Bringing about positive change

Fab Feathy is a community-led development initiative in Pae Tū Mokai Featherston,  New Zealand. 

What is community-led development? It is about the people in a community coming together to identify shared ideas and dreams – as well as issues and concerns – then creating goals. The community then works together to achieve those goals.

Community-led development uses and develops the community’s strengths and assets, and builds local leadership.

Fabulous Featherston

Featherston is a great community to live in. It has a strong tradition of individuals and groups leading change.

In 2017, a group of community-minded citizens heard about a government programme that provided support and funding for community-led development initiatives. They were inspired by what might be achieved if Featherston’s community mindedness was brought together and focused on shared community aspirations. They consulted with the community, wrote a community plan and signed a partnership with the DIA.

Now, community-led projects are underway in Featherston to bring about the positive change people want to see.

The name of our initiative – Fab Feathy – is short for ‘Fabulous Featherston’. Read on to find out more about our journey, our vision and aspirations, and the project work that is underway or kicking off soon.

FEATHERSTON Main Street EARLY IN THE MORNING
FEATHERSTON’S MAIN STREET AT DAWN. PHOTO: PETE MONK.