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.

  • We’ve been working with a range of partners to better understand the socio-economic, cultural, environmental and spiritual issues that impact the wellbeing of rural communities. Our call to research began when we realised there was little current information or social research on rural New Zealand......

  • We are part of a growing movement 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, this includes our own research into......

  • Poverty has been an intractable issue in Aotearoa New Zealand throughout this century, particularly for families/whanau with children. The tentacles of poverty spread into all aspects of daily life. While recent poverty research in Aotearoa New Zealand has a predominantly urban lens, this study focuses......