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.



Discover and Exchange Ideas

Join us for two days firstly visiting communities leading change across Auckland then in an ideas exchange – learning practical skills together.


Utilisation-focused Evaluation Workshops

Mark Cabaj will present this one day workshop focusing on the dynamic nature of community change.

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2016 snapshot

A Christmas treat for you! We’ve produced an illustrated reflection of our year. Small and beautifully packaged it focuses on just six highlights from what has been an action packed 2016. Read our 2016 Snapshot

Pouakani Marae

November Newsletter – Being Prepared

CLD case studies, celebrating success with Mangakino, wise words from Jim Diers + much more!

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Latest Stories

  • Selwyn Steps up .. and out
    November 21, 2016
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From the blog


I’ve Been Thinking …

I see a growing movement of community-led development across the globe but, in many respects, New Zealand is paving the way. There are stunning examples of community-led initiatives. But there is the opportunity for so much more. What could be done to take New Zealand to the next level?


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.

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