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Horowhenua District Council is tasked with enabling better economic wellbeing outcomes in the District, and up until 2018 this service was carried out within Council.
In 2017, Council unanimously agreed to support the establishment of a community owned, not-for-profit trust that could operate independently to help the people, places and communities of Horowhenua to flourish.
The Horowhenua New Zealand Trust was established in 2018 with a mission to improve the improve the wellbeing of the people of Horowhenua.
The Council has a contract with the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust to provide economic development services for the Horowhenua community.
You can find out more about the Trust by visiting the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust's website, their Facebook page or their LinkedIn page.
The Trust is contracted for three years to provide economic development services to the Horowhenua community. The services provided include:
Yes. In Australia it is quite common for local government to support the establishment of bodies like this trust and there are many examples of trusts that have been established and operate successfully around New Zealand, including our own Electra Trust. Some other examples are:
In Australia, the use of community enterprise based around trusts is so large that there is a national organisation that assists in providing infrastructure and support for numerous trust-based organisations. These have emerged from the desire of local government to promote economic development in their areas.
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