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 favourite resources to your Toolkit. 



Find resources using the easy search function. Learn more


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


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

CommunityNet Aotearoa

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

CommunityNet Aotearoa was re-developed by the Department of Internal Affairs in 2013 with a focus of providing the right tools to build and develop community organisations. The website introduced features to improve user experiences making content functional and easy to navigate. In 2017 CommunityNet Aotearoa was transferred to NZ Navigator, a partnership of community organisations working to encourage strong and sustainable organisations and communities.

The NZ Navigator Trust was established in 2018 (with a focus of creating a digital space focused on the development of community organisations in New Zealand) and now oversees CommunityNet Aotearoa and the NZ Navigator organisational self-assessment tool.

NZ Navigator Trust NZ Navigator Tool

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 NZ Navigator Trust

The Community Resource Kit

The Community Resource Kit is one of the most used resources on the 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?

The administrator moderates material published on the site to be sure it meets the content guidelines. Resources submitted to CommunityNet are usually published exactly as they are received, provided they meet the content guidelines. 

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 info@community.net.nz or contact us via the Contact form with your comments.