About CommunityNet Aotearoa

CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations.

Looking though Google search results and browsing multiple websites can be time consuming and frustrating. CommunityNet Aotearoa puts quality resources in one place making it easy for community organisations to search and discover the best resources for them.

An easy search function on the homepage helps you quickly find what you are looking for and you can add your favorite resources to your Toolkit. 



Find resources using the easy search function. Learn more


Keep all your favorite resources in your Toolkit to find them quickly later. Learn more


A place for community to share the resources they create. Learn more

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New to CommunityNet Aotearoa?

Take a look at our Quick introduction to CommunityNet Aotearoa to learn how to use CommunityNet. You can also go to the Help page to find other resources to learn more about the site.

About the site

The new look CommunityNet Aotearoa was developed in 2013. This was in response to feedback that the website was difficult to navigate, it was hard to find resources quickly, and much of the information on the site was out-of-date. As a result of this feedback a new website was developed with a fresh new look focused on providing the right tools to build and develop community organisations. The website has exciting features to improving user experiences and makes content functional and easy to navigate.

The five types of resources

There are five types resources on CommunityNet Aotearoa. They are colour coded to help you quickly identify what type of resource you are viewing.

How to guides

  • How-to guides: for community organisations new to a process or topic

Stories and case studies

  • Stories & case studies: about organisations' experiences and learning

Information and advice

  • Information & advice: such as new research, useful examples and thinking about topics relevant to community organisations

Tools and templates

  • Tools & templates: such as tips, checklists and documents that organisations can use and/or modify

Shared links

  • Shared links: to recommended and useful websites

Who contributes resources?

CommunityNet accepts contributions from New Zealand individuals and organisations that create resources for community organisations learning and development. It is a great place for organisations to showcase their best resources and share them with all of New Zealand.

You can learn more about contributing here

The CommunityNet Aotearoa Team

CommunityNet Aotearoa is hosted and administered by the Department of Internal Affairs. The CommunityNet team sit within the Education Team at Charities Services a branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.

The Community Resource Kit

The Community Resource Kit was one of the most used resources on the old site. All of this information has been transfered to this new site. You can browse the Community Resource Kit by selecting that category on the home page or by going to Contents of the Community Resource Kit.

Are CommunityNet resources moderated?

Resources submitted to CommunityNet are published exactly as they are received, and aren't edited by the site's administrator. The administrator will do their best to moderate material published on the site to be sure it meets the content guidelines, but we need your help too.

If you notice any content that breaches Content guidelines, please Contact us or report the resource. Material that violates the content guidelines will be removed from the site.


We are always working to improve CommunityNet. Please email us at CNA@dia.govt.nz or contact us via the Contact form with your comments.