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The Valley Project

The Valley Project

Using a community-led development approach, the communities of Dunedin's North East Valley have come together, connecting with each other and their environment. Their initiatives include a community garden where people work together, growing and taking home their own vegetables; a community workspace where all are welcome and a food-share programme.

People are "doing stuff, not just talking" and in the process, they're creating a resilient, caring community for all.

North East Valley was one of four communities that agreed to work in partnership with Community Operations to pilot the Community-led Development approach over five years.

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Watch their video to find out more about the Valley's people, places and stories.


What is the Community-led Development Programme?

This programme uses a community-led approach to support communities and hapū to achieve their goals by working together, building on their strengths, encouraging wide participation, developing local leaders and action plans to measure and celebrate their achievements.

Who took part in the Community-led Development pilot?

Four communities took part in the pilot – North East Valley (Dunedin), Mangakino (Waikato), Mt Roskill (Auckland), and Whirinaki (Far North). Their journeys and stories are strong and meaningful, and reflect deep connection and care within each community.