Inspiring Communities Newsletter # 52 June 2016

Creating and Sustaining Momentum 

Kua tawhiti kÄ“ tō haerenga mai,
kia kore e haere tonu.
He tino nui rawa ōu mahi,
kia kore e mahi nui tonu.

We have come too far to not go further.
We have done too much to not do more.

 Ta Hemi Henare – Sir James Henare 

Kia ora!

Because community-led development is about changing whole systems the work is long term.

Just like nature, expect constant change and be prepared to pro-actively adapt. As the stories in this newsletter illustrate there is no right place to start. Begin from where you, your organisation or community is and weave CLD principles and practice into everything that happens.

Use helpful frameworks like the Eco Cycle of Collaboration to understand the difference phases of CLD. But most importantly have fun, like the residents of Roxburgh in the cherry chaos story! There’s so much to share about creating and sustaining momentum - Inspiring Communities has a chapter dedicated to it in our publication Learning By Doing. You can purchase a copy online or download various chapters.

Barbara MacLennan has been thinking about momentum – her blog has some salient commentary particularly about the role of leadership in CLD initiatives that endure. And as always we have some Inspiring Insights from Nelson, Auckland and the aforementioned Roxburgh, as well as the latest details about Boost Camp BoP which is filling up fast with registrations closing soon.

Our Start Local. Seminar is also proving popular with only 30 places left.  An amazing line up of speakers will examine the future of locally-led government, business and the private funders’ role in community–led development, whilst showcasing good practice and brainstorming. Details about both these events are below. 
Key to sustaining momentum is sharing and learning from each other. We see this as pivotal to Inspiring Communities' mahi, but it relies on you letting us know what you've been up to, or are noticing, so we can share the good examples of community-led action with others, email: First though treat yourself - grab a snack and read on.

Barbara, David, Denise, Megan and Rachel - the Inspiring Communities team

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I've Been Thinking.....

.... About Sustaining Momentum - a blog from Inspiring Communities' Barbara MacLennan

ÅŒpōtiki Harbour Transformation Project Management Team members Anna Kominik & Barbara MacLennan with Barbara Dempsey from ÅŒpōtiki  DC at the government announcement.

One of this month’s stories sparked some thoughts for me about communities sustaining momentum, or “keeping going” with a focus on their visions. Back in 2011 at Victory Village Forum, I recall hearing local people share their narrative about a 30 year journey to create and nurture a strong sense of community in the suburb of Victory in Nelson.

Their story showed conscious respect for the people and mahi that had gone before. And the leadership culture of embracing new people, new ideas, and new approaches into forward planning and action. Five years on there are many more activities, people and leaders contributing to a widely held local vision. Read more

Inspiring Stories

 Being In - and Of - Service vs Providing Services

By Denise Bijoux


Faith based organisations around the world are at the forefront of community-led development momentum, including here in Aotearoa.

Community-led development resonates because it helps to expand established practices of 'pastoral care' to include a broader spectrum of tools that can naturally nurture the heart and soul of the community. 

During his recent visit to New Zealand Jim Diers and I ran three workshops co-hosted with faith organisations. Read more

Sustaining Victory 

 By Kindra Douglas 

I’ve been Director at Victory Community Centre in Nelson for eight years now.

Over that time we've transformed ourselves into a thriving community where people feel connected to a wide range of services and support, (especially our own Be Well Community Nurse, Penny), a programme of fun, social and recreational opportunities, as well as a community garden we established with support from the DHB.

We have adapted these projects and initiatives to ensure that we can sustain the momentum. Read more.

Cherry Chaos Creating Momentum

 By Genevieve Heal, Central Otago District Council

What better way to welcome people into a community than with a huge food fight challenge?

Well that’s what we do in Roxburgh, Central Otago.During summer the population of Roxburgh (usually about 500) explodes with hundreds of seasonal workers arriving from all over the world to work in the orchards. 

Seasonal workers are an important part of the community and the local economy, and it is important that they feel welcome, valued and connected. Read more 

Of Note... 

Neighbours Leading Change Interviewed on RNZ  

“There is absolutely no substitute for the community when it comes to the things we care most deeply about. As we've seen in places like Christchurch and Lyttleton, it's the key to resilience, it's the key to health, it's the key to loneliness and caring for one another.”

Jim Diers, RNZ National, Friday 6th May 2016
Manu Cadie from Tiakina ō Tātou Tamariki in the Gisborne neighbourhood of Kaiti South - and neighbourhood specialist Jim Diers talked to Nine to Noon's Kathryn Ryan on RNZ recently, about the value of community-led development.

They discussed how it takes all parts of the community to grapple with tough challenges like poverty and child abuse, crime and  unemployment - in fact any issue. Tiakina ō Tātou Tamariki is a great example of neighbours affecting positive change.

It's worth taking the time to listen to the interview, if you haven't already. More inspiring stories from Kaiti South and other places will be shared at Boost Camp BoP.

Effective Community-level Change 

What makes community-level initiatives effective and how can central government best support them? 

The Effective Community-level Change report presents the findings of a literature review commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development and Superu. The purpose of the project was to inform the Ministry about what works in community-level initiatives, and how central government can best support effective community level initiatives.
Download the full report   

Events and Training Opportunities

Inspiring Communities has a number of events and training options coming up. We offer training sessions tailored to your place and your needs, as well as opportunities to hear from local and international specialists. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

The Backyard Inn, Rotorua, 2pm Friday 10 June - 1pm Sunday 12 June 

Registrations closing soon 
Some scholarships still available 

E tÅ« communities and neighbourhoods in the BoP!  Change happens locally, through local people stepping up in their neighbourhoods and communities to address things they care about. 

This Boost Camp is a chance to share and learn together, and feel inspired about what’s possible. Join our team, Boost Camp BoP Convenor Barbara MacLennan, with Megan Courtney & Denise Bijoux who will lead a weekend of learning and sharing about fun, practical skills.

Here's a summary of the weekend programme  

Weekend cost: $200 per person + GST. Some scholarships still available.
Don't miss out - Register Now!

Visit the Boost Camp BoP webpage for all the details.
or contact Barbara Maclennan  

Inspiring Communities' inaugural Boost Camp was a hit! Attendees rated it a 4 or 5/5 in terms of usefulness for their work in community. 

Vicky Dombroski was one of those attendees, here's what she had to say:   

 â€œThe facilitators were excellent and allowed lots of time for the participants to provide examples of their own successes and lessons. They also brought in speakers from diverse communities to offer advice and examples. The energy, inspiration and connections with like-minded people was very beneficial and has renewed and fortified my goals for the Waitara Community”.

Vicky Dombroski, Community Development Advisor, Waitara Alive
Time: 9.30am – 3.45 pm
Venue: Macs Function Centre, Corner Cable & Taranaki Streets, Wellington.
Cost: $195 +gst   
$80 +gst for NGO and community leaders
Register Now - only 30 places remaining, this event will sell out!

Start Local. is a seminar for those in government, local government, academics, business & community leaders and philanthropic funders with an interest in engaging with and building resilient communities.

Inspiring Communities, Local Government New Zealand and the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies invite you to this one-day seminar focussed on increasing the understanding and confidence of using a locally-led approach.

With an emphasis on the practical, we will scan the big picture - the opportunities and the dilemmas – as well as profile some local success stories that illustrate the principles and effective practices.

Speakers include: 
  • Shreya Basu from Open Government Partnership will examine the international trend towards  localism. 
  • Kate Frykberg - Philanthropist and Community Consultant and Amohaere Houkamau – Senior Ministerial Adviser and Chair Toitu Ngāti Porou are some of the panellists discussing "Top Down Meets Bottom Up “in Place”.
  • Mayor Neil Sinclair from South Waikato District –and Rachael Fonotia from  Aranui Community Trust are just two of the panellists discussing "Local Places Leading - Impact and Learning from Local Experiences"  
It's a packed programme with plenty of time also set aside for interactive table discussions and brainstorming to ‘harvest’ principles, practices and next step approaches that will make a positive difference.

Here's a summary of the seminar programme

Visit the Start Local. webpage for detailed information including more on the wide range of speakers.
or Register here

Community Building with IC and Jim Diers  

Jim Diers is back in Aotearoa in September 2016 and March 2017.

Both tours are already filling quickly so please email Denise Bijoux to find out more about working with Jim in your place, or to inquire about hosting a 2 day training workshop like ‘Courage’, as featured in this newsletter.

More information on practice workshops with Jim and Denise in and with local communities will be available soon.

Introduction to Community-led Development (CLD)

A two hour taster session will outline a CLD approach – what it is, why it matters and key principles that underpin successful locally-led action and change. If you’d like more than a couple of hours – we offer a one day training option also. For more info email

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