From the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee
The Eastside community’s Te Oranga Nui – Rāwhiti Mai: Eastside Community Wellness Plan is one step from final approval after receiving support from Council’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee today.
A community-led partnership, the plan is a shared vision to create a connected, vibrant community that nurtures the people and environment, setting out a variety of actions and establishing “an Eastside way of working” to deliver these.
The plan is a partnership between Eastside hapū, the Tatau Pounamu Collective, Council and key contributors (Waka Kotahi/NZTA, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Airport, Ministry of Education, Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Trust Inc) and has involved ongoing community engagement and consultation to provide input.
Following support from the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee, the plan will go to the Full Council later this month for final adoption and once adopted, the focus will move to implementing actions within the plan.
The Committee was told some actions had already been carried out and leading various actions still to be undertaken would be shared among the various partners, depending on the nature of the work.
The Eastside Community Wellness Plan links to the Rotorua 2030 Vision, Te Arawa Vision 2050, council’s Spatial Plan (adopted in 2018), the He Papakāinga, He Hāpori Taurikura – Homes and Thriving Communities Strategic Framework, council’s 2021-31 Long-term Plan 2021-2031 and Eastside Locality Planning. It also supports the Tatau Pounamu Strategy and relates to workstreams of Council’s Government agency partners and Eastside community wellbeing activities.
Following community engagement on a draft plan (which was approved last September) a deliberations working group was formed to consider all feedback received. This group included representation from the Eastside hapū, Tatau Pounamu Collective, and an elected member and was supported by Council staff.
This resulted in some minor changes to the Plan including:
- A name change to Te Oranga Nui – Rāwhiti Mai: Eastside Community Wellness Plan
- The addition of categorisation regarding the implementation readiness of actions
- Improved wording for some actions
- Addition of some new actions that strengthened the key moves
Feedback on the draft plan was primarily positive, a report to the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee notes. A number of strength based actions were identified to better support the key moves within the final Plan. People highlighted existing concerns within their community and expressed the importance of the actions within the Plan reducing or removing these negative effects from the rohe.
Funding for Council’s role in implementing/delivering on the actions within Te Oranga Nui – Rāwhiti Mai: Eastside Community Wellness Plan comes from existing operational budget and associated work plans. Any subsequent projects with financial or budget considerations will be brought separately to Council.
You can view the report on this matter HERE in the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee meeting agenda (pages 10-21).
View Te Oranga Nui – Rāwhiti Mai: Eastside Community Wellness Plan HERE
View the presentation slides relating to this matter HERE on Council’s website
Go directly to this portion of the meeting recording via THIS LINK on Council’s YouTube channel.