Want to Help


There are different ways you can help out from volunteering your skills or time to donating money for specific purposes.
If you want to help out some Canterbury men then contact us.


Advertised Service Coordinator Role:

This role was advertised on 15 November 2016 and applications close 5 pm Friday 16th December. More info at service-coordinator-job-description-2016. Submit any applications or questions to: Donald Pettitt, Chief Executive Officer, Canterbury Men’s Centre, 357 Gloucester St, Linwood, Christchurch, 03 365 9000, donald@canmen.org.nz


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.

Special thanks to our funders


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.


Men Under the Pump: Advocating and Caring for New Zealand Men

The Men’s Issues Summit, titled “Men Under the Pump” occurred Thursday 21st April 2016. The aim was raise the profile of men’s health and well-being needs and arrange for change. The following describes the event and links to the talks.The event had 50 attendees including 4 Members of Parliament. Those included:

We selected the topics to be presented based on available speakers, the perception of interest of the attendees, and the understanding of existing needs for men and boys. The second half of the day was broken into groups aimed at coming up with practical ways and commitments aimed at improving outcomes for men.Those groups presented their core concerns about an issue, the ways they hope to overcome it, and an offer to others to participate.

Speakers in Order of Presentation on the 21st April 2016

Warwick Pudney

Warwick Pudney

Shame and men: A cocktail of addiction, depression, aggression and devaluing of men. This presentation and public discussion looks at how shame in men has been largely ignored but is probably the greatest motivator for destructive behaviour in our society. The healing of shame and the restoration of respect is the task, if we want to being wellbeing to men and their families.

About: Warwick Pudney has worked for 30 years with men, mostly in a family violence context. He heads a post graduate programme at AUT University in Violence and Trauma Studies. He also trains teachers in boy-friendly education and is the author of parenting books such as ‘A Volcano in My Tummy’ and ‘Beginning Fatherhood’ 

Louise Dixon, Ph.D.

Louise Dixon

Men’s experiences of abuse from a female intimate partner in four english speaking countries: Implications for practice Karey Meisner The Art of Non-disclosure and Isolationand policy

Link to Powerpoint: Louise Dixon Male Victims of DV

About: Louise Dixon, Ph.D. moved to New Zealand in October 2015 to take up an Associate Professor role in the School of Psychology at Victoria University Wellington. She specialises in understanding the aetiology of interpersonal aggression in the family with implications for prevention, risk assessment, intervention and policy. Dr Dixon has focused on intimate partner violence and its overlap with child maltreatment to date. She has published over 50 articles in this domain and has received funding from prestigious UK research councils such as the Economic and Social Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England and Police Knowledge fund. She was a trustee for the registered charity British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN), has consulted on family violence with health, police and governmental officials and is currently a series editor of the Wiley Blackwell ‘What works in offender rehabilitation’ edited book series.

Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell

Ken Clearwater, Manager/National Advocate, Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust

Ken ClearwaterLifting the Lid: Challenging the Silence on male victim/survivors of sexual abuse.

About: Ken Clearwater has been working with and advocating for male survivors of sexual abuse since 1996. Presenting at conferences and workshops worldwide and sitting with politicians to get a better deal for survivors.


Hans Laven and Kerry Bevin

Hans Laven (2)Kerry Bevin

Better ways forward for family violence, and the need for a Ministry of Men’s Affairs

About:  Hans Laven (left) is a clinical psychologist and gender equality advocate who has worked extensively with individuals and families in mental health, corrections, Courts and general practice. Kerry Bevin is a retired educator and gender equality advocate who has long campaigned for the welfare of families and institutional fairness towards men. Hans and Kerry formed the NGO called the Ministry of Men’s Affairs (MoMA).


Llew Timpson

New Zealand Men and the Law: Does the law fit today? 


Karey Meisner, PhD.

Karey MeisnerThe Art of Non-Disclosure and Men’s Isolation: Understanding and Encouraging Men’s Self-disclosure to Informal Others.

Link to Powerpoint: Karey Meisner The Art of Non-disclosure and Isolation

Karey Meisner The Art of Non-disclosure and IsolationAbout: Karey has been interested in men’s issues since the early 1990s. From reading Keith Thompson’s ‘To Be a Man’, he found inspiration to attend a men’s group in Tokyo. Relocating to Christchurch in the mid-1990s, he then became involved with Men’s Trust which focused on men’s personal development. An increasing interest in mental wellbeing led him to retrain as a counsellor in 2004. From there, a specific interest in men’s mental wellbeing led to him recently completing a doctorate about the process of men’s help-seeking for mental well-being from informal others. The combination of counselling work and research has led Karey to a better understanding about traditional kiwi masculinity and how certain beliefs/values influence relating to others.

Donald Pettitt, Manager, Canterbury Men’s Centre,  MANZASW, B. Appl. Sc. (Mech. Eng), M. Appl. S.W.

Donald Pettitt

The Empathy Gap. An exploration of where men and boys fall behind and the mixed interest in resolving this.

About: Donald Pettitt has been directly focused in the care of men in a social work format since the opening of the CMC in 2007. He has been focused during this time on a range of community development initiatives including Men’s Sheds, The Blokes Book, and Fun for Men Book in particular. He has also overseen the development of a service for men only that currently provides 100 hours per week of counselling and life coaching with aims to increase this to 140 in 2016.