OBJECTIVE 1 - Building a clear picture of Whānau demographics, needs and aspirations

Tuia te rangi, e tū iho nei, Tuia te papa, e takoto nei - Join sky above to earth below. As sky joins the earth, so too do people join together. People depend on one another just as people join together.

Why are we doing this?

Developing a strong understanding of our members and their aspirations for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō is important for several reasons:

  • It will give us a much stronger foundation to establish long-term plans going forward;
  • When we allocate resources or spend money it will enable us to determine where we can have the biggest impact, rather than relying on our own assumptions about what whānau want or need; and
  • It will help us to develop and refine our vision and mission, and ensure that the Trust, as an organisation, reflects our collective needs and aspirations. 

In the long term, having this information will enable us to answer questions like:

  • Should we be involved in particular initiatives, like health or social service delivery, and if so, how?
  • Are we investing enough in particular programs or initiatives we are already involved in; and 
  • Should we focus our activities in Marlborough and the West Coast, or should we balance a particular geographic focus with a need to engage with whānau further afield.

How will we do it?

Our approach to building this understanding about members has two elements:

Element 1: a direct information building campaign. We will be investing in a plan to:

  • Assess what information we already have about whānau;
  • Determine what information we need to build a reliable statistical picture; and
  • Go out to members to gather this information. An important part of this will be to hear your vision for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, both as a whole and across a range of different focus areas. 

Element 2: ensuring we continue building a clearer picture of our iwi membership as we engage with whānau in other ways.

Our plans for improving engagement are outlined below, but alongside our engagement initiatives we intend to build systems and processes for capturing feedback and ensuring it is taken into account in our planning and decision-making.

How can you tell if we have been effective?

Within a year we will have:

  • identified what further information we need to make intelligent decisions as an organisation;
  • obtained that information, and will have built a clearer picture of whānau demographics, needs and aspirations; and
  • given you the opportunity to share your vision, needs, and aspirations with us and we will have incorporated this into our future planning. 

Within five years we will have:

Used this information to develop and implement a long-term strategy that is both a reflection of our collective vision and a driver of a strong, thriving Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō.