The Mahi and Constellations

Core Mahi

DECA’s backbone role,  Community Manager and Equity Advocate, and the wider DECA team, including Stewardship Group members, identify gaps and problem solve issues, source stories of the great work being done in the digital inclusion community to share on our community channels and enewsletters. We connect people and projects, develop resources and tools, organise events, sit in regular DIA and MoH meetings and associated advocacy and policy work. This can be as part of a working group, as individuals or pairs. 

Stewardship Group members are active in constellations, parallel processes and community-led work in development. We work hard to bring lived experience stories to decision making spaces and to ensure diverse voices are heard and valued for their time and experience.

Hearing the stories of digital inclusion needs in COVID lockdown, DECA called a Lockdown Emergency Response Hui on the 8th of September. Over 100 people - from the digital inclusion community, key government people, corporates and passionate individuals - participated in this hui identifying current digital exclusion issues and potential solutions. A more focussed hui, Digital Inclusion and Devices, followed. This mahi is now a committed group meeting monthly to work toward digital equity specific to devices.

You can find the letter DECA sent to Ministers and the summaries from these key meetings here:

Letter to Ministers from DECA Lockdown Emergency Response hui

Trust-based Community-led development

DECA is supporting Māori-for-Māori and Pacific Digital Equity Parallel Processes. These are funded community-led trust based mahi, connected to Pacific and Tangata Whenua Stewardship Group members and seen as a vital part of the coalition’s establishment phase.

The Pacific Digital Equity Village is a ‘By Pacific for Pacific’ space, developing an innovative model to champion digital inclusion for Pacific peoples.

The Village has a Pacific Digital Navigator to facilitate, coordinate, and drive internal priorities, and support DECA’s digital equity commitment to Pacific people in Aotearoa.

Māori for Māori

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Pacific Village

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The constellation model is a decentralised approach to change-making where different individuals and organisations work together to help solve a common problem. Members organise themselves around issues and initiatives of common interest and leverage the strengths and resources of each other. These groups are called constellations. This is where the work happens.

The highly consultative process of establishing DECA settled on a light touch governance model with the vital work being community-led and happening in constellations - self-organising working groups of individuals and organisations aligned with DECA kaupapa, focussed on digital equity issues.

Constellations are spaces for collaborative work enabling more sustainable impact as a collective. 

Key to effective constellation work is developing systems and culture that grow healthy cross-sector collaboration. Individuals and organisations engaged in constellations are Members or Friends of DECA. 

To address historic and current imbalances in power and trust issues, DECA asks Friends of DECA (Central or local government agencies, corporates) who want to seed a constellation, to partner with two community organisations.

We see that group of three as a solid base to grow the Constellation community from. From trial (and error!) we have learnt that to be truly collaborative, working together needs to emerge from initial exploratory issue-based hui - which DECA can help organise. 

Constellation Leads are the interface between the backbone of DECA and the Constellation mahi and the contact point for others wanting to engage.


You can find information on two of the constellations within DECA below. Info on more to come.

Other constellation ideas in discussion are Accessible Digital Trainings, Digital Access and Skills, Digital Seniors and a Resource Innovation Constellation.

Get in touch here to start a conversation about seeding or getting involved in existing constellations.

A diagram showing how constellations work

DECA Constellations

Select a constellation and follow the link to find out more.

Keep a close eye out. Constellations will be added soon.