Havelock Smart and Connected Community Group
Havelock, the township at the base of Pelorus Sound, was the first community to form a Smart + Connected community group.
Through a facilitated workshop on 8 April 2014, about 70 community members of Havelock and the surrounding area met to discuss the township’s future direction and vision.
Havelock: Heart of the Pelorus
Havelock is a confident and cohesive village community nestled in the natural beauty of the Pelorus where the mountains meet the sea. Passionate guardians of the unique local environment, the community is proud of its strong heritage.
The village enjoys economic prosperity through acting as a pivotal hub for its productive rural communities, its internationally recognised aquaculture industry and strong connections to the wider Marlborough Sounds, Blenheim, Nelson and beyond.
The meeting set three main priorities:
- A new organisation for community governance.
- A Department of Internal Affairs grant.
- Building a boardwalk along the estuary.
A new organisation
It was presented that the perceived greatest challenge for Havelock was a fragmented community. To rectify this, a restructuring of the Havelock Community Association was proposed that would result in a fresh governance structure.
Department of Internal Affairs Grant
An application was made to the Department of Internal Affairs for the Community Development Scheme grant, which was successful. This means a grant of $250,000 over a three year period will be used to employ a community development coordinator to support volunteers’ community development endeavours in Havelock.
An appointment would follow a transparent, creditable recruitment process and would be advertised both locally and nationally in order to find the most suitable person.