A community can be a community of place, interest or identity. A community that is empowered is one that has the ability to influence decisions, take action and bring about change.
Many people expect to have a more active role in decision-making when decisions affect their wellbeing, their home, community or area of interest.
This involvement in decision-making is an integral part of creating strong, sustainable and cohesive communities. Volunteers, and the organisations that support them, also play a vital role in enabling participation in local action and decision-making.
Local leadership requires a more locally-centric approach, increasing the range and quality of relationships and developing a better understanding of local aspirations and needs.
Organisations have a social responsibility and need to think differently about how they work at the local level and how current and future challenges for Auckland's communities can best be met.