Social connectedness is an important aspect of people’s lives, and the livability and wellbeing of a community. Socially well-connected people and communities are happier and healthier, and more resilient. Crime, isolation and social deprivation can all undermine the ability of people to connect.
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A tight knit community that is very socially connected and cooperative.
Social isolation is an issue in the community, especially for people who were new to the area or living in particular geographically isolated areas.
Participants felt that it was important that investment in tourism serviced the dual purpose of providing quality touristic experiences, but also benefited the local population.
A village that has few services based there, and little ability to connect in social settings apart from the “Cossie” club, which was seen as a key place in the community for people to connect.
Participants felt there was fewer formal opportunities for social connection in the Owhango community than there used to be.
Poverty is a concern with support systems established within the community. Community members feel fatigued by the constant demands of voluntary work.
Participants identified that poor socio-economic conditions were an impacting factor. The relationship between drug and alcohol use and violence, in particular family harm, concerned participants.
With perceived instability in the longevity of the Army presence in Waiouru, locals were concerned what changes in the Army’s position in Waiouru could mean for them in the long term.