Networking for the environment

The networking for the environment project is a series of networking events for people working for environmentally focused organisations in Greater Christchurch. The objective of these events is to create a space for sharing experiences, resources and tips for running a community-based organisation.

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Networking events

Networking hui 1 - Linking with government and liaising with Iwi

29 November 2016

Our inaugural event was attended by over 60 people representing community based organisations, government agencies and philanthropic organisations.

Invite and agenda

View the Networking for the Environment Invite (PDF File, 1.05MB) and Networking for the Environment Agenda (PDF File, 180.55KB).

The day focussed on sharing resources and information for linking with government, liaising with Iwi and capturing the collective knowledge of the group in an open and friendly environment. Participation by government agencies, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Rata Foundation enabled one-on-one conversations with funders, as well as group discussions on how to improve communication between the various sectors. Here are the handouts provided:


One of the biggest benefits of the day was the opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers, according to feedback from participants.

The group identified access to technical information, people and resources including funding as common issues. They agreed that continued conversation is welcomed and future events are needed.

Here are the links to our summary notes document and post it session comments.

The idea of creating an ECO-hub or “bumping space” for people to interact on an informal, ongoing basis was the most cited suggestion from the day. This is a great concept and needs to be developed further. Please email if you have ideas on how to progress it and would like to be involved.

Networking hui 2 - Let's explore creating an Environment Hub/Centre in greater Christchurch
Networking hui 3 - What next ? The future of funding

Invite and agenda

3 August 2017

The day will focus on two topics:

  • Waterways Partnership - A proposed programme of behaviour change, education and awareness to improve water quality, waterway health and water use in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
  • Social enterprise - Exploring models and approaches

View the Networking for the environment invite Event - 3 August 2017 (PDF File, 203.67KB).

Networking for the Environment event Group discussion


The third networking event was held on 3 August 2017 at Te Hāpua, the Halswell Service Centre in Christchurch.  The event was well attended with 52 people representing community based/Third Sector Organisations (TSO), government agencies and philanthropic organisations.

The topic for the day was “The future of funding” with the objective of providing participants the opportunity to learn, discuss and explore different funding models from government grants to social enterprise.  Big Thanks to Olivia S

mith (ECan) for facilitating the day, Clive Appleton (CCC) and Alex Hannant (Ākina) for presenting, Brenda Greene (CCC), Shelley Washington (ECan) and Adrienne Lomax (ECan –former WET) for their ongoing support.

Here are the links to related documents:


Networking hui 4 - Sharing knowledge and lessons learned

Invite and agenda

26 October 2017

The programme of the day will include talks about working smarter, goal settings and optional walking tours.

View the Networking for the Environment invite Event - 26 October 2017 (PDF File, 216.38KB)

OutcomesParticipants at the October Networking for the environment event

The fourth and final networking event for 2017 was held on 26th of October at the Mt. Pleasant Community Centre. The event was generously hosted by Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust (AHEIT) and attended by 35 people representing community based/Third Sector Organisations (TSO), government agencies and philanthropic organisations.

The topic for the day was “Sharing knowledge and lessons learned” with the objective of sharing tips for working smarter to reduce administrative burden. Big Thanks to Bill Simpson and Tanya Jenkins of AHEIT, Harald Breiding-Buss of Christchurch Community Accounting (CCA), Olivia Smith, Chrissie Williams and Shelley Washington of Environment Canterbury for their contributions.


Related documents:

Networking hui 6 - Future of Funding II


The kaupapa of all Networking for the environment hui is to share knowledge and ideas.  This Future of Funding II event was the second in a series about funding from non-traditional sources Crowdfunding (a project or venture) works by raising money from many people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet. 

A challenge put to the 50+ participants was to think about their organisation and how they are currently funded and if this might be an option to incorporate into their funding strategy.

The objective of this session was to learn about crowdfunding from the experts at Givealittle and Million Metres Streams Project.

Related documents

Networking - Hui 6 crowdfunding 28 June 2018


Support for your community hui/event

Request support for your community hui/event

If you are putting on a community hui/event in your region and need our support, then please complete our Community Event Request form.

We can help you by providing material on an environmental matter, e.g. pest management; having our staff attend your hui/event, e.g. speaker, expo stand; or through to something else that you need, e.g. publicity support.

If you are looking for funding for the protection and restoration of biodiversity on private and public land, please visit our biodiversity funding web page.

We can’t guarantee that we will be able to provide support, however, we’ll direct you to the right person within our organisation who will let you know. Please note, ideally, we need a minimum of six weeks’ notice.

If you have any issues completing this form, please phone us on 0800 324 636 - Customer Services can be contacted between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. If out of hours or not urgent you can complete our contact us form, selecting ‘Website feedback’ as your enquiry type.


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