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.


Happy Healthy Canterbury Men



All Canterbury men are supported to lead fulfilling lives in their families/whānau and communities.


Manaakitanga – warmth, kindness and welcome.

Whakawhanaungatanga – forming trusting connections and relationships with individuals and community.

Responsiveness – let’s co-create this together.

Being a catalyst for positive change – with individual men and wider society.

Stewardship – using our resources wisely to support the best outcomes.


Men are of value in and of themselves and their well-being is critical to all of society.
Te Whare Tapa Whā model with its holistic focus on spiritual, mental/emotional, physical and social well-being underpins our approach.

Our Annual Report describes our service. The financial report on the right shows the nuts and bolts.

The Canterbury Men's Centre Board

The Canterbury Men’s Centre Board: Aaron Hapuku, Donald Pettitt (CEO not a board member), Sharon Necklen (Secretary), Michael Hempseed (Chair), Colin Elliott, Dennis Valentine, Samuel O’Sullivan (Treasurer)

Michael Hempseed is the managing director of the Employee Solution Service, a specialist HR company. He is a regular contributor to 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.
Michael Hempseed

Chair, CMC

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.

Sharon Necklen

Secretary, CMC

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.

Dennis Valentine

Treasurer, CMC

Our Staff (Male Survivor Canterbury Staff are on the Survivor page)

Donald Pettitt

Donald Pettitt


Donald has been with the CMC from inception. Donald is a Registered 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 Master’s 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.

Noeline Allan

Noeline Allan

Service Manager

Noeline Allan has a significant history in local council politics. She brings a wide range of experience in the not for profit sector. She manages the day to day of this office as well as our counselling and social work teams. She also is key to a range of other projects currently in development.


Tom Scott

Tom Scott


Tom does the administration for the Canterbury Men’s Centre including handling the bulk of our Work and Income (counselling) paperwork and accounts. He is also our IT guy, our technical issues guy, our Work and Income advocate guy and many other roles. He has worked in a wide range of part time jobs previously and brings that breadth of experience to his role at the CMC.

Paul Dempsey

Paul Dempsey

Peer Support Team Manager

aul sees to the care of many men that have experienced trauma that come through the CMC.

Paul does excellent direct work caring for the male survivors of sexual abuse (and others) that come through the CMC as well as has a lengthy background in facilitating our Male Survivor Peer Support Groups.

Paul has done a great job of translating his experience with men recovering trauma into training for other health a community workers and is able to provide community education to those that request this.

Paul has advancing training in the Independent Peer Support Model.

Jim Goodwin

Jim Goodwin

Peer Support Worker

Jim is a Peer Support Worker and has been working with male survivors since 2014, with that mostly in the peer group facilitator and board roles prior to the past year. 

Jim is a survivor of sexual abuse  and has experiences that he uses to support other people in their healing journey.

Prior to coming to work here, he worked for many years as a Psychiatric Nurse.

He enjoys making things, growing things and spending time with friends and family.

"I am passionate about supporting people to live happy healthy lives. I want to build relationships and community, because it is in relationship that people heal".

Jim has advancing training in the Independent Peer Support Model.


Matt Ashton

Matt Ashton

Peer Support Worker

Matt is our Peer Support Worker and has been with the CMC since June 2019 and provides direct support to men that have survived sexual abuse.

Matt is trained in the Integrated Peer Support model and quite good at engaging the men coming through the CMC. Nice to have him on the team. 


Thanks to the funder below. 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).

We would like to thank 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.


Anstiss­­-Garland Charitable Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian

ANZ Staff Foundation

Christchurch Casinos Charitable Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian

Christchurch City Council Strengthening Community Fund

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 Peninsula

Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury

David Ellison Charitable Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian

Keith Laugesen Charitable Trust

Pub Charity

The Lottery Grants Board

The Rata Foundation

The Southern Trust

The Trusts Community Foundation

United Way New Zealand



Get Involved

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

Counsellors / Social Workers

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

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. Send a message to Donald through our contact section and say hello.

Donate - Want to make a difference for Canterbury men?

  • Make a regular or one off donation either by cheque or internet.
  • Make a bequest.


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.

Get in Touch with the Canterbury Men's Centre

We would love to hear from you. Send us a message today.

21 Marshland Rd, Shirley, Christchurch

Call Us: 03 365 9000 | or Text Us: 022 302 4966 (SMS only)

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