What is Strong Communities Murihiku?

    Strong Communities Murihiku is starting the conversation about what makes strong communities.  

    Invercargill City Council signed a contract with MBIE, to deliver on the workstream focusing on building resilience in Southland communities.

    They have established a region-wide Working Party, chaired by Councillor Rebecca Amundsen and made up of community reps and Iwi from Gore, Southland, Invercargill to guide and support this work.

    Strong Communities Murihiku wants to hear as many Southland voices as possible throughout April and May to contribute to future-focused thinking for strong communities in Southland.

    What does Just Transition mean?

    A key focus of a Just Transition in New Zealand is to ensure that regions are activated and supported to plan and manage the social, economic and environmental impacts of a transition.  A successful transition is where regions can identify and then act upon new opportunities and manage the impacts in a way that is fair and just.  

    It recognised that there are many communities in a region and that their perspectives are imperative in order to achieve the 'just' in a 'Just Transition.  Previously this has been achieved through working with key Pou (or key groups) in a region such as:

    - iwi

    - Local Government

    -Education providers


    Workers (normally represented by unions)

    Community organisations

    Central government