Draft Community Development Strategy


Project Summary

Community Development has been a function of Council since 2003. Broadly speaking, this means that MDC has provided funding and support for community organisations and individuals as well as community development initiatives at grassroots level for a long time.

During the preparation of its Long Term Plan 2018-2028, Council, through its Community Funding Committee, identified some gaps in Council’s decision-making framework for community development. As a result, it decided that a strategy should be developed that would state outcomes and goals that would help guide investment and priorities at a community level.

In early 2019, after doing some initial drafting work, Council sought feedback from the community (check out the word cloud on the facing page). We went along to the Feilding Farmer’s Market to ask people what they thought about our proposed vision, outcomes and goals for the strategy. We also held a series of eleven community engagement workshops with a total of around 120 participants.

Manawatu community wordcloudThe workshops had representatives from a wide range of community interest groups:

  • Social services
  • Arts and culture representatives
  • The aged community
  • Youth
  • Tāngata whenua
  • Environment groups
  • Emergency services
  • Sport and recreation representatives
  • Multi-cultural communities
  • Hall communities
  • Community committees

As a result of the feedback we received from the community, we revised the strategy’s draft outcomes and goals.

The most noteworthy revision was the addition of a fourth outcome and set of goals, as well as aligning all of the outcomes and goals with the four-walled Te Whare Tapa Whā model of health which was developed by Sir Mason Durie in 1982 for the New Zealand health sector. The four taha (sides) of the whare (house) offer a holistic perspective on health and wellbeing which illustrates what Council seeks to achieve through the Community Development Strategy. The four sides are:

  • Te Whare Tapa Whā model of healthTe taha tinana - physical wellbeing
  • Te taha hinengaro - mental wellbeing
  • Te taha whānau - social wellbeing
  • Te taha wairua - spiritual wellbeing

The Community Funding Committee then identified actions to ensure that Council can achieve the community development outcomes and goals that were set. These actions fall into three categories:

  1. Actions Council is already doing
  2. Medium term actions (1 Jan 2020 - 30 June 2021)
  3. Long term intentions (July 2021 onwards)

The medium-term actions will be incorporated into Council’s work plans over the next 2 years. The long-term intentions will require further research and planning, as well as careful budget consideration. These will be further explored as part of Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-31. We will also seek the community’s input as we investigate and develop the longer term actions.

Important dates

The Draft Community Development Strategy was adopted by Council on Thursday 20 June 2019. The timeline is as follows:

  • Public consultation: 21 June – 14 July 2019
  • Hearings: 8 August 2019
  • Deliberations: 22 August 2019
  • Adoption of Strategy: 19 September 2019
  • Strategy takes effect: 1 January 2020

Make a submission

Submissions closed on Sunday 14 July 2019.