West Auckland is made up of diverse, young and rapidly growing communities spanning the full range of income, ethnicity and geography. There is much however that creates a sense of shared identity and belonging to West Auckland. This may include West Coast beaches, the Waitakere Ranges or a certain cultural identity that is best summed up as ‘westies’.
We have a long tradition of community organisations collaborating effectively together, and also with Council and Central Government. This tradition has had to adapt to major changes brought about by the creation of the ‘super city’ and the establishment of Local Boards that play an increasingly important role in local governance and in developing and promoting local development and identity. The commitment to partnership approaches has remained strong through this period and Community Waitakere continues to seek opportunities to bring people together and collectively to work towards solutions to our challenges that would not be possible alone.
In West Auckland although we face challenges including poverty, housing shortages and dis-engagement of significant numbers of people - we also have wonderful and hopeful examples of community action, we have committed and skilled community leaders and a history of working well together to make a positive difference.