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What are the COGS priorities for each of the regional COGS Committees?

Each of the COGS Local Distribution Committees (LDC) have their own committee outcome priorities.

LDC  Priorities
Aoraki
  • Improved health and wellbeing in the Aoraki community through a whole of community approach to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in this region.
  • The Aoraki community is welcoming, and inclusive of diversity through services and activities that increase the understanding and awareness of the benefits of unity.
  • Existing and future volunteers are recognised and encouraged.
  • Reduced isolation by increased awareness and connection through opportunities to participate or by accessing services.
Auckland City
  • People in our local communities are supported, celebrated, strengthened and less isolated.
  • Our communities benefit from locally focused organisations who provide visible and accessible services that meet community needs.
  • Volunteers are valued, well trained, supported and resourced.
  • Existing organisations helping vulnerable people, or those impacted by poverty  are more sustainable.
  • People are valued and mentored towards positive community engagement, wellbeing and resilience.
Canterbury Rural
  • Diverse communities where everyone feels included, valued and safe.
  • Improved access to activities, services and programmes that promote hauora/wellbeing.
  • Volunteers are recognised and supported.
  • Connected communities where isolation is reduced.
Central Otago
  • People in our communities are able to access services and activities that meet their needs contributing to safe, healthy and connected communities.
  • Vulnerable, socially and physically isolated members of our community have adequate support.
  • Community organisations are collaborating and working together for the benefit of our people.
  • Community volunteers are well managed, supported, resourced and valued.
Chatham Islands
  • Children and youth have experiences that they would not otherwise be able to have.
  • Health, safety and wellbeing are promoted and accessible to all residents of the Chatham Islands.
  • Local events for the whole community have been enabled.
  • Community facilities can broaden their services.
  • The community can attend training locally.
  • Local elderly have a better quality of life.
Christchurch City/Banks Peninsula
  • Inclusive communities where people have a sense of belonging and value diversity.
  • Everyone has access to services and information that support safe and healthy communities.
  • Enhanced connectedness through opportunities to participate and contribute in the community.
Coastal Otago/Waitaki
  • People in our communities are benefiting from better access to technology and digital skills.
  • Communities are informed and better resourced.
  • People in our communities are less isolated, more involved and benefiting from better access to appropriate services.
  • Communities have access to the services they need and feel safe, supported and valued.
  • Our communities benefit from groups working collaboratively.
  • People in our communities are reaching their potential through training and education.
  • Community organisations are well resourced and highly visible.
  • Volunteers and community organisation staff are valued, resourced and well trained.
Far North
  • People in our communities are able to find or access services and activities that meet their needs.
  • Community organisations are well resourced and highly visible.
  • Volunteers and community organisation staff are well resourced and well trained.
  • That focus be on services to be delivered in the Far North.
  • Community organisations can access professional services that support and improve what they do.
Great Barrier
  • Local people, particularly those who are vulnerable, lonely or isolated, are able to access services and activities that meet their needs.
  • Volunteers and community organisation staff are valued, resourced and well trained.
  • Local community organisations are well resourced and highly visible.
Hauraki
  • Locally grown community activities with limited access to funding streams are supported.
Hutt Valley
  • Members of the community are mentally, physically, emotionally and socially well.
  • Young people are empowered to engage and positively contribute to their local communities.
  • Organisations are connected and collaborate to achieve community outcomes.
Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga
  • Increased independence.
  • Improved quality of life.
  • Better access to appropriate services.
  • Better informed and educated communities.
  • Improved opportunities for networking and working collaboratively.
Kirikiriroa/Hamilton City
  • Building resilient families and vibrant communities supported by community based organisations who foster collaboration and value people to support social and environmental well-being.
Manawatu/Horowhenua
  • Reduced social isolation and/or increased connectedness of people within the community.
  • Increased participation in communities and thriving communities through collaborating organisations and people working together to achieve a common purpose.
  • Improved health and general wellbeing of older people.
  • Organisations and/or individuals have developed their skills to more effectively manage their circumstance.
  • Volunteers are supported in providing community services, particularly in activities which they help to lead, design, and maintain.
  • Improved community access to local art for artists and audiences.
Manukau
  • People, particularly those who are vulnerable, lonely, isolated or living in poverty can access local services and activities that meet their wellbeing needs.
  • Migrants and newcomers are well supported and integrated into the community.
  • People with disabilities are empowered and well supported by accessible local services.
  • Senior citizens are supported, engaged, empowered and actively participate in community activities.
  • Youth and children are valued and mentored towards positive community engagement, innovation or resilience.
Marlborough
  • Social and physical isolation are being addressed, particularly for our earthquake impacted areas, contributing to safe healthy and connected communities.
  • The needs of youth, elderly and rural people are being addressed, contributing to physical and emotional well-being in our communities.
  • Organisations in our communities ae relevant, future focused and accessible.
  • A volunteer workforce that is resourced and empowered – allowing people to participate and contribute to community outcomes.
Mataatua
  • Culture, heritage and identity initiatives are supported and enhanced.
  • Community organisation staff and volunteers are recognised and valued.
  • Rural and urban communities are connected and engaged.
  • Children, young people, their parents and families are supported to improve their wellbeing and reach their potential.
  • Diverse communities are celebrated, validated and supported.
Nelson Bays
  • Isolated communities have increased access to services that enable well-being and resiliency.
  • Youth, Seniors and the disadvantaged are supported to participate in the community, enabling intergenerational connection and cultural diversity.
  • Volunteer services are supported and well resourced. 
  • Community organisations are collaborative, connected and environmentally aware creating stronger more sustainable communities.  
 North Taranaki
  • Access to education, life skills and maori cultural competencies is improved.
  • Communities are connected and have access to transport and local services.
  • Organisations are well resourced to support staff and volunteers.
  • An holistic approach to health, housing and family violence prevention fosters peoples wellness and safety.
  • Improved capability, networking and collaboration is demonstarted.
  • Youth Children and those with special needs have equal opportunities.
 Papakura/Franklin
  • Our communities are connected, strengthened, safer and have reduced crime.
  • Children, young people, their parents, grandparents and families are reaching their potential and building their resilience.
  • People experiencing poverty due to long-term unemployment are well supported and have access to development opportunities.
  • Local care and support is available for mental health, addictions, suicide prevention.
  • Inequalities are addressed, particularly through kaupapa Maori services, or those that directly empower the voices of people with disabilities or services which strengthen the effectiveness of community.
 Rodney/North Shore
  • Communities are strengthened, safer, more integrated, less isolated and vulnerable, more people are accessing services and activities to meet their needs.
  • Wellbeing for all people is being achieved and people are engaged, connected and encouraged to participate in their communities to foster a sense of belonging.
  • Volunteers are valued, well trained, supported, resourced and proactively encouraged.
  • Whānau Ora and/or Kaupapa Māori services are well resourced and supported; and all social and multi-cultural diversity is celebrated, validated and supported including New Zealand Sign Language and the Deaf Community.
 Rotorua
  • Community organisations are connected and/or working collaboratively to deliver social services in the Rotorua district, providing greater impact and benefits.
  • Volunteers and community workers have opportunities to be well trained and supported to enable the sustainability and quality of services.
  • Families, whānau and individuals are strengthened through the provision of support and learning to reduce gambling addiction, drug and alcohol harm. 
  • Families/whānau in Rotorua are strengthened through learning and support that nurtures children, youth and parents/caregivers.
  • People are able to be connected to their communities through support and services that address isolation.  This could be as a result of location, disability, age, circumstances, ethnicity, etc.
 South Taranaki
  • Transport is available to access services.
  • Our community is safe, connected and engaged through education and support.
  • All people have opportunities to participate, connect and thrive in their communities.
  • All people have access to services, information and resources they need locally.
  • Collaboration is evident.
  • Youth are resilient and thrive to reach their potential.
 Southland
  • Families, youth and elderly are more engaged in their community and have increased support and resources that will increase independence, improve health, well-being and reduce social and geographical isolation.
  • Community collaboration and partnerships, working together to build stronger communities for all.
  • Volunteers are valued, trained and resourced.
  • Te Āo Māori/Māori aspirations are enhanced and supported in our rohe/region.
 Tairawhiti
  • All people/whānau/families in our community experience increased well being and quality of life through services, activities and events which respond to their needs and aspirations and reduce barriers to their participation.
  • Community organisations in our region are valued and supported to collaborate effectively, respond to local needs, are accessible and inform people of the opportunities available to them.
  • Māori culture and identity are strengthened and promoted in our region.
  • Our children/tamariki and youth/taiohi are supported to reach their potential and are using their strengths.
  • People in our communities have strengthened financial, environmental and digital literacy knowledge.
Tamatea/Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua
  • Elderly people in our communities have access to the services they need and feel safer, supported and valued.
  • Volunteers are recognised, resourced and valued to contribute in our communities.
  • Community organisations are effectively addressing issues of social and rural isolation for people in our communities.
  • Community organisations' volunteers and staff are valued, resourced and well trained.
  • Families/Whānau, youth and children have access to the services they need and feel safer, supported and valued.
Tauranga/Moana
  • Volunteers are utilised, valued, supported and resourced.
  • Community organisations are well resourced and have access to capacity and capability development opportunities.
  • People are able to reach their potential and access services that meet their age, ability, ethnicity or circumstance.
  • Community organisations are responding collaboratively to support community-led development.
 Tongariro
  • People are resourced, supported to learn, lead and share their skills in all areas of life including health and wellness.
  • All people especially the vulnerable are supported, safe and valued.
  • Barriers (related to rural and social isolation) are acknowledged and/or reduced to enable everyone the opportunity to participate in community activities and services.
  • Communities respond in a collaborative manner to community needs.
  • Local organisations, stakeholders and individuals have increased opportunities and support to connect with each other.
  • Volunteers are valued, trained and celebrated.
 Waikato West
  • Families/whānau in need in our communities benefit from services that are well targeted, supportive and accessible.
  • Seniors/kaumātua in our communities are healthy, safe and connected.
  • Youth/rangatahi and children in our communities benefit from locally accessible development opportunities.
  • Our communities thrive when cultural expression and identity is encouraged and supported.
  • Our communities are healthy, safe and connected.
 Waikato South
  • Reduced isolation in our communities.
  • Our communities have greater resilience and leadership.
  • Increased community participation.
  • Communities have a sense of spirit and identity.
  • Volunteers and community organisation staff are valued, resourced and well-trained.
 Wairarapa
  • Organisations are connected and collaborate to achieve community outcomes.
  • Geographically and socially isolated members of our community are connected and have access to services.
  • People accessing mental health, disability, and early intervention services are supported and integrated into the community.
  • People are empowered to engage and positively contribute to their local communities.
  • Vulnerable people/youth/whanau are strengthened and empowered to be socially and physically and mentally well. 
 Waitakere City
  • People have access to programmes and/or services to support their wellbeing.
  • Our communities are strengthened and safer, less isolated and less vulnerable.
  • Volunteers and community organisation staff are valued, well-trained and resourced.
  • People in our community have access to training and education opportunities. 
 Wellington
  • Volunteers are valued, well trained and resourced.
  • Staff are valued, well trained, supervised and resourced to address community needs.
  • Core expenses of service delivery to address community needs are supported.
  • Positive outcomes are achieved for our communities by sustainable community organisations that work collaboratively and cooperatively with others in the sector.
  • Reduction in geographical and social isolation. 
 West Coast
  • Transport, geographical and social isolation, and funding barriers are reduced for West Coast people and communities.
  • West Coast people, especially our youth, are able to access the resources and opportunities they need to thrive and prosper.
  • The West Coast is a place where people and communities build on their collective strengths to enable inclusion, prosperity, wellbeing and connection.
  • Organisations are well-resourced and are working proactively and collaboratively to support West Coast people and communities.
Whanganui/ Waimarino/Rangitikei
  • Increased connections in the community and improved sustainability and capacity for local grass-root organisations.
  • Thriving and supported local communities.
  • Community volunteers are supported, valued and well-resourced to provide their services.
  • People in the community - including those with a disadvantage - have increased opportunities to connect with the community and the activities of the community.
 Whangarei /Kaipara
  • Services and activities enhance community identity and wellbeing.
  • Community organisations are well resourced and highly visible.
  • Volunteers and community organisation staff are valued, resourced and well trained.
  • Community organisations can access professional services that support and improve what they do.
  • Youth, particularly those at risk, have access to the services they need and feel safer, supported and valued.
 Whitirea
  • Organisations have trained, well-equipped and resourced staff and volunteers to deliver quality community services.
  • Reduction in rural and social isolation, enabling better access to services and support.
  • Vulnerable populations have access to services that address physical, emotional, psychological or educational needs.
  • Communities are connected, strong and resilient.