What we do . Te Hiko: Centre for Community Innovation

Te Hiko: Centre for Community Innovation

Te Hiko is the Centre for Community Innovation held by Wesley Community Action.

We believe that hapori (community) driven innovation can be the spark we need to make a break from the way things have normally been done – either small or large – and create positive impact in surprising and interconnected ways. At Te Hiko, we look out for sparks and work to understand and create the right conditions for those sparks to happen.

Te Hiko has been created as a vehicle to more consciously and purposefully:

  1. Support and grow community driven innovation in our own mahi in the Wellington region, and
  2. Contribute to the mahi of many others in this space by sharing, collaborating and connecting what we learn for a bigger impact across New Zealand.

Our focus

After more than 30 years of working closely alongside whānau and communities in Porirua and the Hutt Valley we have learnt first-hand that with the right support, sustainable solutions to complex issues can be driven by hapori themselves.

We want to do our part in enriching and building the local community economic systems that truly value what makes people’s lives better. We are focused on working with those at the margins – communities and people who are excluded in the mainstream systems from being able to fully give all they have to offer.

Find out more

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our mahi at Te Hiko.

Contact Kena Duignan, kduignan@wesleyca.org.nz 

Te Hiko: Centre for Community Innovation
Wesley House
206 Mungavin Ave
Cannons Creek
Kena Duignan: kduignan@wesleyca.org.nz