A recent Local Board Community Forum focused on discussions with ethnic community groups, provided insights and stronger networks for the community.
Like with the majority of Auckland, Maungakiekie-Tamaki local board communities are home to a wide range of ethnicities, cultures, religions, and individual stories. The local board recently held a community forum aimed at bringing some of these groups together to increase awareness and understanding and towards more collaborative connections.
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki local board delivered the event, through their Engagement Advisor Tracey Freeman. Tracey explains that the isolation between groups is an increasing issue following COVID-19 restrictions and that some communities are finding themselves even more isolated and in need of assistance. “It was incredibly useful to (virtually) sit down and discuss community concerns and barriers. Obviously, language is an ongoing barrier, but so too is knowledge of where and how to seek help when needed. Working with these groups will go a long way towards addressing these issues.”
The groups shared with the local board on the great work they’ve been doing within their community, from food parcels for families isolating with covid, to keeping their community members connected, ensuring they’re looked after, and that they have a sense of belonging.
More than 25 people and representatives attended the July Ethnic Community Forum, which was held online.
“It was an important opportunity to hear direct from these incredibly important, yet sometimes hard to reach groups” explains Maria Meredith, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board Chairperson.
“The conversations provided useful insights into the unique barriers that some groups face, as well as successes. This information will help future provision of assistance and inclusion.”
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board Community Forums will continue to be held at various locations and on various topics throughout the year. These opportunities will be publicised through community venues such as libraries and community centres, and via the local board social media pages and eNewsletter. Keep an eye- out for topics that may interest you, and please join the conversation!
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