Māori Article of the Week: Aotearoa/New Zealand – Working Differently with Communities and Families by Munford, Sanders, Andrew, Butler, Kaipuke and Leland

This chapter will focus on a neighbourhood centre in a community in New Zealand. The philosophy and practise of the Centre are based on community development principles. This chapter will explore some of the contributions that these centres can make towards enhancing community wellbeing, strengthening naturally occuring networks (Munford and Sanders, 1999) and integrating informal educational activities within social and community work practise. It will examine some of the principles which guide the work of such centres and some of the challenges these centres face. In doing this it will examine the ways in which community development practise can be seen as an example of informal education with families and children.

Read the full chapter here.

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