Can councils devolve power to their communities while also decreasing rates? It almost seems too good to be true. But in this case study we share one of the most devolved council model of operations and governance in Australasia - in the Thames Coromandel district. If your council is considering how to devolve power to its community while also decreasing rates, this case study is for you.
Ten different government agencies - all with different priorities and limited resources. How do you help them partner with young people to set some clear priorities for improving the lives of young people? That was our challenge with the Top of the South Impact Forum.
The new Nelson Festivals Trust was facing the challenge of taking on the operation of a beloved festival that the Nelson City Council had operated for decades. We helped the new Board to involve the community in setting a new direction and a new way of working.
This is a story of inclusive growth through Marlborough Smart+Connected - an innovative engagement programme that brings together industry, community and Council to identify and collectively solve problems that cannot be solved by one group alone.
Business Lab has partnered with Wellington City Council on the establishment of three Business Improvement Districts. After four years of operation, the Council then asked us to assess the strengths of these BIDs and identify opportunities for improvement.
Nelson City Council approached Business Lab to support the creation of an Events Strategy for Nelson City. The purpose was to clarify the strategic aim and desired outcomes of events funding. By working with an Oversight Group, we helped to create a strategy that was accepted by the Council.
Rather than focusing on the “problems” in the community, Proud Papakura Proud focuses people on a positive vision for the future. By engaging the community in setting this vision, Proud Papakura Proud is going the distance.
The Ministry of Education engaged us to support local Kelston principals to create an education vision with the community. Kelston is projected to face significant growth and changing demographics over the next 20 years. A new vision for education was needed to address these changing demands.