Community & Health Services

Want to make a difference to your community? We do. Our staff have considerable experience in not-for profit management, community work or mental health. Most of them still work in the sector – as consultants, mediators or CEOs. They can help you make an impact on your community too. 

Worried about returning to study? Don’t be. The Department of Community and Health Services is a supportive environment, with students of different ages, cultures and backgrounds. Many of them are Maori, Pacific islanders or migrants. There are quite a few students with a disability too. And almost all our students are mature – some are in their early 20s, others are close to retirement! It makes our courses vibrant and full of opportunities to share your life experience. 

Flexibility is key. Block courses, part-time study, not-for-profit management courses offered across New Zealand and the Pacific… – we want to make it easy for you to fit study around your work or family commitments. Some of our staff are currently studying themselves – so they know what it’s like to balance study with a busy life. 

Strong links with the Tangata Whenua, community and voluntary sector are a real strength. We work closely with key community organisations – to establish a national not-for-profit network, upskill Maori mental health managers, provide leadership training for Pacific students in New Zealand, or share research through online resource Clearing House. Organisations like Te Waipuna Puawai, Preventing Violence in the Home, the Problem Gambling Foundation and the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations have helped us develop our courses. For you this means that what you learn in the classroom reflects the real challenges the community and not-for-profit sector faces.


Community and Health Services programmes

If you want to start your career as a community worker, or volunteer for a community group

If you want to start your career as a youth worker

If you want a career in health services or mental health

Professional development for managers in the not-for-profit sector:

  • Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management – designed for managers and co-ordinators, team leaders, volunteers and board members of not-for-profit organisations; 2 to 5 years part-time, delivered as a series of block courses in 6 locations in New Zealand and in the Pacific 

If you have learning difficulties or special needs and want to prepare yourself for employment:


Last edited: 25 February 2014  

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