What do I need to consider if I want to use a community-led approach?
If you’re interested in starting a community-led development journey, here are questions to help guide your thinking:
Principle 1: Shared local goals driving action and change
- Does your community, hapū or iwi get together to discuss common issues?
- Are there some common themes or ideas already in your community, hapū or iwi?
- Do you have regular hui or meetings to talk about where your community, hapū or iwi is heading in the future?
Principle 2: Use existing strengths and assets
- What are some of the strengths your community, hapū or iwi already has that you can build on or use better?
- Do you know how you might identify what assets or strengths your community, hapū or iwi has?
- It’s not always about building something new; you may find that your community, hapū or iwi just needs to rediscover some of the old magic that’s already there. What do you value or want to celebrate?
Principle 3: Many people and groups working together
- How might your community, hapū or iwi get together in new ways to achieve its goals?
- How do people in your community, hapū or iwi with great ideas for making things better connect with others to make it happen?
- Do you have examples where a range of people have been able to get together to achieve something in your community, hapū or iwi?
- How can you include others?
- What are the different ways you can reach into your community, hapū or iwi?
Principle 4: Building diverse and collaborative local leadership
- Are there people who help build connections across your community, hapū or iwi, making it stronger and more united?
- Are the same people leading all the time? Is there something stopping others from contributing or taking up a leadership role?
- How might you encourage other people in your community, hapū or iwi to contribute?
- What activities could be led by local people in your community, hapū or iwi?
- How could your community, hapū or iwi make sure everyone is included and made welcome?
Principle 5: Adaptable planning and action informed by outcomes
- Have you thought about what your community, hapū or iwi might need to do to get to where it wants to be?
- Are there milestones or ara poutama along the way that will help you to know you are making progress?
- Do you know what you want to achieve at the end?
- What types of planning does your community, hapū or iwi do?
- How do you reflect on the progress you are making or celebrate achievements along the way?
- Are you able to learn from what happened when things don’t go as expected?