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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. We are also thankful for recent support from Foundation North and Four Winds that enables this programme to reach many in the community right around the country.
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.


2024-02-08 Resourcing Leaders

Resourcing Leaders in Times of Change: Beyond the to-do list


Thursday 8 February 2024

2024-02-13 Governance Matters

Governance Matters #1: The difference between
governance and management | Zoom

Tuesday 13 February 2024

2024-02-29 Funding Forum

Funding Forum


Thursday 29 February 2024

2024-03-08 Essential First Aid

Essential First Aid

Pest Free Kaipatiki, Glenfield, Auckland

Friday 8 March 2024

2024-03-12 Governance Matters series 2024

Governance Matters #2: Legal responsibilities of Boards


Tuesday 12 March 2024

2024-03-20 Strategic grant seeking and writing

Strategic Grant Seeking and Writing

Otara, Auckland

Wednesday 20 March 2024

2024-04-16 Governance Matters series 2024

Governance Matters #3: How to get ready for the Incorporated Societies Act | Zoom

Tuesday 16 April 2024

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Once you’ve got the grant, then what?


Tuesday 30 April 2024

2024-05-07 Governance Matters series 2024

Governance Matters #4: Health and safety and the Board's role


Tuesday 7 May 2024

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Navigating Structures: Setting up societies and community trusts in New Zealand | The Glenfield Guide Hall, Glenfield

Tuesday 21 May 2024

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Leading Change: How to bring your team with you when change is needed | Heart of the Bays, Browns Bay

Wednesday 22 May 2024

2024-05-22 Creating effective social media content

Creating effective social media content


Wednesday 22 May 2024

2024-05-28 Strategic grant seeking and writing

Strategic Grant Seeking and Writing

Browns Bay, Auckland

Tuesday 28 May 2024

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Governance Matters: The Board’s role in financial oversight


Tuesday 4 June 2024

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Navigating Board Governance: Essential Skills for Not-for-Profit Leaders | Takapuna, Auckland

Tuesday 18 June 2024

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Resourcing Leaders in Times of Change: Developing a Statement of Strategic Intent

Wednesday 19 June 2024

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Essential First Aid

Pest Free Kaipatiki, Glenfield, Auckland

Friday 21 June 2024

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The Gift of Matariki

Pest Free Kaipatiki, Glenfield, Auckland

Wednesday 26 June 2024

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Planning and Implementing a Successful Fundraising Event

Whau Pasifika, 50a Rosebank Road, Avondale

Tuesday 16 July 2024

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Governance Matters #6: Cybersecurity and digital leadership from a governance perspective | Zoom

Tuesday 23 July 2024

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Role of the Treasurer

Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, Mt Roskill

Wednesday 31 July 2024

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Financial Governance: Do good, be good, look good – an holistic approach | Zoom

Thursday 15 August 2024

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10 Steps to Marketing Your NFP Organisation


Thursday 15 August 2024


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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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