Christchurch staff recently spent a morning removing rubbish, then shared lunch with residents at 400 Pages Road, Christchurch.
With the help of a few tenants, Senior Tenancy Managers Darryl Freeman and Terry Wilson lugged soggy mattresses, broken furniture and tools, and other unloved household items onto skips.
Everyone in the complex was then invited to lunch arranged by Stakeholder Relations Manager Ray Tye.
Built around the late 1950s-1960s, the 24 one-unit complex currently houses single men and women ranging in age from early twenties to their eighties.
Darryl says the value of such clean-up events lies in helping keep backyards tidy and healthy, and getting residents together informally with each other and Housing New Zealand staff.