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.


2018 CLD Skills Workshops

We’re working with Exult, to bring you these workshops: Facilitating Community-led Change; Leading in Communities and Connections & Collaboration.

Northland here we come!

Building on the success of our West Coast and Tairawhiti community-led development road trips, Inspiring Communities is looking forward to coming to Northland in the week beginning 13th November 2017. We are working with local partners to co-host community-led workshops in three Northland communities and we will also be meeting more informally with other people… Read more »

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October Newsletter

Read stories from Ōpōtiki and Kaikōura – some how to cld tips, Bright Spots Webinar, the latest reports from here and overseas & more – including the lessons learned and story behind this image!

Our August Update

There’s lots happening! Catch up on what’s going on in and around communities across Aotearoa, the latest we have to offer, a webinar, workshops, links to our very cool short videos, our CLD election manifesto and much more..

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Latest Stories

  • October Newsletter
    October 3, 2017
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From the blog

I’ve been thinking….

Many years ago, when I was frustrated with how ABCD could be applied in transient communities, ….I met Mike. He explained to me that leading by stepping back is not leading from an organisational perspective, it’s not pushing community-led work from behind but, it’s still more than ‘walking beside’ community members; it’s a container, it’s a safety net, it’s a dance!

I’ve been thinking…

All evaluation is cultural – whether it be ethnic, sectoral or geographic — and each has a different of knowing, different ways of gathering and making sense of information. Evaluations are always stronger if they include multiple cultural lenses – they reveal different things.

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