Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga

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Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga is a broad-based alliance of community groups, faith groups and

trades unions from every part of civil society. The Community of Saint Luke is one of over

thirty different organisations who have joined this powerful new network. Te Ohu was

launched in 2022 after three years of development, so it is just getting started.

The aim is to make lasting change in the civil systems that keep people in poverty, by

empowering people to take part in the public decisions that affect their lives. The first task is

to build and sustain relationships of trust among disparate organisations and to listen to our

communities to find out their most pressing concerns.

Wide consultation in the community resulted in housing being adopted as our first

campaign, and this was launched at a Mayoral Forum before the last local body elections

under the slogan ‘Housing is a Human Right’.

Other campaigns and actions will take place in 2024. A number of St Luke’s members have

taken part in Te Ohu events and we are financially and practically committed to working

alongside Te Ohu’s many diverse organisations for social justice and the common good.

Find out more at the Te Ohu Whakawhanaunga website here.