Timeline of Renew's History
Post earthquake 2011- Groups begin to work together closer than ever before to serve the urgent needs of community. The Recovery of Community (ROC) group was the key platform through which groups communicated. At its final meeting in August 2011 there was agreement that the group needed to continue to meet in another form.
Mid 2011- Process of consultation begins about what form other groups would like to see Renew take.
May 2012- Renew Brighton incorporates as a Charitable Trust. The mission of Renew at this time was to encourage inter-agency collaboration, act as the conduit between the community and other recovery agencies and support the creation of a community-led strategic plan.
2012 – March 2014. Rebecca May continues as Coordinator. Projects during this time include: the Community Network Forum, Community-Led Asset Analysis, the Creative Quarter, Bridge St Pizza Oven, Transitional Economic Zone of Aotearoa (TEZA), Greater Brighton: Count me in, the Go To Guys, New Brighton Community Safety Partnership and mall clean ups.
March 2014 –A consultation process begins where Renew asks other groups whether should continue and in what form. There is unanimous support for continuation and many “c“ words in relation to what Renew should do: connection, collaboration, communication etc. From this, Renew Brighton creates a strategic plan.
October 2014 – Renew Brighton invites all other groups in New Brighton to a ‘Design Renew’ workshop. There is strong interest in Renew creating an organisation map and central datapoint for New Brighton and continuing the Networking Forums.
2015- Renew Brighton continues networking forums and begins New Brighton Online website. Renew continues to chair the New Brighton Community Safety Partnership and begins a subgroup meeting of the future of the Central New Brighton School as well as holding Treaty Trainings for local groups.
November 2015 - Local groups are invited to Design Renew 2 where there is a strong mandate given for Renew Brighton to begin working on solution for the lack of input that the community had in decisions that affect them. Renew approaches the CCC to begin a project targeting participation. New Brighton Online is launched.
2016- Meetings continue on the participation project and Renew Brighton looks at taking on the lease of the former Central New Brighton School Site. 'A Shore Thing' summer events promotion is launched.
2017 - New Brighton Online continues to go from strength to strength. 'The Old School' established on the former Central New Brighton School Site - a creative community hub.