Community Planning Toolkit - Community Engagement

This section of the Community Planning Toolkit (produced by Community Places), provides guidance on the issues to consider when planning and designing community engagement. It focuses on quality and effectiveness, process planning and designing engagement tailored to the particular issue, level of participation to be achieved, timeframe and range of stakeholders affected.

Diversity Works NZ

Helping Kiwis understand the diversity opportunity – and the way it can shape an organisational culture for the better.

Employ Migrants

Practical information from Immigration New Zealand about how to employ migrants, the visa options, and how to help them settle in when they get here.

Get involved - conservation volunteering & training

Join DOC in conservation volunteering, training, teaching, events and projects, have your say on issues, and apply for permits and funding.

Health & Safety at Work

Practical information on the Health & Safety at Work Act and what it means for you. Includes case studies, tools and resources.

Inspiring Communities

Inspiring Communities is an organisation that accelerates community-led change. Using its experience and expertise to mentor, broker, train and connect communities to become even better places to live, work and invest in.

Kaibosh Food Rescue

Kaibosh collects quality surplus food from businesses and provides it to community groups supporting those in need in Wellington and the Hutt Valley. Since 2008 they have rescued more than 1 million kgs of food, provided more than 3 million meals and reduced carbon emissions by more than 800,000 kgs. Businesses and individuals can also donate money to Kaibosh, and volunteer time to help rescue food. 


KiwiHarvest collects quality surplus fresh food from markets, supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers, and prepared meals from cafes, corporate events and caterers then deliver it to those who need it most. 100% of the food rescued is delivered, free of charge, to New Zealand’s charities and shared with people in need. Since 2012, around 2 million kg of food has been saved, more than 6 million meals delivered and carbon emissions reduced by more than 7 million. There are opportunities to volunteer time, and donate products, services and expertise. 

On-the-job training

Whether you operate a tourism business or you want to further your career in the tourism industry, discover the way to fantastic visitor experience, great reviews and even more visitors with ServiceIQ's on-job training programmes. On-job training programmes can be free of charge if you upskill one of your team to be your workplace assessor.

The New Zealand Diversity Action Programme

The New Zealand Diversity Action programme is a Human Rights Commission initiative. Register for programmes and projects that contributes to a diverse, equal, harmonious and Treaty-based Aotearoa New Zealand.

Registered projects include:

  • Taking part in events like Waitangi Day, Chinese New Year, Race Relations Day, Samoan Language Week, Matariki, World Refugee Day, Māori Language Week, Diwali
  • Promoting diversity in the workplace and catering for the diverse needs of clients and customers
  • Developing policies, programmes and strategies for diversity, equality, harmony and giving effect to the Treaty
  • Community consultation and participation

Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand benefits communities by promoting, supporting, and representing volunteering in Aotearoa New Zealand. Find out different ways you and your team can volunteer.