Timeline of action

ACA Vision – 2014

Avondale: a thriving, connected, vibrant and diverse community that locals feel proud to be a part of.

ACAs Mission; 2014

To connect, enable, energise and champion collaborative community led development in Avondale.

We do this by;

  • We ask the brave questions to focus the community forward.

  • When necessary, lead community action.

  • Enabling communication and capturing conversations in the Avondale community and to those people that need to hear it.

  • Incubate and support initiatives that promote and create a stronger Avondale community.

  • Provide a forum/hubs/spaces to collect and share information about Avondale.

  • Deliver projects and activities that celebrate and enable creativity and innovation in Avondale.

Avondale Community Action (ACA) Story So Far…

What have we done in the 6 years of our existence you ask ?  View PDF Version 

2018

Successfully received Lotteries Grant to continue work in the Rosebank & Avondale communities.

Support / Host / Co-ordinate Volunteers for the Avondale Vision Workshops
Provide Library display, Advertise the workshops, Support Motu Design in organising.

Fund Co-ordinator  of  Rosebank School Community Fridge – Anne Riley

Little Rosebank Market – Working towards creating a local Rosebank economy and promoting sustainable practices so that people can buy what they need from their own community
• Weekly Wednesday Markets begin at the GREEN HOUSE – CNR Avondale & Rosebank Road (opposite Eastdale Reserve )
• Establish a food handling course for potential stall holders.

Collaboration with other local advocacy groups & individuals – presentations to the Auckland Council Planning Committee to delay sale until consultation has taken place.  View Presentation

Avondale Identity / Visioning Project.  WIP – To be announced

Participation at ‘Stand up Avondale’ Event
– Aim to raise ACA’s visibility in Avondale, and to present possibilities to Avondale locals of what our town center, community facilities and public spaces could look like and raise expectation and introduce the idea of an Avondale Identity / Visioning Project.

Next Steps:
Expand ACA’s capacity, continue to support Dayne and Leilani on the ’Together we are Avondale’ project, work in collaboration with other locals and keep informing locals.


2017

“Together we are Avondale” Project begins – February 2017 – Two part-time Community Development workers contracted for the next 3 years – Dayne Smith & Leilani Kaihe-Bennett  “ Together we are Avondale “ a collaboration with Tyla & Avondale Community Action.
View Monthly Updates Here.
Follow the good work Leilani and Dayne are doing via their outlet ‘ I Love Avondale “
Instagram | Facebook

ACA takes a step back from activating the Avondale Central Reserve –  Activation fund transferred to Community Waitakere in 2017 in order for ACA to focus capacity on key priorities and the wider Avondale Area, and advocating for Avondale Town Centre Redevelopment rather than co-ordinating events.

ACA ends its activation role at the Avondale Community Centre – Plan to move our activation focus to the Rosebank Area to fore fill our priority numbers 2,4 & 5 from the Avondale Random Household Survey.

Little Rosebank Market – Funding received from Lotteries Commission to instigate a mid week market / gathering space focusing on creating local community enterprise and promoting sustainable practices.

ACA participate with Whau the People as the ‘Clients for Community Consultation’ for University  of Auckland Architecture Students Project.
Meet and greet University  of Auckland Students to participate in their Design project for developing the ‘3 guys site’. Click here to view

 

Meet the new Whau Local board – re-introduced ourselves / Welcome the newly elected board and table information relevant to Avondale Town Centre Re-Development such as Linking Avondale + TE Whau River – Motu Design Document, and re-tabling community documentation & asking for responses from Whau local board in regard to our Stop Public Land Sales Petition.

Third Avondale Christmas Market  –  ACA hosted with funding from the Whau Local Board.


2016

Avondale Community Centre Activation – continues all year.
Workshops included: Healthy, Easy and Affordable Cooking, Composting Workshop, Turn your Junk into Funk, Made in Avondale: Chutney workshop & Community curry nite,  School holiday craft sessions for All, Crochet for beginners Kombucha Making, Kimchi Making Workshop, Fermenting Vegetables Workshop, Origami Lampshade Making, Multi Ethnic Community Lunch, Matariki workshop day ( Flax weaving workshop and more, Hottie cover workshop and more , Meditation led by Geshe Wangchen, hot soup & preserves by Made in Avondale ).

March – Avondale Photo Consultation – “The Good, the Bad and the Possibilities”
We collaborated with the Whau Recreation & Community facilities consultation by asking locals to photograph what they like or don’t like about Avondale. We exhibited the results at the Avondale Sunday Markets & hosted a survey to help contribute to the consultation.

Exploring Urban Design Workshop – ACA collaborated with Motu Design and Jaclyn Bonicci from Community Waitakere to host an event to prepare locals with Urban Design skills / Knowledge so they are ready to fully participate in the planned development of the Avondale Town Centre.  View Report

Milenko Workshop –  community members and council practiced this collaborative “Milenko model” to achieve good outcomes in a short time-frame as a result of effective council/community consultation and participation. ACA co hosted this event to help prepare all to be on the same page for the Avondale Town Centre Redevelopment.

Stop Public Land Sales Petition to Council
The Regeneration Action group wanted to bring locals attention to the over 23,000m2 of Auckland Council public land has been sold in Avondale for housing. Quality housing is welcome in Avondale BUT we need public space too. To avoid Avondale becoming a heavily intensified suburb without any public or recreational space, Auckland Council were asked to stop selling publicly owned land. This feedback was submitted to Council, then returned to the Whau local Board. There is no evidence this feedback has been absorbed.
No More Land Sales in Avondale – feedback  PDF

ACA Hosted: Meet the 2016 Whau Local Board Candidates  – An event to provide community a Q & A session to enabled locals to meet our candidates. – St Ninians

“Together we are Avondale” Project Funded  – ACA received funding collaboratively with Tyla for 3 Years from Department of Internal Affairs to employ Community Development Worker/s

November – Community Development Job Advertised for  “Together we are Avondale” project.
December – Interview Process begins for “Together we are Avondale” project.

Second Avondale Christmas Market  – Another collaboration with Community Waitakere


2015

Random Household Survey Completed Survey(view document)
Completion and results shared. Survey presented to Local Board Members.
Download Print Version – CMYK  – 8Mb pdf

ACA 5 core priorities based on the survey results are:

1. Activities and facilities for different target groups; preschoolers, senior citizens and youth.
2. Urban activation and enhancing of empty green and open spaces.
3. Assist to make our local town centre to be attractive and easily accessible for people to want to visit.
4. Youth sport activation and gathering places
5. Addressing Avondale’s Social Deprivation

Avondale Hui
Collaboration with concerned locals, together asking how will big changes in Avondale impact you, your friends and whanau?  (view article)

Test / Trial an Urban design Upskilling Workshop

Avondale Community Centre Activation – Aim to show best use and demonstrate  the need for regular events and a presence at our community center. ACA hosted various workshops including “Made in Avondale” seasonal events  & community dinners.

First Avondale Christmas Market – A collaboration with Community Waitakere


2014

Random Household Survey
Volunteer coordinator funded. Surveying continues, Unitec Community Development Students assist in Surveying

Community HUB – established at 1881 Great North Road for volunteer interviewers & community engagement.

Regeneration Action Group –  established & advocation began:
• Call for stop of the land sale at Racecourse parade. ( Notification of the sale & the groups questions )
Letter to the Mayor – Len Brown & invite to Q & A session with locals in Avondale at our ‘Soup & Soul’ event.
• A community design guideline submitted by Motu Design (view document) – to effect good outcomes for 24 – 26 Racecourse Parade Residential development neighboring the possible community facilities site.
• Regeneragtion group presents to the Auckland Council Planning commitee requesting funds for Avondale’s neglected facilities.
• Motu Design presents to the Auckland Council Finance Committee (view document) requesting dedicated funds to be allocated, $11 Million was secured after both of these submissions for the Avondale Community Centre rebuild.


Outcomes of the ACA Strategy Workshop – May 2014

ACA Vision
Avondale: a thriving, connected, vibrant and diverse community that locals
feel proud to be a part of.

ACA Mission
To connect, enable, energise and champion collaborative community led development in Avondale.

We do this by;

  • We ask the brave questions to focus the community forward.
  • When necessary, lead community action.
  • Enabling communication and capturing conversations in the Avondale
  • community and to those people that need to hear it.
  • Incubate and support initiatives that promote and create a stronger Avondale community.
  • Provide a forum/hubs/spaces to collect and share information about Avondale.
  • Deliver projects and activities that celebrate and enable creativity and innovation in Avondale.

Nov 14 – Asset & Place making Consultation

Avondale Creative Spaces – action group participated in a series of Urban Interventions along the main street during the Whau Arts Festival 2014.

Jim Diers Workshop – Nov Place-making & Asset Map Consultation with community stakeholders.


2013

ACA denied participation as a community stakeholder at the workshops contributing to Avondale Town Centre Action Plan (ATCAP).  Although  Panuku cite the ATCAP, it was used to contribute to the visioning work for their recent High level plan, it still remains a confidential document that had no community input or public review.

ACA operated by volunteers establish itself as a charitable trust, the co-ordination and writing for the survey was slow, we realised people wanted a party not another meeting. We celebrated our 1st Birthday at Salvation Kitchen, enjoying collaborating with Sport Waitakere and the original ‘Creative Soul Project’ band.

A suggestion was made to us to coordinate a series of ‘Activation’ events along the Avondale Town centre. Proposals were presented to the Whau local Board & we receiving funding resulted in ‘Creative Spaces’, this distracted us from the survey task at hand. With no help from the Avondale Business Association, visually interesting things started to happen on the main street of Avondale & a short term lease was established with a friendly landlord for a pop up gallery at 1846 Great North Road for the last 3 months of 2013.
The creative locals of Avondale were brought out of the woodwork & in the next year this group formed Whau the People who are providing creative opportunities for Locals in Avondale and the wider Whau Area .

Random Household Survey
Interviewers trained & random selection of households sampled to interview gathered. Volunteer surveying begins.


2012

ACA established
Community questionnaire completed to govern survey questions.
Random Household Survey Design – recruiting – training of volunteer surveyers begins

ACA was established to centralise information and enable smaller/ establishing groups to get started and provide a voice for the community.
Research Group – Started to designed the Random Household Survey
Governance Group – Worked on the ACA Trust deed. Looked at funding applications
Communications Group – Established our ACA name, Logo, Facebook page.

We were supported by Gail Fotheringham from the Auckland Council Community Empowerment Unit and assisted by Whau Local Board to start the Random household survey to provide a mandate / document to help strengthen our communities voice for future  advocation for Avondale people.