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Making things happen in Mangakino

Since starting their journey in August 2011, Mangakino, Whakamaru and the surrounding rural community have worked together using community-led principles to build a much more community-spirited place to live. Mangakino was one of four communities that agreed to work in partnership with Community Operations to pilot the Community-led Development approach over five years.

By focusing on some short term projects - like signage and promotions to attract visitors to the area - the results have built confidence within the community. This can be seen by old community values coming back, a growing pride in Managkino, local people stepping up more into volunteer roles, and children being more active.

They have made positive changes by meeting, talking and working together.

Mangakino has a huge future.

Watch their video and find out more about their journey.

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.