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.

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 (see intakes above for dates). 
  • Weekly applied, hands-on learning in your chosen environment + additional preparation and collaboration work outside of this (roughly 14 hours per week combined).
  • 7 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  2023 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.


2023 Fees:
Domestic (NZ student fees): $3,365 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.
  • 2023 scholarships available 
  • 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

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.

Learn. Stack. Build. Master.

This postgraduate certificate is stackable. Credits earned can be stacked towards a Master’s Degree. Find out how it works.

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 Hancine Samvelyan, Programme Lead

Hancine is an education leader, who strongly believes in the power of lifelong learning, overcoming obstacles to figure out your strengths, and harnessing what you learn for good.

Hancine’s ability to connect with learners and guide them along their journey comes from a combination of this diverse pool of learning, as well as the other projects and roles she’s taken on along the way, most recently as Education Director for the Master of Teaching & Education Leadership.

“If we truly want change then we have to be challenged and be comfortable being uncomfortable. We need leaders who are prepared to listen, prepared to be inclusive, prepared to take risks as well as being open to new ways of thinking and doing.”

Click here to learn more about Hancine.

Meet the rest of the team

Saskia Verraes
Sustainable Futures Adviser
Te Mihinga Komene
Pou Ārahi
Hayley Sparks
Academic Director

Keen to know more?

Five learners go forth

Five students who started out as strangers, became fast friends and supported each other on their journey to lead change for good.

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.

Or apply now by clicking here.

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