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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Focus area 1: Create safe opportunities for people to meet, connect, participate in, and enjoy community and civic life

A well-connected society provides opportunities for positive experiences and enables access to community resources.

A key way to support this is to provide safe, shared places and spaces where social and cultural life can flourish.

The rise of online communities is an important way for people to connect with each other and participate in issues important to them, but physical spaces for human contact remain important. 

When people connect and interact they learn about other cultures, practices, languages and abilities. This leads to more trust and greater respect for differences.


​How this can be done

Efforts to create community connectedness can focus on:

  • providing sufficient safe, shared spaces and places that are flexible in how individuals, whānau and communities can use them and that are easily accessible
  • community initiatives and expression of local identity, character or historic or cultural heritage
  • festivals and events, including events that are accessible and free, especially at a local level, that create opportunities to interact and learn about each other
  • ways to better involve individuals, groups and communities, especially those generally under-represented and not often heard, in civic and democratic processes
  • support activities which actively foster relationships between different communities.