Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Encouraging progress in community-led development

Hon Jo Goodhew
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector

8 May 2013 Media Statement
Encouraging progress in community-led development

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew said today she was encouraged by the way communities have embraced a new approach to community development.

Visiting Whirinaki, one of the five communities taking part in the community-led development initiative, Mrs Goodhew said the community had achieved some great results, both with projects they are undertaking and in building local residents’ sense of pride in their community.

“For example there is a really exciting awa (river) restoration project which aims to protect the community’s water supply, ensure everyone has clean, potable water, prevent water pollution, encourage the return of native plants, eels and other fish life and reduce the flood risk.

“During my visit I saw obvious signs of progress such as cleared river banks, fencing and planting, and heard local people speak with satisfaction about their achievements.

“Another project aims to increase the number of speakers of the local Te Hikutu hapu dialect. This will help ensure the continuation of key cultural practices and underpin the leadership role of Kaumatua and Kuia in the community.”

Mrs Goodhew also visited Mt Roskill, another of the participating in the initiative. She met with the community leadership group there to discuss their experience of being part of the new approach and their plan to use local neighbourhood events and projects to gain residents’ input into a comprehensive community plan.

“The process they are planning in Mt Roskill goes to the heart of community-led development, where people are able to participate more fully in deciding what happens in their community.

“I am really excited to hear what ideas the community comes up during this process and to then seeing Mt Roskill achieve its community vision.”

More information about the community-led development initiative is available at http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Resource-material-Our-Policy-Advice-Areas-Community-led-Development.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news