MŌ PŪMANAWA ĀWHINA
ABOUT

COMMUNITY CONNECT

Pūmanawa Āwhina, known as Community Connect is an initiative that works with communities using physical activity and recreation for community and social development to deliver human and social outcomes. It is an approach that engages all - sporting participants and non-participants, providing regular opportunities to take part in multiple sport and other activities in priority areas in Aotearoa. The foundations of Community Connect were formed around the principles of AWHI and the Value of Sport.

Community Connect commenced five years ago through a collaboration between NZ Police and Touch NZ. It has grown and evolved through a number of iterations, with the support of a range of cross-government and community partners. Currently Community Connect projects are being delivered across 9 priority communities, based on a locally-led delivery approach designed to meet the specific needs of the communities it partners with. It is a community-led initiative that aims to engage and empower communities through hauora to build social capital through collaboration and co-design with community, for community. 

TE PAI TATA / MISSION STATEMENT

  • To create fun and healthy opportunities to develop positive experiences for communities and families
  • To be innovative, to be creative

KAUPAPA / PURPOSE

He Mana Manaaki - Serving others

OUR VALUES

Whakawhanaungatanga | Building Partnerships
Kōtahitanga | Unity
Mana Manaaki | Positive experience 
Pūmanawa | Innovation
Hautūtanga Ngākau Tuwhera | Inclusive
Aroha | Care and appreciation

TE PAE TAWHITI / VISION STATEMENT

To Support Positive Change  

GUIDING PRINCIPALS

KIA TIKA - doing what's right
 - Te Tiriti O Waitangi
 - Inclusive of others

KIA PONO - doing what's honest
 - Sustainable
 - Co-design, co-led, locally empowered

KIA AROHA - doing with compassion and energy

 - AWHI
 - Whānau first - thinking and action

OUR TEAM


SANDI HACKETT

GM - Community Connect

sandi@communityconnect.nz

​​​​​​​021 286 8242



JOSH SIMPKINS

Tāmaki Makaurau Team Leader

josh@communityconnect.nz

​​​​​​​022 043 1730



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SARAH LEAF

IPIR Development Lead - Tāmaki Makaurau

sarah@communityconnect.nz

022 097 6180


Nicole James

IPIR Development Lead - Wairarapa

adminwairarapa@communityconnect.nz

027 977 5292

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​​​​​​​MELE LATU

IPIR Te Tai Tokerau -            Admin Support

mele@communityconnect.nz

021 032 6972


STEVEN BEAZLEY

Te Tai Tokerau Team Leader

steven@communityconnect.nz

​​​​​​​022 458 6526



VICKI ARMITAGE

Planet Youth Papakura Project Lead​​​​​​​

vicki@communityconnect.nz

​​​​​​​022 431 0537



​​​​​​​​​​JOHN RADOVANOVICH

IPIR Development Lead -            Te Tai Tokerau

jb@communityconnect.nz

021 148 3820


​​​​​​​NORELLE TARINGA

Pūmanawa Āwhina Communications & Admin Support

admin@communityconnect.nz​​​​​​​

022 308 9159


Jovan Tawhiao

Pūmanawa Āwhina Activator

Te Tai Tokerau

adminwcc@communityconnect.nz

022 357 8494


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COORDINATORS & STAFF


Mele Latu

Tāmaki Touched 

Project Coordinator 

admin@tamakitouched.co.nz

​​​​​​​021 032 6972


​​​​​​​ZOE SMITH

KuraConnect

Project Coordinator 

admin@kuraconnect.co.nz

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​022 510 8073

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​JESS BEATTIE

WestConnect - Avondale

Project Coordinator 

patiki@iloveavondale.co.nz

021 081 92079


JAKE HUGHES

Tuakau Community Connect

Project Coordinator 

jake@communityconnect.nz

027 340 7226

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​​​​​​​KOMENE MARINO

Mid North Community Connect Project Coordinator

adminmncc@communityconnect.nz


TE MOREHU WILLIAMS

Tāmaki Touched 

Admin Support                    

tamakitouched@touchnz.co.nz

021 249 9191


Phylis Latu

Moving Manurewa

Project Coordinator 

admin@movingmanurewa.co.nz

022 045 7617

​​​​​​​DOMINIC ASIATA

WestConnect - Rānui

Project Coordinator 

adminwest@communityconnect.nz

022 479 4166


JB Radovanovich

Whāngarei Community Connect Project Coordinator 

jb@communityconnect.nz​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​021 148 3820


CARLOS WAIKAI

​​​​​​​Far North Community Connect

Project Coordinator adminfncc@communityconnect.nz

027 302 5164


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OUR COMMUNITIES IN ACTION