Think Tank

We bring community members together to start conversation, think creatively and research ways to create fundamental social change.


Backbone Organisation

BAF works collaboratively with a number of partners across Taranaki and wider New Zealand to lead, support, and sustain programmes that create social change.


Programme and Service Hub

We support and implement a number of projects that develop long-term solutions to social issues, helping our community to flourish from the ground up.


We want to give all areas of our community a chance to flourish. Take a look at the diverse range of projects BAF is involved in.

Our Vision

Simply, we want to create communities that flourish. To achieve this we identify the root cause of community and social issues and develop partnerships that can create lasting solutions to them. We have three core action areas of Research, Collaboration and Service. We like to see ourselves as a catalyst for change, developing collaborations and solutions that can thrive beyond our involvement so that we can continue to look for more good to be done.


Our research creates a foundation for change through conversation, discussion and exploration of key social issues. Take a look at our research projects on their way to helping communities flourish.

  • Our latest research into the potential impact of social enterprise aims to better understand how social enterprise can contribute to the regeneration of communities, particularly low income or rural communities. We identified the example of Scotland, a country with many low income and rural communities, which has......

  • During 2017 we undertook research to explore the ability for Church land to be made available for social and affordable housing.  Our research revealed that there was significant interest from Parishes and Dioceses in social and affordable housing and a willingness to see land made......

  • BAF is undertaking research for Project Mounga looking at the spiritual connection of people and communities in Taranaki to Mount Taranaki.  This research will explore concepts including identity, sense of belonging and coming home. Maori have a well-defined sense of spirituality, expressed as wairuatanga or wairua, but these......