Shaping the Future
The COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary challenge that has required extraordinary solutions. Harvesting and documenting the extraordinary, to distil what we now know is possible, lies at the heart of this report.
This report documents the insights, implications, and recommendations drawn from the nearly 70 interviews Inspiring Communities undertook in May and June 2020 – post-COVID-19 Lockdown.
The opportunity now is to further support locally-led community action, harnessing the power and potential that was activated during the rāhui to contribute to the social, environmental, cultural and economic revitalisation and the reimagination of our country.
“The strength of Māori and iwi community responses over lock-down highlighted capability and reinforced the need for systems with more autonomous Māori leadership and decision making.”
“Go to where people are and actively ensure that diverse voices are included.”
“Value relationships, because those who are close see what nobody else sees.”
“Incentivise collaboration by providing good and realistic funding that rewards truly collaborative approaches. Be willing to pay for relationships, time and process as much as outcomes.”
“We need a Grassroots PGF fund that enables different and broader parts of the community to get involved in local resilience conversations and be part of action taking too.”
“Look at what happened when we were flexible and responsive, and nothing went wrong! A lot of rule-breaking happened, and nothing went wrong. But many things went right.”
Other reports from across the motu:
Change is interconnected. Others have been gathering helpful insights into their mahi and are kindly sharing them with our community – take a look at the findings from other organisations and initiatives in different regions across the country:
The National Action Plan for Community Governance: Building a system of support for good governance.
To be able to do their mahi, the community sector relies on funding. During the first lockdown, Mātāwai Consultancy and Dunedin Community Builders surveyed the Ōtepoti Community sector to find out more about challenges and strengths related to their funding.