Leading Change for Good

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

A 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 context.
The ability to evaluate and apply contemporary leadership approaches 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 these can be relevant and applicable 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 Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • 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 face-to-face sessions in our lab over the course of the programme (Fridays 9:00am-5:00pm approx every 6 weeks) 

For the detailed schedule, view our Student Handbook. Flip to page 11 for Sept intake and page 13 for Nov intake.


The 6 x face-to-face sessions will be at The Mind Lab – 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland.

Next intakes

  • Intake 1: September 8th 2020 – w/c May 18th 2021
  • Intake 2: November 11th 2020 – w/c July 21st 2021

There are 40 places available in each intake.


The full programme cost is $2,137.50 $2,850 +GST with our 25% off early bird discount (available until midnight Monday 12th October).

We have 6 x full scholarships available, each covering the full cost of the programme.

Postgraduate students are eligible to apply for StudyLink Student LoansFees Free 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 the programme 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.

Why do we need Leading Change?

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.


Tangata Whenua Scholarship –
full scholarship for learners who identify as Māori
Pacific Ako Scholarship –
full scholarship for learners who identify as of Pacific Island descent
Taipakeke Scholarship –
full scholarship for learners who are aged 60 years and over

You can apply for a scholarship when you have completed your enrolment. Click here to learn more about the scholarships and apply.

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.

Saskia is the Programme Lead for Leading Change for Good.



Read the latest on The Mind Lab Hub

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Check out the full article, written by our Industry Expert, Dr Mandy Lacy.

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.

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