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.

  • 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......

  • Focused on Taranaki this collaborative project is exploring exciting new approaches and structures that would enable Church ministry to flourish sustainably into the future.  The Bishop’s Action Foundation is a leading partner in this initiative researching and drawing together experiences from overseas and nationally to help inspire......

  • We are part of a national steering group exploring the concept of spirituality, its relevance to current society and its potential impact on well-being. Existing research suggests that spirituality has a positive impact on other aspects of health and well-being. We’re asking what are the......