Community Development


Te Whakatupuranga Hapori

Empowered communities are thriving communities. Council has adopted a Community Development Framework to better articulate its role in community development and identify how it aims to work with communities, government agencies and non-government organisations to build strong, resilient communities.

Vision: Te Whakatupuranga Hapori – Communities growing and thriving
Mission: Manaaki Tangata, Tiaki Taiao – Supporting our places and people to thrive

The word hapori refers to people providing/receiving a service. Whakatupuranga refers to the act of placing a kakano/seed into 'te pito o te whenua', which literally describes its point of creation, followed by the act of nurturing and shaping the seed through its stages of growth towards full maturity.

What we do

  • Build and strengthen internal and external relationships.
  • Increase opportunities for communities to determine the things they care about.
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful engagement and participation in public and community life.
  • Empower communities to design, prioritise and deliver local initiatives.
  • Support community groups to lead their communities.
  • Work with government agencies, non-government organisations and community leaders to create connections, maximise collective potential to contribute, and improve community wellbeing.

Far North Youth Council

The Far North Youth Council works with the Far North District Council to provide a youth perspective on issues across the district. Youth councillors aged 12-24 are selected to represent their district.

It was formed in 2016. In its first year of operation the group ran youth events and launched the Far North Youth Engagement Survey to allow young people across the district to share their ideas for youth in the Far North.

Applications to join the Far North Youth Council take place each year. If you are aged 12-24 and live in the Far North District, you are eligible to apply.

Want to find our more? Follow the FNYC Facebook, Insta [@farnorthyouthcouncil] or email

Your details
You must be between the ages of 12 and 24.
Please provide contact details for TWO adults who can tell us how awesome you are:
In submitting this application form:
I consent for Far North District Council to contact my referees

I consent to police vetting if selected and will provide photo identification

I consent to publication of my name and image if selected

I have access to internet at home

I have access to transport for Far North Youth Council events

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Tuia Rangatahi Leadership Programme

The Tuia Rangatahi Leadership Programme is associated with the Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs, and aims to empower rangatahi Māori throughout New Zealand to build networks and contribute to their local communities.

Three pou make up the Tuia rangatahi experience:

  1. Mentoring
  2. Community contribution
  3. Wānanga

The mentors for the Far North 2020 Tuia programme are Councillors Moko Tepania and Rachel Smith. The Far North District Council sponsors two delegates each year. Applications closed on 7 February 2020. The fund will reopen later in 2020.

For more information, email or message the Facebook page.

Tū Taitamariki Ora Fund

The Far North Youth Council operates the Tū Taitamariki Ora Fund, a youth fund to support youth development in the Far North. Need some money for a youth idea? If you are aged 12-24 and live in the Far North you can apply. Watch this space for details!

Disability Action Group

The Disability Action Group works with the Far North District Council to advocate for a more accessible environment for Far North residents and visitors with disabilities. The group meets in different locations across the district and aims to assist the Far North District Council to meet the objectives of the

The Disability Action Group advocates for initiatives to improve accessibility. For example, disability awareness training for Council staff; the construction of pool stairs at the Kawakawa pool; and the purchase of an accessible portaloo for use at Far North community events.

The Disability Action Group is seeking new membership from community members with disabilities, senior citizens, and those who work in disability or age support.

Far North residents interested in joining the Disability Action Group are invited to send an email to or contact Community Development Adviser Aya Morris on 0800 920 029

Community Development Plans

A Community Development Plan is developed by an agreed process between a community and the Far North District Council. The plan helps the Council and the community to discuss ways to manage change while protecting what is valued most.

The Community Development Planning process enables a community to explore more about whom and what their community is, what its strengths and challenges are, and how community members can make a difference in their community. Community development planning is about providing opportunities to learn more about local issues, weigh up options to address them, and voice an opinion.

The Community Development Plan is not the Council’s plan – it is a living document and it belongs to the community. However, the Community Development Plan may be used by communities to make submissions to inform the Council’s strategic planning and allocation of resources, as well as those of other agencies. Ultimately, not all issues raised by the community can be resolved or owned by Council or other agencies, but they may remain as important issues for the community to continue to try to resolve with their own resources.

Current Community Development Plans

Kaikohe design studio ĀKAU were engaged to facilitate community workshops with a goal to create, a design-driven, community-led strategy to link with the wider economic growth of Northland. Three exciting workshops engaged locals to generate ideas to help Grow Kaikohe.

  • Grow Kaikohe (Part 1)
  • Make Kaikohe (Part 2)
  • Make Kaikohe (Part 3)