Building the Alliance is a gathering of our sponsoring organisations and other organisations/communities interested in finding out more about Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga and our emerging Auckland alliance.
Leading up to establishing our Sponsoring Committee, we will focus on getting to know specific organisations who are committed to being part of Te Ohu and explore together how we apply elements of community organising such as relational organising and power analysis.
In July, the focus will be exploring how we turn the personal concerns that people have into public issues that we can act on collectively. We will also be hearing from E Tū union and the Living Wage movement about social procurement.
Every year, local and national government spend up to 51 billion dollars in public procurement. Governments procure many services and products including cleaning, catering, community services, construction, security, etc. Social procurement occurs when the buying power of government or organisations is used to generate a social value above and beyond the goods or services being procured. Can public procurement money be used to create safe, good quality jobs? Are they benefiting the local economy? Māori? Youth? the environment? or former refugees? E Tū will share about their work in this area.
Broad-based organising closes the gap between our communities and society's decision makers enabling people to influence their own future and the systems and structures that define their world.
Our alliance comprises of community, union, faith and other organisations across Auckland. The purpose of the alliance is to look at what it would take for families and communities in Auckland to flourish by addressing the causes of poverty.
Our first steps are to gather the organisations who are willing to go on the journey with us to build relational power, and do the work of organising and strategizing to make a difference.
We invite interested organisations to get in touch with our Community Organisers to find out more and to come along to this event.