Shore to Thrive

Shore to Thrive has been a partnership project between Auckland North Community and Development, the Takapuna Methodist Church, the North Shore Family Violence Prevention Network and Lifewise. The work came out of the Let the Children Live Research project that was conducted in 2015 and asked the question: How have preventative, strengths based community-based practices,activities and approaches successfully changed child poverty and child abuse. Shore to Thrive used a strengths based approach that actively enabled and empowered local people to be in decision aking positions and facilitated collaborative approaches with appropriate organisations and agencies.

Stephen McLuckie was recruited in early 2016 to progress this work. He led asset mapping work in several communities in the Devonport Takapuna area. Stephen initiated community engagement and worked alongside the Research Coordinator, Denise Bijoux from Catalyse, to collate existing community information, identify gaps, opportunities and the community strengths that were to be built upon.  The work required multi-faceted approaches based on the development of trust, relationships and networks that would help to mobilise communities and existing assets and to find common purpose to achieve the long term goal.

The intention was to work with one or two local communities in Devonport /Takapuna where there was:

  • identified need and people who had a desire to contribute to positive changes;
  • a local community that wanted to be more connected;
  • an understanding of the value of taking a holistic perspective and not necessarily focusing directly on child poverty or child abuse;
  • the desire to address root causes as well as alleviating symptoms;
  • a willingness to develop positive relationships and connection;
  • an interest in growing skills that were transferable to various life situations and could help with prevention as well as with recovery, reduction and even elimination;
  • a willingness to develop programmes where some level of decision making is undertaken by the participant;
  • a desire to move beyond strategies that hold individuals and communities accountable for factors beyond their control;
  • some level of service collaboration; and
  • the energy to contribute to the development of supportive policies and systems where that does not already exist.

 Steve McLuckie,
 Programme Coordinator — Shore to Thrive 


Our Impact:

Through the various events, projects and initiatives, Shore To Thrive has had a significant local impact, touching the lives of over 1000 people in the Devonport/Takapuna Area.
The two most engaging and exciting elements have been the continued development of the Repair Café Auckland initiative in partnership with the team at the Devonport Community Recycling Centre and the monthly Kaitahi Bayswater community dinners working alongside Karavan Delicatessen, the Bayswater Community Committee and the Devonport Peninsula Trust with rescued food supplied by our wonderful friends from KiwiHarvest.

Community Zero Waste Award for Repair Café Auckland

 received the Power to the People Award at the Auckland Community Zero Waste Awards. A little piece of this is for everyone who has been involved with the 18 events that have been supported across Tāmaki Makaurau over the last 18 months. 

Read an in-depth article here on the ancad blog: