Strong communities give people a sense of belonging and encourage them to take part in social, cultural, economic and political life.

Refreshing the Strengthening Communities Strategy

We have refreshed our 2007 Strengthening Communities Strategy to guide how we work with organisations, groups and communities across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula for the next 10 years.

The new Te Haumako Te Whitingia Strengthening Communities Together Strategy was adopted by Council on 7 April 2022. 

We will launch the new strategy in July .

Strengthening Communities Strategy 2007

Strong communities give people a sense of belonging and encourage them to take part in social, cultural, economic and political life.

This participation and the support that such communities can offer in times of stress, promote the well-being of individuals and families/whanau. This strategy incorporates community group grants review and the community facilities plan.

The Strengthening Communities Strategy 2007 is a framework to guide the Council's work with community organisations, which in turn work in a range of ways to help develop strong communities.

A number of processes and disciplines can be used in working with and for communities to enhance their strength. These processes include the provision of community services, community capacity building, community development, community activism and advocacy.

All these processes can be legitimate and effective ways of working when used appropriately.