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Resilient Communities
Auckland North

Auckland North Community and Development (ANCAD) has been working in the Auckland North region since 1974, supporting community organisations to strengthen capacity, effectiveness and collaboration. ANCAD’s vision is to see resilient, safe, connected communities.


Resilient Communities Auckland North is an initiative run by Auckland North Community and Development (ANCAD) in consultation with Auckland Emergency Management. Our goal is to create communities that are more knowledgeable about risks, are empowered to problem-solve, and can participate in decision-making about their future.


We do this by:

  • supporting communities to design their own emergency preparedness programmes

  • acting as a conduit for community organisations and emergency response agencies

  • organising emergency preparedness resources and trainings

  • facilitating community networks and social cohesion

  • advocating for community members who will be disproportionately affected by disasters


The Resilient Communities programme is guided by a steering group of specialist organisations, including Auckland Emergency Management, Auckland Council, Community Patrol, Police, Amateur Radio Emergency Communications, North Shore Neighbourhood Support and more.

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Our vision is prepared, connected, resilient communities across Auckland North.

What is community resilience?


Resilience can be described as being future-ready. Another definition is the ability to recover after enduring stress. 


According to the National Disaster Resilience Strategy, resilience in the community will look like the following. 

  • Communities are connected with each other and to local government, businesses and agencies.

  • High social connectedness, which promotes a culture of mutual help

  • Healthy populations with access to medical treatment, education and welfare support

  • Culturally, the community will have a strong sense of local identity and civic responsibility.

  • Economically healthy and equitable.

  • Strong infrastructure, services and safe buildings. This includes housing, transport, power, water, telecommunications, and sanitation systems and the ability to maintain and repair them.

  • The ability to manage and enhance its natural assets, such as parks and waterways.

  • The community is organised and can identify problems, establish priorities, coordinate, collaborate, and act.

  • The community is knowledgeable and can assess, manage, and monitor its risks. It can learn new skills, build on past experiences, and plan for its future.


Thanks to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Community Networks Aotearoa, COGS North Shore, and the Lottery Grants Board for supporting this work. 

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