Housing New Zealand staff have been using an age-old method to bring tenants together and help them stave off winter bugs – soup.
We are well and truly in the thick of that time of year where noses drip, coughs and sneezes persist and hordes file into the doctor’s office.
In order to promote wellness and bring a community together, Stakeholder Relationship Manager Zoe got cooking with all the vegetables she could find, producing enough soup to feed a small army.
With fresh bread and other supplies provided by City Harvest, a hearty meal was ready for residents at our Riccarton Rd complex in Christchurch.
"Many of our tenants find it hard or don’t have the means to cook nutritious food during winter, so this is just one way we’re trying to help," Zoe said.
"The plan is to keep these soup kitchens going throughout winter to make sure our people have access to some good eats, and can catch up with staff and each other while they enjoy it."
With the help of Tenancy Managers Simon and Alyssa, bowl after bowl was served to more than a dozen residents.
Simon, who manages the Riccarton Rd complex, said it was encouraging to see his residents enjoying a meal and each other’s company.
"It was also a good opportunity to check in with some of the people who live there outside of our normal inspections," he said.
"I think the tenants really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to our next visit."
The soup kitchens will continue to be a regular event at Riccarton Rd over the colder months, with Zoe and the rest of the team looking at spanning out to other areas as well.