Community Waitakere has been part of the rich weave of West Auckland since 1983, originally as the West Auckland Council of Social Services (WADCOSS). WADCOSS grew to be a significant player in Waitakere City, taking the lead in many community initiatives and advocacy projects. In 2005, WADCOSS changed its name to Community Waitakere and Charitable Trust status was awarded in 2008.
Community Waitakere is a community development organisation committed to achieving our vision of connected, thriving and sustainable West Auckland communities. Our organisational values are to act with integrity; grow sustainability; inspire; partner; be inclusive.
Community Waitakere provide neighbourhood and environment-based community programmes, training, information and connection to the community sector. We work with communities to grow their capability and ensure residents and community organisations are well informed and actively engaged in decision making. We have a commitment to our organisational bicultural framework and seek partnership and connection with diverse community members and organisations.
Throughout West Auckland many community groups, organisations, individuals, businesses and government bodies are working to build thriving communities and a healthy environment. Community Waitakere strengthens the links between these groups by promoting and modelling collaboration, enhancing networking and communication, developing community projects and helping to foster collective visions of positive change.
Working throughout the Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges and Whau Local Board areas, Community Waitakere partner with Auckland Council to deliver a community development Shared Work Programme as well as a community-focussed stream restoration programme; Project Twin Streams Henderson Creek.