OUR VISION

Strong Families, Strong Communities,
Living Well Longer.

ABout us

Who we are

The Cause Collective (formerly Alliance Community Initiatives Trust or ACIT), is a New Zealand charitable trust operating out of South Auckland since 2016. 

As a Pacific social change agency, we are interested in social problems facing communities most in need to see what’s getting in the way of them thriving. The Cause Collective uses different tools to get to the heart of these problems to understand people’s experiences and the way that systems and services interact with the people who are most affected by the problem. 

Often there is not one main solution but several things that need to be done to make an impact on the main causes of a problem.  We focus on creating the conditions for change by figuring out what needs to be done and by whom and then enlisting the help of others as part of the cause. 

But we don’t do this on our own. We work collectively with those who have a stake in seeing all parts of the community thrive.  We work with those who can make a difference to social problems by convening leadership conversations and enabling good investment decisions to help make the greatest impact for those who are in need. 

While we are a Pacific organisation, we work with a range of different groups across our work which include: Mana Whenua, locality-based communities, young people, community leaders and other system stakeholders like government agencies, businesses, schools, service providers and faith-based organisations. All of these groups play an important role in creating the conditions for social change and positive action across South Auckland and in other similar communities. 

Our Logo

The Cause Collective

The heart symbol represents the three pillars of the organisations:

Experience

The flower Icon: The symbol represents the pride and strength of our identity and culture. It symbolises our experiences as Pacific Peoples and the knowledge, insight and resilience we draw from those experiences.

Place

The Mana Moana/Mana Whenua Icon: The symbol is a flowing koru intertwined above and below and represents the land and the sky – our connection to place through an indigenous lens.

People

The Family/Whanau Icon: The symbol represents sacred relationships and connectedness

Think differently

We think deeply about social complex problems and use a range of methodologies and tools to identify cause, effect, impact and scale which are underpinned by our cultural frames of reference. We use our mental mileage to create provocative think pieces that catalyse thought leadership conversations and systems change.

Backbone

We coordinate activities across system stakeholders, leaders and partners to build momentum through a shared agenda for change, shared measurement and evaluation systems, and by sustaining action through networks of practice.

Community Building

We unlock potential and create momentum for social change by strengthening and growing the amazing human, social and cultural capital that exists across South Auckland. This includes working across sectors to build capacity and capability of the workforce.

Design for experience and incubate good ideas

We accelerate the pace of change by designing and prototyping new ideas that can be scaled to address complex social problems. Central to our approach is designing alongside communities and system stakeholders with the end-user experience and desired effects front of mind.

Storytelling

We tell stories that create momentum for social change and that advocate for equity and wellbeing. We use different forms of media and communication to positively impact the attitudes, behaviours and narratives about South Auckland, Pacific and Māori populations.

Our Approach

What we do

The Cause Collective has been established as 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. We also place an emphasis on improving health equity and wellbeing for Māori and are committed to ambicultural practice and to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  We also 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.

The Cause Collective uses a range of different tools to get to the heart of these problems to understand the effects people experience daily and the consequences for the systems which support people most effected by the problem.  Often there is not one main solution but several things that need to be done to make an impact on the main causes of a problem.  The Cause Collective specialises in creating the conditions for change by figuring out what needs to be done and by whom and then enlisting the help of others as part of

Our team combines thinking and action around systems return, critical thinking and co-design. We also look at Indigenous cultural frameworks and practices as legitimate options to challenge the system our communities live in especially in South Auckland.

Our Approach

What we do

The Cause Collective has been established as 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. We also place an emphasis on improving health equity and wellbeing for Māori and are committed to ambicultural practice and to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  We also 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.

The Cause Collective uses a range of different tools to get to the heart of these problems to understand the effects people experience daily and the consequences for the systems which support people most effected by the problem.  Often there is not one main solution but several things that need to be done to make an impact on the main causes of a problem.  The Cause Collective specialises in creating the conditions for change by figuring out what needs to be done and by whom and then enlisting the help of others as part of

Our team combines thinking and action around systems return, critical thinking and co-design. We also look at Indigenous cultural frameworks and practices as legitimate options to challenge the system our communities live in especially in South Auckland.

Think differently

We think deeply about social complex problems and use a range of methodologies and tools to identify cause, effect, impact and scale which are underpinned by our cultural frames of reference. We use our mental mileage to create provocative think pieces that catalyse thought leadership conversations and systems change.

Backbone

We coordinate activities across system stakeholders, leaders and partners to build momentum through a shared agenda for change, shared measurement and evaluation systems, and by sustaining action through networks of practice.

Community Building

We unlock potential and create momentum for social change by strengthening and growing the amazing human, social and cultural capital that exists across South Auckland. This includes working across sectors to build capacity and capability of the workforce.

Design for experience and incubate good ideas

We accelerate the pace of change by designing and prototyping new ideas that can be scaled to address complex social problems. Central to our approach is designing alongside communities and system stakeholders with the end-user experience and desired effects front of mind.

Storytelling

We tell stories that create momentum for social change and that advocate for equity and wellbeing. We use different forms of media and communication to positively impact the attitudes, behaviours and narratives about South Auckland, Pacific and Māori populations.

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