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What makes for success in regeneration initiatives for thriving regions? Final working paper, BBHTC Thriving Regions, Waitaki and Ōamaru case study

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Community based develpments with a local housing strategy case study

Community-based regeneration practice emphasises a spirit of collaboration, collective action and the empowerment of community governance, leadership, organisations and individuals. The co-production of knowledge is a feature of this effort to build local capacity. This report summarises social impact assessment research findings from the Waitaki District in the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, looking at what works well and why, with positive impact on community wellbeing. Using a local lens and participatory methods we found community organisations help to solve local problems through local initiatives that are facilitative, flexible and inclusive. Examples include a community-driven housing strategy. The research found evident success factors, including leadership from the local Council and their community development organisation, with support from a range of stakeholders. Together, local and external researchers can co-produce knowledge, building and supporting local capacity in social analysis with iwi, the community and key stakeholders at a local level.

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