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.


Leading in Community Change workshop, Nelson, 2018

Our 2019 CLD skills workshops

Here’s the list of the CLD skills workshops we have planned for 2019. Venues and times are still to be confirmed but, in the meantime, save the dates!

Workshop: Making Sense of Community-Led Change

Christchurch, August 2019 Community-led change is exciting, messy and unpredictable, which makes demonstrating progress and impact challenging. Both Community-led Development (CLD) and Developmental Evaluation (DE) are recognised as key approaches for tackling complex community issues. This workshop brings you the best of both! So, bring your ideas, projects and colleagues! Facilitated by Kate McKegg and Denise… Read more »

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Riccarton West community

Riccarton West: A positive Christchurch community story

Here’s a story of a Christchurch community that managed to transform itself through community-led development. We hope you enjoy it.

Connecting communities one repair at a time

The Repair Café movement is becoming ever more popular. But just what is a Repair Café and how are they connecting people all over New Zealand? We take a look at the Auckland Repair Café movement.

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From the blog

Treaty of Waitangi

Applying a Te Tiriti lens to our work and our lives

Jen Margaret, a Treaty advocate and educator, has been working with us to strengthen our engagement with Te Tiriti. Here, she talks about the importance of NZers valuing and recognising Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti – and ways of doing that.

10 year anniversary blog series: part three

In this blog, we talk about the pros and cons of social innovation and where we see CLD heading in the next ten years.

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