It’s not always easy to meet your neighbours. That’s why the Community Development Team puts on street get togethers for new redevelopments.
About 20 tenants came along to a lunchtime event held at Hayman Place and Mavis Place in Beach Haven on 8 September.
Tenants had moved into the 14 dwelling development about three months before. That’s usually a good time to get new neighbours together, Community Development Manager Karen says.
"Some people are quite shy and don’t feel comfortable knocking on a neighbour’s door. An event like this creates opportunities for tenants to interact. If you can talk to your neighbours, then you can look out for each other," Karen says.
The Housing New Zealand team put on a sausage sizzle and a representative from Neighbourhood Support came along and collected about four new sign ups on the day.
Kaipātiki Community Facilities Trust also took part. The trust, which partners with the Kaipātiki Local Board, delivers community development and community wellbeing services.
"The trust has a lot of connections in the local community. It’s about making the most of that local knowledge," Karen says.