4. Communities have never been built by dwelling on their deficiencies, problems and needs. The focus must be on the available resources, capacities, strengths and aspirations of that community and its residents.
5. Young people have a vital role in the development of a community, not just for their own wellbeing and sense of identity but because they are the emerging leaders, artists and cultural practitioners of tomorrow.
6. Young people need to know that the best books are yet to be written, the best paintings have not yet been painted, the best governments are yet to be formed, and the best is yet to be done by them.
7. Building and nourishing relationships is at the core of building healthy and inclusive communities.
8. Arts, culture and heritage play an essential role in defining a community’s unique identity while building community and economic prosperity.
9. It is important to tell the stories of our communities’ history, and that places of significance are preserved for future generations.
10. Investment in the protection of our historic heritage has important economic spin-offs. Iconic sites support heritage tourism, bringing visitors to communities and encouraging them to stay and explore local unique history.
11. Encouraging the resurgence of interest in a communities history, including the personal histories of individuals are important community building tools.
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The Global Economy continues to bring rapid change and complex issues for everyone, and communities internationally recognize that simple quick fix solutions will not address these issues. Communities want sustainable development, long term
employment, a future for young people. They want to own, develop and contribute to their prosperity while building the kind of communities in which most would like to live; Communities which have a good solid economic base, can provide a decent level of living for all their residents, are physically attractive, and people are friendly and considerate of each other.
Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations, and our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.
1. There is no success without risk of failure, no reward without hard work, no opportunity without criticism, and no leadership without trust in God.
2. Positive, meaningful and lasting community change always originates from within, begins simply with conversation, and local residents are the best experts on how to activate that change.
3. Knowing and understanding our past and conserving our historic and cultural heritage is an important part of establishing a strong sense of community and local identity.
Communities want sustainable development, long term employment, a future for young people. They want to own, develop and contribute to their prosperity.
There are many reasons for the cultural shift since the 1980’s in making history ( a record of past events and developments) and heritage (the set of all things, places and ideas inherited from the past) accessible, enjoyable and relevant to 21st century society and as tools for community economic development.
Growing emphasis on national cultural identity to balance the forces of globalism.
An increase in and diversification of tourism, including cultural heritage tourism and eco-tourism.
Growing recognition of the importance of a knowledge based economy.
Rapid growth in information technology and its impact on approaches to education, leisure and work.
An aging population, and growth in lifelong learning trends.
A desire for authentic experiences.
A new emphasis on ‘narrative’ and interactive approaches.
Increasing urbanization and diversification of lifestyle, including alternative housing patterns.
Vibrant and enterprising communities require innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and future focused thinking to utilize all dimensions of heritage to help build resilience and achieve sustainable local economies.
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We specialize in bringing diverse regions, towns, communities and organisations together and facilitating the development of heritage resources in a particular place to meet the needs of that place. The focus is on working with ‘bottom-up’ community development rather than ‘top-down’, with the goal being stronger local economies, improved incomes and services, increases in the number and quality of jobs and an enhanced quality of life.
We work alongside communities, central and local government agencies, the tourism industry and private enterprise in a facilitative role to identify, preserve and promote heritage assets for social, environmental, business and community economic development.
Our staff and associates are drawn from throughout New Zealand, Australia and globally in order to pull together the best teams to work on specific projects.
Working with communities of all shapes and sizes.