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Creative Skills Workshops with Inspiring Communities, North Shore Auckland, February 2014

High tech and low tech ways to capture local stories. A series of 2 hour workshops (plus networking afterwards) to learn new skills, network and have fun! 

Inspiring Communities is collaborating with Community WaitakereUnitec, NSCSS and Auckland Council to bring a series of creative digital storytelling workshops to the community sector in February 2014.  Collegial conversation over nibbles, wine or beer in February.  We suggest bringing friends and colleagues.

The workshops will cover:




Dates: 12, 19 and 26 February 2014,

Time:   3-6pm

Venue: Unitec Henderson.

Cost:    $75pp per workshop or $200 for all three.

RSVP to Mandy: mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Directions will be sent once you have confirmed participation.

Places are limited, so get in quick!

Inspiring Communities new book:  Learning by Doing is now available.  To find out more and order your copy CLICK HERE

Inaugural Breakfast Panel Session in Parnell 14 November 2012


Kia ora koutou, Kia Orana, Taloha ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula vinaka, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Fakatalofa atu, and warm greetings.

Inspiring Communities invite you to the Inaugural Inspiring Communities Provocative Breakfast Conversation Series

Community Led Development:  Power & Possibility

MC:  Rod Oram

Rod is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star Times; and a frequent public speaker on business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts

The Panel is ….

  • Manuka Henare: Manuka is Associate Professor of Māori business development, and Associate Dean (Māori & Pacific Development) at the University of Auckland Business School
  • Gael Surgenor: Gael is a Social Intrepreneur and Manager of Community Development and Safety at Auckland Council
  • Amanda Judd: Amanda is a changemaker and the founder of Lovenotes – a Social Enterprise
  •  Terrence Loomis: Terrence is a community development commentator and consultant

WHEN:    Wednesday 14 November, 7.30 – 9.30 am

WHERE:   Parnell Community Centre

(Jubilee Building 545 Parnell Rd, Parnell)

COST:      $25.00 per person – to be paid at the door

Register with mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz


Inspiring Stories in Short Film Screenings 8 June 2012

Award-winning New Zealand Short Films

An evening evening of thought-provoking and inspiring short documentaries made by young Kiwi filmmakers. Convened by Inspiring Stories Trust, and proudly supported by the New Zealand Film Commission these films span a range of topics and showcase New Zealanders leading change in their communities.

  • Where: Academy Cinema, Auckland CBD
  • When: Friday 8th June, 7-9pm
  • Cost: Koha

More info online – www.inspiringstories.org.nz/screenings/

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 24 – 25 March 2012

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2012, 24-25 March: www.neighboursday.org.nz

Sign up & check out the new website

Spread the word

  • Please distribute posters & flyers around your neighbourhood, and share about NDA with your networks and in your newsletters
  • Spread the word to your family/Whanau, friends, neighbours, class mates, colleagues, local businesses, Marae, schools, churches, local MPs, and others.

Share tales from your neighbourhood

  • How are you planning to celebrate Neighbours Day? Sharing what’s going on helps inspire others to act
  • We’d really appreciate hearing from you: kiaora@neighboursday.org.nz

Be in to win

  • If you’re in Auckland, share your plans before 16 March & you could be in to win a BBQ: Find out more here

Get inspired by NDA action across the country

Residents across NZ are celebrating Neighbours Day in many ways –

  • Hosting street parties, BBQs, pizza parties, pot-lucks & progressive dinners
  • Sharing cups of tea and baking
  • Gathering in local parks for games, sports, & activities
  • Doing ‘random acts of kindness’ for neighbours
  • Encouraging schools to invite students to write, draw, & talk about their neighbourhoods
  • Forming Neighbourhood Support groups
  • Getting active with neighbourhood zumba gatherings
  • Organising neighbourhood treasure hunts
  • And much more!

Involve local media

  • Download the first media release
  • Please pass it on to your local reporters and encourage them to support NDA by sharing neighbourly stories! J

Neighbours Day Aotearoa is a national initiative of Lifewise, Inspiring Communities, Neighbourhood Support NZ, The Mental Health Foundation of NZ