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dc.contributor.authorHaigh, David
dc.description.abstractMy involvement in community development in Auckland spans forty years. It began with community work for Manukau City when the state housing suburbs of Ōtara and Māngere were being created. There was little accommodation by the agencies that were creating these new suburbs for the wellbeing of new residents. Apart from schools and churches, few facilities existed and my time was spent within the community setting up new services and facilities. Local authorities in metropolitan areas were particularly concerned at the rate of change due to rural-to-urban migration exacerbating problems like housing, social service accessibility and unemployment. Community workers were busy trying to find resources to meet an expanding demand and at the same time fostering community engagement processes. The 1970s and 80s was a period of innovation, with the creation of new community development models such as Community Volunteers Inc. and community schools. Change came in the mid-1980s with neo-liberal policies, local authority restructuring and the shifting of power from elected councillors (key supporters of community development) to management. New public management placed pressures on community development staff and new ways of working had to be found. Community organisations were also affected and contracting for services became the norm. With the financial downturn in the economy in 2008, government agencies forced community organisations to do more with less. In spite of this, community organisations have shown much resilience and community work is recognised as an essential part of civil society.en_NZ
dc.publisherUnitec ePressen_NZ
dc.rightsReflections on forty years of community development is licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNon-Commercial 4.0 International License.en_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 New Zealand*
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectcommunity developmenten_NZ
dc.subjectlocal governmenten_NZ
dc.titleReflections on forty years of community developmenten_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderUnitec ePressen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden111708 Health and Community Servicesen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Servicesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationHaigh, D. (2016). Reflections on forty years of community development. Whanake: the Pacific Journal of Community Development, 2(2), 24-29. Unitec Institute of Technology. Unitec ePress. ISSN 2423-009X. Retrieved from:
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.volume2 (2)en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleWhanake: The Pacific Journal of Community Developmenten_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuRatonga ki te iwien_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaCommunity Development

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