Community initiatives

This page provides useful links to the Council's community development priorities that contribute to the continuing growth and diversity of the Waimakariri District. Community facebook

Community Development Team

The Community Development Team has a role in supporting community and voluntary sector. The team is responsible for developing community initiatives, managing networking meetings and presentations, as well as helping people come together to define their common needs and aspirations. Their work is informed by the Community Development Strategy 2015-2025 (pdf, 388.2 KB).

A welcome morning tea for new volunteers and workers in the community sector is held at the Council Chambers, Rangiora Service Centre, usually in April each year.

For more information on the Community Team, please see the Community Team Report card pdf, 2.1 MB or follow the Community team on Facebook.

Council networks

The Council has close key networks with various community organisations, including North Canterbury Youth Worker, Youth Development Opportunities Trust, Strengthening Families Local Management Group and Neighbourhood support.

Some locally grown community initiatives the Community Development Team has supported include the Rangiora and Kaiapoi Community Gardens , and the Community Café in East Belt, Rangiora.

Network meetings and presentations

The monthly meetings and presentations provide an opportunity for networking and information sharing amongst members of the voluntary, non-government sectors. They also help to enhance the support and collaboration between all providers who deliver services to the people living in the Waimakariri and North Canterbury communities.

The topics discussed will help you familiarise yourself with the changes taking place in the district and how this impacts on people you work alongside, for example youth unemployment  and emergency housing.

When do the meetings and presentations take place?

The meetings/presentations occur around the district on the second Tuesday of each month. Network meetings are between 12 noon and 1 pm and follow on from a presentation if one has been organised.

Notes are taken at the meeting and can be made available by contacting the facilitator if you are unable to attend. Feel free to bring your questions and we will provide hand-outs on the day along with refreshments.

Volunteering in Waimakariri

As part of the Waimakariri District’s Community Development Strategy one of the key themes was to support the volunteer sector to increase its capacity and capability.

There has been a lot of research developed around the volunteer experiences and their capacity in light of the impact of the earthquakes on the wider community. The "State of Volunteering in New Zealand Report" produced by Volunteering New Zealand, provides some key facts nationally in relation to the importance of volunteers in the sector stating that two-thirds of the non-profit sector workforce is made up of volunteers and their contribution is valued at over $3.3 billion. Their report also states that the majority of volunteer-involving organisations face considerable challenges with volunteer recruitment.

If you would like more information about Volunteering, please contact - Karen Lindsay-Lees, Community Development Facilitator. Ph: 03 311 8900