Communities. Collaboration. Change.

Connect Auckland is a social network that champions change to improve the wellbeing of our communities. When everyday people who love Auckland connect, a powerful force begins to build. Through collaboration, sharing ideas and energy, we can all play a part in taking this wonderful world-class city to the next level – an even better place to live, work, learn and play.

Over coming months we'll be publishing stories from passionate Aucklanders - catalysts for change. We invite you to submit your own story, be a champion for others, support them as one of the crowd or be a contributor in a host of ways. Behind Connect Auckland are connectors who are kicking things off, and they urge YOU to get involved!

Shameless Soapbox

You're invited

Shameless Soapbox is for you if you are in business (or want to be), have an idea that you want to get off the ground, or work with budding entrepreneurs in some way.

It's an open mic style of networking session where you can introduce yourself, your enterprise or just a good idea to a diverse range of friendlies. Who knows who you might meet? Sounding boards, advocates, collaborators, brokers, advisors, mentors, match-makers, service providers, funders, investors…

And if you're not the type to be up front in the spotlight, no problem. Join us anyway and chat one on one.

With each speaker given a mere two minutes on the soapbox to get their message across, it's amazing how much ground we can cover in one evening – it puts a whole month of walking around Auckland into a couple of hours, all for the price of a craft beverage.


Sustainable Business Network
Blue Dot HR

Our connectors

Connect Auckland is nurtured by our cool cabal of connectors, Aucklanders driving change through collaboration and innovation within communities, for communities. Active and influential in their areas of interest, they are a connecting force to link like minds, complementary abilities and necessary resources, working together to build wellbeing.