Community Development

'A dream we dream alone is just a dream. A dream we dream together becomes reality.' - John Lennon

Community development is the process of helping a community strengthen itself and develop towards its full potential.

Throughout Central Otago there are many community groups, organisations, individuals, businesses and government bodies working tirelessly to build thriving communities and a healthy environment while striving to maintain their own sense of uniqueness and identity. 

Our Inspiring Communities

There are many community groups throughout Central Otago working tirelessly on projects that have come from our Community Plans. Here are just some of the amazing efforts of our community to work towards the collecitve community vision of their special areas.

Community Planning

Community planning is about obtaining local peoples views on their area. It involves local people identifying what is important for their area, what are the points of difference and creating a vision of the future for that community. From this vision, the community can identify actions to be carried out to achieve it.

Grants and Funding

Information about the funding support available for community led projects and initiatives.

Resources, Tips and Tools

Here you will find resources, tips and tools that aim to assist both new and existing community groups and organisations throughout Central Otago...
Community Directory
Community Planning
Community planning is about obtaining local peoples' views on the place that they call home. It involves celebrating the things that make their community special and creating a vision of what the community would like for the future. Read More

Community Funding
There are a range of funds available to assist communities with projects and events that will help Central Otago to maintain and grow its vibrancy as a place to live and visit. Read More
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference
Our Regional Identity - A World of Difference 'A World of Difference' defines what is uniquely Central Otago as a place and a community. Read More

Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes
Central Otago NZ - Through Local Eyes Meet some unique and passionate Central Otago locals and be introduced to their favourite places and activities. Read More

Food & Wine
Food & Wine Central Otago is a place of sheer indulgence – whether it’s fine dining, a casual al-fresco lunch or café culture. You will be spoilt for choice when enjoying local fare and award winning wines at the great selection of cafés, restaurants, cellar doors and country pubs. Read More
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