Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Whatever the problem, community is the answer!

Here at SPiCE we truly believe that our community has the answer. The answer for what we want to see more of. The answer for how we want Sandringham village to look and feel. The answer to good neighbours, community connections, and celebrating diversity. The answer to what will make Sandringham an even more amazing place to live work and play. 

We also believe the strengths we need to build all this can be found within our community. And we have made it out mission to advocate and promote this! Including taking over the local community notice board (which was empty due to Covid 19 and its impacts) to promote it with this great quote from Margaret Wheatley and the Berkana Institute. 

Reflections from the pause

We noticed the strengthening of neighbourhood connections, and connections to our local place during the lockdown. Families cycling down Sandringham Roads normally busy with traffic. Being able to hear birds singing. Neighbours supporting each other, and people stepping up to be street coordinators. Wouldn't it be great if we could continue some of these things in our new normal? What needs to change so we can?

Let us know what you would like to see. Let us know if you have a community project and we can support you to achieve it. We are here to support you - the community. Because you have the answers.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Our favourite lockdown webinars!

One of the benefits of lockdown has been connecting digitally with some pretty amazing humans from NZ and all over the globe. And they are all free! Here are some of our favourites:

1. Aotearoa Town Hall

Two young councillors from Wellington have facilitated these great facebook live sessions on a Monday night from 7 pm. I've joined a couple of sessions on economics featuring Kate Raworth amongst others (UK academic, "Doughnut Economics"). Tonight's one (Monday 12 May) is on health with Siouxsie Wiles (Microbiologist and science communicator extraordinaire) and Julie Ann Genter (associate Minister for Health) on the panel. Previous week's recordings available on the FB page if you want to catch up. Or maybe see you there tonight?

2. Inspiring Communities

Inspiring Communities, a leading source of community-led development information in NZ, has led a couple of webinars expertly facilitated by Denise Bijoux. The first one looked at Insights into Community Innovation & Getting Through COVID-19 and featured guests from the world-leading Tamarack Institute in Canada. The second one focussed on NZ experts looking at Response to Recovery. They have generously made the recordings and accompanying resources available on their website:

The Inspiring Communities FB page posts regularly with some great content so follow them if you are interested in this area.

3. Jeder Institute 

The Jeder Institute from Australia has been hosting free zoom catch-ups at 10 am and 10 pm NZ time every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Teach Tuesdays they share ABCD (asset-based community development) tools and models and on Think Thursdays they have inspiring community speakers from all over the world. Catch-up on previous talks on their you tube channel, or just dial in with zoom if you are free - all welcome. All the talks are very energising, positive and interactive - there seems to be a world wide desire to create a new and better normal out of Covid. Find all the details here:

What cool webinars have you discovered during lockdown? We'd love to know!

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

#weheartsandringham Video Competition

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We want to know your favourite things about our favourite suburb. So we are launching this lock down special – SPiCE’s #weheartsandringham Video Competition for people who live in Auckland. Put on your thinking caps, and crack open your creativity and make us a 20 – 40 second video that tells us what YOU love about Sandringham. Your video must also feature the hashtag #we♡sandringham (#weheartsandringham) in it. Upload your video to our Facebook SPiCE page. We will be in touch to confirm your entry!

Prizes will support our local businesses once they re-open! We will be doing spot prizes, weekly prizes as well as an overall prize so keep checking our event page for details!

So tell us, what do you love about Sandringham?”

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Last 2 SPiCEy Friday events cancelled

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the remaining 2 events in our SPiCEy Fridays series. These were the "Games Night" due to be held this Friday 20 March and  the "Buskers & Beanbags" event due to be held next Friday 27 March. Given the current situation with Covid-19 even though our events were smaller community events, they were non-essential and did encourage physical contact for extended time periods. So it is on this basis that we are cancelling them
We plan to bring some more events to Sandringham Reserve later in the year, and hope that many of you were able to enjoy our Floral Carpet Festival and Kids' Night Out which took place earlier in March.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Floral Carpet Festival, Saturday 7 March 2 pm to 4 pm

It is time for our 2020 Floral Carpet Festival at Sandringham Reserve in the Village. And this year promises to be bigger and better than ever!

We have the talented performers from Tapasya School of Classical Dance performing at 2.15 pm. There will be free samosas and Tip Top ice creams to enjoy. And we have art students from MAGS doing henna tattoos also for free!

The Albert-Eden Local Board will be there to get your input on the local plan, and the Albert-Eden Eco-Neighbourhood Backyard Beekeepers Group will be there to answer your bee enquiries.

And then there is of course the main event - co-creating a beautiful floral carpet in a rangoli pattern. We have thousands of flowers this year so come along and get creative with us. There will also be chalk rangoli to decorate.

We'll see you there!

Monday, 10 February 2020

First Meeting for 2020 this Sunday!

SPiCE will be holding a Community Meeting this Sunday 16 Feb 2020, from 4 pm at the Sandringham Community Centre.  

It's a new decade and we have lots planned, and would love to see you get involved.

The focus of the meeting this Sunday will be our upcoming Floral Carpet Event which is taking place on Saturday 7 March in the Sandringham Reserve. We need to organise some volunteers to help us on the day and also in the lead up to the event which is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

We also have funding to proceed with our website and communications project, and some other village events in March. So please come along to find out more.