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Live Local. Love Local.

Published: 29 March 2019


We all want to live in a place where the neighbours look out for you, the environment is cared for and there’s plenty to do.

But good communities aren’t born, they’re made.

Live Local. Love Local. Be a part of it!

This month we are highlighting examples of the council and the community coming together to drive positive local change.

Our stories throughout April will have a focus on local diversity, how empowered communities are shaping the future of their neighbourhoods, making the most of local amenities and facilities, as well as caring for their environment and those who are struggling through tough times.

Check out our special page tagged with all the latest community news and events.

Aucklanders walk the talk for their communities

From taking part in environmental projects to having their say on the transformation of town centres and the development of new facilities, Aucklanders are walking the talk when it comes to showing the love for the communities they live in, says Mayor Phil Goff.

During the month of April, OurAuckland takes a closer look at projects and programmes Auckland Council delivers or supports right across the region – through the eyes of the people they benefit.

“We are unlocking the potential of town centres like Manukau, Avondale, Onehunga, Takapuna, Henderson, Whangaparāoa, Ormiston and Panmure through Panuku Development,” says Mayor Goff.

“We are supporting growth by providing better local transport options, walking and cycleways, sports fields and new facilities like the outstanding Te Manawa Library and Community Centre at Westgate.

“Our local boards play a key role in these initiatives and projects. They also give grants, funding and support to community groups who volunteer their time to do everything from looking after their local environment to offering local arts and culture programmes, putting on events and leading community wellbeing activities.”

"We need to put our citizens, customers and communities at the centre of everything we do", says Mayor Goff.

"We work with them at the local level to grow town centres and neighbourhoods, build thriving, inclusive and connected communities and provide first-class community facilities."

Read more: Love Local


Local talent flies high in pursuit of excellence

In a three-part series, we explore how Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s Pursuit of Excellence Award has helped individuals achieve their goals.

Have your say on your community’s future

Local boards are inviting Aucklanders to give them feedback on their draft local board plans to make sure they reflect what is important to you.