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 – so here’s some stories from a community as well as community stories. There’s a diverse range, covering regions, ideas and effective practice. Feel free to search by topic to find the best stories for you.

Cherry Chaos Creates Connections

What better way to welcome people into a community than with a huge food fight... more

Being in – and of – service vs providing services

Faith based organisations around the world are at the forefront of... more

Sustaining Victory

I’ve been Director at Victory Community Centre for 8 years now, since our... more

Rethinking what works

 Making the shift from population–based service delivery to being of service... more

Tools for Change

Inspiring Communities has played an integral role in the Mangakino... more

A light touch – firm results

From the side-lines we watched a piece of unused council land in Central... more


In order to deepen the practice of community-led development we tailor training... more

‘No Place Like Home’ Treasure Hunt

By Sue Jenkins On Saturday 13th February Newtown was home to a very... more

IC Survey results demonstrate the Influence  of IC and CLD

Inspiring Communities has been very influential in changing the thinking about... more

Building Business Connections over Breakfast

By Anna Larsen, Manager, Welcome Bay Community Centre Inc The Community... more

Eketahuna – It’s a long way from the city

By Bridget Wellwood , Chair of both the Eketahuna Our Town Committee and... more
LinC group

Thriving incubators of leadership in communities

By Chris Jansen We have experienced an extreme range of experience since the... more