Start Local. Let it happen, make it work

Building Resilient Communities

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Start Local. Let it Happen, Make it work was a very successful one day seminar held in Wellington in June.

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In what was an oversubscribed event;  160 people from government, local government, academia, business and communities  gathered to increase their understanding and confidence in using a locally-led approach. Presenters from the Community, local and central Government shared their perspectives and explored ways to support locals to drive change in their communities that lead to sustainable, effective outcomes.

Post Seminar Report & Tips

We’ve written an extensive, practical report highlighting the very best from the day – Read the Start Local. Report

We’ve also condensed the discussion and knowlesge from the day into start-local-10-tips

Here’s a collection of who presented:

The Big Picture – Shreya Basu, Open Govenment Partnership: Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific relfrlected on some of the big drivers,opportunities, dilemas that are driving locally-led change and collaboration internationally.

Local Places Leading

Mayor Neil Sinclair from the South Waikato District Council

Aranui Community Trust from Aranui Community Trust Incorporated

kelvin Hastie from Crofton Downs Predator Free

Judy Kumeroa from Tiakina ō Tātou Tamariki in Gonville and kaiti

Colin James provided some final reflections

Negotiating the Differences: Perspectives on Central Govt. role in locally-led development

Nicola Brehaut – DIA CLD Pilots

Gael Surgenor – The Southern Initiative

Aileen Lawrie– CEO Ōpōtiki District Council

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“There is absolutely no substitute for the community when it comes to the things we care most deeply about. As we’ve seen in places like Christchurch and Lyttleton, it’s the key to resilience, it’s the key to health, it’s the key to loneliness and caring for one another.”                                                   Jim Diers, RNZ National, Friday May 6 2016

Manu Cadie from Tiakina ō Tātou Tamariki in the Gisborne neighbourhood of Kaiti South- and neighbourhood specialist Jim Diers, recently talked to  Nine to Noon’s Kathryn Ryan about how it takes all parts of the community to grapple with tough challenges.

Issues  like poverty and child abuse, crime and  unemployment, the environment – in fact any issue, need localised, collaborative approaches. Tiakina ō Tātou Tamariki is a great example of neighbours affecting change, it will be one of the case studies highlighted at Start Local.  It’s worth taking the time to listen to the interview, if you haven’t already. Start Local offers the opportunity for you to hear more inspiring stories.

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