Our Story

Taranaki has long been a place of social innovation and change, with a strong history of community action.

Building on this legacy, a conversation was started about how our community can be more supported. A community incubator was born, seeking to develop and brew new ideas to take them to completion. Organisations were invited to this conversation and haven't looked back.

The Wheelhouse is a product of this innovation conversation.

Whats in a name?

'The Wheelhouse' refers to the location of the steering wheel of a ship.  It's where the crew come to discuss where they are going, what they need to do to get there and any problems they may need to consider. It's also where plans are kept and navigation resources are used.

Occasionally ships will approach unknown waters.  At this time often a pilot will come on board to help guide them through.

Like a wheelhouse our aim is to help Taranaki community groups have important conversations about their direction, or like a pilot, assist the crew for a short time.

We're about empowering you to make a difference in the community.
The Founding Organisations

There were ten Taranaki organisations who come together to support the development of The Wheelhouse: