During May, we listened. Now, we’re finishing up production. Next week, we’re launching.
We have been on a great journey in preparation for the launch of the inaugural Waikato Vital Signs report. We started with the consultancy report from the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato, who analysed data on our region. We then held community engagement sessions across the pilot region where over 400 people shared their needs and aspirations for our community. Up until now, a lot has happened – joining the dots between statistical information and what matters most to people living in our communities. We have been working hard in production to ensure the voices we heard are rightly represented in the inaugural publication, and we’re nearly ready to share.
The first three posters will be released to you this Friday 26th August -– Your Report, Our Waikato and Children. You can expect one or two posters every week after that for six weeks, which will include Communities, Culture and Arts, Economy, Education, Environment, Health, Iwi Maaori Voices, Recreation and Youth Voices. The official launch events will be mid-October, returning to Morrinsville, Matamata, Ngaruawahia and Hamilton City to gift the findings back to the community. At the same time, the full report will be made available on our website, and we will be updating you with launch event details over the next month.
We hope the final report will:
- Strengthen our collective understanding of and connections within Waikato communities
- Inform and support decision-making by identifying and communicating key priorities and aspirations of Waikato communities
- Connect philanthropic and grant making organisations with those organisations that can address the key community needs and opportunities
Momentum Waikato and the philanthropic partners look forward to seeing you at the launch events to discuss how we all might work together to move this knowledge to community action.