Our Impact


Our work with changemakers focuses on impact – our impact in supporting their journey and their impact making positive changes for our communities. We’ve developed stories of change that illustrate our impact approach.


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 support changemakers to launch ideas that challenge inequity and develop partnerships that can create lasting solutions to social issues. 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.

  • As part of our exploration of spirituality and wellbeing we continue to engage with research associated with aspects of this space. Dr Richard Egan from the University of Otago, Dunedin School of Medicine is a director of the Cancer Society Research Collaboration and co-director of the......

  • This research was originally conducted in 2013 for the Bishop’s Action Foundation (BAF) through the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago. In the years since then it has been used to inform and guide BAF strategy and policy through evidence-based analysis. The......

  • As a catalyst for change The Bishop’s Action Foundation often creates, leads or supports collaborative responses.  In this action research paper we have explored the themes, learnings and opportunities that this experience has provided.  In addition, we have brought together existing models of collaboration to......