Come and chat to us on the road, on Facebook or via email about the future Southland Museum. Our goal is to hear from all Southlanders about their dreams for our future Museum.
What is Our Tale?
Our Tale is a collection of stories and ideas for the future museum of Southland. Share your thoughts and read more about the consultation process.
Community Engagement is a term strategic and community planners use to describe the way they get information from the general public during what is called the consultation process of a project.
Consultation is important in order to have the best possible outcome for everybody in regards to a project or development. Lots of projects that happen in Invercargill have been supported along the way by community engagement. Participating in a community engagement exercise does not mean that your ideas will definitely be used, or that the public has the final say. But it does mean that not only do the planners know what people really want, it also means that everyone has had the chance to have their say, which can be useful when a project is difficult, expensive or controversial.
Community Engagement can happen in many ways – from just making sure as many people as possible know what’s happening, to holding workshops where people share their ideas. Working groups from different parts of the community - including iwi, people working in relevant fields and passionate innovators - collaborate to help to shape the way the engagement happens.
By filling in surveys, attending workshops and talking to Engagement teams you are becoming part of the process. Sometimes it is easy to feel that things happen in your district that are beyond your control, and Community Engagement is one way of making sure you stay involved and informed.
The community engagement for the Southland Museum redevelopment has been put together by an independent working group of Southlanders with skills and experience in many different areas, from marketing to education, art, museum management and the public service, led by co-ordinator Janette Malcolm.