On Friday 19 July the next round of Housing New Zealand Pride in Your Awards were kicked off with a special afternoon tea for two elderly tenants at our pensioner complex in Auckland.
Housing New Zealand tenants Abdul and Mahmuda received the award for their lovely home and for the ongoing repair work Abdul does for his neighbours.
The 83 year old is fondly known by his neighbours as “Mr Fix-it” for all the work he does repairing old furniture for tenants and the many improvements he has made to the complex common room and gardens.
He is also someone who will offer a helping hand to anyone who needs it. Abdul, who is skilled in carpentary, does all his repair work from his well stocked “man-cave” located next to the common room. One day he might be fixing a broken chair or table leg, and the next he’ll be creating a roti board for his neighbours chapati’s.
Abdul and Mahmuda’s home has a gorgeous floral theme throughout, with lots of special trinkets and old family photos. Mahmuda is a skilled seamstress and has sewn curtains and beautiful bed spreads for their home.
Housing New Zealand Regional Manager, Taina presented the award to Abdul and Mahmuda at a special afternoon tea with residents to celebrate. Over 20 people braved the cold and rain to celebrate Abdul and Mahmuda’s achievement and enjoy jam and cream scones and sausage rolls.
The award presentation was also captured as part of a video we are doing on Abdul, profiling all the great work he has done to support his neighbours.