A Fresh Start

Better Communities is a charitable trust that aims to work with business, community partners, philanthropy, and government to make a positive difference within our communities and create great places to live.

Our focus is on the people side of the equation where it comes down community regeneration, which can range from education programmes regarding bullying to exploring what it will take to make a place better for its residents. Our vision is that every New Zealand community thrives.

Better Communities weaves together the elements that lead to healthy, safe, and desirable places where people are proud to call home, and there is a very real sense of community. This is not only about ‘bricks and mortar’, and central to our thinking is the notion that we are about people and community.

By uniting community, business, philanthropy, government and social purpose organisations in collaborative action to improve education, employment, health and housing outcomes across communities experiencing disadvantage we believe we can ensure that where one lives should not determine their destiny.

We understand that the causes of community disadvantage in New Zealand are complex and that no single organisation can solve these issues alone, so our goal is to work with partners who share this vision to progressively improve the lives of people within New Zealand.