The Waikato Wellbeing Summit

Our summit is a call to action – a call to amplify and accelerate effort that has turned global goals into local targets, and now needs to catalyse those targets into action. We have an opportunity to rejuvenate a holistic narrative of interrelatedness and inter-generational wellbeing that has existed at the heart of Te Ao Māori for centuries – and develop that narrative to embrace the challenges of today’s complex international world. 

The Hon Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined community leaders, on Friday 14th 2020, to launch the Waikato wellbeing targets. The targets are aimed at achieving a more environmentally sustainable, prosperous and inclusive Waikato region by 2030.

The summit, attended by 350 leaders from across the region, provided an opportunity for people to review the targets and workshop how they can be turned into action in partnership with iwi, councils, community trusts, business, NGOs, researchers and communities.   

The ten wellbeing targets are the region’s first set of wellbeing targets to end poverty, fight inequality and act on climate change. The targets are based on the 17, United National Sustainable Development Goals, but have been adapted to meet the unique challenges facing the Waikato region.