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The Auckland North Community and Development (ANCAD) Professional Development Programme (previously known as Five Good Ideas) is now known as LiiFT AOTEAROA. LiiFT AOTEAROA seeks to both inform and inspire – that’s why there are two ‘i’s in LiiFT.
ANCAD’s vision is to see community and For Purpose (NFP) groups LiiFTED and strengthened through offering relevant and affordable capability-building courses, presented by top, professional consultants and facilitators, just as we have been doing for many years now, with the fantastic support of The Tindall Foundation.
The two ‘i’s in LiiFT also represent, in imagery, two stick figures and stand for people partnership and collaboration as key ways of fostering growth, harmony and resilience. The remaining letters ‘LFT’ stand for ‘Learning for Today’ as we seek to respond to community need with relevant and timely courses as well as looking to the future in supplying the latest, helpful resource and training. 
Our hope is that many will benefit and build on what they are already doing for the sake of community in Aotearoa and – like the balloons above – LiiFT in unison, to new heights.



Resourcing Leaders in Times of Change: Leaders as Coaches


Wednesday 7 September 2022

2022-09-15 Other Fundraising Options

Other funding options: donations, bequests, business support and events | Zoom

Thursday 15 September 2022

2022-09-23 Essential First Aid

Essential First Aid

Mary Thomas Centre, Takapuna

Friday 23 September 2022

2022-09-29 Role of the Treasurer

Role of the Treasurer

Mary Thomas Centre, Takapuna

Thursday 29 September 2022

2022-10-19 Conflict in the team

Conflict in the team?


Wednesday 19 October 2022

2022-10-26 Leading with Good Governance

Leading with Good Governance


Wednesday 26 October 2022

2022-11-02 Join the conversation - The Charities Amendment Bill

Join the conversation: The Charities Amendment Bill

Mary Thomas Centre, Takapuna

Wednesday 2 November 2022

2022-11-02 Resourcing Leaders

Resourcing Leaders in Times of Change: Setting goals and expectations for clarity and change making | Zoom

Wednesday 2 November 2022

2022-11-09 Have your say the Incorporated Societies Act

Have your say: The Incorporated Societies Act

Mary Thomas Centre, Takapuna

Wednesday 9 November 2022


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“Extremely thankful to you and your team for organising this event and would love to attend many more. Informative, easy to follow and understand and most importantly, it was relevant to me and my situation, so very thankful."



Simon Ritchie

Simon Ritchie


Simon joined ANCAD with a background as a trainer, school teacher and school principal, having dedicated 15 years in the classroom helping students from primary through to secondary school level to flourish and succeed. With a stint as Auckland Regional Manager for a Levin-based marketing company, followed by time in the real estate industry helping families to move on with the next chapter in their housing lives, Simon turned his hand toward giving community groups a helping hand and completed a one year, time-away overseas, in a voluntary capacity, working with various charitable groups to advance the needs of the poor in the area. Now living on the North Shore, Simon relishes the role of assisting with capability building, communications and partnerships at ANCAD.


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