Creating a heart politics for community development: the legacy of Whāea Betty Wark
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Citation:Connor, H. (2015) Creating a heart politics for community development: the legacy of Whāea Betty Wark. Whanake: The Pacific Journal of Community Development, 1(1), 39-46. Unitec Institute of Technology. Unitec ePress. Retrieved from: http://www.unitec.ac.nz/epress
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/2809
This paper provides an overview of the life and community development work of Whāea Betty Wark (1924-‐2001). Whāea Betty was a Māori woman who was actively involved with community-‐based organisations from the 1950s until her death in May 2001. She was one of the founders of Arohanui Incorporated, which was initiated in 1976. Its main purpose was to provide accommodation for young homeless people in need. Betty termed her community development work and activism her ‘heart politics’. It was a term that represented her involvement in community grassroots initiatives and the feelings of connectedness she felt with the people and causes she was concerned with.