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Co-creating for a more inclusive Aotearoa

Focus area: Social Inclusion
Photo credit: Aimee Preston
Co-creating for a more inclusive Aotearoa

Foundation North recognises and values the diversity in our communities and has a strong commitment to increasing social cohesion, diversity and inclusion. During 2019-20 we supported a range of innovative and collaborative initiatives, including a youth-focused ‘cojam’ and a collective hui hosted by Belong Aotearoa.

Photo credit: Aimee Preston

CoJam 2020

A two-day CoJam hui in February 2020 brought together a diverse group of young changemakers, design coaches and resettlement community organisations to brainstorm innovative solutions to improve inclusion and diversity in our communities. The CoJam weekend enabled young people, coaches and leaders to draw on their lived experiences and develop innovative ideas to address complex issues, challenge thinking and inspire change.

Conceived, designed and delivered by a collaborative team from Foundation North, the Centre for Social Impact, Auckland University of Technology, The Draft Studio and Auckland Design Lab, the event was centred around the importance of creating a safe environment for young people to voice their opinions and demonstrate leadership and empathy in understanding others’ experiences.

Creating an Inclusive Aotearoa: Sector Hui

Belong Aotearoa (previously known as Auckland Regional Migrant Services), with support from Foundation North and the Centre for Social Impact, convened a hui in May 2019 to bring together the leaders, groups and organisations that are working in our communities to enable belonging and inclusion, celebrate diversity, empower and privilege the voices of diverse communities, and to support self-determination and tino rangatiratanga.

The hui was a call to action post-Christchurch, acting as a starting point for conversation – offering a space to share our collective experiences, to exchange ideas and begin to develop solutions that can be activated through collective action, to achieve long-lasting change towards a more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.