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.

  • The Bashford-Nicholls Trust scholarships are managed by The Bishop’s Action Foundation.  One scholarship round is provided each year supporting undergraduate and post-graduate students undertaking study focused on agriculture and veterinary science at a recognised New Zealand tertiary institution. In 2022 the Bashford-Nicholls trust has awarded......

  • In 2019 the Farm Next Door project was awarded the inaugural $100,000 PIVOT Award for a research project that set out to explore how to expand community centred agriculture. The project was delayed by Covid-19 but recently completed its research and created a website to......

  • Continuing to build on the research seeking to develop a current picture of the lived reality of rural New Zealand catalysed by The Bishop’s Action Foundation, Dr Ann Pomeroy has just published an article profiling inequality within rural communities. The article is a preliminary exploration......