Kai Noke KatiKati

Feedback from attendees at the Organic Waste forum Katikati Taiao hosted last October was very positive, with majority support for the development of a vermicomposting facility in the Katikati area. Vermicomposting is worm farming, and a very successful way of [...]


Grow on Katikati

"Let Food be thy Medicine and Let Medicine be thy Food." (Hippocrates) This new project plans to generate a movement to move toward food security in Katikati, even during global emergencies that threaten the food supply chain, ensuring that [...]

What is Community-Led Development

Te Whakawhanake ā-Hapori

Community-Led Development (CLD) strengthens the vitality of communities by activating and weaving the contribution of everyone connected to a place/whenua. Katikati Taiao, in partnership with Department of Internal Affairs is enabling CLD in our local community for the benefit of our people and whenua. Click here to see our Partnership Agreement.

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There are five core principles we follow to enable CLD in our community:

  • Learn about tāngata whenua, their history and aspirations.
  • Understand who was in this place, who is in this place and who will be in this place.
  • Build plans with those who live, work, care, play, and invest in a place – the principle of te ahi kaa1.
  • Tailor-make solutions that reflect local ambitions, goals and contexts.
  • Grow a shared sense of optimism and collective ownership of the future.

Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua
– those who lead give sight to those who follow; those who follow give life to those who lead

  • Everyone has a contribution to make.
  • Value residents as ‘experts’ in their place.
  • Proactively involve people who are frequently ignored.
  • Recognise the strengths tāngata whenua bring and build respectful relationships.
  • Value community assets. Use what you’ve got to help get what you want.

He kai kei aku ringa
– there is food at the end of my hands

  • Foster connections between groups who don’t usually work together.
  • Support the aspirations of local whānau, hapū and iwi.
  • Ensure residents are actively involved in all aspects.
  • Build relationships between neighbours.
  • Encourage networking between community-led initiatives locally, regionally and nationally.

Mā whero, mā pango, ka oti te mahi
– by red and by black the work will be completed

  • Seek leadership from across the community – everyone is a potential leader.
  • Value different cultural approaches to leadership.
  • Support local people who are doing things and connect them to others to grow their effectiveness.
  • Invest in developing skills and capacity of local leaders.
  • Celebrate local leaders and community achievements.

Ehara taku toa he toa takitahi, engari taku toa he toa takitini
– success comes from the strength of the collective and not of the lone individual

  • Plan and work adaptively.
  • Build in time for structured reflection to understand what’s working and what’s not.
  • Use data and insights to measure impact. Document and share progress widely.
  • Embrace small steps that contribute to transformational change.
  • Use local practice-informed evidence to support system changes locally and nationally.

I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho
– a problem is solved by continuing to find solutions



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