National Action Plan for Community Governance

The community sector (NFPs, charities, NGOs and community groups) provides so much for our country.
This Action Plan aims to contribute solutions to the pressures and opportunities that present themselves from a governance point of view across the community sector, and thereby strengthen the sector to continue to deliver vital services, now more than ever.

Funding for Change in Ōtepoti

To be able to do their mahi, the community sector relies on funding. During the first lockdown, Mātāwai Consultancy and Dunedin Community Builders surveyed the Ōtepoti Community sector to find out more about challenges and strengths related to their funding.
This report is hoping to contribute to meaningful conversations about funding for the community sector regionally and nationally.

Reflections on Community Change


A paper co-authored by Megan Courtney, Inspiring Communities and Liz Weaver and Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute

In 2018, Inspiring Communities and the Tamarack Institute in Canada celebrated 25 collective years of supporting community changemakers.

Over the years the two organisations have kept in touch through the exchange of ideas, people, and projects. While we have forged different paths, our shared journey is similar and crosses often.

To mark these mutual anniversaries, we decided to collaborate on a paper and a webinar to explore the following four themes:
The frameworks each organisation deploys to drive forward change
The importance the authentic engagement of citizens plays
The need for adaptive and flexible leadership in community change
The emergence of community-based innovation

The paper concludes with a shared vision for the future.


Read the paper
Reflections on Community Change


Watch the webinar
Megan Courtney and Liz Weaver reflect on 25 years of collective wisdom in community change from Canada to New Zealand. Based on their experiences, you’ll hear about some of the most important shifts in the community change landscape and what that means for your own initiatives. Most importantly, Megan and Liz provide insight into challenges, themes, and principles that they believe will affect the next decade of community change work. Watch the webinar.


Learn more about the Tamarack Institute here.

Reflections and Learning from Great Start Taita: A Final Kitchen Table Conversation

While often raising more questions than answers, the report highlights some useful flags and reality checks for everyone working in CLD.

The report was curated by Great Start Champions Karen Clifford, Jenny Blagdon, Thalia Wright and Megan Courtney, with the support of Inspiring Communities.

Click here if you want a short overview of the Great Start report.

Click here to see the full report.