December 7th Gathering: Building the Alliance


“The truth is, if you want change, you need power, and power comes from many, diverse people coming together to find common ground, even if they see the problem from different angles.”

Deborah Littman, Metro Vancouver Alliance


On the 7th of December, our current sponsoring group and other interested organisations will be gathering together to map out what 2019 will look like for Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga.

This will be an opportunity for representatives of faith-based, union, tangata whenua and community groups to find out more about our emerging alliance.

This meeting follows a two-day introduction to alliance-building with Sr Maribeth Larkin from the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in October. Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga is affiliated to the IAF.

We want to talk with diverse organisations that have a heart for their community and a desire to see all families flourish in Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand. Our power lies in diverse groups willing to come together and work together for the common good of all.

Click here to find out more about Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga and/or contact our Community Organisers if your organisation is interested in being involved in the upcoming gathering.

This will also be an opportunity to discuss together what it means to join with us on the journey and looking towards setting up a sponsoring committee.

What is the sponsoring committee?

The sponsoring committee is made up of representatives from diverse organisations coming together to build and shape the future of our alliance. The committee will act as governance and kaitiaki – nurturers - to our budding alliance as we mature over the next two years towards a sustainable structure and a more formalised alliance.

The sponsoring committee will be getting to know all the sponsoring groups and inviting other organisations to join Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga. At the same time, it will be working with our community organisers to build the capacity of their own leadership and communities to work together to influence structural change.

To find out more, click here.