Community Wellbeing | Te Oranga o te Hāpori
An Overview of Community Wellbeing in Whaingaroa
For us in Whaingaroa, wellbeing is about the health of our whole person – mind, body and spirit – in connection with our whole community and our environment, and with the Treaty of Waitangi as an overarching guide.
Community Wellbeing in the Waikato and Aotearoa
The Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health and well-being unique to New Zealand. There are four dimensions of Hauora; Taha Tinana (Physical Wellbeing – health), Taha Hinengaro (Mental & Emotional wellbeing – self-confidence), Taha Whanau (Social Wellbeing – self-esteem) and Taha Wairua (Spiritual wellbeing – personal beliefs) There is physical, emotional/mental, social and spiritual caring.
The Whare Tapa Wha model represents aspects of Hauora as the four walls of a whare, each wall representing a different dimension. All four dimensions are necessary for strength and stability. (Wikipedia)
Wellbeing is defined by Deloitte. State of the State NZ 2018 as our quality of life. Issues that affect this are: civic and human rights, culture and identity, housing, knowledge and skills, leisure and recreation, material standard of living, employment status and job satisfaction, the physical and natural environment, safety and security, health and social connectedness
What topics were covered and who has been involved so far:
We appreciate all the work of the Focus Group members
Please note: this Snapshot report is a starting point for community-wide input and is not a finished or complete report. Your input will build on this report.
- Physical and Mental Health
- Family Harm issues
- Alcohol and Addiction
- Social connectedness
- Affordable Food
- Affordable Housing
- Arts and Creativity
- Local Economy
Who is contributing to this Snapshot
Meredith Youngson, Therese Boyle, Lesley Clough, Maree Haworth, Annie Lorenzen, Therese Hogan, Heather Thomson, Peter Hurst, Lois Slattery, Pauline Abraham, Veita Harding, Melissa Teague, Dan Thompson, Daniel Leishman
Partners, organisations, people
Tangata whenua, Poihakena Marae, Raglan Community House, West Coast Health, Raglan Trust Hospital and Rest Home, Whaingaroa Environment Centre, Timebank Raglan, Raglan Lions, Plunket
Community Wellbeing Strengths & Assets
“There is a community pride in Raglan that keeps us active and collaborative”
Mike , Raglan Community House
Raglan is a vibrant, caring community that engages in issues important to us. We are resilient and open to growth and change, with a strong community spirit that keeps us connected and cohesive. There is strong local leadership in all age groups and we live in an environment rich in natural resources that support wellbeing.
- General Practitioners and practice nurses at clinic in town.
- West Coast Health are going to be building a purpose built medical centre.
- Mental Health Support Service (what is this)
- District nurses
- Dentist and hygienist
- PRIME (Primary response in medical emergencies) during West Coast Health opening hours. St John’s NZ are currently reviewing PRIME.
- Coast guard
- Surf lifesaving
- Police including community patrol
- Rest home and palliative care (nurses and West Coast Health General Practitioners)
- Stewart street housing
- Community House meet ups and support
- Light exercise
- Senior technology group
- Counselling and psychotherapy
- Massage therapists
- Medical Herbalists and Naturopaths
- Energy healers
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Rongoa traditional Maori medicine
- Meetings and workshops
- Counselling Budgeting advice
- Drop in Centre
- Opportunity Shop
- Homeless people welcomed
- Raglan Ramblers and other walking groups
- Raglan Gym
- Keep fit classes
- Dance classes such as Nia, Zumba and African Dance
- Excellent skate park and variety of playgrounds
- Faith-based organisations
- Crop Swap
- Horticultural Society
- Writers group
- Knitting Circle
- Book clubs
- Permaculture group
- Whaingaroa Environment Centre
- Raglan Timebank
- Old School Art Centre
- Information Centre
- Library – including a Council Officer who deals with local issues
- Community Bus
- Bryant Retreat for fragile mums
- Kindergartens and Early Childhood Education centre
- Play Centre and Play groups
- Mainly Music
- Raglan Noticeboard Facebook Page
- Raglan Radio
- Maori Wardens
- Neighbourhood Support
Future Challenges & Opportunities
Key challenges that are specific to the wellbeing group:
For the key challenges that need to be considered across all focus areas, these are the questions we are asking:
The key challenges:
Aspirations & Goals Identified by the Focus Groups with supporting projects, strategies and initiatives.
(Please note that there may be areas that are still to be completed.)
|Values behind the goals & aspirations||Aspirations vision for long term& Goals measurable, specific, achievable||StrategiesDifferent ways goals can be achieved||Projects & Initiatives Specific actions, responsibility, funding||Crossover with other Focus Areas|
|Community, Relationships, Collaboration||We have a robust and flexble 5-10 year community plan||Raglan Naturally is a living document which is regularly monitored and revised by community||RN community group works with Council and Community Board to ensure the plan is adhered to.||All Focus areas are affected|
Sharing – especially shared spaces and resources
|A central Wellbeing hub that connects our people with available community services. This is easily accessible with parking nearby, and includes a central meeting area with a kitchen/café type space and storage space for the community groups that meet there.
‘We invest in community connectedness’
|A dedicated Community connector, based in the Wellbeing Hub, who can actively broker relationships and connections for people who are isolated and lonely, or who need community support.
|Raglan is a safe and an age friendly community – all stages of life, and their transitions, are acknowledged, valued and looked after.
|Tiriti of Waitangi
Nurturing our Youth
Valuing our seniors
|There is a strong emphasis on Youth empowerment, respect for our elderly, as well as excellent child care facilities
|Healthcare is holistic and affordable. We look after our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing and every member of our community can access support for this through conventional and complementary health therapists, including after hours and weekends.||· An up-to-date Directory of services and community organisations available to all.
· Identify discussion and support groups that are needed
|Community visits from gerontologists to provide an annual assessment of assistance that may be required and reviews of medication for our older residents|
|Strong focus on Mental Health support available to all in our community|
|Strong focus on alcohol and family harm issues
|People have access to good quality affordable food
|People have access to good quality affordable housing
|We acknowledge that looking after our Mother earth, our environment, is part of looking after ourselves and we take pride in caring for our town and its environs.
|Our waterways are healthy and we all have access to clean water
|Tiriti of Waitangi
|We are curious about and respectful of the diverse cultures within our community, and we celebrate our own.
|There are transport options to allow people to get around, that also consider our environment in the short and long term
||Community Bus operating around the Raglan area.|
|Arts and creativity are considered key aspects of wellbeing, and reflect the character and aspirations of the community
|We have access to efficient and reliable communication tools and technology.
Flourishing in community
|Raglan has a sustainable economic base.
Questions from the Community Wellbeing
1. What’s missing in our Snapshot?
2. In terms of Community Wellbeing in Raglan in 2018, what do you see as our current most important strengths or assets?
3. What do you consider our biggest or most important challenges?
4. Looking to the future, what aspirations do you have for community wellbeing in Raglan in the short and long term?