Community Connection

Updated for 2019

Community connection is so important, and the local board has an important role to play to support people to know their neighbours and their area, and have an opportunity to celebrate and share their cultures.

What we’ve done

  • Championed local heritage, saving important local buildings, investing in heritage studies, signage and trails, and building a strong relationship with the Mt Roskill (Puketapapa) Historical Society to support their role in researching and publicising Roskill’s history.
  • Restored the historic former Mt Roskill Borough Council building as the home of local government in our area.
  • 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 and everyone can participate fully in our community.
  • 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 work and strategic relationship grants with key local organisations, as well as small and easy to get “quick response” grants. We have significantly increased the funding available to the community through grants over the last six years.
  • 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.
  • Expand the engagement and consultation work of the Local Board to give everyone who wants a say a chance to be heard, including a monthly community forum and board stalls at local events.
  • Advocated successfully for Auckland Council to become a CEDAW City (supporting women’s rights and inclusion) and to become “age-friendly”.

What’s Next

  • Continue our ongoing advocacy to ensure that important local heritage sites are protected and recognised, either through formal scheduling, or the provision of information about the heritage value of the site.
  • Restore the Whare at Monte Cecilia Park for appropriate community use
  • Advocate for library services to be provided in the Wesley area, which currently has some of the poorest library access on the isthmus.
  • Further innovate in the area of community consultation and engagement to really make sure everyone can have a say in local decision-making
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