Welcome Kōanga/Spring 2023
This month we welcome Kōanga/Spring, a wonderful time to connect with others in your community! In this pānui we celebrate some of the people and places around the motu that are doing just that, uniting for their shared vision.
The value of indigenous knowledge – August 2023
This month we highlight the value of indigenous knowledge in shaping our thinking, actions, policy, planning and our communities.
Make the Move Learning Series Training
This three-part learning series weaves knowledge, inspiration, practical experience and
collective intelligence to build
your capability as a public policy professional enabling community-led change.
A view from a different place Story
Last Christmas, longstanding Inspiring Communities team member, Margy-Jean Malcolm, stepped out and into a new stage of community life in her new home town of New Plymouth. With a lifelong commitment to community development that spans back to the 1970s in Wellington, we want to acknowledge the huge contribution that Margy-Jean has made to understandings and practice of community development here in Aotearoa. Her various professional and volunteer roles have seen her inspire, guide and support communities and leaders right across the motu, with her generosity of spirit, time and wise counsel appreciated by many.
Connecting Hearts: The Revitalisation of Coppard Reserve in Leithfield Village Story
Nestled along the banks of the Kowai River lies Leithfield Village, a service hub founded in 1857 for the surrounding rural and milling communities. At the heart of the village lies the Coppard Reserve—a place where the spirit of community now thrives. Through conversations with Vanessa Nelmes, the Community Partnerships Coordinator at Hurunui District Council, and Jo Hassall, an active member and Chair of the Leithfield Community Centre, we learn more about how this once overlooked space has been transformed into a cherished community hub.
Staying on the Edge – Reflections from Darwin Story
Our CLD Coordination and Practice Lead, Megan Courtney, shares her experiences at the World Community Development Conference in Darwin, June 2023. Reflecting on indigineous leadership, the progress and growing commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and decolonisation here in Aotearoa and the importance of forming trust and enduring relationships. She also delves into the differing perspectives around community development practice standards and professional qualifications, and what role of CLD has in the community.
Mānawatia a Matariki – Happy Māori New Year! July 2023
This month we celebrate the rising of Matariki! We hope its shining light guides you, your whānau and community in this time of contemplation, connection and looking to the future. We… Read more
Make the Move – June 2023
Our latest report Make the Move – Shifting how the public sector works with communities is OUT NOW! A call to action, we ask people working in public policy to create the conditions for… Read more
May/June 2023 – How do we reach our lofty mountain?
We’ve been squirrelling away on some pretty exciting projects to support and grow community-led development across Aotearoa. Read our May/June 2023 newsletter and find out about our first online module,… Read more
Centring equity and place-based approaches in systemic transformation Resource
This paper was co-produced by an international community of practice Inspiring Communities is part of. Our four organisations each support place-based transformation in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. We… Read more