There are many inspiring community initiatives throughout Aotearoa that are making an impact and which have caught our attention.

Part of our role is to shine a spotlight on what works and how to improve what doesn’t.  Here is a diverse range of community stories, covering different regions, ideas and different ways of achieving effective practice. You can search each story based on topic by using the search field located at the top right of the page.

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Building sustainable change: Why it’s important for community to own this challenge

When community development worker Tara Moala walks away from a project, she has... more
Board showing what the community wanted

Community is at the heart of solutions for Point Chevalier

Project Background In 2017 the Albert Eden Local Board allocated funding for... more

Sustainable change through leadership: lessons from Sport Waitakere

Sport Waitakere’s purpose is simple – to make a positive impact on West... more

Global Perspectives on Community Change

In this Webinar, Megan Courtney and Liz Weaver reflect on 25 years of... more

10 year anniversary blog series: part one

Inspiring Communities is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. So... more
Tamariki at Mataura Primary

Mataura: a community transformed

Ten years ago, the small Southland town of Mataura wasn’t seen as a very... more
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The Colville Project: building a healthier rural community

Picturesque Colville sits near the top of the Coromandel Peninsula. Located... more
Kids in park, Waitangirua, 2015

Growing a movement for child well-being

Lisa Woods, our Child Rich Communities (CRC) Lead, talks about the CRC Project... more

To Embrace Community We Must Embrace Complexity

Our National Coordinator, David Hanna, met recently with the team at... more

The Pūkeko Centre: A shared vision in East Christchurch

The Parklands community in East Christchurch was badly affected by the 2011... more

Find out what we have to offer you

Did you know that we offer advisory services, events, workshops, coaching,... more

Whangaroa Community Playground

The residents of Kaeo - a town of 450 in the Far North - have come together to... more