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Funding announced for community projects

Hon Jo Goodhew

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector

30 September 2015 Media Statement

Funding announced for community projects

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew is pleased to announce the outcome of the Community Development Scheme funding round for 2015/16.

“Twelve communities throughout New Zealand will receive $80,000 each year for three years from the Scheme for their community projects,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“Each of these communities are facing different challenges they want to overcome for their local population.

“Many of the projects are in isolated or rural areas, where social cohesion and access to community services is a key concern, others have wider project outcomes such as community revitalisation.”

“Each community has diverse aspirations they want to achieve through this scheme. I am looking forward to hearing about their achievements over the following three years.”

A wide variety of community-specific projects are planned, supporting very individualised needs. See attachment for the full list and details.

Location Project description
Auckland The key outcome for the project is the development of a greater sense of community within the inner city. The project’s goal is to harness this energy to empower residents and the broader community to self-identify and achieve their aspirations.
Colville The Colville area of the Coromandel Peninsula faces a number of challenges, because of its rural and isolated location. One of the initiatives is the development of a community centre with medical and social service provisions. Other initiatives to be considered are: a water supply for Colville village, developing a community internet facility, a youth homework centre and senior citizen support service.
New Plymouth The Marfell community, located in New Plymouth city, has the highest proportion of Maori and Pasifika residents compared to other New Plymouth suburbs, and is over-represented in health, crime and unemployment statistics. A number of foundation projects have been initiated in the community, including a community café/kitchen, a charity shop and the Marfell Corner Project. This project will build on the growing movement of community action within the community.
New Plymouth, Taranaki-King Country and Whanganui
The Trust has seven marae/pa including coastal communities which are rurally isolated and whanau members struggle to access necessary services. Initial work will be a needs analysis for each of the marae/pa, with longer term goals of addressing wellbeing, strengthening identity by creating opportunities to learn about Taranaki Reo me ona Tikanga, and employment needs.
Raureka, Hastings
Raureka School, in partnership with the Raureka community, plans to establish a community hub at the school. It is proposed that the hub will provide health and social services, undertake activities and promote local events that support community development and the overall wellbeing of the Raureka community.
Masterton Masterton East is an area of high deprivation with 59% of people unemployed or not in the workforce. The project will identify and support community leaders, improve education and social outcomes, and work with landlords to improve housing stock.

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