July 2020 Community Meeting

Our July Community Networks Forum was held at The Franklin Centre in the Stevenson Room, 12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe.

Welcome: Jan Wallace welcome all to the meeting

Guest Speakers: Tammy Potini and Lucy Stallworthy

The Generator – Tammy Potini

The Generator is a 4-year pilot from the Ministry of Social Development partnered with Vaka Tautau and Emerge Aotearoa.  This initiative that takes a grass-roots approach putting whanau and communities at the centre of developing their own solutions to financial challenges

The Generator funds people with project ideas that will increase their income or reduce their costs, for an individual it is up to $3,000 and for the Whanau it is up to $5,000.   To apply for funding, you must be eligible to receive a Community Services Card and live in one of the communities of action. There are planned success steps that have to be completed depending on the amount of seed funding requested. The Generator requires commitment and accountability, but there is no judgement, and this helps people to feel that their voice is heard, and no idea is a silly idea.  

There are 20-30 proposals each week, and currently there are 529 members within 15 communities.  Some of the businesses that have started through The Generator are clothing, food, hairdressers, decorators, gym, crafts, cleaning companies, large sized clothing, roofing with most being home based.  

The Generator website contains all of the required information and local libraries are a great place to get started where computers and printers are available.  One thing that has been identified is that is missing mentorship, so they are now working with Franklin Family Support to help with this. For more information go to thegenerator.org.nz.  “If you can invest in your yourself, you can invest in your next stage of life”.

Lucy Stallworthy – Franklin Local Board

Feedback is sought from the community on the draft Franklin Local Board Plan 2020, which will go to the elected members of the Board to help inform their decisions.  

The Franklin Local Board has come up with a three-year plan outlining the key initiatives we want to focus on to help our communities thrive and support the recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

The plan has six outcomes:

  1. Our strengths generate local opportunity and prosperity
  2. Improved transport options
  3. Places and facilities that are fit for purpose
  4. Kaitiakitanga and protection of our environment
  5. Cultural heritage and Māori identity is expressed in our communities
  6. A sense of belonging and strong community participation

You have until 13th August 2020 to provide feedback. You can do this online; you need to register once to give feedback, hand the feedback form into your local library in the Franklin area, Franklin Local Board Facebook page with hashtag #love local, or send a letter to the email address without having to complete the form.

There are a number of drop in and pop up events happening around the area including a hearing in Pukekohe on 11th August 2020, to book a slot at the hearing on the 11th August you need to go to the book an appointment either by emailing franklinlocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phoning 09 2371317.

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So have your say on what do you think that community grants funding should be used for, for more information go to akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/franklinplan.

Meeting closed at 12.00pm.