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.

Community development initiatives

Last updated 28 May 2021