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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.


2023-08-02 Funding Fair

Funding Fair


Wednesday 2 August 2023

2023-08-03 Maximising impact - marketing strategies

Maximising impact: Marketing strategies for non-profits that drive results | Zoom

Thursday 3 August 2023

2023-08-08 Governance Matters series

Governance Matters #6: The importance of a good Chair, and what a good Chair does | Zoom

Tuesday 8 August 2023

2023-08-10 Instagram for non-profits

Instagram for non-profits


Thursday 10 August 2023

2023-08-23 Resourcing Leaders

Resourcing Leaders in Times of Change:
Unlock the power of crisis leadership


Wednesday 23 August 2023

2023-09-08 Essential First Aid

Essential First Aid

Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna

Friday 8 September 2023

2023-09-11 3-part Governance series - part 1

Governance Series Part 1: The difference between governance and management | The strategic leadership of the Board and the importance of a strategic plan

Pest Free Kaipātiki, Glenfield | Monday 11 September 2023

2023-09-12 Governance Matters

Governance Matters: The relationship between the board and the manager

Zoom | Tuesday 12 September 2023

2023-09-19 Lunchtime LiiFT with Ruth Greenaway

A lunchtime LiiFT with special guest…Ruth Greenaway


Thursday 19 September 2023

2023-09-20 Role of the Treasurer

Role of the Treasurer


Wednesday 20 September 2023

2023-10-05 Social Media 3 month content planner

Social Media: Creating your 3-month content planner


Thursday 5 October 2023

2023-10-09 3-part Governance series - part 2

Governance Series Part 2: The legal responsibilities of Boards | Health and Safety and the Board’s role

Pest Free Kaipātiki, Glenfield | Monday 9 October 2023

2023-10-10 Governance Matters series

Governance Matters: The manager’s appraisal


Tuesday 10 October 2023

2023-10-12 Strategic grant seeking and writing

Strategic Grant Seeking and Writing

Pest Free Kaipātiki, Glenfield

Thursday 12 October 2023

2023-10-18 Resourcing Leaders

Resourcing Leaders in Times of Change: Life stages of an organisation | Zoom

Wednesday 18 October 2023

2023-10-25 Uncovering Your Organisational History and Legacy

Uncovering your organisational history and legacy

Mary Thomas Centre, Takapuna

Wednesday 25 October 2023

2023-11-02 Leading through change

Leading through change


Thursday 2 November 2023

2023-11-08 3-part Governance series - part 3

Governance Series Part 3: The Board’s role in financial oversight.

Pest Free Kaipātiki, Glenfield

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Governance Matters: The relationship between the board and the manager

Zoom | Tuesday 12 September 2023


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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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