Governance Mentoring Programme

20 March 2023

Strengthening Community Governance

Mentoring 2023 is a project to strengthen Not-for Profit Governance in Tairāwhiti initiated by Community Governance New Zealand in partnership with Mentoring Foundation New Zealand. The project is again being delivered by Gisborne Volunteer Centre, after a successful 2022 inaugural programme.

As a mentor you will be an experienced board member, willing to provide guidance and share knowledge with those who may be new to a governance role or who want to become more effective within their role.

As a mentee you will have monthly sessions with your mentor who will offer one-on-one support to assist you in identifying development priorities, improve networks and provide you with skills to increase your personal confidence to contribute positively to your board.

The time commitment is 1-2 hours per month for six months. Meetings dates/times and venues are flexible and organised between the matched mentor and mentee.

The programme starts with an orientation event, presented by Mentoring Foundation New Zealand, who will provide additional information and guidance around conducting your learning sessions.

Matching of mentors with mentees will commence after this event, so if you or anyone you know would be interested in being part of the 2023 programme, please contact Gisborne Volunteer Centre by email [](mail to: more information or simply register

If you are interested in participating in this programme please select the appropriate link below, complete the required details and click on submit. Your information will then automatically be sent to us.

Mentor Registration Mentee Registration

Once registered, you will be contacted for a personal interview to enable appropriate skill and personality matching between mentors and mentees.

Thank you for your interest. If you are aware of anyone who could offer mentor support or interested as a mentee, please feel free to pass this information on.

"When I first heard about the programme of helping people to be part of the voluntary sector at board level, I was excited as almost all voluntary organisations' single biggest issue is attracting newer people onto their boards and committees. Conversely, many less experienced people worry that they in turn don’t have the requisite skill set or confidence to be a useful board member. But the more I looked into the programme, the more I realised that it is actually much wider than that, as it could help folks find their niche within an organisation and help shape future policy. It also focuses on helping mentees to set goals and identify priorities for their own future self.”

"“I joined the mentoring programme because I wanted to upskill, form new connections and learn from experienced people. Finding a mentor to suit my complex needs, I thought maybe a challenge, but the Gisborne Volunteer Centre really delivered with Nigel. He is smart, savvy and thinks outside the box to assist me in achieving the ambitious goals I had set. Nigel has taken a genuine interest in who I am as a person, he anchors me back to my why and has amplified the vision of where we are headed. The gift of his time and wisdom is something I am very grateful for and hope to pay forward in the future when I transition from mentee to mentor. Poipoia te kākano, kia puāwai – Nurture the seed and it will bloom.”