About the Canterbury Men’s Centre

The Canterbury Men’s Centre emerged from the August 2007 Men’s Issues Summit. Since then our manager, staff and board have been diligently working on achieving our mission statement of Healthy Happy Canterbury Men.

Our Purpose/Whainga

  • To provide charitable facilities in Canterbury, New Zealand where all males can be supported in using resources provided for exclusively social welfare purposes.
  • To promote the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of males and society.
  • To involve males of all ages, cultures, races, occupations, social and economic circumstances.
  • To provide a forum for males to discover and clarify their needs, rights and responsibilities.
  • To raise society’s awareness and respect for male’s needs, rights and responsibilities.
  • To ensure that the services offered by the Men’s Centre are client centred.
  • To provide a conduit to existing social services, resources, and courses for males.
  • To create, or stimulate the creation of, services, resources and courses where they do not exist and where a need has been identified.
  • To ensure that the rights and responsibilities of men, women and children to live in a community without violence, abuse, or intimidation are recognised and to endeavour to address these issues through the programmes offered and activities undertaken.
  • To recognise the needs, rights and responsibilities of fathers:
    • in conventional two parent families,
    • as stepfathers,
    • as adoptive fathers,
    • as sole custodial parents,
    • as non-custodial parents.
  • To acknowledge the views of other individuals and groups in our society that will compliment the Mens’ Centre’s aims and objectives.

Our Purpose/Whainga

Our Board

Our Board

Nick Adams, Chair. “I was introduced to the Canterbury Men’s Centre when approached for help with funding for the “Blokes Book” through my role as trade sales manager at PlaceMakers. I was struck with the passion and honesty those involved with the centre brought to their work so when approached to join the board I didn’t hesitate. Having previously done some peer counselling I hope the combination of my business acumen and empathy will add something to the board”.

Dennis Valentine, Secretary/Treasurer. Dennis has served as a board member on a variety of community organisations and until recently practised as a registered Marriage Celebrant. With Donald, Dennis was part of the original working party. He has been with the Canterbury Men’s Centre since day one and was CMC’s inaugural Chairman.  Business ownership and management is the background against which Dennis transitioned to a career in the Social Work sector where he practised as a Prison Educator Tutor, Group Facilitator and Alcohol & Drug Counselor. He practised for over 18 years as a Relationship Counselor specializing in Relationship breakdown and disputes between parents. Dennis has spent nine years as a Family Court Coordinator working for the Ministry of Justice. Just recently he has retired after nine years with the Ministry of Social Development as a Family Violence Response Coordinator for the Canterbury region where he also served on the Care & Protection Panel for Child Youth & Family.

Michael Hempseed, Board Member. Michael Hempseed is the managing director of the Employee Solution Service, a specialist HR company. He is a regular contributor to www.stuff.co.nz. In addition to this Michael is a professional speaker, who has spoken at TEDxDARWIN. Michael has a real heart for charities and has a particular passion for reducing New Zealand’s staggeringly high suicide rate.

Sharon Necklen, Board Member. My interactions with the CMC started off when I was a social work student on placement. I enjoyed the hands-on element of the Men’s Centre. They really tap into the community and align themselves with the current needs that are out there. I am excited to be joining the board as I have a passion for bringing awareness to issues which the greater society are either unaware or ignore. I bring a social work background/ skill set to the mix. I have grown up in Canterbury my entire life and love seeing our city change and develop as each new challenge comes about.

Our Staff

Donald Pettitt

Donald Pettitt

Chief Executive Officer

Donald has been with the CMC from inception. Donald is a MANZASW Social Worker and has experience working in a range of community groups as well as a background in child protection services. His training includes a Masters Degree in Applied Social Work from Massey University as well as a Bachelors of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering). Donald is key to shaping our projects and seeing that the agency functions optimally.CMC.

Karl Belcher

Karl Belcher

Service Manager

Karl was appointed in January 2017, has been involved with the service for the past three years. Initially, Karl became involved as a social work student and since graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2014 with First Class Honors in Social Work. He later was asked to join the CMC board where he eventually became treasurer until December 2016. Prior to joining our staff, Karl worked in Specialist Mental Health Services, (Canterbury District Health Board), and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Recovery and Health. Karl’s new role will be developing service delivery and daily management of the CMC.

Our Staff



We also would like to thanks the range of others that have provided private support to us as a personal donation. We won’t name people here but several people gave unsolicited donations in the past 12 months.


We have served a growing number of men through our service. If you would like to help us work toward some of our long-term goals by considering a bequest or other donation please phone or contact us. Ask to speak to our Manager, Donald Pettitt.


Why do people support us? Our Canterbury Mens Centre Annual Report 2015 Year captures some of the ways we change outcomes for men.


We’ve had a lot of support from funders while we build our service and couldn’t be doing the work we do without them. We thank these funders and ask that you support them as they have us over the past year(s).

ANZ Staff Foundation
Christchurch Casino Charitable Trust
Christchurch City Council
Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Trust
Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Aoraki
Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Canterbury Rural
Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Christchurch City/ Banks Penninula
Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury 
Four Winds Foundation 
Mainland Foundation 
Pub Charity 
The Lottery Grants Board
The Rata Foundation
The Southern Trust
The Trusts Community Foundation 
United Way New Zealand



We aren’t a research focussed agency. However, we support it where it meets our purposes. Please see the following:

Mind the Gap: What those in the field say about male victims of family violence

Mind the Gap: What those in the field say about male victims of family violence addresses the issue of male victims of domestic violence. It draws on data resulting from a partnership between the now defunct Alcohol and Drug Administration of New Zealand and the Canterbury Men’s Centre and was funded by the Department of Internal Affairs Community Internship Programme.

The report was compiled and completed by Donald Pettitt Manager of the Canterbury Men’s Centre and draws on the experience of a range of health, community, domestic violence workers as well as the police to give their understanding of the issues from their role and perspective.

September 2016

An Evaluation of The Blokes Book and Fun for Older Men booklet

Blokes Book and Fun for Older Men book Evaluation Dec 2016 is an evaluation completed by a Social Work student while on placement with the Canterbury Men’s Centre.

December 2016

New Zealand Men’s Health Bibliography
New Zealand Men’s Health Bibliography: produced by social work student Silas Thielmann  this paper summarises the existing research relevant to NZ men’s health and well=being as of 2010.
Professional responses to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Professional responses to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse: This paper was produced by our social work student, Silas Thielmann as a response to the belief by many professionals in the caring/mental health professions that it is harmful to engage with men about any childhood sexual abuse. The conclusion was quite the opposite.

Get Involved

Get Involved

There are different ways you can help out from volunteering your skills or time to donating money for specific purposes.


Advertised Service Coordinator Role

This role was advertised on 15 November 2016 and applications closed Friday 16th December.


If you would be interested in considering being a contracted counsellor at the CMC please write or phone us.

Social Workers

We have volunteer roles for social workers and student social workers as well. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.


We are grateful for any private donations. We appreciate the institutional funders below, but the private sponsorship we receive is a morale boost for us.

We have charitable trust status and provide appropriate receipts to our donees. You can also donate to us through your company payroll scheme. Tell your employer and they can contact us to sort out the details.

We are very happy to target your donations toward special projects. Just let us know what you are thinking.


We’d love your help if you’ve some time and some skills. Give us a call or e-mail us if you are interested.

A few things you could help with include;

  • Keeping our blogs/web sites up to date, or getting them just looking great with a one-off push
  • Doing one-off graphic projects for us
  • Being a “gopher” at the range of events that we facilitate/run.Lot’s of fun.
  • Being a drop-in support guy for men in crisis
  • Your suggestion here………….!

If you have other skills that you think could be helpful we’d appreciate you comments. Contact Donald through our contact page and say hello.

Donate; Want to make a difference for Canterbury men?
  • Ask us how you can volunteer to help out.
  • Make a regular or one off donation either by cheque or internet.
  • Make a bequest.
  • Payroll giving. Did you know you can now arrange for payments directly through your wages? Just take this to your accounts person and ask them to make the arrangements.
  • To make a one off donation use the Paypal Donation button on the right.

We are a registered charity so all donations are tax deductible OUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS ARE:

Canterbury Men’s Centre A/c number: 02 0800 0923575 000

Charities Commission Registration No. CC10647

Call or e-mail us for more information.

Contact the Canterbury Men's Centre


+64  3 365 9000


+64  22 302 4966