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.


Connections and Collaboration workshop, Gore 2019

Workshop: Connections + Collaboration

A community thrives when locals connect and collaborate to realise the potential of their place. Join us in Whakatāne, June 2019 to take part in this popular workshop.

CLD and Communities of Identity

Communities of identity are often key to creating place and feeling at home in the city and, as you will hear, the development they seek can be about preservation as much as change. This hui is for CLD practitioners of all kinds.

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Workshop: Leading Community-Led Change

Community-Led Development challenges our way of thinking, acting and leading. Join us in Takapuna, August 2019, to explore approaches and tools for thinking, acting and leading in complex situations.

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.

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Latest Stories

  • CLD and Communities of Identity
    May 9, 2019
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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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