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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The heart of the house is the kitchen

At the Taita Great Start House, home to the Early Years Service Hub, the... more

Partnering with Children – My Story

Kids say the darnedest things and are often disarmingly frank. Great Start... more

A Community wins with Periodic Detention

Periodic Detention (PD) workers are out in many communities every Saturday... more

He Oranga o te rohe o Te Whakatōhea wellbeing survey

The time for reclaiming our iwi identity is upon us as we look forward, and at... more

Ōpōtiki’s ‘Computers in Homes’ project

The importance of a skilled and work-ready community is vital for Ōpōtiki and... more

Opotiki’s Murals

The “look” of a place has a big influence on how it “feels”, for locals... more

The Motu Trails Cycle Project

The test of true community leadership was trialled in the East Coast with four... more

Enabling Change at Many Levels – Diana’s Story

Initiative: Good Cents Porirua. Theme: Leading in and Leaderful With the... more

Finding hidden treasure in Nelson

When Nelson resident Marcia Griggs heard about the idea of a community treasure... more

The Z Nail Gang – A film about Community.

The Z-Nail gang A film about community, made by community. The feature... more

Making Good Cents in Porirua

Completing a Good Cents course has had many benefits for Kay (not her real... more

Getting Started – the ‘Back2Back’ experience.

The Back2Back project emerged out of a joint funding proposal to the Department... more