John was invited to participate in Shine because of his experience in child welfare and community services and as a resident whose family had gone through the local education system. He believed the Shine process was important when Russell Marshall and Cathy Wylie identified gaps in the governance of local education that were similar to those he had experienced with organisations such as the Cannons Creek Fanau Centre, Porirua Healthlinks, Te Roopu Awhina Ki Porirua and the District Health Board.
The potential of these activities seemed to increase when local educators suggested that the Shine initiative should be guided by the Collective Impact framework (see the articles on this website). A Collective Impact approach requires leadership and facilitation by local government. Consequently John welcomed the comprehensive support offered by Councillors (23 July 2014) and the opportunity to contribute to long term planning that places 'Young People at the Centre' of the consultation and plan (Mayor's strategy statement). He believes the Shine Literacy Project is a fine example of how local commitment and expertise can improve educational opportunities for children.