The logo design above which I did a while ago, has been officially approved by Te Puke Colab. As the co-founder of Vector Group, we have journeyed alongside others in this initiative. Good things take time, especially when it comes to proper collaboration. Our Te Puke national dance battle, held during youth week was the result of the Youth Engagement & Development working group, so also the Pink shirt Day in Maketu.

Te Puke National Dance Battle 2019

The imagery of the logo represents voice, communication, diversity as one conversation

In the years leading up to the end of 2017, various groups in the community had been collaborating in different ways in the social and community sector and achieving great outcomes. In acknowledgement of this rich history of collaboration in the region, the Te Puke social sector community decided to formalise a group that focused on working together as a community. Prior to the establishment of CO-LAB there were three forums. With the support of local funders, a workshop was organised (known as the ‘Vision to Reality’ workshop) with the aim of drawing out a shared vision for Te Puke. With community agreement to move forward together, a further workshop was organised to articulate what collaboration looked like for Te Puke. From this workshop, was the establishment of CO-LAB. At this point facilitation support was sourced through an external agency.

The group was named CO-LAB to represent not only ‘Collaboration’ but to also acknowledge that there is a focus on working in partnership, i.e ‘CO’, and that it is a group where ideas can be tested and trialed, i.e. LAB.

VISION: Our community is Thriving, Connected and Supported.

PURPOSE: Together, we move as one, and support our community to live with abundance, into the future

Areas of Focus
Following discussions as a group, areas of focus were developed to support decision-making on project work, and funding allocation. These areas were identified as being areas of common interest across the membership of CO-LAB, therefore supporting the opportunity to work together. The focus areas include:
 Youth Engagement & Development
 Housing
 Community Connection and Cohesion
 Responding to local trends and opportunities