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.


Ready, Set, Go!

Coming up in March and April, we have a series of three workshops to learn by doing. Bring your team, bring a project and discover if a community-led approach is the way to go!

2018 CLD Skills Workshops

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

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Inspiring Communities’ February Newsletter

Read about our upcoming events, there’s new videos to watch, a community story from Whangaroa, our engagement with Te Tiriti o Waitangi + more

2017 Snapshot

Enjoy this short illustration that focuses on just six highlights from a very rewarding 2017! A dynamic year for as we continue to work to support and embed effective community-led change.

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Latest Stories

  • Whangaroa Community Playground
    January 31, 2018
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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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