The Combined Community Trusts 2018 Conference

Claudelands, Hamilton

The Combined Community Trust 2018 Conference delivered an engaging, professional development opportunity for all delegates. Following on from the 2016 conference theme ‘Today’s seed is tomorrow’s forest’, the 2018 conference theme was Hikitia ki te wero, which translates to ‘Rising to the challenge’. The Community Trusts explored how they collectively need to identify these challenges, engage with our communities, strategically plan to grow and rise to meet these challenges head on.

Delegates were welcomed onto Tūrangawaewae Marae, located in the town of Ngāruawāhia in the Waikato. This is a very significant marae, being the headquarters for the Māori King Movement (Te Kīngitanga) and the official residence and reception centre of the Māori King, Tūheitia Paki. The powhiri was followed by the history of the Kīngitanga, with dinner and a cultural performance.

The venue for The Combined Community Trusts Conference was the Claudelands. Claudelands is set amongst 34 hectares of beautiful parkland and is a short walk from Hamilton’s CBD.

The conference supported suppliers that have socially focused outcomes, this included sourcing food from Eat My Lunch, a social enterprise, which for every lunch purchased buys a schoolchild lunch. Hazel Hayes is a registered organisation with Conscious Consumers and provided the conference dinner catering. Conscious Consumers gives accreditation to businesses that meet minimum ethical and sustainable accreditation standards.

In order to minimise waste, satchel / bags were eliminated. The conference app, which people could download to their devices, provided ample direction and information as to the programme, speakers and venue information.

As 2018 marked 30 years since Community Trusts were established in New Zealand, Trusts from around New Zealand were asked to contribute photos and footage of the positive impact Community Trusts have had, and their hopes for the next 30 years. This was compiled into a 30-year celebration video and footage and images were used throughout the conference.

The Community Trusts were celebrating 30 years since their formation in 1988. At the conference dinner, we decided to dust off the leg warmers, dig out the Rubik’s cube, and relive the decade when it first began!

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