Christchurch, New Zealand
When people feel connected to the environment and people around them, amazing things can happen. In a city like Christchurch, New Zealand, where the downtown core was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, making space for resourcefulness and community participation remains essential. Christchurch continues to struggle to find ways to bring community members together to feel connection and belonging. Planeterra’s partner, Rekindle, provides that space for community members to come together and share a meaningful experience. Being resourceful not only fosters care for the environment and its resources, but it also provides a shared sense of purpose. Rekindle delivers workshops that focus on resourceful skills as a means of strengthening community and building self-confidence in a hands-on environment.
Planeterra has partnered with Rekindle to create a walking tour through the city core which connects travellers to the place, environment and people of Christchurch. Planeterra provided the catalyst grant needed to launch this new tour. This catalyst grant provided resources and capacity training to develop this small business. As of January 2019, over 2,000 G Adventures travellers will visit Rekindle each year.
The walking tour, Resourceful Otautahi, provides a steady stream of income to Rekindle. This allows them to expand their work and reach more community members through a new base at the Arts Centre in central Christchurch. A resourcefulness workshop with Rekindle doesn’t just build new skills and knowledge about the environment – it connects people. This partnership will allow Rekindle to offer programs and reach many different communities by offering free workshops.