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DRIVE Update: Christmas Special Hui & Notices

DRIVE announces the final hui date for the year, featuring guest musician Sam RB and a chance for you to perform.

Date: Thursday 18 December
Time: 10.45 for an 11am start
Place: Pacific Business Trust, 733 Great South Road, Papatoetoe

RSVP’s are essential as lunch will be supplied. DRIVE may not be able to cater for all needs, but please get in touch if you have any dietary requirements.

The October Hui was a productive day of brainstorming what was important to consumers, and what they wanted from services. Drive hopes to give you further feedback about this soon. They also have a list of events that are happening in the next couple of weeks that may be of interest. These include several art events, training opportunities and some chances for you to use your experiences to give some feedback around parenting and mental illness, and the Auckland Council psychoactive substances policy.

Contact DRIVE via:

Email: sheree.veysey@connectsr.org.nz

Mailing address: DRIVE Network, PO Box 102 149, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland, 0745, New Zealand

Ecofest Kaipatiki Project – March 15th – 13th April

Ecofest North is a vibrant, community-led festival brimming with inspiration and fresh ideas for your home, backyard and community.

North Shore to Matakana  15 March – 13 April 2014.

It is supported by Auckland Council, and co-ordinated by Kaipatiki Project.

Programme of events is now on line: http://kaipatiki.org.nz/ecofest/


Creative Skills Workshops with Inspiring Communities, North Shore Auckland, February 2014

High tech and low tech ways to capture local stories. A series of 2 hour workshops (plus networking afterwards) to learn new skills, network and have fun! 

Inspiring Communities is collaborating with Community WaitakereUnitec, NSCSS and Auckland Council to bring a series of creative digital storytelling workshops to the community sector in February 2014.  Collegial conversation over nibbles, wine or beer in February.  We suggest bringing friends and colleagues.

The workshops will cover:




Dates: 12, 19 and 26 February 2014,

Time:   3-6pm

Venue: Unitec Henderson.

Cost:    $75pp per workshop or $200 for all three.

RSVP to Mandy: mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz

Directions will be sent once you have confirmed participation.

Places are limited, so get in quick!

Inspiring Communities new book:  Learning by Doing is now available.  To find out more and order your copy CLICK HERE

Disability Forum 29 August 2013

Disability forum: Trading in Public Places bylaw review and Signage bylaw review

  • Date: 29 August 2013
  • Venue: Recreation Centre, Awhina House, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, 545 Parnell Road (Parkside Entrance. Parking is behind the Jubilee Building. Entry to the Recreation Centre is from the car park). 
  • Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.

Do all businesses in Auckland keep the pavements clear so you can navigate them easily with your cane or wheelchair? Do you have any feedback for Auckland Council and Auckland Transport about how bylaws could improve our streetscape?

The Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are reviewing the regulations that relate to trading in public places and signage as part of the wider bylaw review project.

The purpose of the review is to look at the existing regulations and develop two new bylaws to control the use of signage and trading in public places in Auckland.

The reviews aim to identify common issues with signage and trading and identify the most appropriate means to address those issues.  Where necessary we will develop bylaws (Auckland Transport and Auckland Council) to protect the public from nuisance, maintain public safety and amenity and minimise potential offence as a result of unregulated signage and trading activities.

As part of the review we would like to engage with disabled people in the early stages of the project to gather information on the following:

  • What issues do disable people experience related to signage and the activity of trading in public places eg the placing of: signs on the footpath, tables and chairs outside cafes
  • how existing forms of regulation work
  • what does not work
  • what are common issues for disabled people relating to signage and trading in public places
  • what should the new bylaws address

A three hour workshop has been set up for Thursday 29 August from 10am until 1pm at the Recreation Centre, Awhina House, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind at 545 Parnell Road (Parkside Entrance. Parking is behind the Jubilee Building. Entry to the Recreation Centre is from the car park).

The venue has level access with onsite car parking, including accessible car parks and accessible bathroom facilities.  A PA system will be used.

Morning tea will be provided

New Zealand  Sign Language Interpreters have been booked for the forum.  please confirm if you will need the Interpreters by Thursday 22 August by emailing Kristin Spyve or Rebekah Stuart- Wilson.

Please RSVP for the forum. Can you please RSVP to Kristin Spyve or Rebekah Stuart- Wilson on the below contact details by Thursday 22 August.

Kristin Spyve

Rebekah Stuart- Wilson

Please also contact Kristin or Rebekah to discuss any other access needs.

An agenda for the forum will be emailed to all registered participants on Monday 26 August.
Recreation Centre, Awhina House,
545 Parnell Road, Parnell 1052 (Parkside entrance)

Link to google maps to show the location

Not Your Usual Hui: 7 June 2013


Contact Cissy Rock for more information: Cissy.Rock@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Auckland Council Report on Aucklanders 50 and Over

A 17 page summary analysis of the life experiences of older Aucklanders has been released by Auckland Council’s Research Investigations and Monitoring Unit: Charles Waldegrave and Peter King of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit and Elizabeth Rowe of Elizabeth Rowe Consulting.

Please take the time to review at least the summary as the information contained within is very relevant to us all who are working with older people in the community in the Auckland region.

Follow this link to the Executive Summary of the research Aucklanders 50 and Over Executive Summary

The full report (140 pages) is available on the website below for those who wish to read more detail and graphs.


Community Pools now Free for Under-16s in Auckland

Our community pools are now FREE for kids 16 years and under.   From the 2nd of April 2013, young Aucklanders will have free access to all council pools across the region during standard operating hours.   This is the result of a council vote in 2012 to make all council-owned pools free for young people aged 16 years and under.

As part of Auckland Council’s Long-Term Plan vision for children and young people, this initiative will allow: Children and young people aged 16 years and under will have universal free access to our pool’s core facilities during standard operating hours. There is a fee for supervising adults that enter the water. Charges will apply to all non-core facility areas like saunas, steam rooms, special play equipment, dive boards and hydroslides. There will be no charge for school groups to book space between 9am and 3pm on school days (unless booking exclusive use). There will be no charge for groups serving children 16 years and under to book space during standard operating hours (unless booking exclusive use).

Additional information can be found by visiting the Auckland Council website.

Community Development Approach to Building Thriving Economies 28 March 2013

Councillors, local board members, council staff, community groups and the public are invited to attend a lunchtime learning session with Natalie Nicholles, associate director of the consultancy arm of the London-based new economics foundation (nef) to hear about their community development approach to building diverse and thriving local economies, that put people and the planet first.

Natalie Nicholles

new economics foundation (nef), London

Local economic development – money trails, leaky buckets and local wealth creation

Date: Thursday 28 March
Time: 12 noon – 1.30pm (please feel free to bring your lunch)
Venue: Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Auckland Town Hall, 301-303 Queen Street, Auckland Central*Step free entrance to the Town Hall is available via the Queen Street entrance nearest to the Q Theatre and Bar


Cost: Free
RSVP: Please note that space is limited so please RSVP to this meeting invite
For more information: Contact Tania Pouwhare in the Community and Cultural Strategy teamtania.pouwhare@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Access requirements? Ensuring that events are inclusive and provide access with dignity is important. Please let Tania know ASAP if you have any access requirements.

Natalie Nicholles will offer a practical overview of nef‘s  local economic development tools, and will cover:

  • developing community knowledge about local wealth creation, and why it matters
  • building community capability to assess where and how money and resources leak out of local areas, and how to plug the leaks
  • lessons from ‘clone town’ and ‘ghost town’ Britain
  • nef’s BizFizz programme that supports entrepreneurship in economically disadvantaged areas. BizFizz has coached over 5,000 people to develop local entrepreneurial initiatives – 90% of which are still business after four years
  • how public bodies can make a difference to local economic development.

Natalie specialises in organisational strategy and triple bottom line cost benefit analysis across a range of areas.  She has a strong business management background having previously worked for a FTSE 100 company and a leading leprosy and tuberculosis international NGO. She is also an accredited practitioner of Social Return on Investment (SROI) and is the only member of nef consulting with exceptional fluency in both French and modern dance.




Young Migrants Needed For Research

Auckland Council is currently conducting a research on young migrants (generation 1.5 migrants who have migrated to NZ when they were young or in their teens) to identify what their challenges and issues are with regards to employment and business.

It would be great if you can kindly participate in this survey (if applicable to you) and/or are able to pass the survey link to your young network as well as your friends who are 1.5 migrants (particularly those aged between 18 and 40) for their participation.

Please check the link below to complete the survey:


The outcomes of this survey will support various initiatives the Council will drive for young migrants.

Therefore, your participation will be much appreciated and it would be great if you can share this link with your network. The survey will end on 28 March 2013.

Free Guided Ranger Park Walks in Auckland Feb – June 2013

Looking for something to do? Come along and enjoy free guided ranger walks in the south and east of Auckland.

The ranger will guide you on a journey to experience the natural and cultural heritage in these varied ecosystems – forest landscape, coastal walkway, estuary, saltmarsh wetland and volcanic stonefield.

Develop an awareness of the environmental issues that face the area today and get to know some of your park environments.

Cost: Free

When: February – June 2013 (See List Below for Specific Times and Dates for Different Parks)

Beachlands/Maraetai Walkway, 188 Maraetai Drive, Maraetai

Thursday 7 February, 9.30am-noon

Tuesday 28 May, 9.30am-noon

Clevedon Scenic Reserve, Thorps Quarry Road, Clevedon

Friday 22 February, 9.30am-noon

Thursday 13 June, 9.30am-noon

Puhinui Reserve, 108 Prices Road, just south of Auckland Airport

Tuesday 5 March, 9.30am-noon (Seaweek clean-up – low tide 10.04am) Otuataua Stonefields, 56 Ihumatao Quarry Road

Thursday 21 March, 9.30am-noon

Friday 28 June, 9.30am-noon

Hampton Park, 344 East Tamaki Road

Friday 5 April, 9.30am-noon

Point View Reserve, Caldwells Road entrance, Botany

Tuesday 16 April, 9.30am-noon

Totara Park – Puhinui Stream Forest trail, Wairere Road entrance, Manurewa

Thursday 2 May, 9.30am-noon (includes heritage talk on the history of Totara Park) Mangemangeroa Reserve, 108 Somerville Road, Howick

Friday 17 May, 9.45am-noon

Booking details


Bookings are essential as spaces are limited – for free booking or for more information, please contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 or email enquiry@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Or Contact Robynne Sutton on 027 232 8129