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!

Paul Schmitz

Paul Schmitz is coming to New Zealand!

Inspiring Communities is proud to be bringing Paul Schmitz to Southland in April, where he will be presenting on Community Engagement. There will be a workshop for community groups and also one for government officials/funders. Click the pic for more information.

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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.

Connections and Collaboration workshop, Gore 2019

Our first workshop for 2019: Connections and Collaboration in Gore

Our first workshop of the year is done and dusted. Who came, what was learned and shared and what will happen as a result?

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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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