Ruapehu Whānau Transformation’s (RWT) visionary way of working alongside communities rather than for them has now been showcased to New Zealand.
Ngāti Rangi’s RWT Project manager Erena Mikaere-Most was one of just seven key-note speakers to take to the stage at the national two-day Te Pou Matakana (Whānau Ora) Conference in Auckland.
“While it was a real privilege for us to be able to share our story, I wanted to make sure I did justice to it and our community reference group who have been there from the beginning, our communities of Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru and all the volunteers and agencies who’ve put there hands up to help.”
“Research for the RWT’s Plan started five years ago and integral to achieving any success and sustainable change was working with our communities rather than for them.
“The term collective impact was coined in the US, and is an approach used to help cause positive change, it’s an approach where you work with others and have a very clear shared vision, goals, strategy, plan and measurements to address a particular issue, concern or challenge.”
Currently there are only a small number of organisations, including RWT, who receive specific funding from Te Pou Matakana for their collective impact work.
“This way of thinking isn’t new to Māori, or to rural NZ, it is what we were doing anyway and has been key to the ongoing success of RWT.
“Our rural collective impact story is really different to the others and what else was different to others is that our framework is whenua-based, it’s place based, it’s all around Koro Ruapehu.
“Other providers have had to totally change their way of working and thinking, they are all really big entities and have had to change everything to nearly start from scratch.
“This way of working is essential for smaller communities, it just makes sense.”
To view her kōrero please click HERE