Growing socio-economic inequity in Auckland means that many people cannot achieve their potential.
As the population grows and successive generations of families experience inequity, the impact will be more visible and harder to change.
Adopting an ‘equitable’ approach means prioritising the most vulnerable groups and communities most in need to achieve more equal outcomes.
Communities most in need have limited capability to access social and economic resources, and opportunities, when compared to the general population. This restricts their ability to fully participate in society and in activities that have meaning and value to them.
Communities also possess different capabilities to respond to issues, for example, supportive family and strong social networks.
A strengths-based approach builds on existing capabilities. It also challenges deeply ingrained systemic and structural factors that lead to and reinforce inequality.
Identifying communities most in need is context-specific and may change in relation to the specific policy, initiative or service being delivered.