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This section covers projects, initiatives and communities that we have been – or are – working with. We have captured our expertise, our experience alongside the knowledge of others to help you help your community flourish.


This section covers understandings of neighbourhood, success factors, challenges, and ideas for strengthening neighbourhood-led approaches in Aotearoa New Zealand. Inspiring Communities continues to be a key supporter of Neighbours Day Aotearoa. We love it because it’s a chance to hang out, meet a few new people. It’s seriously good for us too, improving mental health, connecting vulnerable… Read more »

Te Reo resources

As part of Inspiring Communities’ journey, we’ve been refining our Community-led Development (CLD) principles to make them simpler, more accessible and more responsive to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori world views. We would like to be more responsive to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori world views in all of our work, so we are also… Read more »

Noticing change

One of Inspiring communities’ favourite mantras is ‘changed not noticed is not change.’ There are many positive signs of CLD – based progress in communities to acknowledge, celebrate and learn from. Change is possible because people have committed to think and work differently together. In this section we provide tools and examples to grow greater understanding of how… Read more »

Working Together

Relationships are the building blocks to successful community-led development. Critical foundations for working together successfully included respect and trust, a documented common focus, a sense of cohesion, proactive engagement strategies and effective processes for talking, working and learning together. This section has many useful resources to help you work effectively with others.