Support Services | Ngā Ratonga Tautoko

Te Tauteka

Free legal and professional support for not-for-profits


Do you run a community group that needs legal advice or support with HR, Governance, or other challenges but don't know where to start, or how you can afford it? We can help.

Te Tauteka is provided with funding from our Strategic Priority Grant from the Palmerston North City Council. The aim of this programme is to make legal, HR, change-management and governance advice available at no cost for community organisations. CSC will engage professionals as needed to work with your organisation on agreed goals. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view confidence to discuss how we can help.


Community Accounting



Community Accounting is delivered in partnership with Massey University's School of Accounting.

Community Accounting is a free service for community groups in Palmerston North to help you confidently get on top of your finances, from understanding your day-to-day accounts, through to preparing end of year reports.

We will assign a team of hard-working and enthusiastic accounting students to work with your group for around eight weeks improving your systems, getting your books in order for funding applications and helping you understand your accounts. Students are supervised by Chartered Accountants and have access to specialist community advisers. We have two intakes per year, year in February and June. Spaces are limited.



We help community groups such as:

  • charities
  • sports clubs
  • hobby groups
  • churches
  • service organisations.

Matters we can help with:

  • Duties of a treasurer
  • Putting together budgets
  • Financial reports to the board
  • Financial Reporting for Not-For-Profit Entities: Tier 3 and Tier 4
  • Accounting packages – Excel, Xero, MYOB and others
  • Understanding your financials