A Voice for Change

The Waikato Plan provides a regional context to support robust decision making.  We enable reach into our rohe / region, to enact wellbeing efforts and guide meaningful investments.


A key part of our role is to broker localised connections to achieve central government strategies, accelerate local uptake and build impactful relationships through advocacy and facilitation. 

Advocacy and facilitation work

  • Reported on Waikato Socio-Economic Deprivation 

  • Supported Waikato Economic Development Plan.

  • Brokered community connections for the Waikato DHB’s Virtual Health Care Strategy Refresh.

  • Commissioned work to identify opportunities to align the administration of consent processes across the region.

  • Facilitated connections to enable the Waikato Region Māori Economic Action Plan.

  • Supported the NZ Police and Waikato DHB to achieve multi-year funding to assist work to reduce drug harm in the region.

  • Established the Waikato Plan Leadership Committee, securing iwi and community representation.

  • Increased connectivity and collaboration with central government.

  • Undertook evidence-based research through a Regional Housing Stocktake and Youth Initiative Stocktake.

  • Advocated for the regional expansion of the Secondary School Employer Partnership programme.

  • Established working parties across priority work streams – youth, mental health and housing.