Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Come Along and Meet Our New SPiCE Community Facilitator

SPiCE Meeting: Sunday 20 October 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Sandringham Community Centre

Come along and meet our new Community Facilitator, Joanne Harland, and help us prioritise and shape our plans for Sandringham!

Originally training and working as a solicitor, Joanne moved into community sector work after moving to New Zealand 15 years ago. Joanne was involved as a volunteer at Playcentre and with Social Enterprise Auckland before taking up a role at Garden to Table, most recently as Programme Manager for the national charity. Joanne is passionate about communities and empowerment, and is a neighbour to Sandringham – living just across Dominion Road in Mt Eden and with sons attending Balmoral Intermediate and Mt Albert Grammar School.

We are pleased to have funding as a partnership community with the Department of Internal Affairs Community-Led Development Programme to be able to appoint Joanne who is starting in this role part-time from 14 October. We hope this will reinvigorate SPiCE and give us the resource we need to continue to action the Sandringham Vision Report and make Sandringham an even greater place to live, work, study and play. 

So please join us this Sunday 20 October at the Sandringham Community Centre from 4 pm to discuss all things SPiCEy – we value your input!

Thursday, 22 August 2019


Are you creative, strategic, efficient 
and passionate about making a difference? 
If so, you could be just what SPiCE is looking for. 

The Sandringham Project in Community Empowerment (SPiCE) is looking for someone to work alongside us in a new community facilitator role in Sandringham, to help us build a strong resilient, vibrant, connected and sustainable community. 
As our Community Facilitator your key roles will be to advocate for and on behalf on the Sandringham Community, liaise with key community groups and stakeholders, be a source of community advice and information, facilitate the community toward vision and action and administer funding services that support our community as it moves towards resilience.
Along with your professional attitude; key to your success will be your:
• proven ability in community-led development and facilitation
• commitment to professional development and reflective practice
• professional public service integrity
• proven communication skills - written and oral
• excellent relationship management and negotiation skills
• experience and ability to work in a diverse and multicultural community environment
• aptitude with report writing and well-developed analytical skills, including the ability to interpret financial information
• ability to plan, organise and manage work effectively to meet multiple deadlines
• strong IT and social media skills
• proven skills, knowledge, and operational experience in providing advice to community and voluntary organisations.
• creativity and lateral thinking ability

This is a contracted role of 24 hours per week (.6 FTE) – negotiable for the right person. 
If this sounds like you, email trustees@spice.org.nz to receive a full job description and apply

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

SPiCE Meeting

Hi SPiCE crew (and other interested members of the Sandringham Community), 

It's time for another get together, this time at the Sandringham Community Center on Kitchener St next Monday 27th starting at 6:30pm

We will use the first hour from 6:30-7:30 to catch up with what's been happening since we last met.

At 7.30pm we have a presentation from Duncan Ecob* and Ginny Pedlow from Isthmus group's  Urban Design arm.They are working on an urban master planning project which includes the Sandringham area. We have invited them along to find out more about what they are doing, what will happen with their work and to see how SPiCE can advocate for Sandringham/ get involved in the process.

Background Bio for Duncan 

*Duncan Ecob- Principal @  Isthmus. Auckland Studio   

BA(Hons) LA, Grad Dip LA, MA UrbDes, CMLI (UK)
Duncan is an Urban Designer.
He has over twenty eight years experience in designing and delivering regeneration in the built environment. He leads the Place service of Isthmus, with a focus on Urban Design and Masterplans, "creating healthy neighbourhoods for communities to live, work, learn, play and thrive in". (Isthmus website)

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Floral Carpet Rain Check!

 Floral Carpet Sunday 10 March 1-4pm

The forecast has sun tomorrow, so we will have the festival this Sunday rather than fighting the stormy weather today.
We hope that you can make it along!
There will be buckets of beautiful marigold flowers to create a colourful community floral carpet. Free ice-creams (while they last!)
Come along to enjoy the last blooms of summer, celebrate Sandringham and help create Auckland's only annual floral carpet! 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Floral Carpet Festival -9 March 2019

Floral Carpet Event - Saturday 9 March, 1-4pm at the Sandringham Reserve 

SPiCE invite you to Sandringham Reserve (in the Sandringham Village shops) Saturday 9 March to create a colourful community floral carpet.
If you've been growing marigolds (or any flowers) bring some flowers down to the Sandringham Reserve to add your colour to the carpet.
We will also have buckets of beautiful marigold flower heads for everyone to use.

There will be free ice cream, a dance performance by Tapasya School of Classical Dance, and a chance for you to talk with Urban Beekeepers on the day. 

Help create Auckland's only annual floral carpet and celebrate the colourful blooms of summer before they go!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Pop-Up Party in the Sandringham Reserve

We're throwing a Pop-Up Party in the Sandringham Reserve this coming Saturday 10 November 1-4pm. It is a family friendly fun day and there will be face painting, a bouncy castle, and FREE samosas!

The party is to celebrate the Reserve and playground upgrade that the community was involved in, and to celebrate the new community-led partnership relationship that SPiCE now have with the Department of Internal Affairs. There are 12 community groups throughout NZ that the DIA has chosen for this relationship and SPICE are proud to be one of them.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Annual Floral Carpet Festival

The Sandringham Floral Carpet Festival is on again this year! FREE henna tattooing, music, and flower garland threading - fun for the whole family! Come down to the Sandringham Reserve on Saturday 17 March, 4.30pm

Join the Facebook event here