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Update from the Canterbury Men's Centre: November 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: vacancies, newsletter, event, Community Groups, mens health, awareness

Canterbury Men's Centre Board Members Wanted

The Canterbury Men's Centre (CMC) has a rich 12-year history in pursuing our aim of Happy Healthy Canterbury Men and it is seeking applicants for board member roles to broaden our capacity and strategic thinking.

Get more information on the CMC board.

We are looking for members that have experience with regards to:

  • Business development;
  • Marketing and Sales;
  • Legal processes;

Those applying would ideally :

  • be able to think at a strategic level;
  • show a capacity to work with groups to come up with wise decisions; and
  • have some understanding of the community or health sectors (where we currently place most of our focus).

The CMC Board meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 5.30pm for 2 hours. Board papers are sent approximately a week in advance of the meeting. We also meet annually for a strategy meeting and are called on intermittently to fulfil other roles in the CMC, with those being voluntary/ ad hoc.

Contact our Chair Dorothy Couch for further information and how to apply (dorothy[at]

International Men's Day: Thursday 19th November

The Canterbury Men's Centre is celebrating International Men's Day for the third year in a row. We have been on the very small working party for this project. We see it as an opportunity to talk about what we love about men, thinking this is critical as part of our mission of Happy Healthy Canterbury Men.

More info at International Men's Day New Zealand.

International Men's Day Event at the CMC

The CMC will be having an IMD Lunch and invite or readers to come and say hello. We expect Iain Fergusson, the National Coordinator of IMD to be on hand as well.

Date: Thursday 19th November 2020.
Time: Noon to 2pm.
Location: CMC (21 Marshland Road, Shirley).

This will be a BBQ with some other simple food on the side.

Please RSVP - with Pandemic Awareness being one reason for this.

Mana Tāne Ora o Waitaha

Nau mai, haere mai. Kia ora koutou. Mana Tāne Ora o Waitaha is signing off 2020 with a lunch kindly hosted by The Canterbury Men's Centre: Tāne Whai Ora and you are invited. This is an opportunity for us to catchup kanohi ki te kanohi and check-in with each other and to meet new faces as well. It’s also the day before International Men's Day so we’ll take a moment to take a breath and celebrate what’s important to us as Tāne.

Date: Wednesday 18th November 2020.
Time: 12.30 to 2pm.
Location: CMC (21 Marshland Road).

Please RSVP for catering to Donald Pettitt (donald[at]

He paku whakamāramatanga - A Little History

This roopu formed in 2009 following a Tāne Ora conference in Blenheim. Since then we have met sporadically with the aim of whanaungatanga and also to share our thoughts and plans for Tāne Ora in our respective fields. The group plans to meet monthly in 2021 for lunch and will send out invites to all those on the list.

Get more information on the Mana Tāne Ora O Waitaha Facebook page.

Please let Donald know if you aren't on the mailing list for Mana Tāne Ora o Waitaha and want to be invited next time (donald[at]

Focus on Men: Bring your bloke to the library

Bring your bloke to Tūranga's Focus on Men events this Movember. All are welcome.

The Jonah Lomu Rugby PS1 Tournament is on Hapori (Tūranga's Community floor) on International Men's Day (Thursday 19 November). Join librarian Damien at 5pm for a World Cup Playstation competition if you like your Virtual Rugger PS1 PlayStation-style.

Focus on Men Expo

Date: Sunday 22nd November.
Time: 10am to 4pm.
Location: Tūranga (60 Cathedral Square).
Cost: Free.

This year's expo has a "Making it" theme so:

  • Try your hand at drawing a central city scene with the Urban Sketch activity (11am to 3pm) - no experience necessary and material provided;
  • Observe Ngāi Tahu carver and artist Jon Jeet and a couple of woodworkers in action;
  • See how an upholsterer rediscovers a chair's old glory.

The expo will also have representatives from the following organisations available to answer your queries:

  • Menzshed;
  • the Canterbury Model Boat Club;
  • the Christchurch Wargaming Club;
  • Garden City Model Railroad Club;
  • Christchurch Homebrewers' Association; and
  • Motorcycling Canterbury.

Check your fitness from 1 to 4pm with Sport Canterbury, and between 2pm and 3pm ride the Smoothie Bike. Pedal power drives an attached food blender so you can have your toil rewarded with a tasty, nutritious drink.

RAD Bikes will be available to help you restore that old dunger bike back to its former glory from noon to 4pm.

Check out the Book Discussion Scheme if you are ready to read and then talk it over Find out you all need to know about starting your own book group.

Find more International Men's Day Events on Facebook.

Thanks for your time and focus!

The team at the Canterbury Men's Centre