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Case Studies

As Inspiring Communities has evolved so has much of the learning in New Zealand about effective Community-led Development. A key role of Inspiring Communities is to share knowledge about what works and why – to help more communities do it. We also support key CLD stakeholders to know how to recognise, support and celebrate effective practice and approaches. To this end we worked alongside a number of communities who have recorded their approach along the way. These case studies are a collection of what they have learnt.

 

Good Cents

The idea behind Good Cents Born in the community of Cannons Creek Porirua, where debt and high interest loans are common, the community sought to create a space for people to  change their financial situation in a way that is self directed, that helps to break down the barriers of isolation, and the sense of… Read more »

Great Start Taita

Locally-led change and Great Start The Great Start journey began when staff from the Barnardos organisation began  knocking on 1200 doors in the Hutt City suburb of Taita and started conversations with the local people. Taita residents talked about wanting to be better connected with other residents and existing local services. Barnardos listened and supported… Read more »

Massey Matters

Massey matters From 2010-12, Massey and Ranui were part of the Inspiring Communities “Core Learning Cluster” Research Project.   The aim of the research was to better understand how community-led approaches can contribute to thriving and resilient communities. Massey and Ranui are fast growing, culturally diverse suburbs on Auckland’s western fringe and have been home to… Read more »

Mataura

Harnessing Creative Energy Makaurau Sessions engages the talents of creative Māori and Pasifika people; from poets and spoken word performers to singer-song writers; visual artists to vocalists; taonga pūoro musicians to tākaro exponents, dancers to actors. The Makaurau Sessions movement aims to foster a positive and creative Māori consciousness in Auckland City through creative expression…. Read more »

Opotiki

Local Led Change and Opotiki For decades, Ōpōtiki has featured as one of New Zealand’s most deprived communities. However, locally its future is now seen quite differently. For the last decade, integrated community-led planning championed by iwi and the District Council has been focusing on enabling community transformation through aquaculture and tourism. One of Opotiki’s… Read more »

Rakiura – Stewart Island

From 2010-12, Rakiura was one of 9 locally-led initiatives that were part of the Inspiring Communities “Core Learning Cluster” Research Project.   The aim of the research was to better understand how community-led approaches can contribute to thriving and resilient communities. Locally-led change and Rakiura The Island’s one main township of Halfmoon Bay has a population… Read more »

Tamaki

Locally led change and Tamaki In 2008 a group of Tāmaki community contributors set out on a journey together to explore better ways of doing things across Tāmaki communities. A number of initiatives were undertaken collectively, such as the Tāmaki Inclusive Engagement Strategy (T.I.E.S,) to help ensure that local people were part of proposed government-led… Read more »

Waitara

Locally-led change and Waitara Alive The Waitara Community Development Project, as it was initially known, was a response by local people to do things differently. Their town of 6,800 people had faced many cultural and economic challenges over the years – including long term unemployment, crime and factory closures. Frustrated with the lack of real… Read more »