Tonic Conference

The conference that offers something for your whole team!

Are you looking for a conference that offers something for your whole team?

Do you want to get practical ideas, inspiration and advice without all the fluff and jargon?

2019 marks our 11th annual Tonic Conference and we’re going to be taking a peek ‘Through the Looking Glass’. What will the future of New Zealand look like and how can we be prepared for those changes? What can our organisations learn by reflecting on the past? Is it possible to imagine something better for our organisations and what might ‘better’ look like?

Tonic Conference is an annual check-up for non-profit organisations and is full of practical ideas for becoming stronger, smarter and better equipped. If you’ve never been to Tonic Conference before, this is the year to check it out. Truly practical workshops delivered by people who really know their stuff.

We are thrilled to again be working with fantastic businesses to bring you more support, information and advice than ever before. Check out our Conference Partners here.

To Register: Email for a registration form or click here to register online.

Spaces are limited and we do sell out. Register early to secure your space.

If you are applying for funding and require a formal quote, let us know or 07 571 8819


Thursday 7th – Friday 8th November 2019

Registrations open 8.30am, final session ends 3.15pm on Friday


Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, 2 Ascot Road, Mangere


Early Bird Registration (prior to 1st August) $390 per person

Standard Registration (1st August onwards) $435 per person

Networking and Nibbles:

$35 per person (optional)


Just some of the speakers for 2019 include: 

David Mole

David Mole

Keynote sponsored by Infoodle. David is an agile Coach, trainer, presenter, book author and all round great guy. He often loses on the football pitch, wins at poker tables and takes every opportunity to injure himself creatively. He’s the co-author of ‘Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Let’s People Excel’ and brings a fresh and fun approach to facilitation. David will be talking about the importance of being agile and giving delegates some great tips for creating teams that are willing and able to adapt when required.

Carly Shorter & Vanessa Davey

Carly Shorter & Vanessa Davey

Carly Shorter and Vanessa Davey from Realm Consulting are passionate about creating workplaces of high performing, happy people. They will use their shared expertise to guide you through some of the trickier aspects of running a non-profit. They know there will be times when you need to have tough conversations with members of your team. Learn how to tackle these conversations effectively, so that issues can be resolved in a positive way. These awesome ladies are all about practical solutions, so they will help prepare you and guide you through those conversations that can make all the difference to your team.

Pat Shepherd

Pat Shepherd

Pat is a photographer, graphic designer, and founder of New Zealand based charity One Percent Collective. He loves making things better through creativity and he’s been doing that for years through his work with refugee and migrant children, as well as creative projects such as The Generosity Journal. Pat will be sharing his journey and reflecting on what he has learned along the way.

Megan Thorn

Megan Thorn

Individual giving is an important income stream for your organisation, but how do you attract potential donors to your cause? We will explore donations from a donor’s point of view; what motivates people to give and what things do they consider when deciding who to support?  We’ll share practical ideas for nurturing donors once they come onboard, and transforming one-time donors to regular supporters. Hear stories about organisations who are really successful at attracting donations and walk away with practical tips for implementing your donor strategy. 

Abbey Lee

Abbey Lee

Abbey is the Auckland Regional Lead for Collaborate, a web app that connects people to volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests. She comes from a sales background and found Collaborate when looking to volunteer her spare time and make an impact in her community. Abbey will talk about doing things differently to attract and work with Gen Z and Gen Y volunteers, what that looks like, and why using technology in this space doesn’t need to be scary.

Emily Searle

Emily Searle

After completing a year of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer in 2017, Emily wanted to create something that would provide hope and encouragement for other women going through the breast cancer journey. That’s how ‘Dear Boobs’ was born.‘Emily raised enough funds to share 1000 copies of the Dear Boobs book with waiting rooms around the country and she continues to raise funds so she can share the book even further. Join Emily as she talks about the lessons she has learned and where the ‘Dear Boobs’ project is going next.

Kerri Price

Kerri Price

After building Exult from scratch and leading the organisation for 10 years, Kerri passed the baton to Megan and set off on a new adventure volunteering in the South Pacific. Join Kerri as she shares what it’s like letting go of an organisation and get her top tips for managing change both personally and professionally. Be inspired to let go, take risks and step into the unknown. Kerri will also be running a breakout session on Good Governance. Learn what you can reasonably expect from your trustees, and get practical ideas for ensuring your Board governs well.

Other sessions in the line-up include:

Lessons Learned through Social Enterprise
Hear the stories of three different social enterprises. What worked, what didn’t, and what did they learn along the way? What are their thoughts about the future of Social Enterprise in New Zealand?

Honouring the Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document and it’s important that it is honoured within our organisations. What does that look like for your organisation? What are some practical things you can do to ensure its principles are upheld?

Into the Unknown
The future is not always nicely mapped out and sometimes you need to take a leap of faith as you move into the unknown. Get some top tips for navigating change and taking bold steps towards your goal.

What Past Delegates Say

“I will definitely be taking away lots of aha moments and learning that I hope to put into practise – both from a personal perspective and from an organisational perspective.”

Roseanne Murray, Sport Waikato

“What did I enjoy most? Amazing speakers, sense of fun, well run, relevant, topical, approachable and relatable team. I can’t wait for next year!”

Janine Hamilton-Kells, Gisborne Volunteer Centre

“Absolute awesome energy! Inspirational and awesome to pull ourselves out of the everyday to reflect and celebrate our sector/people.”

Christal Morrison, Safe Turangi

“I really enjoyed the raw honesty of amazing keynote speakers and the chance to meet a wealth of great people in one place.”

Lisa Ridehalgh, Foundation North

Register Today!

Tonic Conference Registration


    Tick as many as apply
    Tick as many as apply
  • Price: $ 390.00
    Come and join us from 5.30-7.30pm on Thursday 7th Nov to get to meet new people, catch up with old friends, make connections and plan brilliant adventures together. Drink on arrival and nibbles provided.