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.


We’re coming to Southland!

If you engage, collaborate, partner with communities – dont miss this interactive workshop with international community building specialist Jim Diers and Inspiring Communities.

Community-led action in Kaikōura

Come and activate Kaikōura with us! This workshop will help you engage local people and their dreams, generate new pathways and project ideas, map our community strengths and much more…

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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..

Our CLD Election Manifesto

We are asking all political parties to put local solutions advocated by local communities more at the centre. We have called for a number of actions that we believe will enable Government to act more as a partner.

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Latest Stories

  • Our CLD Election Manifesto
    July 22, 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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