who we are
Established on 28 July 2016, Alliance Community Initiatives Trust (ACIT) is a New Zealand charitable trust operating out of Manukau City in South Auckland. The organisation is focused on being a catalyst for social change for families in challenging and persistent situations. We are not a service delivery provider but do work closely with those organisations who offer front line services. The work of ACIT is targeted further upstream, working across the systems which influence the social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing.
Our unique offering lies in our understanding of demand-side information and insights, and our commitment to brave new thinking that can change the way citizens are engaged in systems and services. It is our ability to apply ethnic-specific, and demand-side tools and thinking that makes ACIT a distinctive but complementary partner for those who share similar aspirations.
Our high impact areas are: Housing, Health, Education, Economic Independence, and Social Cohesion. Due to the nature of the work, the organisation operates in an integrated and strengths based way. The operating structure is organised around three functional teams: Strategic Leadership, Practice and Evidence, and Business Enablement. The organisation employs 35 FTE who work across five main initiatives:
- reGeneration Mangere – One Love Initiative
- Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura
- Nga Vaka – Pacific Family Violence Prevention Initiative
- Do Good Feel Good – Youth Movement
- Tangata o le Moana – Auckland Region Pacific Provider Network.
ACIT is a Pacific-led organisation. This means that it is an organisation that is primarily owned and governed by Pacific peoples, specialising in Pacific solutions, and that the philosophies, policies, and processes of the organisation consider diverse Pacific cultural contexts and backgrounds.
Our organisation also places high importance on improving health equity and well-being for Māori and are committed to bicultural practice, underpinned by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to building strategic partnerships with mana whenua. We recognise that with such a diverse South Auckland population, the needs and aspirations of our South Asian families and communities are also important in the social and economic formation of the area.
ACIT is a member of the Alliance Group, created in 2016 to support the development of multiple organisations that work in an integrated way to achieve the shared vision of Strong Families, Strong Communities, Living Well Longer.
What we do
1. Strengthening social capital and community assets:
Growing thriving, resilient and well connected neighbourhoods by focusing on the strengths of the people who live there and working with key stakeholders to design future, and leverage existing community infrastructure that supports them.
2. Creating tools for change:
Our tools for change are grounded in a range of different methods to help us better understand individual, family and household needs, preferences and behaviours. We systematically measure this demand-side information to identify leverage points and track social improvement over time.
3. Strategic partnering:
Addressing multifaceted and cross-sector problems necessitates working with others. Collaboration and partnership is essential to our way of working in order to achieve our strategic goals.
4. Incubating change initiatives:
Accelerating the pace of change by growing new ideas and prototyping initiatives that can be scaled for greater impact.
5. An agile future workforce:
Enabling social and economic uplift through a dynamic and skilled workforce that is equipped in new ways of working to address the current realities and challenges facing individuals and families.