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‘Inspiring Communities’ is promoting community-led development in New Zealand, with all sectors working together intentionally on local residents’ priorities. The national hub connects a number of initiatives around the country, while also supporting regional interest in community-led development.
Four Community Trusts (Southland, Taranaki, BayTrust and ASB) actively fund regional community-led development. The Community Trust of Southland supports initiatives in Mataura and Stewart Island.
John Prendergast, Community Trust of Southland CEO, says “Our role as a funder is very much about supporting the process of the community doing it for themselves, and ‘partnering’ with them to get on with it. Mataura is an excellent example of a community working hard and very passionately to re-build.”
Mataura is revitalising their town with a local market, community garden and stream restoration. They are potentially boosting business through main street development.
Since 2003, the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust has coordinated a community-wide habitat restoration project in Halfmoon Bay. Large-scale pest control has contributed to a 44% increase in tuis and bellbirds and a five-fold increase in numbers of little blue penguins.
The Tindall Foundation has supported Inspiring Communities since the hub was set up in 2008.
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