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

Annual Cadet Levy

At its meeting on the 26th of October 2022 the Management Committee determined that the Cadet Levy for the 2024 year (to be invoiced in August/September 2023) would be a Branch Levy of $100.00 and an individual Cadet Levy of $15.00 per cadet based on average cadet numbers as reported by Cadet Forces for the June 2022 to July 2023 year.

Posted 27 October 2022 0900

Sainsbury Awards

The Association has received another round of funding from the Roy and Marie Sainsbury Charitable Trust.  Branch Committees should now start thinking about applying for a grant from this funding.  You can find out what is involved here.

Posted 29 July 2022 2000

Google Workspace

Recently Google has made its Workspace suite available free for non-profits and ATCANZ has taken advantage of this via our Domain “”.  You can find out all about Google Workspace using this link.

Access to our Workspace is via a login to our Domain in the form of “[user]@”.  User will be in the form “[Branch Nr]chairperson@”, “[Branch Nr]secretary@” or “[Branch Nr]treasurer@”.

Our Workspace is available to all our Branches and is already being used by 15 and 29 Branches.

If your Branch would like to make use of this capability contact the General Secretary.

Posted 27 July 2022 1100


Liability Insurance - ‘Claims Made’ – Important Notice!

The ATCANZ Public Liability Insurance policy is arranged on a ‘Claims Made’ basis. This means it is a strict policy requirement to notify the insurer as soon as possible of any claim or potential claim. Failure to notify the insurer of any circumstance that may give rise to a claim prior to the end of the renewal period, or as soon as you become aware that a claim may occur, can result in the claim being declined.

Posted 18 July 2022 0900

2022 ATCANZ National Council AGM

The 2022 ATCANZ National Council AGM was held in the offices of BDO in Wellington on Saturday the 28th of June 2022.  Present at the meeting were 20 delegates and 6 observers.  A further 9 delegates and 4 observers attended via MS Teams.

The following National Council Members and Management Committee Members were elected:

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 meeting resolved that the District Councils established by the National Council to provide a forum for representatives of Branches on a regional basis and for liaison between Branches and National Council be dissolved with effect 1 July 2022 in accordance with the provisions of Clause 7.8.1 of the Rules of the Association.

It is intended that the Minutes of the meeting will be made available before the end of August 2022.

Updated 22 July 2022 1600


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

Minutes of the October 2021 and April 2022 Management Committee Meetings

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

The Minutes of the April 2022 Management Committee Meeting are available here.

Updated 22 July 2022 1630

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 Branches must provide the General Secretary details of their accounts for the year.  The Management Committee at its meeting on the 22nd of July 2022 determined the form of the Statement of Financial Affairs for Branches for the 2022 year in accordance with the provisions of the ATCANZ Rules.  A copy of the provisions and Reviewer's requirements can be found here.

The requirements for the 2022 year have been simplified as all Branches are now using at least some form of Xero.

Updated 22 July 2022 1630

Sainsbury Award 2022

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

You can find information about the Sainsbury Award here
Updated 22 July 2022 1630

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