Leading Change for Good

Creating impactful, positive change in your community, iwi, business, organisation or industry. 

A NZQA-accredited postgraduate certificate that focuses on leadership and transformation for real, lasting impact where it matters the most.

Programme overview

Become part of a community of people driving change for good.

Every day more organisations commit to prioritising purpose and doing good, whether they are charities, public institutions, social enterprises or commercial organisations, and so we need to develop the capability and skills required to lead this change for good. 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Change for Good was created to address this need.

The programme aims to provide people from diverse industries and communities with the knowledge and skills to effectively instigate and lead collaborations and partnerships, and apply environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable practices for positive impact in times of change.

Why do we need Leading Change?

What you'll walk away with

The ability to identify new and emerging business models that prioritise purpose over profit, and adapt them for your community, organisation or workplace.
A suite of contemporary leadership models to drive change for positive impact on communities, organisations and businesses.
A deep understanding of global and indigenous social change practice and considerations, and how you can use them in your community or workplace.
A detailed change strategy that harnesses leadership to create sustainable, authentic value in NZ’s changing social, economic, political, and cultural environments.

Programme details

Time requirement 

34 weeks of part-time study.

As part of this postgrad you will be required to dedicate the following time:

  • 2 hours of live, facilitated online sessions each week: 4.30-6.30pm Thursday (for February 2022 intake), Tuesday (for June 2022 intake) or Wednesday (for September 2022 intake). 
  • Weekly applied, hands-on learning in your chosen environment + additional preparation and collaboration work outside of this (roughly 14 hours per week combined).
  • 6 x full day sessions delivered in-person and online, learner’s choice, over the course of the programme (9:00am-5:00pm approx every 6 weeks)

For the detailed schedule of the upcoming intakes view our 2022 Student Handbook.

Online vs. face-to-face

We offer this programme entirely online, with the option to join us face-to-face for our full day sessions for those who are interested. The learning outcomes are the same whether you attend online or face-to-face, however those who choose to join us face-to-face will have the chance to connect in person with others on the programme, and The Mind Lab support team.


The face-to-face sessions will be at The Mind Lab – 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland.

Next intakes

  • February 2022 intake: February 10th 2022 – October 5th 2022 (applications close February 2nd 2022)
  • June 2022 intake: June 7th 2022 – February 20th 2023 (applications close May 31st 2022)
  • September 2022 intake: September 7th 2022 – May 23rd 2023 (applications close August 31st 2022)

There are 40 places available in each intake.


Domestic (NZ student fees): $3,310 inc GST
International students, onshore: $16,559 inc GST

Discounts & scholarships

  • We offer an earlybird discount of 10% for enrolments received 4 weeks prior to course start date for domestic students. This takes the full programme cost to $2,979 inc GST.
  • We have a range of full fees scholarships available for our learners.
  • Postgraduate students are eligible to apply for StudyLink Student Loans or there are also a range of local grants and scholarships available for postgraduate study, contact us to talk through some of the options.
  • This leadership programme is valuable professional development, consider talking to your organisation to assist with funding.

Entry requirements

To be enrolled in this NZQA-accredited postgraduate certificate you must either:

  • Have a recognised bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification or higher AND a minimum of two years relevant industry experience, or;
  • Have at least four years’ professional experience in a relevant industry or community, which will demonstrate equivalent or higher experience to the qualification noted above.

To make sure the postgrad certificate is relevant to you and the right fit, you’ll be asked to supply a brief Statement of Intent. Interviews may also be required.

Download our information pack for more details on the programme.

International students

With the current COVID-19 travel restrictions in place at the New Zealand border, this programme is only available to study as an international student if you are already in New Zealand. As the New Zealand government reviews and revises travel restrictions, it may be possible to apply for a Student Visa and travel to New Zealand to study this programme with us in the future.

You will need to check the conditions on your visa to see if you are eligible to study with us. To find out more about studying with The Mind Lab as an international student and programme fees, visit our International Students page.


Tangata Whenua Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships for learners who identify as Māori
Pacific Ako Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships for those who identify as Pacific learners
Taipakeke Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships for learners who are aged 60 years and over

Who is this programme for?

  • Those who are driven by a desire to do good in their community, business, industry, or wider.
  • Those who have an idea for change they want to lead, big or small, for the benefit of others and/or the planet – or can see where change is needed.
  • Not necessarily those who hold leadership positions, but those who are looking for the skills to help them step up and make sustainable, lasting change in their environment, and bring others along on this journey.
  • Industries can vary from self-employed, SME’s, large corporates, government, not for profit. In today’s world anyone in any business can lead with purpose no matter what your product or service is.

Hear from our Leading Change learners

Meet Saskia Verraes, Programme Lead

Saskia is a devoted fighter for a better world. One that is socially just, economically inclusive & environmentally restorative.

She has years of experience working on collaborative social efforts with vision and engagement and a real focus on action.

“I am incredibly excited to support anyone in any way that I can; the time for change is now, and we don’t have much time, that’s why it’s important to have the tools not only to identify change solutions, but to scale them up, accelerate them, and allow them to have maximum impact.”

“I am so excited to be a part of this programme and look forward to supporting each and every student to help make this world a better place.”

Click here to learn more about Saskia.


Keen to know more?

We’re tackling the BIG questions

A reflective piece on what we’ve learned since the programme started in September 2020 and some of the BIG questions and topics that learners are tackling.

Check out the article

The Spinoff: For the greater good

We chatted with The Spinoff about how organisations and businesses can measure positive impact alongside profit and the power of small changes we make to ripple into greater change, for good.

Check out the full article

Whether the change you want to create is big or small, for your community, your organisation, or across New Zealand, this postgrad certificate will give you the capability, skills and relevant frameworks to effectively lead sustainable change and create genuine value.


Enquire about our Postgrad Certificate in Leading Change for Good and one of our outreach team will get in touch to answer any questions you may have.

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