EDITORIAL: #startagroup [Wanaka Sun, 29/08/19]

This week has been an interesting week for participation. Watching Wanaka unfurl its collective strength and use whatever means necessary to push back against the corporate powers which threaten the way of life in our small town has been energising… 

… The rejection of the Statement of Intent at the council meeting on Monday points to the strength of work done by the Wanaka Stakeholders Group whose public mobilisation has been meteoric. 

Wanaka is a highly engaged community and this has been proven even more so over the airport issue. Instead of apathy and resignation, Wanaka responded with a call to arms. In a matter of months, Wanaka Stakeholders Group has racked up over 2700 members. This is civic participation at its best, and a testament to the strength of participatory democracy…

Read the full Editorial in today’s Wanaka Sun here.

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