Volunteer Training Weekend 27-29 June, Ascot Park Invercargill

It was great to see everyone that attended our weekend.

Fantastic displays and presentations by toy libraries - congratulations to Shirley and Taranaki. For your chance to view these click here.



Mayor Tim Shadbolt

Denise Lormans - Southland Community Law Centre

Dr Jermey Ainsworth - TLFNZ Research Findings

Dan Murphy - Get Dotted

Gerry Forde - Venture Southland

Vicky Ellison - SKIP


  • Practical Toy Maintenance & Safety
  • ABC of Fundraising
  • Social Media
  • Financial Management & Annual Reports
  • Insurance
  • Librarians
  • Being A Good Employer
  • Effective Troubleshooting
  • Toy Buying
  • Play Value of Toys, Catering for Special Needs
  • Diversity in Membership
  • Grants & Accountabilities
  • Get Dotted
  • Making the Most of Your Volunteers
  • Committee Responsibilities
  • Play is a Childs Work
  • Stock-take

WE do hope you can come



 Our 2014 national volunteer training weekend is just 3 months away. We hope you have your pens ready to fill out the registration form (click here)

   This weekend is going to offer a huge variety of relevant topics for all of you. It is an investment in the future of your toy library, not an expense.

  This year we are meeting in Invercargill. This is an extra special opportunity for those in the lower South Island to pile in the car or van and head down for a weekend which will motivate you all, to get your toy library humming in the next year.

  If travelling from further north get your airfares booked soon to lock in the best deals.

  The most famous Mayor in NZ Tim Shadbolt, will welcome us, there will be mountains of new toys to view and purchase at discounted prices and our speakers include the nitty gritty legal and compliance issues right through to a light hearted look at ways of dealing with the people in our lives and understanding why people think the way they do.

  Saturday night is “Invervegas” all the way. A chance to celebrate all you have achieved in the last year, meet up with new friends from all over NZ and share the knowledge you all carry with you.

  See you there -

Consistency is Key

TLFNZ Volunteer Training Weekend 27-29th June 2014

Our National Training weekend in to be held in Invercargill 27-29 June 2014 at the Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill.


The cost to attend the Training Weekend next year will be $275-00 per member– this covers all sessions and meals but NOT accommodation. You are responsible for your own accommodation bookings which can be made directly with Ascot Park. Rooms are reasonably priced see more detail below.


ACCOMMODATION – Ascot Park Hotel  

Please note it is up to yourselves to book your accommodation.  As this is an additional expense to the registration fee, remember to include  when applying for funds. (We have made this decision in response to feedback in the past that people were not happy with accommodation. By booking your own, you can book to meet your budget and your preferred style of accommodation.)

The Ascot Park Hotel have a good range of accommodation onsite: Motel units @ $99pn, Hotel rooms @ $145pn, One room apartments @ $155pn. These are all single/twin share rates with an additional charge of $25.50 per extra person in a room. If there is a group of you coming book early as there will be limited rollaway beds.  Contact Cheryl Melrose at Ascot Directly - Phone 03 219 9076 or email: Cheryl@ascot.ilt.co.nz   and state it is Toy Library Training Weekend. 


We will again be having a toy expo.  Toy Expo will be open from Friday afternoon through to Saturday afternoon.  There will also be the opportunity to choose a toy buying session as one of your workshops to allow time to talk to the wholesalers and make your purchases without congestion.


To get the most from our weekend please try and arrange to arrive by early-mid afternoon Friday, with departure Sunday afternoon. If you are applying for funding to attend this event, remember that you cannot have bought and paid for your travel prior to receiving the grant.

 For any other queries you may have, please contact the TLFNZ Office – phone 0800 148 697 or email:  office@toylibrary.co.nz