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 some great community building initiatives.
The Massey Matters initiative began in 2006 as a ten year Council supported initiative to make Massey an even better place to live, work, play, grow and learn. Now its own legal entity,Massey Matters acts as an ‘umbrella’ for community organisations, local and central government and local residents to talk and work together for Massey.
With strengthening and connecting neighbourhoods a key priority in Massey, the Department of Internal Affairs funded a‘Back2Back’ project which ran from 2009-12, provided a great opportunity for intentional neighbourhood building across the adjoining suburbs of Massey and Ranui.
As part of the research, a number of local learning and outcome stories were written to capture and communicate some key moments in both Massey Matters and the Back2BackProject’s community-led journeys. While many projects and people have now moved on, the approaches and learning demonstrated remains inspirational.