Inspiring communities is an organisation that catalyses locally-led change. Because this achieves sustainable, effective outcomes.


We are a team of specialists in community-led development. We use our experience and expertise to mentor, broker, train and connect communities to become even better places to live, work and invest in.

Inspiring Communities is a backbone organisation, we operate across many sectors at multiple levels. We are the reference point for community-led development in New Zealand, building on international and local practice-based evidence to grow and share expertise.

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I’ve Been thinking …..

The success of our recent Start Local seminar reflects a larger sea-change occurring in communities across the world. There’s a unique opportunity for Aotearoa New Zealand if we choose to genuinely notice, understand, and invest in this shift.

Kindra Douglas

I’ve been thinking..

Some days the work does generate the feelings “how do we keep going, when it feels we are swimming against the tide with funding”, and “are we really making any difference?” So what has and does sustain our organisation?

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