This research document was inspired by a conversation between members of the CW Board when discussing likely community impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown. It seeks to answers some of the key questions that were posed at that time.
It considers the topic of universal digital access, what we know from the census, what analysis exists about the Digital Divide in NZ and is there an affordable and simple “Switch on and use” (Plug & Play) device for those who have limited digital literacy.It is entirely based on accessing relevant material from the internet and most sources have been recorded.
Author: Stephen Parker Reviewer: David Kenkel >>
Community Safety is relevant at both individual and community levels. This research report is about perceptions of safety which is different from an objective measure of changing crime rates, or of actual levels of risk. The reason for this is that it is our perception of safety, or lack of it, that will significantly influence our sense of wellbeing, whether we feel comfortable to move about freely, the view we hold of other community members, and the levels of participation in community life by ourselves and our families. The research work included three different elements: an overview of existing literature and reports, focus groups, and a survey – the latter two focussing on West Auckland. Considered together, a number of themes emerge. This report is the result of a partnership between Community Waitakere and Unitec and the work has been funded through the Lotteries Community Sector Research Fund. Read the report >>