This page contains current news items and a link to our earlier newsletters.


What is Techsoup?   TechSoup New Zealand is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation committed to building stronger communities through technology.  Since 2007, a growing list of leading tech companies have partnered with TechSoup New Zealand to support the New Zealand charity sector with donated and discounted IT products, online learning and specialised consulting services.

TechSoup New Zealand’s program is free to join and free to access. Our membership of over 30,000 not for profits rely on us to supply them with best-in-market prices on IT hardware, software, and training services. They look to us as a source of authority on IT solutions to increase their social impact.

In November 2018, TechSoup New Zealand joined forces with Infoxchange. With 150 staff across Australia and New Zealand, we are the region’s leading not-for-profit dedicated to using technology to improve the lives of people experiencing disadvantage and the organisations that support them.

ATCANZ Branches can join TechSoup at no cost using our ATCANZ Charities Registration Number which can be obtained from the General Secretary on request.

Posted 28 April 2022 1731

ATCANZ Branch Handbook

The ATCANZ Branch Handbook is now available for use. 

Posted 24 April 2022 1300

2022 ATCANZ National Council AGM

Clause 8.1.5 of the Rules of the Association provides that the General Secretary shall notify all District Council and Branch Chairpersons and members of the National Council by the twentieth day of April each year, details of nominations received pursuant to Clause 8.1.4 and the time, date and place of the Annual General Meeting of the National Council determined pursuant to Clause 8.1.1.   Accordingly:

Nominations received pursuant to Clause 8.1.4 are:

President Peter Adamson
Vice-President Peter Burch
Vice-President Neil Wech
General Secretary Peter Nalder
Members Fiona Attewell
  Amanda Burr
  Alan Drummond
  John Harvey
  Tristan Will
  Kenneth Williamson

The 2022 National Council AGM will be held in the offices of BDO in Wellington on the 28th of May commencing at 0830.  A Microsoft Teams option will be available for Branch delegates and observers not able to attend in person.

If you are planning to attend the National Council AGM please Register no later than Friday May 20 using the downloadable MSWord document or if you don't have access to MSWord, the downloadable pdf document.

Additional documents for the meeting are available from the links below:

National Council AGM Agenda
The ATCANZ President's Report
The Minutes of the 2021 National Council AGM

The National Council Meeting will conclude at approximately 1500 in time for afternoon tea.  The time between 1515 and appriximately 1630 has been set aside for presentations and discussions on TechSoup, Google Workspace, ATCANZ Xero and Outputs.  If you have questions about these topics that you would like to share please bring them with you.  If you wish you can email them to the General Secretary in advance of the meeting.

Updated 12 May 2022 0730

Minutes of the October 2021 Management Committee Meeting

The Draft Minutes of the October 2021 Management Committee Meeting are available here.

Posted 7 March 2022 0730

34 Branch Success Story

Hazel Pennefather reports:

2021 has had it’s challenges, but our Unit has been successful with applying for Grants, which has seen the interior of our Unit totally revamped.

We lease our building from the Council, and they have worked with us, supplying paint for our revamp.

Grants from One Foundation, Lion Foundation, Grassroots Trust and our local South Waikato District Council to the value of $20,000 have enabled us  to have New carpet and vinyl laid.

Sponsorship applications were made to Bunnings, Triangle Timber, Noel Leeming and  Warehouse Stationary who all were more than generous in their donations.   Continuing to work with our local community Menz Shed, Lions Groups, Council and the  Masonic Lodge as well as raising our profile with a website,    2022 is already positioning our Unit  in a much better space than it was 2 years ago.

Unit facility Before                                                                        and after







Our secret – you don’t know unless you ask (or apply), and the worst they can do is say   NO!

Posted 24 December 2021 0730

The accounts of the Association (Management Committee, Districts and Branches) have to be reviewed each year in the form of a Performance Report that we file with Charities Services as a condition of maintaining our Charitable status.

To enable this to happen Districts and Branches must provide the General Secretary details of their accounts for the year.  The Management Committee at its meeting on the 27th of October 2021 determined the form of the Statement of Financial Affairs for Districts and Branches for the 2021 year in accordance with the provisions of the ATCANZ Rules.  A copy of the provisions and Reviewer's requirements can be found here.

The review of our 2020 accounts is now complete.  Our Reviewer has bought to our attention a number of significant issues that need to be addressed for the 2021 year;  you will find these issues documented in pages 14 to 16 of the Performance Report which has been filed with Charities Services.   The Performance Report for the 2020 FY can be found on the Charities Services website or here on our own site. 

The Performance Report is the modern name for our annual accounts.  This document can be used when approaching granting bodies for funding.
Updated 21 December 2021 1300

Sainsbury Award 2022

Applications for the 2022 Sainsbury Award closed on 31 March 2022.  Successful bids will be announced at the National Council AGM on the 28th of May.

You can find information about the Sainsbury Award here
Updated 24 April 2022 1300

NZCT Updated Website

NZCT have updated their website.  You can find the details here.
Posted 28 July 2021 0700

Management Committee Minutes

Recent Management Committee Minutes can be found here.
Updated 13 June 2021 1400

National Council AGM

The 2021 National Council AGM was held at RNZAF Base Ohakea on the 12th of June.  The draft Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
Updated 12 July 2021 1400

Low-value asset threshold for depreciation

The Government has recently passed legislation that temporarily increases the low-value asset threshold for depreciation from $500 to $5,000. This will allow you to deduct the full cost of your business assets with a value of less than $5,000 in the year they purchased them. This is instead of having to spread the cost over the life of the asset.

The low-value threshold will be raised further to allow the immediate expensing of assets purchased on or after 17 March 2020 that cost less than $5,000.

The Government is only raising the threshold for a short time until 16 March 2021. They're doing this so you and other business people (and not-for-profits) keep investing in their organisations throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

For assets purchased on or after 17 March 2021, this threshold will be permanently increased from $500 to $1,000.

While ATCANZ has no fixed depreciation policy, following these Government guidelines is an appropriate course of action.
Posted 2 March 2021 1600

Contact Details

Our Rules require Districts and Branches to provide the Management Committee with regular updates of Membership and Officer details.  You can find all the Membership requirements here.  You can find out about the Officer contact requirements here.
Posted 2 October 2020 0715

Introduction of the Xero Accounting Platform

The organisation wide implementation of the Xero accounting platform is now under way.  Click here for details.
Updated 2 March 2021 1530