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December 2004 - volume: 15, number: 11


Diverse Rail Experiences

Visitors seeking a real New Zealand experience may be interested in the Great New Zealand Rail Heritage Trail...

“It is about linking and promoting a range of rail heritage experiences across New Zealand into one nationwide trail,” says trail establishment group chairperson Henry Brittain.

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Real Kiwi Town

Fish and chips have proved their worth as a community planning attraction in the small town of Eketahuna...

More than 60 local residents turned out to take part in a fish and chip evening outlining the Our Town concept.

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Growing Asset

Growing kumara commercially has been a learning exercise for a group of Maori landowners near Wairoa...

“We’ve tripped up a couple of times,” says Wairoa Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board chief executive Rangi Manuel (pictured). “We’ve had to pick ourselves up, wipe our noses and get on with it again.”

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Healthy Strong Communities

Optimism, interdependence and broad community participation are all attributes of strong communities...

Other characteristics include consensus building, collaboration, a focus on the future, leadership renewal, reconciliation, win-win solutions, diversity and involvement, Australian community development advocate Peter Kenyon told audiences in Clutha, Hutt City, Nelson, Golden Bay and Ruapehu recently.

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Grown Like Topsy

If you think that laying two kilometres of railway track seems a small task, ask the volunteers behind the Pleasant Point Museum and Railway....

“It required a massive effort,” says the group’s vice president, Russell Paul.

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Determining Regional Priorities

From April 2005 the Ministry of Social Development will be the key delivery and funding agency for community labour market assistance, with the Community Employment Group being disestablished...

“The new functions will be delivered by Work and Income’s regional commissioners and will build on our existing regional structure and programmes,” says Ministry of Social Development Chief Executive Peter Hughes.

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Reader Ideas Sought

Fifteen years of community employment development will be celebrated in the February 2005 edition of Employment Matters...

Since the first edition of Employment Matters was produced in March 1990, more than 2000 community initiatives have been profiled.

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Bold, Outrageous, Wild

Bold design, outrageous colour and wild texture were the key attributes sought in Timaru’s New Zealand Hair Art Awards, run in November...

Hair art is the latest in a string of creative events New Zealand communities have initiated as a means of stimulating economic development.

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Working with Wool

Shearing is about to get a revamp as a career option in South Canterbury, thanks to interest from the local industry and the Aoraki Development Trust...

The project comes amidst concern for the future of the industry as a result of research showing the average age of shearers is close to 48, a lack of shearers and wool handlers and a declining number of young people entering the industry.

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Regional Economic Driver

Wairarapa aims to make its Pukaha Mount Bruce forest into a national and international icon...

“That’s where we’re heading,” says Masterton Mayor Bob Francis.

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Zero Waste Bus Tour

Zero Waste bus tours of the North and South Islands are planned for early next year...

The tours follow on from a successful South Island Zero Waste New Zealand Trust bus tour run in March this year, says trust chief executive officer Jo Knight.

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