Who is our Community?

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Thinking about the vision and mission for Grey Lynn 2030 has started me thinking who makes up our community? What does your average person in Grey Lynn, Westmere and Ponsonby think about being sustainable and the environment?

I can only reflect on the local community that I know with any confidence. The community I inhabit is the one of families with school age children. For those of us with kids there is a vibrant community based around the schools our children attend. We are busy, we have good intentions but how many times do I forget to take my shopping bags into the supermarket…

This letter in Good magazine struck a chord.

We’re your average recycle-but-still- do-disposable-nappies, enjoy vegie gardening but still own a big screen TV, buy local/second hand/in season but let standards slip for pineapple type of family. We have typically equated sustainable living with sacrifice, and would shun it completely if it was not so obviously necessary.

However, your magazine is inspitational (and not in a new-age, crystal gazing way) practical, and best of all it encourages families like ours who still have a long way to go before we’ll win any awards for being green. We Kiwis don’t like being told what to do by a superior body but your light touch and non pushy approach appeals to our DIY attitude.

Good also focuses on the  postitive, when we are so overwhelmed and depressed by the gloomy outlook that most proponents of sustainable living focus on. Especially encouraging was the article on the Cuba following the oil embargo. It’s not all bad!

Good will be a useful teaching tool no only for the kids who quickly and simply accept the good sense of sustainable living but more importantly for the parents (who are a bit more obdurate in our thinking.

Micaela Young, Ohau
Micaela, I hear you! Change “Good” for Grey Lynn 2030 and this is the tone I hope we can achieve.  Positive Vision, Practical Action is our tag line and I think encapsulates the mood we want to promote.

Any thoughts?

Suzanne Kendrick

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Suzanne

    Thanks for posting that letter, I agree with you – positive and change vs sacrifice and gloom! Hey, and let’s not beat ourselves up, any small changes for the greater good are to be celebrated, it is all a journey, isnt it?

  2. Hi Suzanne , great meeting last night, You are doing a fantastic job , as are all the groups , and I like the way you kept the meeting going at a cracking pace , we just need more inhabitants of the ‘hood to come along next time ! Lots of good ideas for the Vision and the Mission- what a diverse group , yet all dedicated to the same things.
    You mentioned the lack of blog comments on this site, ( great website btw, very user friendly ) maybe you could mention at the top of the page that you welcome all dialogue, invite people to comment , it was your comment at the meeting that inspired me to write today.
    Last nights meeting was positive and energetic and practical , and gave me much pause for thought, and reflection on what I can do for my part . Looking forward to seeing the Vision statement to emerge from the meeting , and to the next Green Movie night .

  3. That’s a really good question. Who IS our community? And how do we find out? Not everyone is inclined or able to come to meetings, so how do we involve people in TT projects who would normally not come along to this kind of event? All questions and no answers sorry! But it’s definitely a valid subject for discussion.

  4. I thought it was an interesting question too. Take a look at this website. We are a community quite different from the rest of Auckland City: More professionals, less retired people, higher incomes, more flatting, less likely to be married, fewer households with kids (will this change?), realatively small Asian population. No details about sexual orientation on the web but I think this was collected in the last census? Anyone have the numbers?

    http://www.stats.govt.nz/census/census-outputs/quickstats/snapshotplace2.htm?id=3515410&type=au&ParentID=1000002&expand=2000007&scrollLeft=0&scrollTop=175&ss=y

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