This is our 2016 policy – our 2019 policy will be coming soon, building on these ideas and the progress in the last three years.
Council can play a key role in bringing our community together, providing facilities, resourcing, and expertise to help our community develop and grow. We support an active and engaging approach in which grassroots community determines local priorities. Mt Roskill’s ethnic diversity provides opportunities for us to connect with communities all around the world at a time when global co-operation is essential to deal with issues such as climate change, inequality, intolerance and displacement due to conflict and natural disasters.
What we’ve done
- Advocated for a Living Wage so that work is rewarded, local people can live with dignity, and spending power in our local economy is increased.
Established local children’s panels at primary and intermediate schools to ensure that we receive input from our youngest citizens, and grow a culture of civic participation.
- Improved council support to enable local community groups, through capacity-building workshops and grants.
- Restructured the Board’s approach to directly organising community events through a Events Framework developed with the community.
- Reviewed the community grants programme to include small and easy to get “quick response” grants, and large strategic relationship grants with trusted community groups, as well as increasing the normal grants pool.
- Established a Seniors Portfolio to pay particular attention to the needs of older folks across the Local Board’s work.
- Promoted the inclusion of the Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing framework in local projects, to improve the mental health of our community.
- Create new community spaces at the Whare in Hillsborough and in the restored Mt Roskill Municipal Chambers.
- Advocate for library services to be provided in the Wesley area, which currently has some of the poorest library access on the isthmus.
- Provide more small scale community notice boards at local shopping areas to help keep the community connected.
- Expand the engagement and consultation work of the Local Board to give everyone who wants a say a chance to be heard.
- Create strong local age-friendly and child-friendly approaches, and advocate for Auckland Council to do the same.
- Continue promoting publicity and co-ordination of Roskill community services and events through the Roskill Community Network.
- Encourage local intergenerational activities that allow seniors and youth to share experiences and learn from each other.