Day 1 Programme

Thursday 8th November 2018

8.30amRegistrations Open

9.00am – CONFERENCE WELCOME: Connect, Reflect, Consider
Tonic Conference is a ‘shared responsibility ‘conference, which means it’s up to all of us to connect, reflect and consider in a way that brings value to everyone in the room. This is your chance to identify what you want to get out of conference, as well as what you can offer others. Who do you want to connect with and who might want to connect with you? This is an important part of ensuring your Tonic experience is all you want it to be.

10 Years of Lessons Learned Kerri Tilby-Price,
In 2008, while recovering from a serious illness, Kerri decided to write a book about fundraising. It was supposed to be a little project to focus on while ‘figuring out what to do next with her life’, but instead it accidentally launched an enterprise that now trains, supports and inspires thousands of community-minded people every year. Kerri will be speaking candidly about the Exult journey, and what she would do differently if she did it all again. If you’ve ever wanted to get inside Kerri’s head – you will not want to miss this.

10.30am – Morning Tea 


Taking a Community-Led Development Approach
Barbara MacLennan,
Community-led development (CLD) is about working together to create thriving local communities. With place at the core, CLD involves a principles-based approach. It’s not what you do but how you do it that matters most! In this workshop you’ll learn more about the CLD principles and how Kiwi communities are applying them. You’ll also take away our top 10 tips for getting started in CLD.

Creative Ways to Raise Your Profile – Megan Thorn,
Megan is the Waikato/Auckland Manager for Exult and has a special interest in creativity and innovation. With over a decade of experience working in the ‘idea and innovation’ space, Megan’s workshop is a chance for you to explore out-of-the-box ideas for marketing your organisation. Come prepared to think differently about raising your profile and moving people closer to your cause.

Developing a Strong Team Culture Kat Macmillan,
Kat has 15 years leadership experience, and has worked in both the charity and local government sectors all over the world. She believes that organisations thrive when they focus on developing their people, and knows that a healthy workplace culture is critical for an organisation’s success. Hear from Kat as she shares her top tips for building a culture that enables people to be their best selves.

12.30pm – Lunch

The Ride Against Depression – 
Blair Benefield (Sponsored by Infoodle and Nettl)
At 28, Blair was medically discharged from the Royal NZ Army with PTSD and Severe Depression. Now, four years later, he is riding his skateboard from one end of the country to the other, sharing his story and raising money for three separate charities along the way. In addition to sharing his personal journey, Blair will talk about what’s involved in organising a campaign of this kind and give us his top tips for making it a success. 


Undertaking a Board Health Check – How does your Board measure up?
Raphael Goldsworthy,
Raphael is the Managing Director of Better Boards Australasia and has spent 10 years working closely with non-profit boards and trustees. In this workshop you will discover what a great Board should look like and get some useful tools for taking your Board through its own Board Health Check. What is the difference between good and great? How does your Board measure up?

Digital Marketing – Round Table Discussion with Digital Experts
There are so many ways to market your organisation in the online world, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and how to make the most of the opportunities. These round table discussions are a chance to chat with others about various digital opportunities including websites, Google Ad words, Databases and Social Media. Choose the conversation/s you’re most interested in and stay as long as you need to before moving to the next discussion.

A Question of Faith – Facilitated Panel Discussion
Faith-based non-profits often face challenges that are not encountered elsewhere in the sector, so this is your chance to chat about what they are, and how they can be addressed. Hear insights from three separate faith-based organisations, ask questions, share ideas, and encourage each other in your journey.

3.00pm – Afternoon Tea 

10 Years of Lessons Learned 
Jacqui Ritchie,  (Sponsored by Infoodle and Nettl)
In the last decade, Jacqui has founded Bellyful NZ, worked as a National Fundraising Manager for two major charities, and co-founded One Dollar Warriors, a movement that helps raise money for people with life-threatening illnesses. Now, she and her husband Robbie are house parents at House of Grace, a home for pregnant teens in Wellington. Hear Jacqui’s story as she shares the lessons she has learned along the way.

4.20pm – Reflections and Wrap Up

4.30pm – Day 1 Closes

6.00pm – 9.30pm – Conference Dinner – Ticketed Separately
Join us for a night celebrating the wonderful people you are. Come dressed as ‘who you wanted to be when you were 10! for a chance to win spot prizes.

For Day 2 Programme Details, click here.
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Thursday 8th – Friday 9th November 2018


Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Tutanekai Street, Rotorua


Registration $425 per person

Optional Conference Dinner:

$55 per person – SOLD OUT


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