefs hat and spoon

The kits are designed to enable community workers to promote the benefits of home cooking in a way that best suits their community.  Kits include: a grocery voucher, recipes, spot prizes and products from our partners.  Community events / programmes  have included:

  • cooking classes
  • cooking demonstrations
  • competitions
  • shared meals
  • pop-up restaurant (run by teenagers)

For more details about JUST COOK activities visit their website.

JUST COOK kits are available for health workers – there will be a limited amount to go around the country so please register your interest with Christine Quested ( from the Southern District Health Board who will co-ordinate the applications and distribution of the kits.


Ways of Working- Low cost computing

9 February 2015

This week Rob talked rather hoarsely about cutting NFP computing costs by:

  • Using Ubuntu as your OS for free
  • Buying Microsoft Office or WIndows through for discounts that can be more than 90%
  • Re-invigorating old computers with an SSD (a fast hard drive) or a low resource OS like Lubuntu – adding memory can improve speeds too.
  • Using a free Office suite like LibreOffice or WPS Office
  • Buying refurbished PCs rather than new ones – Techsoup is a good place to visit for this too.
  • Making sure you are in charge of your website and that your annual hosting bill is under $200

Music was Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown) by Cornershop, Speeding Motorcycle by Yo La Tengo, Wilco (The Song) by Wilco and more Yo La Tengo with Can’t Forget.

Listen again at




XRB has published guidance on the new charity reporting requirements

The new FAQ at deals with questions that were raised at the meetings held last year around the country.

If you are confused about first steps – check out point 1 and decide what Tier you are in. You can then find out what the requirements are for you. Until you know what Tier you are in it can appear mighty confusing.

If you are still confused after checking the FAQ call us here at COSSD on 03 471 6177 and we’ll do what we can to help.


November 2014 Workshop: Resilience Building Initiatives

In November last year we put on a free workshop on Resilience for NGO’s. It was run by an group aptly named Resilient Organisations. They are a collaboration between top New Zealand research universities, particularly the University of Canterbury and the University of Auckland.  We are funded by the Natural Hazards Research Platform and supported by a diverse group of industry partners and advisors.

The notes from the workshop are free to download below:

Dunedin community xmas dinner

The Dunedin Council of Social Services is proud to have helped bring together such a heart warming event.

Interior of dunedin town hall amphitheatre, 30+ circular tables arranged on the floor, people milling around to take their places
Some of the 53 tales starting to fill up


This from Grant Hardy and the team at Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust:

“We are delighted  to advise that the Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust inaugural Christmas Dinner held at the Dunedin Town Hall was a great success.  We are extremely grateful to the organisations, businesses and individuals in our Community who partnered with us by either donating product, finances or time.    Without these donations we would have been unable to run the event to the high calibre that it was.  Thank you

  • ​Donations of product and finances provided met all costs
  • Over 100 awesome volunteers helped make the event the success it was
  • Feedback forms were available at the event and we received very positive support. We were particularly moved by some of the responses regarding the needs that were met
  • The Town Hall was an absolutely fantastic venue and we are grateful to the Dunedin City Council and Dunedin Venue’s for making it available at no cost
  • The atmosphere was happy, enjoyable and festive
  • Plenty of fantastic food  for all guests and volunteers attending
  • We received an abundance of donated new children’s toys which were given away to the delight of the children attending
  • Apart from spot prizes, all guests & volunteers received a small gift to take home
Looking down on wooden floor full of 20+ circular tables , people around each table an d servers delivering meals
Xmas dinner is served

We will soon be starting to plan the 2015 Christmas Dinner, if you have any suggestions we would welcome them.

Thank you so much for contributing and we wish you a successful 2015.”

Assess your organisation! is a New Zealand website dedicated to helping you assess the viability of your NonProfit. You can share the online questionnaire with colleagues and board members and it will automatically join the results or just answer the questions yourself for a quick report on performance.

You can trot through the questions in about 10 minutes.

Once complete you are provided with a report showing how you have ranked across different areas:

  • Direction
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • People
  • Administration
  • Finances
  • Communication
  • Evaluation
  • Relationships

You are then directed to resources that will help you develop in the relevant areas.

You can come back later and complete the assessment again and you’ll be shown a comparison.

This is simple tool that can help you reflect on your organisation and find out how you and your NonProfit can develop further.


Results Based Accountability – Workshop Resources

First slide of RBA presentation

Here is the presentation as delivered on 10 December 2014 at Community Link.

On the day online resources were mentioned, these are available at They are being updated – we’ll share the revised info through the DCOSS meeting list when it’s available.

Have you made use of RBA? And are you willing to share your experience – if so get in touch – DCOSS email.

We’ll be running more session in 2015 – make sure you’ve signed up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out. Just add your name and email address to the form on the right.