FOCUS AREAS, OPPORTUNITIES AND SOLUTIONS
There are five focus areas of importance in the plan. The areas impact on the overall wellbeing of whānau, they are education, employment, housing, health and social. To be thriving across these five areas, is to be thriving in life.
The five focus areas each have two key opportunities for transformation. The opportunities are based on the evidence captured in the Ruapehu Scoping Report and identified as potentially making the greatest positive impact for whānau in Raetihi, Ohakune and Waiouru.
The solutions that sit under each focus area, aim to address both opportunities together. They do this by addressing the complexities of the issues that have created barriers to transformation in the past.
To formulate the programme of solutions we engaged our community to learn lessons of what would work in the Ruapehu rohe. The Community Reference Group brainstormed potential solutions and the resulting 23 have been affirmed as the initiatives and action that will start to bring about real change. It is important to note, that these are the foundational steps required to provide a strong platform for sustainable solutions that will evolve with our community, as the world and their needs evolve.
These initial foundational solutions will be fit for purpose; they will address the identified needs of our rohe, ensuring that each solution and the way that it is implemented will be effective in enabling positive transformation.
As we developed the plan we learnt that when you create the space for innovation and positive change, insights arise and people are motivated to act on those insights.
We expected to learn many new lessons throughout the implementation, and we have. We foresaw that as more people and groups contributed to the process the expected outcomes would be exceeded. We were right. The progress made in the first 12 months of implementation exceeded all our plans, and our own expectations.
The plan and the solutions are based on evidence and research. To continue to use this approach, will continue to ensure that we are investing our time and resource in to initiatives and projects that will make a difference; that will bring about real change opportunities for our people.
To that end we have created a monitoring framework, from which we track the progress and effectiveness of the solutions against the measurable areas of opportunity (as identified in the plan).
We realise that the 23 solutions are only the beginning for this inspiring and transformative journey. We believe that they will create the right conditions for change, but the conditions will need to be sustained and enhanced. Therefore the findings of the monitoring framework will provide the evidence base for more innovative solutions, beyond the four years of the plan and projects. This plan is Phase 2 of what will likely be a 6 Phase journey. Sustainable transformation requires, those people making the change, to think differently about life, about relationships, about the future and about how their community connects. This type of ‘new norm’ takes longer than 4-6 years to be established.