Author:The Southern Initiative TSI, Auckland Council
Source:The Southern Initiative. TSI Auckland Council
Local boards:Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Papakura, The Southern Initiative
Creating a prosperous, resilient south Auckland where children and whānau thrive. Year in review - December 2017
Our priorities link to our purpose - to create a prosperous, resilient place where children and whānau thrive. The Auckland Plan makes our role clear: “Strengthening children and families in stable homes and employment”. We have a central place in delivering the plan’s priorities for the south, especially ensuring children have the best start in life, there are clear pathways and support for further education and training for school leavers (as well as good, local jobs), inclusive economic development and quality housing. These are no small challenges, and we know the best way to achieve enduring, transformative change is to tap into the south’s assets, talents and opportunities to focus on projects which will produce highquality results.
This document sets out our work in the past year, grouped according to our three priorities: Shared prosperity; Resilience; and Thriving Children and Whānau. All of our innovation efforts, from small initiatives to large scale programmes, contribute to one or more of our priorities and their outcomes.
Auckland may be the economic engine of New Zealand but the city’s prosperity depends heavily on South Auckland’s success.
As the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research’s (NZIER) Resilient South document says:
- Auckland will thrive if South Auckland thrives
- The population of South Auckland is younger than the rest of Auckland. The success of these young people in terms of education, skills, employment and community participation will shape the future of South Auckland and Auckland
- By 2068 people aged 65 years or older will account for a significant 28 percent of the population. South Auckland’s young population will be critical to the tax base needed to pay for pensions and health care.
We want South Auckland to be recognised as the enterprise capital of New Zealand, leading the country in community-led economic development and inclusive economic growth.
South Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest opportunity, and The Southern Initiative is at the forefront of harnessing that power to make impactful transformational change.