Te Reo in Wairoa – and Tairawhiti REAP’s popular ACE programme

In 2012 four local Māori organisations in the Wairoa district, led by the local kura and including Te Ataarangi, came together with the Human Rights Commission to work on Wairoa Reorua 2040 – a strategy designed to set Wairoa on the path to becoming fully bilingual by 2040.

Community-driven wellbeing and empowerment in St Albans

Since 1998 the St Albans Residents Association (SARA) in Õtautahi Christchurch has had a community centre and employed a community worker to support people build the healthy, vibrant and resilient community that they want.

At that time the community worker focused on the development of the centre, actively engaging volunteers who helped to run centre-based activities.

The Active Institute – resettling refugees and migrants for 33 years

Most South Auckland families, whose whānau were once refugees or migrants, have had members who, at one time or other, attended the Active Institute.

Part of the reason for this is that the Institute, which has been operating since 1988, is close to the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, and many migrants and refugees choose to settle in the South Auckland region.

The Karamea Winter School: bringing the community together

“Karamea is a secluded haven, snuggled into the warm northwest corner of the South Island. Long empty beaches, river estuaries, incredible granite and limestone formations as well as tamarillos and fruit trees growing happily alongside Nikau Palms. It’s a great place for those seeking to get off the beaten track…”: That’s how the town’s website begins.

The last census gives the population as 357 but local health workers say they have gained about another 200 people since Covid: the town has been discovered by those who can work remotely.